This past week, members of the United States Men’s National Soccer team were surprised with hometown motivation from AFC Richmond’s very own Ted Lasso. In preparation for the World Cup which begins on November 20th in Qatar, the fictional Coach had personalized messages put on billboards which included wholesome love and motivation sent to each player of the team.
Each letter from Ted Lasso has a personal touch, including how they got into the sport, how it impacts their hometown, and how excited he is to see their success on the pitch. The yellow background and blue writing of each billboard matches the famous BELEIVE sign that hung in the AFC Richmond clubhouse.
One of these signs popped up in Medford, NJ, home to Brenden Aaronson. The USMNT midfielder currently plays from Leeds United, after starting his senior career playing for Bethlehem Steel and the Philadelphia Union after coming up through the Union Academy.
In an interview with The Inquirer, Brenden’s father, Rusty, said, “I’ve used the word ‘surreal’ too many times so I can’t really use it again — but it is.” The sign which hangs on the side of Kirby’s Mill reads:
Brenden, It makes sense that you were raised in Medford whose tagline is “Historic in Nature,” ‘cause that’s how I’d describe the way you play the game. Heck, folks are even callin’ you “The American Boy.” I know how tough it can be as an American overseas. A cookie’s a biscuit. Chips are fries. Pants are underwear. And don’t even get me started on “fanny pack.” But what remains the same no matter what side of the pond you’re on, is that you were barn to be on the USMNT. You were barn to play in the games of all games. And you were barn to go all the way. This billboard’s on a barn, right? ‘Cause if not this joke isn’t gonna make sense. Another American Boy, Ted Lasso
Scroll through to read more messages posted around the country that will not only warm your heart, but will also make you hungry for cookies, possibly make you tear up, and most importantly will make you especially eager for the United States’ World Cup appearance!