Hello everybody. It is Thanksgiving Day, one of those rare days during the year when soccer goes on the backburner and there are no major games to watch.
American soccer fans have plenty to be thankful for, from a growing and strengthening Major League Soccer to a continuously growing number of soccer television viewing options. The U.S. national team is ushering in a new era as a generation of young players prepare to take their places on the squad, while new soccer stadiums continue to pop up around the country.
What will I give thanks for from a soccer standpoint this year? Here are some things that came to my mind this morning:
The SBI and Fox Soccer readers who make my job worthwile
The SBI editorial staff, who help keep this site running at a high level
My first trip to London, three weeks I won't soon forget
Portland and Vancouver's arrivals to MLS
The opening of Livestrong Sporting Park
The construction of Houston's new stadium
The impending arrival of the Montreal Impact to MLS
MLS Cup Week in LA, which included spending time with the SBI editorial staff, meeting a bunch of readers and enjoying one heck of an SBI MLS Cup Party.
The brilliance of Lionel Messi
The end of the Jack Warner era in CONCACAF
Getting the chance to do some TV work for Fox Soccer Channel
Fox Soccer securing the rights to World Cup 2018-2022
My family for being understanding about all the trips I take and all the soccer I watch
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).