SUSAN MARSHALL figured her low-key husband, BILL, wouldn't be caught on camera during Sunday's World Cup soccer match between the United States and Portugal.
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But she was surprised her son, DAMIAN, didn't make it on one of ESPN's many shots of the American fans in Manaus, Brazil.
"He's 37, but he acts like he's 12," Susan said. "I'm sure he was all dressed up, acting like a fool."
Susan on Monday planned to watch a replay of the 2-2 tie in case she missed seeing her family on TV the first time. They were part of a rowdy U.S. fan base that followed the team into the rain forest.
The Marshalls are due back in Champaign tonight. They were in Brazil for the first two U.S. matches on what Susan called a "father-adult son adventure."
Seems Damian, who went to school at St. Matthew and Uni High on his way to becoming an attorney in Nashville, Tenn., caught the World Cup bug when he attended a match in Germany in 2006. Dad, an associate dean at the UI's college of medicine, went along this time and wasn't disappointed.
"I am not a soccer fan but came to see Brazil," Bill said. "Glad I did. Two thumbs up for the World Cup."
Even if Portugal ruined the U.S. party with that last-second kick.
"We had great seats for the Portugal game ... a view of the entire field and could see plays developing," Bill said. "Unfortunately we saw the (play) develop and knew it was going to be a goal."
Here's more from Bill:
On the U.S. fans in Brazil — They "seem to just take over some of the local bars both before and after the game. Very noisy and many USA chants well into the night."
On the Amazon River — "Think of the Mississippi and multiply by five. Unbelievably immense, and boat trips get you right into the jungle."
On the host country — "An amazing host. The people are gracious and welcoming."
On attending a match — "The thing that strikes me is the passionate way that the fans support their country and being respectful of their opponents. The emotion right now is high even for the group play. One can just feel how much it will rise next week."
Who's going to win? "I think this World Cup belongs to Brazil."