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skangles
DC
Post #1
Thursday June 13, 2013 2:55am

Joined Jan 2013
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Let's face it, all of us have a serious problem. Our obsession with our national team causes us to spend numerous hours online debating hypothetical lineups with a bunch of strangers.

So how did you get to this point? When did you religiously start following the MNT?

I started following the national team during the 2000-2001 WCQs but I was a fairly casual fan until the 2002 World Cup. No surprise, our play and success in the 2002 World Cup really pushed me off the ledge.

I was genuinely pissed at the Washington Nationals for several years for referring to themselves as the Nats. The US were and still are the Nats.

My rock bottom moment was back in 2003 when we went through that 6 month dry spell without any games. That was awful.

There was also the players strike of 2005 that brought Clyde Simms to fame.

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #2
Thursday June 13, 2013 3:01am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 925
Pretty young, I started seriously following them when I was 15 or 16.

EKneezy
Post #3
Thursday June 13, 2013 3:07am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,636
It was the summer of 2010. World Cup came along and I began watching. But I really became a diehard when we faced Mexico in the 2011 gold cup final. I've tried my best to watch every USMNT game since. Curious to read everyone else's story.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #4
Thursday June 13, 2013 3:29am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 4,669
When did my obsession start? 1998. Before then I casually watched the national team from 94 until 98.

2002 still for me is the USMNT coming out party not 2010. I still am a little surprised how little fanfare that team gets. Even the Tifo last night IMO should of had 2002 on it. That team made it to the quarterfinals. they beat a highly favored Mexican team 2-0 in the round of 16 and went toe to toe with Germany in the quarterfinals. That 2002 USMNT is the measuring stick for all other USMNT's in the modern era.

I get that in 2002 the USMNT was still an obscure team in the public eye whereas the 2010 team had millions of people following and watching on TV. But it's a crime that, that USMNT is not held up a hell of a lot higher than the 2010 team. Diehard USMNT fans know that the 2002 USMNT was special, and arguably the best USMNT in the modern era.

The 2010 team had some very good moments in the CONFED cup and WC, but I would take that 2002 team over the 2010 team anyday.

Nick4235
Boston, Mass
Post #5
Thursday June 13, 2013 3:35am

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 139
Original post from EKneezy

It was the summer of 2010. World Cup came along and I began watching. But I really became a diehard when we faced Mexico in the 2011 gold cup final. I've tried my best to watch every USMNT game since. Curious to read everyone else's story.


Very similar to mine. I casually watched WC 2010 as a 14/15 year old but didnt know many players. Knew Donovan and perhaps vaguely heard of Dempsey, Bradley, Howard, and Altidore but not really. Watched some of England match, watched first half of Slovenia and after that showing didnt argue with my dad when he told me to mow the lawn and came back inside to see that they tied it up 2-2 just in time to hear announcers talk about Edu being cheated out of a goal. Watched end of Algeria and Ghana games but wasn't all that disappointed really.

Forgot about team until friends invited me to US vs Spain in 2011 at Gillett. Two of the six people I went with wore Barca shirts and 1 wore a Spain shirt. My friends and I wore US shirts we bought the day before (none of us had any connection to Spain). We sort of even clapped for Spain too (I know, I'm sorry guys). As you can see I was still a VERY casual fan. After the game tho I told myself that I'd watch the Gold Cup which I then completely forgot to do. I remember seeing the score of the Mexico game and being kinda disappointed. My real fandom began when Klinsmann was hired. I didn't know much about soccer so the way people talked I thought we were getting like one of the best coaches in the World (I still think he's a good coach despite all his critics). After that I've tried to watch all the games and started following the team on sites like this. (Hope this wasn't too long and boring haha.)

tjknowsall
Post #6
Thursday June 13, 2013 3:40am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 268
I'm still in HS, yet I'm a huge student of the game. My dream is to coach at a high level some day. I started following them when I was 5. My first game was the USA's last home qualifiyng loss to Honduras while we were qualifying for the 2002 world cup in DC. I loved the atmosphere, and ever since then have been a huge fan. Soccer has been my life whether its playing or watching, so I guess u could just say my whole life.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #7
Thursday June 13, 2013 3:48am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,250
Original post from skangles

Let's face it, all of us have a serious problem. Our obsession with our national team causes us to spend numerous hours online debating hypothetical lineups with a bunch of strangers.



