GOOOOOOOOOL…It’s Friday

WHO IS PUMPED FOR THE WORLD CUP??  (Yes, I spelled the word “goal” in the Spanish method)  Of all the sporting events, soccer is probably my favorite.  This is most likely correlated with the fact that I started playing soccer when I was in preschool.

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I didn’t really play but rather complain about running, annoy my teammates and drive my dad nuts.  He was always my coach and I always felt the pressure to perform and sometimes felt different than the other girls.  But, something started to click when I was in 8th grade and I started to really enjoy the sport.  Soon this daisy picker turned into a soccer athlete.

IMG_0556The days I spent at SCU soccer camp without realizing I would end up there 4 years later for college

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Also, I feel like everyone has their own special sport they like to watch (disclaimer – if you don’t like sports, ignore this generalization).  It often is related to the sport they grew up playing and so for me, would be FUTBOL!  There’s something magical about the art of soccer, the passion of the play, and the speed of the game.

CIMG7387Just exploring the Olympic stadium in Barcelona

American football – you better block out 4 hours for that.  Sure it’s fun but what’s up with the timeouts?

Hockey – who knows what’s happening there

Baseball – It’s America’s favorite past-time and can be exciting but let’s be real.  How many nail-biting moments are there?

I’m not hating on any of those sports because I love to watch it all but soccer is like nothing else. I grew up watching the Los Angeles Galaxy play at the Rose Bowl and later at the Home Depot Center.  Any Cobi Jones fans?  How about Landon Donovan?

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We also were lucky enough to be present at the 1999 Women’s World Cup.  All my good pics are at home but here’s a little love from my time at Santa Clara.  I LOVE BRANDI CHASTAIN! Just saying.

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Of course watching my own country play is fun but how about roaming around Europe and Spain?  That’s where the true passion is.

My trip to Madrid’s stadium was nice, but watching a game in Barcelona was even better.

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I was talking to some of my friends recently and we were confused why people act surprised when we say we like sports?  So girls don’t usually like to watch sports?  Sure, I don’t watch ESPN religiously but I don’t mind attending a sports match or watching on TV once in awhile.  I guess we are quite unique in that sense.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do” – Pele

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