My alarm clock was no match for vuvuzelas this morning. The sun had yet to rise in Johannesburg, when the wail of plastic horns stirred the city from its brief slumber. South Africa's World Cup moment has arrived.
This is my fifth tournament. USA '94 and South Korea/Japan '02 offered new frontiers. France '98 and Germany '06 took us back to soccer's roots. Today we begin a month-long journey in a young democracy, inspired by a historic leader, who, on the eve of the opening match between Bafana Bafana and Mexico at Soccer City, was struck by a terrible family tragedy. Already uncertain about his presence at the match because of his frailty, the great man will not attend.
Meantime, in USA-England circles, New York Daily News columnist Filip Bondy takes a poke at the English in a cheeky column published by London's Evening Standard.
D.C. United is unbeaten in five straight (all competitions) heading into MLS's World Cup break? It's true.
Liz is at the opening match. I am heading to Rustenburg for USA activities ahead of Saturday's match.
Much more to come.....
June 11, 2010; 6:15 AM ET
Categories: 2010 World Cup , D.C. United , England , South Africa , U.S. men's national team | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, Nelson Mandela, USA-England, World Cup
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