They are the sentiments of teammate Edson Buddle who was of firm belief that the 35-year midfielder is at peak fitness despite tweaking his groin in the Galaxy’s final match of the MLS season (semi-final loss to FC Dallas) on November 14.
“He seems like he never rests. He’s been ready for this game. I saw him on the treatment table yesterday and I’m sure he is psyched to play this game,” Buddle said.
“He’s one of the fittest guys on the team. He’s a true professional. He doesn’t joker around too much when he comes to training and you will see a quality player on show tomorrow.”
Buddle added that he believes the standard of football in Australia is of a high quality and was eagerly anticipating the clash with the A-League’s Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
“The quality of the soccer here is good. I’ve spoken to a few locals and they say the level needs to go higher but I think there are quality players here and it’s going to be a good match (on Saturday),” he added.
There are only about 200 tickets remaining for the match with the crowd expecting to be around 22,000 for what is a huge event for football in Newcastle and the Hunter region.