Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 12/31/12
Last year at Christmas, I was sitting in a park in Mayfair, London. Everything was closed. The tube was set to go on strike the next day, foiling anyone who wanted to see Arsenal play. Our meal was a bottle of shady-looking plonk, a loaf of bread and a brick of cheese and a chocolate bar. That week, we had taped interviews with Clint Dempsey and Brad Friedel. We had seen a half-dozen soccer games across London, many of which reminded us that there is no place colder than England in December. The night before last, we had involuntarily walked back from Leyton Orient's Matchroom Stadium to our hotel on Hyde Park because we foolishly assumed the trains would still be running at 5 PM. That's a ten mile walk. We learned our lesson. So, on a park bench, with a bottle of wine: that was Christmas, as Big Ben struck in the distance. It would be the first of many picnics, many more walks and more soccer games than I can count in 2012. Over the course of the year, we would see games across t...
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