Soccer deserves North’s respect
By Sports Editor John Conway
Over the summer, I had my first taste of soccer fandom at Chicago’s Soldier Field. It was round 16 in the World Cup, and the U.S. was battling Belgium to advance to the quarterfinals. The city had been hosting viewing parties for the USA games, and the crowd had grown so large that the European football game was incidentally viewed at an American football stadium.
For the entire match, I was scared to blink in fear of missing anything important. I remember standing in awe as I watched Everton’s Tim Howard save goal after goal and gain the adoration of every fan in the field. In the end, Belgium gained a 2-1 lead over the U.S. in extra time, and the throngs of American fans left Soldier Field downhearted. But even as I skulked back on the BNSF for Naperville, I could not wait to start following the sport for NNHS.