For Tyson Wahl, the suitcase is always half full.
Ever the optimist, the seven-year Major Soccer League veteran is thankful to have experienced his dream of playing professional soccer. But playing now for his third different team in eight months, the fourth franchise of his career, he admits that logistics can sometimes be his least-forgiving opponent.
"My fiancée and I have gotten pretty good at packing up boxes and moving around," said Wahl, a reserve defender for the Colorado Rapids, who acquired him in a trade on July 13.
Wahl came to Colorado from the Montreal Impact, who traded for him in November, following three seasons with the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders plucked the former UC Berkeley standout in the 2008 expansion draft from the Kansas City Wizards, who selected him 19th overall out of college in 2006.
Immediately after joining the Rapids, Wahl embarked on, what else, a week-long road trip. Now "home" in Colorado, he is living in a hotel and trying to relocate from Montreal, while reviving a career that has hit an unexpected lull.