Fútbol kicks off

Louie Opatz


I love soccer.

It feels important to get that out of the way early, to confess it, to wear that particular scarlet letter loudly and proudly.

Because to be a soccer fan in Meeker County is admitting you’re part of a small, small group — a group that must countenance good-natured abuse from other sports fans, including the Independent Review’s editor emeritus Stan Roeser, who would prefer to simply revoke soccer fans’ American citizenship.

This time of year, most diehard area sports fans are up to their ears in Vikings news, switching on the NFL Network’s training camp coverage and poring over stories rhapsodizing about Trae Waynes’ maturity and wondering whether downfield threat Mike Wallace can open up the running game for the newly returned Adrian Peterson.

This is all well and good: I don’t begrudge anyone their football fandom, and I certainly enjoy a well-played football game on the…

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