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What a World Cup it has been!


PPA coaches enjoyed the world cup as most of us did, watching at home while working during the week and at local bars with fellow coaches and friends on the weekends. This tournament was full of goals and surprises, the biggest one being Morocco going to the Semi Finals. We asked our Premier Soccer coaches some questions about how they experienced the magic of the world cup, here are their answers:


Coach Javi:

Favorite on the pitch moment: Golazo de Luis Chávez MX - y el de Neymar Vs Croacia

Favorite off the field moment: The Japanese fans picking up trash after themselves at every game.

Surprise of the tournament: Morocco

Who’s going to win it? I hope Argentina

How are you watching the games? I’m just watching all the games at work/home. If it’s on the weekend maybe I’ll go with friends to watch it.

Did you have a team? Mexico


Coach Harrison:

Favorite on the pitch moment: Argentina/Netherlands mini scuffle

Favorite off the field moment:Chad Ochocinco doing any sort of “analysis” for Fox and Saudi Arabia fans asking “where is Messi?” After their first game win

Surprise of the tournament: Morocco being as good as they have been

Who’s going to win it? Argentina come on we all have to want Messi to win one

How are you watching the games? Watching the games at home by myself with my dog


Coach Eric:

Favorite on the pitch moment: all the incredible extra time and penalty shootout dramas

Favorite off the field moment: Ivan Perisic’s son and Neymar embraced after Brazil crashed out of the WC.

Surprise of the tournament: Morocco’s run to the semifinals

Who’s going to win it? I’m backing Morocco to take it all

How are you watching the games? Streaming it on my tv.

Did you have a team? Germany, but when they crashed out I started supporting the underdog in every game.


Coach Yikalo:

Favorite on the pitch moment: Richarlison’s 2nd goal

Favorite off the field moment: Louis Van Gaal’s press conferences

Surprise of the tournament: Morocco

Who’s going to win it? France

How are you watching the games?Watching as a neutral on my couch.


Coach Mike:

Favorite on the pitch moment: Netherlands scoring in 100th minutes against Argentina

Surprise of the tournament: Morocco

Who’s going to win it? France

How are you watching the games? I was on my honeymoon in Hawaii, watching a lot of the games on my phone starting at 5am


Coach Steven:

Favorite on the pitch moment: Luis Chavez' amazing free-kick goal vs Saudi Arabia. It ended up not being enough but the one positive memory from this World Cup for Mexico fans.

Favorite off the field moment: Alexis Vega coming out on the field for his very first world cup game. The sheer emotions! You can see what it means to them.

Surprise of the tournament: Morocco. They are doing everything right and very deserving of how far they've gone

Who’s going to win it? France although I originally had Brazil so hoping for Morocco.

How are you watching the games? Mostly at home while working but at the local bar for particularly exciting games.

Did you have a team? My teams were Mexico, England, and Japan so I got some good results and some not so good ones.


Overall our coaches had a good sense of who would face who for the final…and what a game that was! After a full month of soccer, our coaches are feeling a little lost and don’t know what to watch. But, we are excited that we won’t have to wait long for another world cup. The Women's World Cup will take place this summer in Australia and New Zealand! Let’s Go!



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