Michael Kammarman, a product of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club soccer program, is getting a lot of stamps in his passport. The latest stop has been soccer-crazy Brazil, where the former Delaware soccer player is the press officer for the U.S. men's soccer team that is taking part in the 2014 World Cup.
The U.S. team's first World Cup game illustrated the interest among Howard County fans. Tucked away in the far corner near the door of Looney's Pub in Maple Lawn Monday was Laurel resident Ivan Alvarado using a stool as a table while eating his chicken tenders and a salad while standing and joining in the chants of U-S-A.
As a kid, Kyle Beckerman always had his eye on the World Cup. He painted pictures of U.S. soccer stars, wowed classmates at Crofton Woods Elementary with his command of a soccer ball and even tagged his adolescent signature: "USA #15."
As Spain headed into its final warm-up game before leaving for Brazil, and with one last chance to work out any kinks before setting out to defend its World Cup crown, manager Vicente del Bosque wanted his team to show him something.
Craig Copeland, a 44-year-old teacher at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, was voted by Men in Blazers listeners as the winning U.S. Soccer World Cup theme song for his version of "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music."
I have to shake my head in amazement when I see what has happened to the Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament since the day it started four decades ago. It began then when three soccer enthusiasts asked a simple question: "Why do we have to travel every year to other tournaments on Memorial Day? Why can't we have our own tournament here?"
If there's added pressure that comes with being the son of two highly successful former players — both parents have also enjoyed fine coaching careers — Tyler Gabarra doesn't find any. He has found his own niche as a dynamic playmaker for the No. 11 Bruins.