I haven't had much time for blogging recently, since it's crunch time on my thesis. I was working even on the brief holiday (that's 'vacation' for all you Americans) I took to the US for my brother's wedding.
It's always a fabulous trip, visiting Silver Lake in the summer. This year was no exception. Despite a few rainy days, the weather was accommodating enough to allow for some good lake time. With nieces and nephews multiplying it makes for some fun times!
And the wedding was great. We even got to set off Chinese wish lanterns. But my favorite part was being able to spend time with family and friends - what a great trip! Now here's to writing!
So my team did not make it through to the next round. They played a good game against Portugal last night, but it just wasn't good enough. Too much ball control, not enough finishing power. A ton of missed chances. Disappointing, but such it is sometimes. Hopefully next World Cup will be a different story.
Now just to clarify, Ghana is the country I was born in. One of my Chinese friends was shocked that I wasn't supporting the USA in the World Cup - why would I even consider supporting a country other than the country of my passport? I explained that in the USA we like to support the 'underdog', a concept that took a bit of explaining. We actually spent 5 minutes with me trying to explain why Americans like to support teams that meet the requirements of 'the little guy'.
Now Ghana is definitely not completely the little guy when it comes to soccer (football for all the non-Americans), but as a nation when compared to the USA, which is pretty much the biggest on the block, they are. And as someone born and raised in the African nation, I guess I have more call than most to support them on the international stage.
But this definitely does not mean that I dislike the USA - not at all. In fact, I am really glad to be a citizen and am really glad they made it into the World Cup, and hope at some point they get to hoist the trophy. But given a sports matchup between them and Ghana, I'd have to support Ghana all the way. Though now that the US is through, I still have a team to support...
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