For every player right now dealing with the suspension of play in Major League Soccer due to the coronavirus outbreak, the new life without weekend games to look forward to is something each are having to deal with.
But for FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal, he’s happy to spend more time with his family during this period.
“I moved out on my own five months ago,” said Pomykal on a call with reporters Tuesday. “And when everything began to hit and the training ban began, I actually came home so I could spend time with my family and my brothers so I wouldn’t be alone for a couple of weeks.
“I’m very fortunate to be able to come home and be around family, be active. We’re having a blast here playing games, board games, doing puzzles.”
After ending 2019 with an injury that forced an offseason surgery, his 2020 season began with two bench appearances and a goal in the home opener against the Philadelphia Union.
But all of that good momentum came to a quick halt almost two weeks ago.
“I think that is probably the toughest part of it all,” said Pomykal. “Preparing through preseason for the next nine months and then it all grind to a halt.”
Pomykal has been able to stay in good contact with his teammates and coaches during this however. The team is set to begin some video sessions this week that will include an online chat.
The Homegrown midfielder believes staying connected throughout this time is going to be key to help everyone move forward.
“I think we’ve done a really good job as a team and as a family so far. You’re reaching out to one another, asking how you doing during this and if you can help each other in any way,” explained Pomykal. “I’ve been talking to the guys on pretty much a daily basis. I’ve been asking how they are, how they are coping with this. Talking with each other on FaceTime and being able to connect is really important.”