2022年世界盃:安東尼-哈德森--美國的英國教練曾在監獄裡當過探視者

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2022年世界盃:安東尼-哈德森--美國的英國教練曾在監獄裡當過探視者

監獄大門哐當一聲關上的聲音讓安東尼-哈德森有了強烈的感觸。

這意味着他更加珍惜自己在比賽中的角色--他試圖幫助美國隊在周五的阿爾貝特體育場擊敗英格蘭。

對哈德森來說,面對他成長的國家和他的父親艾倫贏得兩個帽子的國家,勝利將是甜蜜的。

但他也知道生活的另一面,他曾是一名監獄探訪者。

哈德森開始進入監獄,決定在他的個人旅程中 "給予一些回報",以擺脫酒精成癮導致的破壞性道路。

"他說:"每當你走進那裡,聽到鐵門的聲音,認識到關門和登記的嚴格性和正式性,它就提醒你身處一個非常艱難的環境。"這很嚇人。

"在馬里蘭州外的一個中等安全的監獄發生了一起具體事件,那裡變得有點粗略。裡面有一個大塊頭,他一直在取笑我的口音,但不是好的方式。

"我正在和我旁邊的一個年輕孩子聊天,結果差點被踢出去。獄警們撲向那個大塊頭,場面很混亂。就在這時,這個孩子,他個子不高,應該有20或21歲,他的眼中充滿了恐懼。他說 "請回來"。

"在那種情況下走出來真的很艱難。但與此同時,它也是有意義的,因為你明白它可能帶來的不同。"

作為西漢姆和盧頓的前青年球員,這位41歲的球員最初被問及是否願意在15年前去探監,當時他在北卡羅來納州的半職業威爾明頓錘頭俱樂部的球員生涯即將結束。

這推動了他目前作為被遺忘的狗基金會的創始人和主席的項目,這也與他的監獄探訪有關。

"他說:"我是一個巨大的愛狗人士,想建立一個收容所,但由於我的工作原因,我一直無法做到。"這是在監獄裡的一個特殊部分。

"喜歡狗的人可以進去和那些更大、更有攻擊性的狗打交道,這些狗沒有人願意去救,會被安樂死。有一個全職的訓練師,他訓練囚犯來教狗。這些狗24小時與囚犯在一起。囚犯們學會了新的技能。

"我走進這個人的牢房,那是一堵灰色的混凝土牆,天花板很高,頂部有一扇你看不到的小窗戶,還有一張鐵床。在角落裡,有一個放狗的箱子。我記得我走進去的時候,他正坐在那裡,把狗放在他的腿上。

"那個人說,這給了他目標,因為他在拯救狗的生命。這真是太神奇了。"

我給我的家人打電話,他們在尖叫。

在世界盃上,這種令人清醒和振奮的經歷將被牢牢推到哈德森的腦後。

美國隊在周一以1-1戰平威爾士的B組比賽中取得了首場勝利;現在,哈德森面對的是一個與他有着緊密聯繫的國家。

他1981年出生於西雅圖,1984年他的父親在自己的球員生涯即將結束時回到了斯托克城進行二次創業,之後他在英格蘭西北部長大。

一種複雜的情緒是可以理解的。然而,哈德森說他的立場並不那麼明確。他的父親在1979年加入西雅圖海灣隊後,在美國踢了4年球,從那裡他得到了對美國生活的熱愛。

"我的老頭子是真的愛美國。他喜歡他在這裡的生活方式。他愛NASL。他喜歡這種生活方式。他告訴我關於這裡的比賽的故事。哈德森說:"我長大了,我的父親說'有一天你一定要去美國'。

"當抽籤結果出來時,這太令人驚訝了。我給我的家人打電話,他們都在尖叫。這是一個驕傲的時刻,也是一個令人興奮的時刻。夢想是在世界盃上比賽或執教。能夠做到這一點,並與頂級球隊之一以及與我有聯繫的球隊比賽,真的很特別。"

哈德森四年前的 "痛苦經歷 "只會讓這種感覺更加強烈,當時他執教的新西蘭隊在洲際附加賽中被秘魯隊擊敗。

甚至在最近的預選賽開始時,他還在執教美國20歲以下的球隊,直到2020年7月他被帶入格雷格-貝哈爾特的團隊,與高級球隊一起工作。

美國隊在卡塔爾的進展並不順利,他們在開局兩場比賽中打平,在馬拉松式的14場資格賽的第五場比賽中輸給了巴拿馬。

儘管如此,在完全錯過2018年俄羅斯世界盃的四年後,他們還是有希望晉級16強,這讓他們有機會效仿2002年在日本和韓國的最佳表現,當時他們在四分之一決賽中被德國擊敗。

美國隊是卡塔爾最年輕的球隊之一,包括像切爾西的克里斯蒂安-普利西奇和尤文圖斯的溫斯頓-麥肯尼這樣的人才,美國隊的未來看起來很光明。

"美國一直都有一些頂級球員,"他說。"這感覺不一樣,因為正在通過的球員技術含量更高。

"他們在大聯盟的頂級俱樂部工作,這是具有很大潛力的一代。"

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The sound of prison doors clanging shut has given Anthony Hudson a strong sense of perspective.

