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October 17, 2011 at 1:40 PM

A stop and chat with goalkeeper Terry Boss

boss mug.jpgGoalkeeper Terry Boss sustained a concussion while serving with the Puerto Rican national team in September. In the aftermath, doctors recommended that he should be shut down for the rest of the season. Boss has since returned to training for the last couple weeks and we got a chance to catch up with the 30-year-old today after practice.

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(You’ve been back out here for a couple weeks now, how are things going?) “I’m happy to be back out on the field. I’m taking it slow, but (there are) no more concussion symptoms, so that’s positive. It feels good to be back on the field. I feel sharp. I feel good. Just keep working and get ready for next year.”

(How did you handle the recommendation that you not play for the rest of the season?) “I was devastated. Obviously I want to play. It’s been hard not to play, but at the same time it’s kind of out of my control. I couldn’t make that decision, so I didn’t waste my time worrying about the things I can’t control. I understand where the doctors are coming from, and I appreciate their caution in the issue, but it’s hard not to play, obviously.”

(With your concussion history, were you ever concerned to the point of walking away?) “No. It’s not something that I’ve thought of to this point.”

(The injury happened while you were on int’l duty and it was hard to keep up with it. What happened on the play?) “A guy came through 1-on-1 and he took a high touch, so I dove for it. He was late and came through and kind of grabbed my arm with his cleat almost, so it pulled my whole body and whipped my head into the ground. The field was at St. Kitts was probably the hardest field I’ve ever played on in my life. It was kind of a scary moment, but everything’s working out all right.”

(What’s it like having to face certain challenges like, as you said, field conditions when you’re playing against smaller countries?) “Obviously the field is not what it is here, but at the same time it’s an honor to play for Puerto Rico, so you take the good with the bad.”

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