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.
It’s been a rough year for American soccer fans, so some of you might feel like there isn’t much to be thankful for. As painful as it was for many to see the USMNT miss out on the 2018 World Cup, there is still plenty for us to all be thankful for.
Here is what I’m most thankful for in 2017:
What I am most grateful for in 2017:
The SBI readers, who help make running this site worthwhile.
The SBI staff that helps keep the site rolling on a daily basis, and has helped us complete our 10th full year as an independent soccer news website.
The success that so many former SBI staff members are continuing to enjoy in the soccer world.
My 20th year as a reporter, a milestone that definitely makes me feel old, but one that makes me appreciative of the experiences and opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to have.
Year five 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, a fan base that is getting smarter and more demanding by the year, which is a great thing for the game in this country.
The continued growth of professional soccer in the U.S., including an MLS that will soon grow to 23 teams after being a 10-team league little more than a decade ago.
The chance to cover my ninth CONCACAF Gold Cup, and seventh straight Gold Cup final.
The opportunity to cover my fifth Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, and hopefully my 16th straight MLS Cup.
The chance to watch an exciting generation of young American players emerge, including the likes of Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Josh Sargent.
Peru qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1982, which was an experience my sons, and my family in Peru, won’t soon forget.
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 2017. 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).