Ah, Next Week; Oh, Next Week…A Pre-Season of My Own

Fans of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the broader national team set-up are in for a double-edged treat next week – and one only has to go here (Fox Soccer Channel’s listings page) and pull up the pdf for next week’s schedule to see what I’m talking about. Yessiree Bob, next week soccer fans get Olympic qualifying (three games in five days? Pity the kids, people, pity the kids) and the kickoff of the CONCACAF Champions Cup. Even if one watches only games involving MLS clubs and the “Junior Americans,” that’s five games in four days. Ob-ser-eve (that’s fancy for “observe” and the times are for the live games on Pacific Standard Time listings):

Tuesday, Marcy 11: USA U-23s v. Cuba (5 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 12: Harbour View v. DC United (5 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 12: CD Municipal v. Houston Dynamo (7 p.m.)
Thursday, March 13: USA U-23s v. Panama (5 p.m.)
Saturdady, March 15: USA U-23s v. Honduras (4 p.m.)

Now, I know that sounds like an easy week for the average soccer-geek, but, for some of us, that’s enough to put strain on a marriage. Add in the other CONCACAF Champions Cup games (Montagua v. Pachuca, March 11, 8 p.m.; Saprissa v. Atlante, March 13, 8 p.m.) and I’m basically giving my wife cause to file. On a related note, this really feels like the season coming on even if it’s a month away. Now seems like a good a time as any to work on the diplomatic/marital skills my twin hobbies (e.g. watching/commenting on soccer) require; there’s a full summer ahead of negotiations, trade-offs, even summits to work in all these games. A one-week warm-up seems like just thing to get my mind limber…

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  2. Man, you have hit the nail on the head. To paraphrase Paul Simon, the “Negotiations and Love Songs” have already begun. My kids are on spring break and we are going to be out of town For the Dynamo/Municipal game here at Robertson Stadium. And do you realize how hard it is for me to even consider that this is going o happen, much less command my hands to type it down here?!? What’s more there was a slight chance I wouldn’t be back in town after another trip in time for the candystriper game April 6 — the HOME OPENER FOR CTHULHU’S SAKE!!!! — until I gave her the panicked look that Nick Hornby writes of so well in Fever Pitch. Even then.

    Our 12th anny was last November, just after the Cup Final, and If the whole season goes like this, No. 13 is looking dim….

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