Tatiana Zalcerova has since blocked out her labor and the phrases Actual Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnák, her longtime boyfriend, tried and did not consolation her with.
However she does bear in mind crying as she watched Rusnák maintain their daughter Ariana for the primary time. He too, couldn’t maintain again tears of pleasure.
“She loves him a lot,” Zalcerova mentioned. “She’s daddy’s lady.”
On Sunday Rusnák celebrates his first Father’s Day amid an MLS worldwide break. Final season’s RSL golden boot award-winner welcomed his daughter into the world on Sept. 26 and has since engaged within the balancing act of juggling fatherhood, an expert soccer profession and worldwide responsibility.
“She’s an excellent traveler, and I feel with my job that’s actually essential,” Rusnák mentioned. “… She’s completed rather a lot for an eight-month-old child.”
Ariana has already taken 4 or 5 airplane journeys, Rusnák estimates, together with holidays to Las Vegas and Slovakia. Each her mother and father marveled at how good she was at flying. She sleeps properly, Rusnák mentioned, however typically she will get mad that she will be able to’t transfer round and play.
Ariana was born between two of Rusnák’s call-ups for World Cup qualifiers with Slovakia final season. Ten days earlier than her beginning, Rusnák scored the primary purpose in RSL’s 2-1 win over Portland at Rio Tinto Stadium.
As Zalcerova watched from the pressbox — her child bump stretching her elegant body — Rusnák grabbed the sport ball and slipped it underneath his jersey, gesturing as if he was sucking his thumb.
“I’m on maintain day-after-day in coaching as a result of it may be anytime proper now,” he mentioned of his celebration after that recreation. “It’s only a cellphone name from my lady and I’ve acquired to go.”
Ariana eased the stress on her mother and father by coming into the world mid-week, when her dad didn’t need to dash off the pitch or soar on a airplane to witness her beginning.
Just some days after her beginning, nevertheless, Rusnák boarded a airplane to satisfy up with the Slovakia nationwide crew midway the world over from his daughter. That journey was one she couldn’t take with him.
“It’s onerous,” Rusnák mentioned of the instances he has to go away Ariana in Salt Lake Metropolis. “Everytime you come dwelling you’re wanting ahead to seeing her once more. And it’s like, you don’t see her for every week after which she’s already greater and she or he already does one thing new.”
Rusnák marvels at every new step Arian takes: her first smile, when she began babbling, the primary time she stood up.
Once they’re collectively, Rusnák’s Instagram story rapidly fills up with movies of Ariana. Zalcerova says she sees extra of him in Ariana in herself. They’ve the identical blue eyes.
“It’s going quick I’ve to say,” Rusnák mentioned. “She’s virtually 9 months and it feels prefer it [has been] every week.”