True Confession Tuesday: I Am A Soccer Fan

Where every Tuesday: I confess.

Confession: I actually like soccer (but that’s been a long time coming).

I have been a developing fan over many years and I was lucky to be a part of official “Soccer Day” here in Minnesota and I fell in love with the game a little more.

We finally got an MLS (Major League Soccer) team and it’s a pretty big deal. It is something the sport of soccer and the state of Minnesota have been working on for a long time.

And in a way only Minnesota could, we brought MLS soccer to the state complete with a SNOW STORM.

The atmosphere was incredible. There were over 35,000 people in the stadium during a snow storm. You can see in the picture of me the section of soccer hooligans (The Dark Clouds) supporter section and they didn’t stop chanting, cheering, and supporting their team until the bitter end. Yes – it was a bitter end – losing 6-1.

I haven’t always loved sports. I remember going to an NFL football game in college for the first time and being bored out of my mind. BORED OUT OF MY MIND.  And I tolerated other sporting events throughout the years.

But now I find them inspirational and an opportunity to learn and grow.

There are so many things I love about sporting events.

  • Atmosphere
  • Energy
  • Community
  • Cheering
  • Common goals
  • The dedication to their craft (athletes)
  • Teamwork
  • Continued learning

I leave almost every sporting event I go to inspired in some way. Most of the time it’s the complete dedication of the athletes to their craft and their team. I often think about that in terms of my goals and dreams.

I love the community aspect of rallying with 35,000 other people. Now more than ever, this sense of community is imperative. Where else in your life can you search out community and rally for a common goal?

Then there is the continued learning. As a “developing” sport fan, I still have a lot to learn about sports (in this case, soccer). Their defense was so horrible that even I could see the errors, but as soon as I got home I got a lesson in what “goal side” means for the defense. The analogy was “don’t let me get to the microwave.” Stay between your person and the microwave – stay goal side. 🙂 Keep them out!

So, whether you are a sports fan or not, there are always great lessons to learn from being involved in a sporting event.

And where else do you get to go to an outdoor stadium during a snow storm and enjoy a game of soccer?

Have a great week!


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