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The Beautiful Game takes the global stage

The World Cup, the world’s most viewed sporting event kicked off yesterday with the host country South Africa kicking off the first match with Mexico.  The game ended in a 1-1 draw, not a bad result for either team.

For many Americans, the game is not understood; they did not grow up playing and can’t appreciate the subtlety of the art within the chess game without that experience.  A Magic Johnson half-court pass they can, but ask yourself how much more beautiful would such a pass be if you could do it with your feet?  Regardless of appreciation, more US children are playing soccer than any other team sport – combined.

Today the United States fields a team with about half a dozen starters with international experience and acclaim, Goalkeeper Tim Howard from New Brunswick among them.  They will be tested by one of the top teams in the world: mother England.

Billions of viewers will watch the tournament and at least two billion will watch the final of the month long competition.  Nothing speaks to national fervor more than the World Cup.  Nations rise and fall based on the outcome of the World Cup finals.  Four years ago, a stylish Italian team mixed a rock defense with an explosive offense to take the crown.  Hoboken broke out in a celebration as Italians joined them around the world.  Who will win this time?

National pride is on the line.

US – England ABC: coverage starts at 1:30.

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