Thats funny! Why don't you figure a way to get paid from it like the people getting paid that run this website. It's a simple layout.

I like soccer because i get bored with the other sports. Barry bonds left baseball and there's no power hitters anymore. Basketball sucks because now everyone is almost 7' tall. Basketball used to be sick in the 80's/90's because there were 3 superstars on every team. Hockey lost its allure because there is not that many super stars either. MMA got played out and boxing sucked after Mike Tyson retired. Football is the only thing thats still cool, especially when your home team is the SF 49ers.

Im more into soccer because it's the last sport left to dominate.

I was a casual soccer fan for world cups. Can't remember why I have no recollection of the 1998 WC. I still have the newspaper article where we beat mexico in the 2002 WC. We got robbed of the handball vs Germany and I think we could've went to the final. After WC 2006 I started watching soccer and became an MLS fan when David Beckham came into the league.

pjscdn
Post #8
Thursday June 13, 2013 4:09am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 20
I saw my first live US game in 1992. I recall seeing the 2-0 win over England in Foxboro. Went to 4 games at 1994 World Cup, and watched MLS get off the ground. Been to maybe 20 US games in person, and still have a vintage Sam's Army shirt. It's amazing to see how far this team has come. This web site wasn't needed 20 years ago, and this summer we have enough depth and quality to field both a WCQ and Gold Cup team.

Branquinho
Ballerado
Post #9
Thursday June 13, 2013 4:47am

Joined Jun 2013
Total Posts: 20
I missed the 2002 World Cup while I still thought baseball was amazing. That faded when I stopped playing and was confined to the bleachers. I became more and more interested while living with some soccer junkies in college until the 2006 World Cup and i've been an addict ever since. I married a girl from Brazil shortly thereafter, not because of soccer/futbol, but it does help in conversation with the in-laws.

EKneezy
Post #10
Thursday June 13, 2013 4:50am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,636
Crazy thing is Nick I was born and raised in Boston too. Mostly in brockton but have plenty of family living in roxbury. moved to atlanta in 2009 so great to see someone's experience similar to mine.

Jzaval01
Post #11
Thursday June 13, 2013 5:03am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,253
Funny thing haha I always love the USA back since 2004 probably but at that moment I wasnt much into soccer seeing as I was 10 I wasnt still into the game and probably didnt understand it. I always wanted the MNT to win but I really started to watch all their matches after we beat Mexico 2-0 in 2007 that won us the Gold Cup. Ever since then I watch every game of our beautiful team lol. Kinda cool to point out is being as old as the last time the WC was held in the US. Which was about 19 yrs ago

Chrisou101
Post #12
Thursday June 13, 2013 5:08am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 548
Started following them ever since the 2010 world cup, hell I just started high school since then. Been following and supporting them ever since.

admsghs27
Post #13
Thursday June 13, 2013 5:13am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 2,770
I was very young.. My first game i saw live was in 1993.. And im in my 20s... So i been fallowing them since 93... Always liked soccer more than nfl, nba.,mlb,, nhl.. always been my fav sport... I attended usa vs colombia in 94 wc and been a huge fan since...

MSantoine
Post #14
Thursday June 13, 2013 11:53am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,959
Went to about half the revs home games for there first four or so seasons as I was in middle school and my best friend had season tickets and an older brother who didn't want to go often. I remember seeing valderamma and Moreno and that Latin flair and being in awe. Then I remember setting my alarm clock for 3 am everyday in 02 whether it was us playing or not and have watched almost every game since. Any chance to watch uefas or other friendlies ill do it. My hope is NBC brings soccer to the next level here

Alcharod
302
Post #15
Thursday June 13, 2013 12:32pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 574
[quote]Original post from 2tone

When did my obsession start? 1998. Before then I casually watched the national team from 94 until 98.

That is the exact time frame as me. casually watched in 94 learning the rules and watched from time to time, but i became obsessed in 98.

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