I’m on a boat!!

Spain brought the World Cup to Madrid and touched off a celebration that had everyone in the country flying the same flag for once. Even Fernando Torres wore his country’s colours for this one, while perky Paraguayan Larissa Riqulme lauded her Latin cousins by wearing almost nothing.

The Dutch? They brought silver medals back to Amsterdam for the third time, possibly the best footballing nation never to win the big one. But no one was going to let these boys go home without a party, so they hauled out a canal boat, told everyone when to duck for low bridges, pounded some beers and floated through the city to the delight of hundreds of thousands. Rock and roll my friends. We of At The Rails like a party as much as the next person, whether it brings countries together or just gets them out on waterways filled with e-coli and discarded bicycles and shopping carts. Our kudos to both finalists from World Cup 2010 for their memorable performances.

Speaking of memorable performances, local boy Dwayne De Rosario has been picked in the starting XI for the MLS in their July 28 summer classic against Manchester United in Houston, a roster probably deservedly full of Galaxy and Salt Lake players. It’s the fifth straight selection for DeRo, who missed last year’s game because it conflicted with a game in Puerto Rico. The only two-time MLS Cup MVP, he’s scored a team-high eight goals this season .

Check back later to see why Dr. Z says it’s never too early to start thinking about Brazil 2014…and who might be there.

Ian Harrison

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