World Cup makes me a soccer fan -

World Cup makes me a soccer fan

(KMOV)-- I have to admit I'm not much of a soccer fan. I probably shouldn't admit that being a sportscaster, but like most of America, I just can't seem to get interested in college or professional soccer.

But the World Cup is different. I can't get enough of it. I love the World Cup. I wished they played it every two years instead of every four. I got to know the U.S. goalie Hope Solo when she played here for the St. Louis Athletica, so I'm rooting hard for her.

Other than Hope, I don't know much about the other players, but I'm still living and dying with each pass and shot on goal. I was a little bit annoyed that the Cardinals called a news conference to announce the signing of Jaime Garcia right in the middle of the U.S. World Cup game against France. I would have rather watched the soccer game. I can't wait for the championship game on Sunday against Japan, but after that I suppose I won't care about soccer again until the next World Cup or Olympic tournament.

It's strange how that works. You can be a huge fan of the sport for a couple of weeks, and then have almost no interest at all in soccer for a couple of years. I suppose that means I'm getting caught up in the Nationalistic aspect of the World Cup tournament, rather than the sport itself. I'm probably not alone in that sentiment. The World Cup helps me appreciate the athleticism of the players and how exciting soccer can be. This must be what it's like to be a sports fan in Europe.

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