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Live from K-Town: History in the making

David Cope
Daily file photo/Bret Hartman David Cope
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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany ” Elvis was spotted in K-Town, the American military personnel nickname for Kaiserslautern, Germany, Saturday.

The Harlem Globetrotters were out in force and a guy with the World Cup taped to his head. Two other fellows had T-shirts that said “Ich Love Hasselhoff” (the Baywatch star, not the German left back from the 70s).

‘I will survive’

Kaiserslauten was jammed packed with Americans and Italians having a great time on Saturday. We ran into Jeff Hayslip who was representing well with a Huskies soccer T shirt on. There were even a few brave souls in nothing but Speedos, body paint and Old Glory.

The Americans came into this game hanging on by a thread, and as we finally reached the stadium, we could hear Donna Summer belting out, “I will survive.” Little did we know what was to come.

I had skipped the morning church tour to get in a quiet run and a little down time at the hotel. It still perplexes me why my dad, who rarely sets foot in a church stateside, has to visit all of the European ones.

This was to be a historic night for those of us involved with American soccer. It was the night we lost two points, became a real soccer nation and the Italians lost their pride. At the end of the match, the Italians slunk away like they had stolen something while the U.S. players applauded their fans and shared a special moment.

With nine men left on the field, the US had held Italy to a draw and should have won the game had Beasley’s goal not been inexplicably called back.

The Italian fans on the bus afterwards knew their team had been awful between the negative tactics, shameful diving and cheap shots. They had earned a result, but not much respect.

Elvis has left the building

As one little kid slept on his father’s arm, I was reminded of my own son and how these World Cups can become long and draining.

For the sake of the game, I hope his dreams were of Argentina’s Messi and company, and not of the Italians.

After three long minutes of added time the whistle blew and Elvis had left the building.

But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, “Happy Summer Solstice to all and see you in Nuremberg Thursday night.”

When not communing with The King, David Cope is the soccer coach at Battle Mountain High School. Attending his fourth World Cup, Cope is reporting from Germany for the Vail Daily.

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