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Hi world. We like soccer. July 14, 2009

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in Uncategorized.

Hi there. Me and my accomplice, Mike Tomlinson, like soccer. We’re also loud an opinionated and spend most of our time on computers. So a blog seemed natural.

We live in the United States, possibly the world’s most sweltering soccer hotbed. It’s going to be difficult to rise above the deafening commotion of disparate footballing voices in this country of hearing-impaired soccer fanatics, but we’ll do our part.

No, seriously, nobody cares about the sport here. If it weren’t for a handful of millionaires with a fetish for the sport (or a very poor estimation of what is and isn’t profitable), it would be buried somewhere between the XFL and the LPGA (coming 2010, or thereabouts).

Support for a sport ought to come from the grassroots, otherwise it ought to be put out of its misery. We’re at the grassroots. Now American soccer just needs about 20 million more guys like us.

So in the coming months, expect us to make posts about soccer in the United States and elsewhere. They’ll be obnoxious, I’m sure, but maybe you’ll also find them entertaining. A few things you should know:

  • We live in Oregon, Eugene to be exact. We’re college students, albiet at a college with no men’s soccer program (the University of Oregon). What that means for you: despite its being the most passionately and sincerely followed brand of soccer in the United States, college soccer will receive little coverage here.
  • I am from Kane’ohe, Hawai’i, which hasn’t had a professional soccer team within about 2,500 miles since 1977 (and won’t until the Galaxy, Earthquakes and Chivas USA drift off the continent with the rest of California). I’m a Barcelona fan and I am also interested in the Puerto Rico Islanders (I was born ther) and Slask Wroclaw (my family’s homeland).
  • Mike is from Gresham, Ore., and also likes other sports. He’s also a Barcelona man and he also likes the Portland Timbers.
  • What that means for you: There will be a lot of effusive, myopic praise for Real Madrid and Espanyol.
  • Hey, wait a minute, who am I to tell you what you need to know? Sounds real directive. I’m not the boss of you, am I?

Any questions? Any thoughts? Want to tell me to go to hell? Leave a comment then. I hear that’s the way blogs work.



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