Been a fan all my life ... lived in Latin America most of my youth and grew up with the game in my blood. The only team I ever felt any kind of kinship with was Colo Colo
in Chile, because a native Chilean friend was as passionate about them as I am about the Redskins. It rubbed off on me. Haven't followed them much in recent years, but do still perk up whenever I catch the name.
Tried to love DC United, and enjoyed the wild early success the club had, but it's been a rough road recently and I've not kept up.
Mostly, I enjoy following the men's national team. Having grown up in Latin America in the 60's and 70's, I can tell you that "American soccer" was something of a joke in the circles I ran in. Never more so than in Argentina when I lived there during the runup to the World Cup in '78. Our utter insignificance on the global football stage was a source of much mirth and derision, and I had no answers.
Watching our slow and methodical rise to relevance has been a prideful thing, and I revel in simply being part of the international conversation.
I have this page bookmarked
and visit it often...particularly in and around World Cup years.