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Chelsea Fc Usa Tour – When Did We Start Caring About Soccer?
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I have been hearing a lot of buzz about the Chelsea FC USA Tour this summer, and I think it is interesting that International soccer, well football really, has become such a big deal. Now I have to admit right up front that I am not a super sports nut, I enjoy sports, but honestly my life does not revolve around sports events. Well, unless of course my Ravens or Orioles are in the playoffs and I am an Olympic junkie, but really I am not a sports nut, the proof is that I hardly every watch ESPN. If you watch ESPN as your default, then you can call your self a sports nut. So how did I get interested in the Chelsea USA Tour this summer?

For some odd reason my son is one of those people who actually watch soccer games on TV. And he was never a soccer player outside of rec teams when he was a kid. He can watch a game and actually can tell when the ball is offsides. I kind of get it, but he really gets all the ins and outs of the game and he knows the players names. So when he is around, we often hear about soccer or we read about it on his Facebook page,. The teacher in me kicks in so the parent in me can at talk with some semblance of sense. So I started reading more about some of the teams, and more importantly the difference between the leagues, the pros and the national teams.

Really though, for me and I think most people the USA team doing well in the Olympics and the 2010 World Cup did the trick. We watched all the games, learned some players names, and somehow a game where you play for long stretches or even full games without even one score and get exhausted just watching them run back and forth became spellbinding. I think overall it helped give a boost in many cities that have an MLS team I think like in most sports there are teams that struggle and teams that can afford anything, but that seems to be par for the course in professional sports. Then there is the fact that for most games es soccer tickets do not cost an arm and a leg like American football so its a great way for the spots nuts to enjoy a professional game

Chelsea is a big deal because first, when they were here the last time, they had great turn out and enjoyed the reception in general they received by the American fans. But this year Chelsea FC news is on our radar since they just won the Champions League and so their name has been in the news. They will be playing the MLS All stars and three World Football Challenge games, one against the Seattle Sounders, one in Florida against AC Milan , which by the way is the first time Chelsea traveled to South Florida on a US tour, and they go to Yankee stadium for the first soccer game ever in the new stadium against Pairs St Germain. I may be wrong, but I am thinking come July when Chelsea is here for 10 days or so, on the Chelsea USA tour 2012, we will be hearing all about it on all of the sports casts, not just the sports nuts on ESPN.

By the way, if you are like me you were too chicken to ask, but I finally asked the soccer fan son what in the world FC stood for. Pretty simple really, Football Club. Good thing they use the abbreviations because if they called it foot ball club here, everyone would just be confused.


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