I, a warm-blooded, (formerly) meat-and-potatoes American kid, have decided to join the worldwide multitudes who call themselves devotees of the Barclays Premier League.
In recent weeks, the soccer blogosphere has been filled with commentary about Brazil's defeat to Mexico in the Olympic final, and much attention has focused on Mano Menezes, the coach of the Brazilian national team.
Once in the land of opportunity, you better take from it what it has to offer. And take she did. Earning a BA degree from Yale University, and JD from Columbia Law School, she made her parents proud by honoring their request for her to become a lawyer.
Soccer symbolizes Afghanistan's choices coming full circle as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw from the Central Asian nation more than a decade after they invaded it.
Though I have been working abroad for more than twenty years, I am renewed on every trip and never eager to leave.
Our arrival in Toussaint Louverture Airport in Port-au-Prince was a happy moment for me. Showing off Haiti to my sons begins.
As we stepped out of a red metal door onto the makeshift soccer field, the children were already drilling for the game.
Hopefully your knowledge of our neighbors to the south is better than that of our benighted politicos, but still, we can all stand to learn more about this emerging tech power.
When Lei Htoo kicks the ball his long silky dark hair whips up into his face. Lei Htoo was resettled in El Cajon with his mother and siblings from a refugee camp on the Thai/Burma border.
Wearing his #10 jersey, Heemo is glued to the TV screen watching the Olympics soccer matches. The refugee camp boundaries may confine him physically, but soccer lets him see beyond the end zone to his next goal.
Brazil now play South Korea in the semifinals, in a match where they will be challenged by South Korea's legendary physical fitness and their tactical discipline.
The morning after another stirring night of action at the Olympics, I tune into my local sports radio station on the way to work. They are discussing whether Eli Manning deserves to be elected to the Football Hall of Fame. It was as if the Olympics simply did not exist.
I was with eleven people who all live with varying disabilities, and they were doing exactly what I dreamed about when I took this job one year ago: trying something new, pushing their limits, getting out of their comfort zone and eventually mastering it!
Now you might be thinking, "Well, duh, your name IS Bruce and you ARE Asian." Sure this train of thought MIGHT might sense if I was also ripped with muscles, was 30 pounds lighter, 2 inches taller and could kill you with a one-inch punch to the heart and but alas, these are not traits that I possess.
A unique collaboration between International Medical Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development is using girls' soccer matches to promote peace and change attitudes and behaviors about violence across the whole community.
Having a dream to become the next Ronaldinho is important and has its benefits. However, having access to coaches, teammates and a healthy support network allows vulnerable children to have a part of their day where they can free their minds, play, and just be kids.