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2014-06-24 11:32   类别:语法   来源:   责编:michael

I was five years old when I first heard the word “soccer。” My best friend and I were changing into our fresh-out-of-the-box uniforms in his Mom’s station wagon, and I figured that the name of this sport we were about to try must have something to do with the long purple socks that we were trying to pull on over what we’d just learned were called shin guards。


当我第一次听到“足球”这个词时,我才五岁。我和最好的朋友在他妈妈的旅行汽车里换着新制服,我发现这上面有着足球这个名称。我觉得它和我们正要试穿的紫色长筒袜一定有关系。后来,我才知道他叫护膝(shin guard)。
A year later, once I’d learned to spell, I was baffled to see that the name of my favorite sport wasn’t “socker。” And so, the first soccer game I ever saw was the first game I played in. I probably scored a goal, too. I usually did. Not to brag, but as a five-year-old kid on the sun-scorched fields of North Texas, wearing a perforated purple jersey that hung down to my knees, I was an absolute menace in front of goal. This was in the mid-seventies, in the middle of the big US soccer boom. The original North American Soccer League had just formed. I was a Dallas Tornado fan. I saw them play the New York Cosmos with Pelé and Beckenbauer in the squad. I had a poster of Kyle Rote, Jr., on my wall. It seemed like every kid in America was playing soccer, even the girls. And the best of those little girls, who grew up playing right alongside the boys, went on to form the incredibly dominant first generation of the US women’s national soccer team. I enjoy thinking that I had something to do with that。
一年后,有一次我学了拼写,我很困惑的看到我喜欢的运动不是“socker"。而我第一次看到的球赛正是我参加的那一场。我好像当时进了一个球。我通常都是这么做的。这一点也不吹牛,我就像一个五岁男孩在德克萨斯州北部太阳烤焦的球场下,穿着一直挂到我膝盖的紫色有孔球衣。在目标面前,我绝对是个巨大的威胁。当时正处于七十年代中期,美国的足球浪潮中期。那会,最初的北美足球联盟刚刚成立。我是达拉斯龙卷风队(Dallas Tornado)球迷,我看到他们与拥有和贝利和贝肯鲍尔的纽约宇宙队(New York Cosmos)踢球。我将一张小Kyle Rote的海报贴在墙上。似乎,每个美国小孩都在踢球,包括女孩子也是。而这些女孩里踢得最好的,长大后和男孩子一起踢球,并成为美国第一代国家足球队难以置信的主力。我很乐意地认为我与此有关联。
That’s how it started for me, and I haven’t stopped playing, watching, and loving soccer since. But that’s just me—oh, and about a gazillion other people around the world, and even one or two hundred in the United States. That’s a joke. Despite the running gag that “Amuricans hate soccer,” there are plenty of soccer fans in America, and most of us don’t care whether you want to join us or not. Just don’t tell us that soccer is boring because, believe it or not, that’s not a very interesting thing to say. For the rest of you, the interested and interesting folks out there who might not know much about the game but want to enjoy it a little more during this World Cup, here are a few tips。


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