Since its not a World Cup year most people think soccer doesn't exist anymore. Since the last World Cup sucked in terms of the quality of play, people should know that you can actually see something worth watching every once in a while.
The Champions League started its round of 16 matches yesterday and they will continue in 2 weeks time.
Many of the big boys of european football play in this tournament and won.
Manchester United won away to Lille 1-0
Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 3-2 as Beckham's days in Spain come to an end
Defending champions Barcelona lost at home to Liverpool 1-2.
Chelsea drew 1-1 with coach Jose Mourinho's former Porto squad
and PSV beat Arsenal 1-0.
You can catch the second leg of these matches on ESPN 2 and ESPN Classic March 6 and 7.
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but the US Soccer foundation has stated that it wants to host the 2018 World Cup. England, and a joint bid with Belgium and the Netherlands are the other potential countries that can host the event. Logically speaking, that World Cup should go to a nation from North America or Australia as FIFA has stated that it is now rotating continents every four years for the World Cup. Since 2002 was in Asia, 2006 in Europe, 2010 in Africa, and 2014 should be in Brazil, you see where I'm coming from. But FIFA is capable of anything in terms of cheating and corruption, so who really knows where the competition will be held.
In any event the US also said that they would be willing to host the 2014 event if the host nation cannot build its stadiums sufficiently. This is distinctly a possibility as the America is one of the only countries in the world that has enough large stadiums that are safe to host the world's most watched sporting event. The same could probably only be said for Australia, England, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Korea (Italy would have made this list, but they had some security problems a few weeks back).
What does this all mean? I will be able to go to a quality soccer match without having to fly over 10 hours.