So yeah, that happened.
Saying that I'm a soccer "fan" would probably be considered a stretch. I don't really ever watch any soccer, and if it wasn't for video games, I probably wouldn't know any of the players. That is except for every four years when the World Cup rolls around. This year was no exception; I fell directly into the World Cup hype machine. I have been watching as much of this year's World Cup as I can, and last night's game between the United States and Ghana was a can't-miss event. There was so much build-up and anticipation for the game, it was finally show time. Here is a diary of my viewing experience:
Pre-Game: As Jürgen Klinsmann shakes hands with the coaching staff from Ghana, I started to feel the same jitters I feel when watching my favorite teams. I guess I do care about this game. I'm getting thirsty...
Moments Before Kick-Off: Okay, this thirst is starting to dominate my life. I can run to the kitchen real quick to drink, nothing happens in the first few minutes of the game.
0:34: As I stand in my kitchen, I hear a loud yell from the Ian Darke (ESPN play-by-play guy): "DEMPSEY!" Oh no, after waiting all this time for the game, I missed the big moment as Clint Dempsey knocks it in. That's okay though, the U.S. leads 1-0, that's all that matters.
The following is a guest article by Aaron Walker.
With Manchester United taking its 20th Premier League trophy with four games left to play in the season, soccer fans are already looking to the next season for their team to steal the glory. But before that comes months of player trials, trading speculation, and the updates on rigorous training for their team in off-season. Fortunately, the time goes fast. That’s because during the 3 months of off season, luckily for us United States citizens, we're able to see some of the world’s most prolific soccer teams come to play on our own home turf. Here are some of the big games going on this summer.
Real Madrid vs. LA Galaxy
While this is still a tentative match with no conclusive date, soccer bloggers and online publishers are all buzzing with gossip that one of the world's biggest soccer brands, Real Madrid, will be coming to Los Angeles on August 1st, to play the home team. As part of the International Champions Cup, an annual soccer tournament to mix some of the biggest teams from across the world, Real Madrid will hope to finish on top of their group, allowing them to play the final in Miami on August 11th. Surely with Real Madrid having one of the largest sports fan base to span across the world, this will be a popular event. So make sure you reserve your tickets fast!
The following is a guest article by Eric Halberg.
If you are a relatively new fan of soccer, here is the lowdown on the hottest properties in the sport at the moment. David Beckham has made a massive contribution to increasing the global appeal of the game and that includes U.S.A., where audiences continue to grow watching teams like LA Galaxy perform. But Beckham is now becoming more of an ambassador than a top player, so here are some of the talented players you can currently enjoy watching.
There is always lively debate when it comes to saying who's the best player in the world right now, but for once, most soccer fans are prepared to put personal rivalry to one side and agree that the diminutive 25-year-old Argentinian, who currently plays for Spanish giants Barcelona, is almost a class apart. He is quite simply a little magician when he gets on the ball. Any true soccer fan can’t help being mesmerized by his dazzling ball skills and his phenomenal strike rate for scoring goals, even if it is against the team that you support! He is probably the best soccer player to walk the planet since the iconic Pele graced the world stage. Period.
I know you all look forward to our Friday editions of "What People Are Talking About This Week," but this week there were enough sports highlights that I decided to make a special Thursday edition.
R.A. Dickey gets yelled at
One of the best pitchers of the season (let's go Mets!), R.A. Dickey has been wearing friendship bracelets that his daughters made for him before he embarked on a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in January. For some reason, in last night's game an umpire decided that it was a violation of the uniform code and made him CUT THEM OFF on live television. His poor girls.
Have a nice Thursday!