Futbol Mundial

As the newly promoted international correspondent to the Frappe, I find it in my job description to inform you of what is happening outside our nation’s borders and that includes more than Toronto, Canada. While most of the nation is either waiting for the NBA Finals or their favorite baseball team to pull themselves out of the crapper, it may come as a surprise to you that the majority of the world is could care less about what Shaq is doing and more about what Rhonaldino is doing after practice. That’s because we’re four days away from one of the biggest sporting events in the world: The World Cup.

That’s right, soccer is here and it’s going to make its home in Germany for the next month whether you like it or not. From June 8th to July 9th, 32 countries will battle it out in an attempt to be crowned the champions of the world. But before you decide to simply write this event off and go back to researching how long Albert Pujols might be on the DL, let’s try and talk this one over. I’m not asking for your entire month. All I’m asking for is three little games, and then you can decide what you want do to do.

What you need to know is that the United States not only has a team competing in the World Cup, they have a pretty good team at that. Last World Cup, the U.S. made it to the quarterfinals. Unfortunately for them this time around they got stuck in arguably the most difficult group to start the tournament. You see, the tournament starts in groups of four and the top 2 teams from each group advances to the bracket. For the U.S., that means playing Italy who always can put together a competitive team, Ghana who are the underdogs to watch in this tournament, and a very, very good Czech Republic team. That’s three guaranteed games. If you miss those, you might miss our entire participation in the tournament and you wouldn’t want to do that. Missing the United States play in the World Cup would be like missing your son or daughter in their first school play: embarrassing.

So here’s the deal: check them out. Their first game is against Czech Republic at 12:00pm Est. on June 12th. Despite your perceptions of soccer, it won’t be that bad. And don’t worry, I’ll feed you baby birds. I’m not going to abandon you in the wake of a new experience. I’ll be sure to give you a little coaching before you dive head first into this bad boy. And who knows, you might just have a little fun while you’re at it.

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