Sunday, June 21, 2009
USA vs. Egypt?
In the past, I have not been much of a soccer fan. The thing that has made me like soccer better is when my boys, Dillon and Levi, started playing in Youth Soccer leagues here in Egypt. There is a very big American school here that allowed the YSL to play games on their fields every fall. The players ranged in age from very, little tykes around 4 or 5 years old, up the the age of 14 or 15, and our boys played every year for about 5 years. My husband played highschool soccer so he coached for a couple of those years, and through his knowledge of the game I learned alot.
Well, I still don't know a whole lot, but I do know that the USA is playing Egypt tonight in the Confederations Cup, which is a tournament leading up to the World Cup. When I first heard about this particular match, I was in a quandry of which team to root for, but, from hearing what my husband and others have said, I have made up my mind.
It seems that the USA has not been playing particularly well, while on the other hand, Egypt has. From what I understand, the USA doesn't have much of a chance to advance if they win, but with a victory, Egypt could. So, I am rooting for Egypt. Egypt has won the African cup the last two times it was played. It is sure a sight to see here in the streets of Cairo when that happens. There is loud partying until the wee hours of the morning, and the streets are all blocked by dedicated fans who are dancing, shouting, and just making all kinds of noise in support of their team.
So, please do not think that I am being un-patriotic. Think of it as giving a chance to the one who deserves it, and the one who has the most to gain.
If you would like to view the craziness that went on in the streets of Cairo after they won the African Cup 2008, go to the site listed below.