america has world cup fever–tv ratings on the games are breaking records previously held by nba championships and the world series, people are hosting game parties and all america had a smile on its face when team usa advanced from a particularly brutal competition from germany, ghana and portugal.
a lot of the credit for america’s love affair with soccer goes to jurgen klinsmann. the german coach of team usa was hired in 2011 and given a base salary of close to $2.5 million a year. a nearly limitless budget, which gave him the wherewithal to take the team into brasil for a full six months before the games in order to acclimate the players. there is no doubt about his loyalty to his players and his new country–jeez, does that ever piss off the germans! when he refused to answer questions from reporters in german, you could hear the collective “sie sind wie eine verdammte verratar!” i’m not sure the guy could fly into munich with any confidence of his personal safety.
i recently sold my house and i am thinking about where to go and what to do. and then i thought. . .
this tuesday no matter where i am or where my travels take me, i’ll be watching espn coverage of the team usa match against belgium. four pm if i’m on the east coast. . .