Do Your Job

A soccer team is a workforce. A successful team is a well oiled machine. 
 
For a team to be winning, all facets of the machine must be in tune. 
 
Each and every player has a job to do. The manager and every last assistant coach and trainer has a job to do. The fans have a job to do, offering everything they can to help their side come out on top. 
 
Sometimes a job can be glamorous, like that of a traditional number 10, orchestrating forward movement, hitting the audacious pass, and scoring the wondrous goal. 
 
Sometimes a job can be gritty, like that of a number 6, tasked with tussle after tussle in the midfield, covering space, banging bodies, scraping shins, and serving as that link of cohesion between the backline and the attack.  
 
Sometimes a job can be noble, like that of a goalkeeper or center-back, commanding the attention and respect of those involved with the same defensive duties, finding no greater pleasure than thwarting the scoring efforts of the opposition, a sublime sense of positivity ironically cultivated through negativity in the truest meaning of the word. 
 
Sometimes a job can be fun, just flat out fun, like that of a supporter, the person that sips the libation, eats the taco or three, gathers with friends and family, beats a drum, blows a vuvuzela, and sings their heart out for 90 minutes. And just because a job is fun doesn't mean it can't possess a bit of grittiness as well. The 12th man is a well rounded being, full of complexity and nuance while always staying attached to the elegant simplicity of not only cheering on a team, but truly being a part of that team. 
 
The late great Bill Shankly, who managed Liverpool Football Club from 1959 – 1974, guiding the club from utter obscurity to a state of prominence that would prove lasting, famously spoke of what it means to do one's job. 
 
“In the Army during the War, you got some terrible jobs” Shankly, a proud Scotsman and Royal Army Veteran of WWII said. “In the cookhouse, they'd have you dry about six thousand dishes.”
 
“But if I had a job to do,”said Shankly, “even if it was scrubbing the floor... I WANTED MY FLOOR TO BE CLEANER THAN YOURS.”
 
“If everybody thinks along these lines, and do all the small jobs to the best of their capability, that's honesty. The world will be better. And football will be better. What we want is hard work, and NO FOOTBALL TEAM WILL EVER BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT HARD WORK.” 
 
So Cal Surf have but six weeks left in the 2017 PDL regular season. If this team, which is loaded with talent and potential, is to make their way into the post-season and proceed to make a serious playoff run, the team needs you. 
 
For the remainder of Spring and throughout the Summer, we put in the hard work and live by the motto: DO. YOUR. JOB.

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