It's no secret that those of us in the American soccer world are constantly seeking validation. Sure, we try to act like we enjoy being almost universally snubbed by sports-talk radio. We try to keep a stiff upper lip when newspaper columnists act like we are beneath them. We even pretend to revel in the reality that our games are almost never on network television.
But I'd be lying if I pretended like I didn't care that President Obama personally called Bruce Arena to congratulate the coach on the Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS Cup, as he did on Tuesday.
Here's the text of the press release sent out by the White House:
Earlier today, President Obama called Bruce Arena, general manager and head coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy, to congratulate him and the team on winning the MLS Cup. The President said, as a soccer fan, he wanted to let Coach Arena know that the team inspired a lot of young soccer players, including his kids. The President congratulated Coach Arena on all that the team has done for the game of soccer and asked him to pass along his congratulations to Landon Donovan, David Beckham and the rest of the team. President Obama invited the Galaxy to the White House to celebrate their championship and wished the coach and the team continued success.