Hello everybody. It is Thanksgiving Day, that day of the year you come to SBI looking for a soccer fix and find this familiar waving turkey greeting you.
American soccer fans have plenty to be thankful for this year. From the continued growth of professional soccer, with more professional teams emerging every year, down to the college soccer scene, which continues to produce talented players like Jordan Morris and Keegan Rosenberry. We also continue to see a growth in the number of TV viewing options for soccer, and there are also more and more media outlets who have seen the importance of covering soccer.
As has become the tradition on SBI, here is my list of things I’m thankful for in 2016:
What I am most grateful for in 2016:
The readers, who help make this job worthwhile.
The SBI staff that helps keep the site rolling on a daily basis, and has helped us complete our ninth full year as an independent soccer news website.
The success that so many former SBI staff members are continuing to enjoy in the soccer media world.
Year four of working at Goal.com, with a great team of co-workers who have helped the site reach new heights.
A growing soccer fan base in the United States, and more soccer news outlets than ever before.
The continued growth of professional soccer in the U.S., including an MLS that will grow to 22 teams after being a 10-team league little more than a decade ago.
The chance to cover my first Copa America, and cover some of the world’s best teams and players live on American soil in an official competition.
The opportunity to cover my fifth Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, and hopefully my 15th straight MLS Cup.
My first visits to Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, and Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Mexico.
The brilliance of players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, etc.
Last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful my family for being understanding about all the trips I take and all the soccer I watch.
These are just some of the things I’m grateful for when it comes to 2016. I’m sure I could make this list twice as long.
Now it’s your turn. What will you be giving thanks for as a soccer fan today?
Share yours below (And have a Happy Thanksgiving).