Geek Out: World Cup 2014

As you probably already picked up from previous posts, I played soccer all the way through high school.  I would practice with the local boys’ team when I was a young girl, since there were no girls teams for me to join.  Unfortunately, due to some regulation or something, I was unable to actually play in any of the games.  I started off as a midfielder, but when I was finally able to play on my middle school’s girl’s JV team, I was recruited as the goalie.  Mostly because there was no one else, but I really took to the position.  I played goalie 3 years in JV & then all 4 years of high school.

As a goalie, soccer video games generally are no fun & much too stressful for me.  I don’t get the thrill of playing as Messi, because I still think about the game as a goalie.  FIFA video games are, therefore, not my favorite; it’s simply too much anxiety.  I was able to enjoy FIFA Street, however, because it was so different.

So what does any of this have to do with the World Cup, you might ask.  Well, while I may not enjoy playing soccer video games that simulate real play, I absolutely love watching  well played soccer.  The World Cup, in particular, has always been fun for me.  I watch every match.  I’m from Mexico, so obviously El Tri is a favorite, but I am also excited about the USA.  Actually, thanks to USA beating Panama during qualifying, Mexico squeaked into the World Cup.  Good looking out, USA!

I have been very pleased with Mexico’s play during the Group Stage, especially that of goalie Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa.  As a fellow goalie, it is thrilling that he won Man of the Match in the match against Brazil.  He absolutely deserved it because no goalie has shut-out Brazil so far.Ochoa Man of the Match

Not to be outdone, USA goalie Tim Howard received the same honor for his performance in the game last night against Portugal.  The first goal he let in was tragic: he slipped on the wet field ( or “pitch” for my British friends) right before the goal was kicked.  But his play during the entire game, rightly earned him the Man of the Match.Tim Howard - Man of the MatchToday’s Group A & B matches ensured that Brazil (1A) faces Chile (2B) & Netherlands (1B) faces Mexico (2A) in the next round.  I am excited to see the next USA game later this week.  Check back for my reaction to the games this week in a post later this week!  For now, all I can say is “Goooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!”

 

 

4 thoughts on “Geek Out: World Cup 2014

  1. Jessica

    I’m not the biggest soccer fan, but since I am Mexican too soccer has been all around me all of my life… you should have heard my brother and dad earlier when Mexico was playing… it was pretty intense. Glad they won!

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    1. Izzy Post author

      Hi Jessica,
      I’m pretty sure it is in every Mexican is contractually bound to root for El Tri, whether you follow soccer or not. 🙂 The celebration was intense! ¡Viva Mexico!

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