TSG is backing the goat this weekend! Sorry Crew fans….just for this weekend.
We’ve got a special treat for you today. As you know we typically save Fridays for Op-Ed’s and series that involve the TSG community.
Well, we’re back today with our second installment of The Fan In You, a series where a fan offers their perspective on how they came to root for the team they love, and this week it’s brought to you by the newest TSG commenter, Dan Kennedy, goalkeeper for Chivas USA.
Dan, who once played on the same team on the junior circuit as Jürgen Klinsmann, was not shy about recording a piece for The Shin Guardian about his affinity for the…team…he…loves….
TSG plays scribe on this one and synthesizes Dan’s comments as spoken to Chivas USA pressman David Lindholm. Thanks Dan and David!
Dan Kennedy on why he’s a fan of Manchester United and more about rooting for the Red Devils:
DK: In high school, they were the only team that got much broadcast on TV in terms of European soccer in the United States. So I started watching and they were on the EPL games that we got over here. Obviously, they were the leaders, they had the big players, the Peter Schmeichel’s, the David Beckham’s.
They had big players that I had never heard of. This was really before information on soccer was available to us like it is now with the internet. We were limited to what we could watch and they were just the most prevalent team.
(……on favorite players)
Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Schmeichel and Beckham obviously. Scholes and Giggs were real young; the Neville brothers.
It was a pretty cool group.
I got into it in 1997 and in 1999 they ended up winning the treble.
Now, I understand it a lot more.
Now, I can appreciate how incredible that feat was.
Oh, and another big part of becoming a Man United fan was Timmy Howard. When he went over there, I really started paying attention to the team and watching them whenever I could.
(….on how his admiration has changed over the years)
First of all, Sir Alex Ferguson may the best manager to coach a team and regardless of what stars come and go, they always are competing for championships every year. It’s an incredible team.
Their support is obviously inspirational to a player. You can only dream of playing for a team that size, just in terms of the support, but even the pressure.