Another gooner here (Arsenal fan). I got into it from dating an English guy in college and reading the book Fever Pitch.
I told my story on ESPN.com back when Soccernet was a thing and they didn’t put soccer/football in the SportsCenter highlights because Americans “wouldn’t get it”.
I also started a football blog where I met loads of awesome writers who have gone on to do incredible stuff (Brian Phillips of Grantland then MTV, James Tyler at ESPN, Grant Wahl) and got a job at CNN International working on “World Sport”, an international sports show with a heavy focus on football.
I’ve worked through a bunch of World Cups, Euros, Champions League finals, FA Cups and Olympics and now that I’m a games writer - I don’t miss my old beat too much. I like being able to watch my footie as a regular fan in a bar or in a stadium seat now.