Five Stars Above the American Crest

I must say, as fanatically executed conceits go, it’s hard to top a full-scale recreation of Euro 2008 from an alternate reality in which England made the tournament. It’s a dangerous concept: it very nearly tempted me to compose a detailed Wikipedia entry from the universe in which the United States, rather than Brazil, develops a singularly gorgeous national style of football to match its obsession with the game, and goes on to win five World Cups. Fortunately, I caught myself, and will content myself with an elaborate private fantasy about the Portland Timbers’ ascent from obscurity, up the intricate and legendary American football pyramid, into the Global Champions League.

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About zachdundas

Freelance journalist. Author of The Renegade Sportsman (Riverhead Books). Thank you.
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