many games did you watch?
We bought the Frankfurt
venue package which gave us all games at Frankfurt except the
final. We then added a few teams we wanted to see more than once.
The itinerary was pretty extensive. We started outside Frankfurt
where my friend's mom lived and then traveled to the opening
ceremonies in Berlin to see Germany vs. Canada. Then to Wolfsburg
for Mexico vs. England. Back to Frankfurt for Germany vs. Nigeria.
Then out to Sinshein to see the Columbia vs. USA game. Our last
first round game was the Equatorial Guinea vs. Brazil. From there
we caught two semifinal matches - one in Munich and one in Frankfurt.
So I got to watch seven games in all.
you describe the atmosphere surrounding the matches?
It was a dream of mine
to be a part of an atmosphere like this. Being there as a fan
of the game is such an amazing experience when its the sport
that you have been passionate about all your life is in the world's
stage and the hearts of an entire country. The news of the games
was everywhere and most conversations on the streets of the cities
was centered around the games. At the U.S. Columbia game, I sat
next to a girl and her family and they spoke only limited English.
The girl was intrigued by our chants and excitement so she moved
over to sit next to me and I gave her a little USA flag and she
joined in on our chants.
an American women's soccer player and coach, how do you describe
the accomplishments of the U.S. team?
I think the U.S. team
accomplished a great deal this summer. In a crazy World Cup in
which most of the powerhouse teams underachieved, the U.S. powered
through the ups and downs, painting a real picture of the American
story. It wasn't a smooth road, but as a fan of the game, it
was a road that encouraged others to join and celebrate their
victories. I think it was hard for those who aren't fans, not
to root for the U.S. given their battle and resilience.
grew up in the Rochester area, as did U.S. star Abby Wambach.
Any special thoughts on her career and her performance in Germany?
I thought Abby did
an excellent job leading the U.S. squad. She really set a stellar
example of team leadership as well as passion for the love of
playing the game and for scoring. As a Rochester native and someone
who grew up playing at the same time she did, it was great to
see her excel. I have always been a fan of her resilience especially
after coming back from her injury a few years ago but her display
of what it means to be a team player and an impact player was
one that will be remembered by most fans. In a World Cup in which
many of the "dominant" goal scores struggled to lead
their teams, Abby embraced the challenge and helped to carry
the team through the late stages.
was your favorite match?
It's definitely a tie
for my favorite match; my pride in the U.S.and the inspiration
that they played with during the Brazil match was truly an unbelievable
experience. However the inspiring movement of an entire country
behind a team (Germany) in the Germany vs. Canada opening match
was unlike any event I've ever been apart of. I think the excitement
of being a fan for that game was more than I could have ever
imagined. I was awestruck for most of the match listening to
the crowd cheer, chant and become moved by each play in the match.