As his teammates filtered back into their locker room after Friday's intense training session, San Jose Earthquakes defender Jordan Stewart wrapped up his rehabilitation stint for day and got dressed to leave Avaya Stadium.
Arguably the best-dressed Earthquake, Stewart was sporting a relatively new look -- a fresh pair of natty kicks -- after finally shedding the walking boot he had been forced to wear since undergoing season-ending surgeon to repair a torn left Achilles tendon suffered against the Colorado Rapids on August 14.
The always gregarious Stewart was still walking tenderly -- his rehab will continue for many more months, but he hopes to be able to return to the field next season -- as he readied to board his car to head home. And he flashed that trademark smile when he was reminded about one particular event on his upcoming weekend calendar: The debut of his episode of What'Cha Got MLS this Sunday during halftime of the Fox Sports 1 broadcast of D.C. United at the Columbus Crew.
Presented by Continental Tire, What'Cha Got MLS is a friendly competition of MLS players, past and present, that will determine the fastest player in the league. Taped last spring at an out-of-the-way locale that all participants have been sworn to secrecy to not reveal, the event features 14 participants, each who got behind the wheel of a bright-yellow 2015 Lamborghini on a closed-circuit autocross course, in a bracket-style competition.
Stewart, representing the Western Conference, will need to top the current best time posted by Dom Dwyer earlier in the competition. Beat the fellow Englishman and Sporting Kansas City star's run during Sunday's broadcast, and Stewart may move on to the final against the best from the East. The winner of that head-to-head battle, to be broadcast later in the MLS Cup Playoffs, will win a year-long lease of the 2015 Lamborghini and the envy of the other players in his clubhouse.
If Stewart were to win the competition and brought the Lamborghini back with him to San Jose, it would mark the most impressive car in the players' parking lot since former midfielder and current Earthquakes Academy coach Andre Luiz Moreira cruised the Buck Shaw Stadium environs in his cherry-red Ferrari.
So be sure to tune into Fox Sports 1's "Soccer Sunday" broadcast on MLS Decision Day -- an hour before San Jose kicks off its own effort to secure an important win to keep its season alive -- and check out Stewart's skills against a curvy course of red cones. His runs up and down the sideline for the Earthquakes may be over for this year, but he still has the right stuff to race his way to "Fastest in MLS" honors.