by Ian Schneider, @EN541
Well what a finale that was! It was a thoroughly exciting final game between Argentina and Germany, with either side looking like they could take the trophy home at any minute. I also found this final game was much better and more exciting than the 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands, which is something I was worried about. Fortunately however, both teams attacked aggressively and there were lots of great plays on both sides.
After the 1st half where Argentina had a goal taken back because of an offside call, I was worried that they were going to be the better team. Die Mannschaft proved itself in the end though, with their reliance on their endless amount of top-talent midfielders paying off in spades. Even with Khedira having to be dropped from the starting-11 minutes before kick-off, the German team didn’t look to be at a loss for skill. Well, at least until Kramer got bashed in the head. He looked pretty out of it and was showing clear signs of concussion.
I’ve had a few bones to pick with the officials treatment of head injuries in the tournament, but that’s another debate for another time. To make a long-story short, FIFA, coaches, managers, and officials should definitely be trying to protect their expensive players (read: assets) safer. Head injuries are nothing to mess with, and American sports take huge measure against such things, frequently stopping the game at the sign of such things. However – American sports don’t have a constantly running clock and can easily switch to a commercial. But I digress.
As a thoroughly happy ‘Schland fan (or an upset Messi and co. fan), I’ve found myself wondering what’s a soccer fan to do now that the tournament of tournaments is gone for another 4 years? For those of you who became star-struck during these last few weeks in Brazil the answer is easy: keep supporting Soccer in your area! While European leagues don’t start for another month or so, the MLS (American Major League Soccer) is in full swing. So that’s what I did the night after the World Cup final, I finally attended my first MLS game.
It was the Seattle Sounders vs. the Portland Timbers and I found it hard to root for any one side, having moved recently from Oregon and now living in Seattle. I wasn’t disappointed though, with the fan bases being incredibly loud and fun and the game being pretty thrilling, as Clint Dempsey finally made his return from Brazil to the Sounders and scored their first goal. On top of all of that, my friends and I were treated to a beautiful sunset at Century Link Field – fitting for a day full of the “beautiful game”.
So for those of you disappointed by the lack of matches now, don’t worry, they’re still out there. Go pick a league to watch, find your area team, be a fan, and keep the momentum going!