Sunday, June 4, 2006
Germany 2006, Let the World Cup Begin!
If I had to sprint right now, I would probably pass out before I reached the end of the block, but there was a time I was in decent shape and deeply involved with soccer. I played all my life---early on as a kid, four years of college soccer, and then some semi-pro club teams---and although I stopped playing a few years ago, I always get really, really stoked for the World Cup. We don't have cable, so I watch it on Univision (where the commentary is better anyway) or I'll go to a restaurant and watch a few games.
This year, it's in Germany, and the teams I'll be rooting for are South Korea (ranked 29th), the United States (ranked 5th), and Brazil (ranked 1st). As for the Golden Boot, I favor Ronaldo, Michael Owen, Ronaldinho, and yes, even Landon Donovan. I'll also be rooting for the United States' Brian Ching, the Houston Dynamo striker who is also the first Hawaiian native to play in the MLS. The World Cup beings June 9.
I'm a happy camper.