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Get Photos of the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team – World Cup Qualifier in Nashville!

In Favorite Soccer Teams on April 18, 2009 at 8:15 pm


April 1, 2009 was one of the best days of my life. That was when I got to see the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team play a World Cup Qualifier at LP Field! I was there with about 28,000 other soccer fans, which was a record for the most people ever attending a soccer game in Tennessee.

The weather was perfect and the U.S. team played an awesome game against Trinidad & Tobago. Jozy Altidore, who is only 19, scored a hat trick, and my favorite player on the planet, Landon Donovan, unselfishly provided all three assists.

We had great seats and I saw every shot and pass – from beginning to end – but one person, who had an even better view of the action, was a friend of my parents. Harry Simpson is an award-winning photographer and he was selected to take photos of the game by the U.S. team. He was even invited to their super-secret practice at a Nashville-area college – a day or so before the big game.

He got some amazing photos of individual players and the team. You can take a look at them – and, even buy one by going to his web site.

I’ll be 12 next month and I’ve already asked my parents to buy me a couple of shots of Landon Donovan, for my birthday. My mom said she would frame them and let me hang them in my room.

If you got to see this once-in-a-lifetime game – either on TV or in person – you might want to add one of these awesome photos to your birthday (or Christmas) list, too.


Go See a Nashville Metros Game

In Favorite Soccer Teams on March 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm


If you like watching soccer you have to go to some Nashville Metros games this year. The Metros play in the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League and have sent some of their players to the U.S. Men’s National Team and the Major League Soccer (MLS) league.

Last year I got to be a ball boy for their last home game and it was fun to be so close to the action.

If you want to learn more about the team, just got to their web site:

Oh yeah, their first home game is against the Baton Rouge Capitals on May 17 at 7:30 p.m. – so put a note on your refrigerator now.

Did I Mention I Saw Freddy Adu, During Spring Break?

In Favorite Soccer Players, Favorite Soccer Teams on March 23, 2008 at 9:27 pm



During Spring Break, I watched 8 hours of professional soccer – against four International teams – and NO, I wasn’t on the couch with a remote in my hand.

Nope. I was at the 2008 CONCACAF Championship, held at Nashville’s LP Field. This is the tournament where they decide which two teams get to compete at the Beijing Summer Olympics. And I was so close to the action that I could have hit Freddy Adu in the head with a Skittle!

But I wasn’t the only one there, there were 13,000 other maniac soccer fans from Honduras, Guatemala, Canada and the U.S. Oh yeah, there was my Mom, too. She isn’t a maniac, yet, but I think I’m sending her in that direction. Wish me luck!

The games were so cool I can’t even explain it. There were people from all these countries – all cheering for their own teams. It was like something you see on TV – except it’s right in front of you. Flags from other countries. Cheers and songs in different languages. Drums beating and painted faces. It was really fun to watch.

So what’s CONCACAF? Well, it stands for The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.

Short story: It’s about 40 countries, in North and Central America – even including a bunch of those tiny “island countries” in the Caribbean. All these countries do battle – to see which two get to go to the Olympics. And, no, Jack Sparrow was not on one of the Caribbean teams. Aaaargh.

THE BEST NEWS: USA was one of the two winners – selected to go to the Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing in 2008!!!

“Clash of Champions” – USA versus Brazil

In Favorite Soccer Teams, Soccer on TV on August 24, 2007 at 10:40 am


The U.S. Men’s National Team will play No. 1 ranked Brazil in Chicago on Sunday, September 9. Kickoff at Soldier Field is set for 3 p.m. (Nashville time), and the match will be live on ESPN2 and Univision.

Whatever you do, don’t miss this game. OK, stop what you’re doing right now and write a note to yourself. Now, stick it on the refrigerator.


If you have a spare $2,200.oo in your piggy bank, you can buy these two (rare) “On Field” tickets on ebay.