Split Loyalties? Larchmont Soccer Fans Are on the Fence

Soccer fans across the community are watching World Cup Soccer and cheering on the home team (whether that be U.S.A. or some other home) from in front of their televisions, at neighborhood bars, or – in the case of one Monroe Avenue family in Larchmont – on their fence.

The fence painting is the handiwork of David Morton, who hails from Helmshore, north of Manchester in England. His son Sam – aged 10 and a member of the Larchmont Dynamos soccer travel team this year – helped him paint the British flag. Daughter Nathalie, 7, just made a travel soccer team for next year; she helped with the American flag, reported Tatyana Morton, her mom, who comes from Brooklyn.

Ms. Morton was listening to the game at home on Thursday afternoon. Her husband had the game on at work. He and Sam were at Molly Spillane’s in Mamaroneck for the US-England game. “That was a big thing,” said Ms. Morton.

So US or England? “Well, we’re rooting for both,” said Ms. Morton diplomatically. However, she admitted, “The kids are American, but their hearts are in England.”

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