The World Cup is a pretty big deal all around the world. With a grand total of 32 teams competing, one from almost every continent with the exception Antarctica, the World Cup is sure to cause uproar worldwide. And though America’s soccer reputation has not always compared to that of other countries, the USA’s World Cup team truly represents America’s diversity.
Even if you have only listened to your co-workers talk about soccer, you have surely heard of the forward Clint Dempsey. Perhaps you even remember him from the last World Cup when he scored against England’s goalie in a shot that just barely made it, grazing right past the goalie’s hands. Dempsey currently plays for the Seattle Sounders, who, if you didn’t guess, are based in Seattle, WA. The Seattle Sounders were established in 2007 and entered Major League Soccer in 2009. The team plays at CenturyLink Field in Tukwila, which is located near the south end of Seattle. Dempsey’s fellow Sounders teammate, DeAndre Yedlin, was also selected to play in the World Cup. Beyond being recognized for its soccer culture, Seattle is home to a few things that are truly American: Nirvana, Starbucks, and Microsoft.
Brad Davis, another stateside player for the US team, plays for Houston Dynamo; he is the team’s all-time leader in games, starts, and assists. Dynamo games are held at BBVA Compass Stadium in the Eastwood section of Houston, also home to Scarface director Howard Hughes. Davis has been with Dynamo since 2006, formerly playing with the San Jose Earthquakes, which incidentally is where his teammate for the World Cup, Chris Wondolowski currently plays.
Chris Wondolowski is from Danville, CA, and despite his short stay at Houston when the team moved, he found his way back to San Jose in the 2010 draft. The Earthquakes play at Santa Clara University’s BuckShaw Stadium, which is in the heart of San Jose, close to the San Jose International Airport and the Rose Garden.
Playing in the World Cup for his first time, Omar Gonzalez has a long history with LA Galaxy, where he started playing at 19 and still plays at age 25. Gonzalez and his team play at the Home Depot Center in Carson, the south side of Los Angeles. In the second most populated city behind New York, soccer is very popular in LA. The city offers multiple men and women’s leagues for all skill levels. With two fields: Balboa Park Soccer field in Encino and John Ferraro Soccer Complex in Griffith Park, it’s no wonder why the LA team recruits such great players.
Today, June 12th, marks the beginning of the month-long soccer spree. And if you are a team’s number one fan, and you are so dedicated that you want to move right next to the home stadium, check out some of our Newcomer’s Handbooks for more information about your city of interest. The first match on the 12th is, as per tradition, will be played between Brazil (the host nation) and Croatia. The USA’s first game is on June 16th against Ghana, so be sure not to miss it!
Written by: Kristin Monteith