This Could Be the Start of Something
Hello. My name is Steve McPherson and I’m not a soccer expert.
But I hope that won’t drive you away because I hope you’re at least a little like me. I got into the soccer the way a lot of Americans have: through playing it growing up, watching the World Cup and through playing video games like FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. So there are things I know about soccer and then a lot of things I don’t. What I’m hoping is that the posts here will help all of us to learn more, to experience more, and to get know Minnesota United FC and the game of soccer better.
For the last year and a half I’ve been writing about sports (mostly basketball—and sometimes sports video games) for places like Grantland, the New York Times, ESPN’s TrueHoop blog, A Wolf Among Wolves, The Classical, Complex, Operation Sports, Hardwood Paroxysm and HoopSpeak. I even wrote an article about Minnesota United for Grantland. Before I started focusing on basketball, I was a music journalist, largely covering local music in the Twin Cities for Pulse of the Twin Cities, City Pages, The Onion and others. In a lot of ways, I see Minnesota United as bringing together the appeal of independent, local music with the appeal of sports. So when the team approached me about contributing to a blog for the team’s site, I jumped at the chance.
So what do you need to know about what I know about soccer? I mostly played center back on my college intramural team. This was because I wasn’t great handling the ball or shooting it. Or basically anything other than slide tackling and clearing. That hasn’t changed much. I first got interested in European soccer in the early 2000s and as a result have Celtic, AC Milan, Newcastle United and Ajax kits, plus a Veron Lazio kit. I really liked Manchester City for a long time until they were bought by Abu Dhabi United Group and started spending like crazy, probably because I like underdogs. I’ve seen both Bend It Like Beckham and Shaolin Soccer.
So expect posts about Minnesota United as they embark upon their fall season. Expect some posts about basic to intermediate soccer concepts that will hopefully enhance your enjoyment of the game. Expect some back-and-forth exchanges with my friend netw3rk about soccer across the pond and around the world. And expect some completely outlandish randomness that will most likely involved pop culture and/or music and/or film, because that’s something that happens from time to time.
For my part, I expect to learn a lot, and I look forward to sharing it with you.
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