Saturday, January 31, 2009

Soccer tourney

The sporting club down the street has sponsored a soccer tournament; there are like 28 teams participating, and there was an inaugural ceremony including a parade. My pal Segundo (photo, with his son Curry on the left) invited me to suit up and walk with the team from his rural community. Fortunately, the goalie’s jersey was huge so I didn’t have to look like a chorizo (photo). Pony tails everywhere, and I don’t think there was a single player among the 100+ who came up to my chin; I hear there were murmurs of “David Beckham!” among the crowd. We had the beauty queen component (photo), the folkloric dance (photo), and the requisite speeches, half of them in Kichwa. The mayor was there, as was the roasted pig (photo). And then some amazing, small field soccer. Blistering pace, stunning skills. I had unsuited by that point. Fun day in the neighborhood P.


Chuck W said...

AIG! Cool - good to see that US taxpayers are now invested in soccer teams.

Brother David said...

I, too, am interested in the AIG look. Were they genuine replica Manchester United jerseys? Do the guys wearing them follow the British leagues, Wayne Rooney et al?

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