The author (inexplicably wearing a D.C. United t-shirt) and younger brother, Daniel.
Regular readers of my weekly Tuesday soccer column and this blog know that both have been on hold for a couple of weeks now as I deal with family issues, specifically the unexpected death of my younger brother and last surviving sibling.
Frankly, I have had neither the time nor motivation to write recently during what has been the most difficult period I have ever experienced in my life.
I’d like to thank readers who suspected something serious was up, friends in soccer who contacted me via email and Facebook and all those who knew Dan for your expressions of support. Your words meant a great deal.
I’ve never known a life without Daniel. I’ve never known a life without soccer. I’m hoping my passion for the latter will help overcome the loss of my brother.
Regular programming will resume shortly. Thanks for reading.