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The view from an English player in the US

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 11, 2010 07:55 AM

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100Alex_Scott.jpgAlex Scott, a defender for the Boston Breakers of the the Women's Professional Soccer league, will share her thoughts and insight in the Corner Kicks blog throughout the World Cup.

World Cup fever is truly here, all the talk about South Africa holding the World Cup … will they be able to pull it off?

All of that will all be put aside when the first ball is kicked and the opening game is well and truly under way.

So as my title to this blog suggests, yes folks, I am a Brit living and playing soccer here in the US -- n Boston in fact!

I am the English Boston Breaker playing in the WPS, and, if you come out and watch a game at Harvard Stadium, you will find me running up and down the right flank trying to get into the attack as well as defend.

So throughout the World Cup, I will be giving you my input/opinions and facts.

Lets get down to it then, time to get off the fence and get down to the nit and gritty of it ... prediction time.

Team to win the Cup: I am going to say Spain. I really like this team as a whole. I think they have quality right down the spine of this team. They have defenders in Carlos Puyol, who plays for Barca and is a true champion in every sense of the word. They have a whole lot of world-class midfielders to choose from who for sure would start in any starting 11 in another country, but may just be a bench player for Spain … i.e. Cesc Fabregas is trying to take a starting spot from the likes of Xavi … wow!

Then up top you have Fernando Torres and David Villa. What a great strike partnership to have. This team is just packed with stars and should go from being European champions to World cup champions!

Golden Boot winner: Wayne Rooney (I hope, ha!) I think Rooney has really come of age this season in the English Premier League. He scored a lot of goals and I think he will continue to do so in the WC.

Surprise package of the World Cup: I am going to say Holland. They always flatter to deceive at WC’s, but they have such great attacking personnel, with such flair and pace, this could be the time that all the dots finally connect and they perform as a team instead of individuals.


England vs. US: As you can imagine, there has been a lot of banter going back and forth throughout our team locker room for what I would call the first big game of the tournament Yep, you guessed correct -- England vs US. On the Breakers, we have myself and Kelly Smith from England, Laura Del Rio from Spain, and Fabiana from Brazil, then we are totally outweighed by the rest of the team all being from the US. We will soon see what banter there will be come Saturday afternoon, when the game has been played ... bring it on!

Our whole team, along with the New England Revolution team, will be attending a viewing party at the House of Blues to watch this game, and I will be sporting my England jersey loud and proud. I have never watched a World Cup outside of my home country, England, so when this draw happened it made watching the World Cup in America a whole lot more exciting. I really cannot wait. Let the games commence.

Come on, England and US (after the England-US game, of course. Ha!)

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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