World Cup 2014 – Group G News – USA Receives Special Gifts

20 Jun

63b2edd0-f811-11e3-93cd-d3fb0c26a60d_hires_140606-N-MJ645-332aMaybe this article struck me because I spent some time in the U.S. military, but I came across an article about a special part of the USMNT’s “unofficial” uniform.

Each member of the squad was given a special set of dog tags. In case you don’t know, dog tags contain identifying information and are worn by service members in case they need to be identified for a number of reasons (I won’t pretend that most of those reasons are not good ones).

The dog tags were presented to the team during a ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida after their last friendly before heading to Brazil. The front of each dog tag reads “2014 World Cup” and “Stay Fit! Stay Strong! Stay Resilient!” The ceremony was carried out by Marine Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia.

A group of kids from the club that I’m a coach for happened to be at that final match. They all had the opportunity to meet some of the USMNT players. One of my favorite photos from that weekend was of one of our U11 boys, who looks like a little Thiago Silva, with Tim Howard. “Little T’s” father just returned from Afghanistan a few months ago. Our club is made up of a lot of military families, and now I’m curious if they got to see that ceremony as well.

Check out the full article here.


One Response to “World Cup 2014 – Group G News – USA Receives Special Gifts”

  1. hopechaser June 21, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Great story, and great experience for your kids.

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