World Cup 2010: Escape to Spain

The US may be out of the World Cup but it doesn't mean it's not worth following and showing our support! Here's Nola's latest take on this world-famous sport.
- Vicki

Although I, like everyone else, want to forget the USA/Ghana game, I found myself at match end fuming over the announcers. Everyone and their mother knows that the USA is a fledgling soccer nation, but the announcers were chattering about how proud the USA team should be at having made it out of the bracket and how they can hold their heads held high. Why should we give ourselves any other standard than say Brazil or Argentina? Would Spain hold their heads up high if they had lost their round of 16 match? Doubtful. It's time the world stop babying and belittling our soccer playing capacities, and recognize us for the potential that has yet to, but will soon, be reached.

On another note, for those of you who weren't lucky enough to catch the Spain v. Portugal game this past Tuesday, it was really quite a match! I joined my good friend and fellow soccer enthusiast at Boqueria, a Spanish Tapas restaurant in Soho. For 90 minutes, over calamari a la plancha and a large (yes, large) pitcher of Sangria, we escaped New York City and American disappointment for the vibrant atmosphere of Barcelona.

Despite USA elimination, rest assured World Cup blogs will continue. BIG GAMES OF THE WEEKEND: Brazil v. Netherlands, Friday, July 2, at 10AM EST, Ghana v. Uruguay, Friday, July 2, at 2:30PM EST, Argentina v. Germany, Saturday, July 3 at 10AM EST, and Spain v. Paraguay, Saturday, July 3, at 2:30PM EST!

Did you start drooling at just the mention of sangria? Try this Sangria Spritzer at home! The splash of cava makes it refreshing in the summer heat, and almost makes you feel like you're watching the game along Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Almost.

Nola Solomon
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Vicki said...

I can definitely get on board with sangria, but I'm hoping Germany or the Netherlands win. It's been tough slowly seeing France, the US, and England be eliminated - it's slim pickins left!

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