Matthew R. Perry

I’m a soccer fan for the next month!

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2006 at 3:57 pm

The World Cup begins.  Soccer is very close to me this time of year because of the death of my nephew, Gray Griffin.  Gray was killed in an auto accident in October of 2002 at the age of 18.  He was the captain of the 16-17 USA World Cup team and could very likely have been on the World Cup team this year. 

I say that in light of the Sports Illustrated article in this past week's magazine about our team.  You will read about how back in 1999 the US best 16 and 17 year old soccer players went to school and trained in Bradenton, Florida.  Gray was a part of that experiment to try and get the USA among the elite.  Landon Donovan, DeMarcus Beasley and others were down there with Gray and now are the main stars of our World Cup team.  I miss you, Gray.  I'll be thinking about you when the USA takes the pitch.

Also, I am a big Trinidad and Tobago fan and the Soca Warriors (their national team) made it to the World Cup for the first time in their history.  When they beat Bahrain on November 16 to qualify for the World Cup, their Prime Minister immediately declared a national holiday!  They are five minutes away from starting their first match against Sweden and its on ABC.  So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch the Soca Warriors and hope there is a mammoth upset in the works.   Either way, they are just happy to be there.  If they beat Sweden — look out!

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