It means he appreciates all the more his role at the tournament - where he is attempting to help the States beat England at the Al-Bayt Stadium on Friday.

For Hudson, victory would be sweet against the country where he grew up and for which his dad Alan won two caps.

But he knows all about the other side of life too, having been a prison visitor.

Hudson began going into prisons, having decided to "give something back" during his personal journey away from the destructive path an addiction to alcohol was leading him down.

"Every single time you walk in there and hear the steel doors and recognise the strictness and formalities of the doors slamming and the register being taken, it is a reminder of what a very tough environment you are in," he said. "It is scary.

"There was one specific incident at a medium security prison just outside Maryland, where it got a little bit sketchy. There was a big guy in there who was making fun of my accent the whole time but not in a good way.

"I was chatting to this young kid next to me and it nearly kicked off. The wardens jumped on the big guy and it was chaos. As it was happening, this kid, he was only small and must have been 20 or 21, he had fear in his eyes. He was like 'please come back'.

"To walk out in that situation was really tough. But at the same time it is also meaningful because you understand the difference it might make."

A former youth player at West Ham and Luton, the 41-year-old was initially asked if he would be willing to go on prison visits 15 years ago, when he was coming to the end of his playing career with the semi-professional Wilmington Hammerheads club in North Carolina.

That advanced to his present project as founder and chairman of the Forgotten Dogs Foundation, which also links with his prison visits.

"I am a huge dog lover and wanted to set up a shelter but because of my job I had not been able to," he said. "This is in a special part of the wing in the prison.

"People who love dogs can go in and work with the bigger, more aggressive dogs that no-one wants to rescue and are going to get euthanised. There is a full-time trainer who trains the inmates to teach the dogs. The dogs stay with the inmates 24/7. The inmates learn a new trade.

"I went into this guy's cell, which was a grey, concrete wall, with a high ceiling and a small window at the top you couldn't see through and a steel bed. In the corner there was a crate for the dog. I remember walking in and he was sitting there with the dog in his lap.

"The guy said it gave him purpose because he was saving the dog's life. It was amazing."

'I called my family and they were screaming'

Such sobering and uplifting experiences will be pushed firmly to the back of Hudson's mind at the World Cup.

The USA are seeking a first win after opening their Group B campaign by drawing 1-1 with Wales on Monday; now, Hudson faces a country with which he has a strong connection.

Born in Seattle in 1981, he grew up in the north-west of England after his dad returned to Stoke for a second spell in 1984 as he brought his own playing career to a close.

An element of mixed emotions would be understandable. Yet Hudson says his position is not as clear cut as that. His dad spent four years playing in the USA after joining Seattle Sounders in 1979 and from there he got his love of life in the States.

"My old man truly loves America. He loved the way his life was here. He loved the NASL. He loved the lifestyle. He told me stories about the game out here. I grew up with my old man saying 'one day you have to go to America'," said Hudson.

"When the draw came out, it was amazing. I called my family and they were screaming. It was a proud moment and an exciting moment. The dream is to play or coach at the World Cup. To be doing it and to play against one of the top teams and one I have a connection with is really special."

The feelings are only enhanced by Hudson's "sore experience" from four years ago, when he was in charge of the New Zealand side beaten in the intercontinental play-offs by Peru.

Even at the start of the most recent qualifying campaign, he was coaching the USA Under-20s until he was brought into Gregg Berhalter's team to work with the senior squad in July 2020.

Progress to Qatar was not straightforward for the USA, as they drew their opening two games and lost to Panama in the fifth of a marathon 14-match qualification programme.

Nevertheless, having made it to the finals four years after missing out on Russia 2018 completely, they are hopeful of advancing into the last 16, which gives them a chance of emulating their best performance, in Japan and South Korea in 2002, when they were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.

With one of the youngest squads in Qatar, including talents like Chelsea's Christian Pulisic and Winston McKennie of Juventus, the USA's future looks bright.

"America has always had some top players," he said. "This feels different because the players who are coming through are a lot more technical.

"They are with top clubs in big leagues and it is a generation with a lot of potential."

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