'IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME' Healthy Corcoran looking to join the Crew
Chris Corcoran is finally healthy in the preseason for the first time in two years and is looking to latch on with the Columbus Crew.
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By Dylan Butler
BigAppleSoccer.com Associate Editor
He’s in a preseason camp and he’s healthy. That’s something Chris Corcoran hasn’t been able to say in two years.
The former St. John’s standout, who spent the better part of two years battling an assortment of injuries, is looking for a new start with Columbus after a disappointing rookie season with the MetroStars.
“Believe me, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to feel like this,” he said. “I started to feel like myself about three weeks in over in Europe. The fitness was back and I started to get my head back in the game, thinking quickly.”
“It’s nice to not be fighting back uphill at the beginning.”
After trying to latch onto a squad in Northern Ireland and Scotland during the winter, Corcoran is in camp with the Columbus Crew as one of five non-roster invitees.
His first training session was Sunday and he appeared in three exhibition matches with the Crew, playing as a left back. And he scored in a 5-2 win over the University of South Florida Wednesday.
“It’s pretty much day-to-day, see how things go,” Corcoran said of his training with the Crew.
Corcoran, 22, was selected by the MetroStars in the third round (25th overall) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft but never played for the club’s first team. The Marshfield, Mass. native spent much of the year trying to regain his fitness following a pair of broken feet that sidelined him for much of his senior season at St. John’s.
He played in nine matches for the Metros reserves, starting six. In 630 minutes he accumulated one yellow card.
He was then waived by the MetroStars, a move that didn’t come to a surprise to Corcoran, as part of Mo Johnston’s massive off-season house cleaning.
“I didn’t need anyone to really tell me. I’d be the first one to say I was playing terribly,” he said. “Dealing with the injuries, not just injuries coming in but also a few muscle pulls during the season, which sets back everything. I knew I was on the way out. I was prepared for it.”
A month later, Corcoran went to the United Kingdom in an attempt to latch onto a club. It appeared he found one in Northern Irish side Limavady United, which announced his signing on its official Web site.
Corcoran received word that he “signed” by St. John’s assistant coach Mark Reeves.
“I said, I didn’t know I did,” Corcoran said.
“They had me take a picture with the jersey on and I didn’t really know what was going on and after the practice they said to sign the contract and they’ll have me stay and if I don’t like it by Jan. 31, I could leave,” he added. “I was taking to my agent and I said I wasn’t going to sign anything because I don’t know the implications that are going to have coming back to the U.S.”
After Limavady United, Corcoran was in Scotland, training with Premiership side Falkirk. He spent about two weeks there, playing about 30 minutes in a reserve team match.
“I held my own, for the most part but I couldn’t get a work permit, which I was already aware of because I didn’t qualify,” Corcoran said. “I was there for two weeks and came back and talked to Sigi about coming in for a tryout here. It was good preparation, being oversees for six weeks, just to get ready for the tryout here.”