My Biggest Regret As a Pro

It was 2013 and I was playing for the Chicago Fire.

It was my 7th year in Major League Soccer.

We weren’t great as a team, performance wise or culturally. And personally, I had fallen out with the coaching staff. It was my most trying year as a professional soccer player.

This is all part of what inspired me to create Soccer Resilience and the reason why I’m writing this today.


I kept a journal during this time, and recently discovered a journal entry dated September 26, 2013.

The season was coming to a close. Our hopes for the playoffs had faded. And, as is reflected in the below journal entry, my mind was drifting to the off-season, eagerly anticipating some rest and restoration.



Here’s what I wrote…

“What frustrates me is my inability to consistently ‘stay out of my head,’ to play FREE and instinctively. My tendency is to try and play not to make a mistake – which is absolutely the worst way to play.


What happened to that fearless Wells who just gave it his all, enjoyed the game, and didn’t care whether he made a mistake or not? I miss that guy a lot out on the field! I can’t stand the way I play sometimes, and the most frustrating part is that I know I am capable of so much more. This is something that I have struggled with for years and just can’t seem to get over.


(Here’s the kicker) I have been thinking a lot about seeing a sports psychologist while I am home and KNOW that is something that I should commit to and do!”


Did I do what I knew I needed to do? —> Regrettably, NO! 

Do I wish I would have? —> 100% 

Don’t make the same mistake I made – and countless others make.

Your mindset matters! 

And there are so many things that you can do to improve your mental fitness and resilience.


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This is the biggest regret of my career. BUT, you don’t have to make the same mistake!

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