By Evan Ream
From left to right: Doug Jotzke, Raphael and USMNT super-fan Tanya Keith. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com
MLS Road Trip met up with USMNT super-fan Tanya Keith, her husband Doug Jotzke and their five-year-old son Raphael at O’Donovan’s in Chicago (our plans to go to the Globe fell through) to watch Spain play France in Euro 2012. During the game, she recounted a story that was too good to not share.
Doug, who was a US Soccer referee for ten years, forgot to block the day of his available games for their tenth wedding anniversary in 2005. On their anniversary, Doug was scheduled to ref a Portland Timbers game — they live in Iowa.
They decided to make a weekend out of it, so Tanya went to the game and sat with the Timbers Army, the supporters group for the then-minor league Portland Timbers.
Tanya told me that some Timbers Army members asked her what she was doing at the game in their section. She told them that the man in yellow on the field was her husband. Doug interjected, telling me that he wasn’t wearing yellow, rather, he was wearing blue. He remembers because Tanya led the Timbers Army in a “blue bastard” chant towards her husband. Tanya responded by saying “if you don’t block your tenth wedding anniversary, then you are a blue bastard.”
Soccer and family: two things that go hand in hand.
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