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our sport is soccer

this is why

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that chance at greatness
a little moment, or amazing
this is what we sport
it can be joy, it can be unity
we sport for this

standing next to a stranger
sharing this passion
this is why we sport
family, friend, neighbor, acquaintance, ticket holder, viewer
citizen of sport

together as outlaws, armies
twenty thousand strong live, millions here
this is how we sport
in person, in front of screens
at parties, no matter the time

both diaspora and homegrown
Nagodoches, Jersey, Deutschland
this is who we sport
hyphenated, stereotyped, judged
colors of red, white, blue

urban or rural
empty field at night
this is where we sports
record ratings, attendance, monies
rising to become, dragging ourselves up

seven pm in Natal
six or three, or early while serving overseas
this is when we sports
today our nation is featured
today our soccer is judged

Soccer is why we sport
Fringe no longer
No larger stage
Our sport, our America, is wonderful
United as a nation, behind a team

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