Like many Americans I am finding myself caught up in all the coverage of the World Cup Soccer tournament. As I’m writing this we are awaiting the match between the United States and Belgium. By the time you read this there will either be soccer euphoria if the US is victorious or there will be soccer rationalizations—nobody expected the team to get this far, we surpassed expectations.
Whatever the case, I’ve discovered a few things. First, it is fun to be competing among teams like Ghana and Italy and Belgium and Argentina and Switzerland. The truly international nature of the games is fascinating to me.
Another thing I’ve learned is that, like too many Americans, I am pretty ignorant about the game. I’ve spent some time watching the matches and it is hard to figure out the strategy, the strengths and weaknesses of the team, what constitutes a good play, and what constitutes a disaster. And I will admit that I find it a little boring. Sorry for my ignorance! But the delightful British play-by-play announcers have more than made up for my lack of comprehension of the rules of the game.
I’m curious to see the results. I’m curious to see if soccer ever really catches on in the USA. I’m certainly rooting for the USA, but my first love is always with baseball. What about you? Have you caught soccer fever?