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It all started in the summer of 2010. The United States Men’s National Team (U.S.M.N.T.) qualified for the World Cup. My friends were all talking about it but I didn’t have much to contribute. I never really watched soccer or even played it before that summer. However, as the tournament progressed the USMNT would perform well enough to make it out of the group stage. One of the more significant matches was against England as the USMNT tied 1-1 with an equalizer from Clint Dempsey in the 40th minute. 

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Along with the World Cup, my friends would also join a Sunday soccer league that was hosted weekly at Kelvyn Park. In need of some additional players, I would join the roster and go on to finish the season. This is when soccer really started to interest me. I was playing weekly with my friends in the league as well as joining pickup games at various parks in Chicago like Haas, Montrose, Foster, etc. 

When not on the pitch, we were at my friend Antonio’s house eyes glued to the T.V. as the world’s best footballers came together to compete. It was the start of what would later become a passion of mine. Throughout my four years at DePaul, I participated in the intramural soccer league hosted by The Ray as well as leagues around the city. Currently, I play in a Sunday soccer league at
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Peterson Park on the far North side of Chicago. We’ve only played one game but I’m feeling optimistic for this league. A lot of our squad consists of the same players from several years ago when I first joined the game. Also, we’re rocking some pretty cool Japan national kits. I encourage all my fellow soccer enthusiasts, players, or even just fans to check out recreation leagues throughout the city. It’s a great way to meet people, get some activity in your day, and embrace soccer culture! 

Thanks for reading my blog and as always, stay awesome friends! 

Side note, if you are reading this blog and play goalie or know someone that plays goalie, let me know! Our squad is looking to fill that position! 
 
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