Adjusting to his surroundings

(10:44 a.m.): Twice a day, Lionel Jackson and Kenny Anaba find themselves in the warm weather, practicing with teammates they’re still getting to know and trying to understand what their coaches are saying. Twice a day, Jackson and Anaba – former soccer standouts for the Bearcats – feel at home in a land that sits many miles away from Cincinnati. Twice a day, Jackson and Anaba can feel comfortable at last.

“The thing about soccer that’s so beautiful is you don’t have to speak the same language,” Jackson said. “It’s a universal game. But it is really hard communicating with our coach.”

Anaba (who played his final season at UC in 2007 and led the Bearcats with 10 goals that season and finished seventh on the all-time goals list) and Jackson (a two-year starter who finished sixth in the Big East with eight assists in 2007) have spent the past few weeks playing for the Carolina Gigantes FC of the Puerto Rico Soccer League.

Read the rest of this Katz on the Cats entry here.

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