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World Cup Fan of the Day: USA

  • 04 July 2014 09:44
  • Posted by @MCFC

32 City fans from 32 countries share their thoughts on the World Cup and their love of the Blues...


Your full name

Phil Antilla

Your country

USA

Your town

Kansas City

Your age

27

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I am an ordained minister and I serve at a church in Kansas City. I also help run a supporters club for American City fans who live in the midwest United States. It's called MCFC Midwest (Twitter - @MCFC_midwest). 

Your favourite City player

In our current team it has to be Pablo Zabaleta. He is the man. But of all time, I have to say Shaun Wright-Phillips. He was an absolute joy to watch. I was able to meet him in San Francisco a few years ago. He was dancing to music on his headphones while signing autographs!

Your favourite player for your country

DaMarcus Beasley. He has had an absolute re-birth under Jurgen Klinsmann, who converted him into an excellent attacking left-back. Beasley's fight and drive typifies the American spirt. He is the first USA player to appear in four consecutive world cups, and best of all, he's a former Blue! What more could you want? 

Who is your country's star player?

Tim Howard. City fans know how good he has been at Everton, but his most recent performance against Belgium showed that he's one of the best keepers in the world. Now if only he wasn't a former United man...

How far do you think your country will get at the World Cup?

Obviously the USA were knocked out by Belgium this week. Before the tournament began I had a strong feeling that we would make it out of the group of death and I was not disappointed! 

The USA put in some great performances against Ghana and Portugal and in the days leading up to the Belgium game, we almost looked like the favorites. 

In the end, I think that Vincent Kompany was the deciding factor. He was fighting off an injury and had he not played, I think we would have won! All things said, we had a great run and it will be exciting to see how we fare in 2018. 

How important to your country is the World Cup?

America's love for "soccer" has exploded in the last few years. Our country has learned that we can compete at the highest level and we have grown very proud of our team. 

The USA supporters club, known as the "American Outlaws", has also added a whole new level of passion to World Cup games. 

Other than Brazil, no country had more fans travel to Brazil than the United States. I think it's safe to say that our country is hooked on the World Cup, and we're already excited about what 2018 will bring. 

Which country do you think will win the World Cup?

I'm going with Brazil. It's possible that their "near-death experience" against Chile will fortify the teams's desire to win the tournament. Fernandinho put in an amazing shift against Cameroon, and assuming Scolari sticks with him, I think we'll see some spirited performances in their last few games. 

But of course, all of this hinges on whether Brazil can defeat Colombia and their talisman, James Rodriguez. If Brazil make it to the semi-finals, I think they will have an unstoppable momentum. 

What was the first World Cup you remember watching?

The 2002 World Cup. I loved watching Brazil, especially Ronaldo. I also remember some great performances from a young American prodigy - Landon Donovan. 

What is your first memory of watching City?

The last game of the 2004-05 season against Boro, where we needed one win to claim a spot in Europe. Late in the game, Nicky Weaver was subbed-in and David James went and played as an attacker. These days we get to bring on the likes of Edin Dzeko or Alvaro Negredo instead! 

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