Tremors subside for Busch in San Jose
Less than three weeks ago, Jon Busch’s career was in a major
state of flux. The Fire had controversially released the 2008 MLS Goalkeeper of
the Year and, with most MLS clubs set at the position, Busch was left wondering
where he would play next.
He told multiple outlets, including MLSsoccer.com, that he
was looking anywhere and anywhere for work. USL, Europe, MLS -- all were
legitimate options for Busch.
Ultimately though, he remained stateside and in the big
leagues, signing a deal to become the backup goalkeeper in San Jose only a week
after being released by the Fire.
“I'm just really excited to help San Jose in any way I can,”
Busch told MLSsoccer.com over the phone. “I'm going to do what I've always done in the 14 years [I've been
playing professional soccer], just put my head down and work and do what I can
do and leave the rest up to the coaching staff."
Now, three weeks into the season, Busch is coming back to
Chicago. The Earthquakes and the Fire will play this Saturday in the Toyota
Park home opener and what will undoubtedly be an emotional homecoming for
"At the end of the day it's a game that both teams will
obviously want to win" Busch said. "It might be a little hard
emotionally ... seeing the fans again for the first time. But at the end of the
day what's done is done and I am now a San Jose Earthquake, and our job is to
come in there and find a way to get a result."
For their part, Busch’s former teammates are happy the fiery
goalkeeper is still in MLS. They’re
hoping for the best for their former teammate -- just not this weekend.
“I’m happy for him because he landed a team,” Fire defender
C.J. Brown said. “But what’s done is
done. He’s with San Jose now so we’ve
got to move on and concentrate with our group. I wish him the best, just not against us.”