Uncategorized / 11.30.2013
An Open Letter To Team Portugal
Note: At the time of this writing, Sweden is the only thing standing between Team Portugal and a trip to the 2014 World Cup in their old South American stomping ground.
This letter is to a different — similarly spirited, if less Iberian — Team Portugal: the seven preschoolers we have had the privilege of coaching in South Oakland County Soccer.
Dear Team Portugal:
We love to watch you play. Your clumsiness is elegant. Though your shins are guarded, you sway like the same blades of uncut grass you cannot resist plucking whenever we are trying to explain which goal is “our goal.” Your pace is poetic. When you aren’t distracted by a DTW-bound airplane or foil gum wrapper, you embody the words of the immortal Pele: “Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.” Your enthusiasm, in particular, for drinking water from squeeze bottles gives us hope for the hydration of an entire generation.