People always ask me about my passion for soccer, thinking that I am, first and foremost, a fan. I'm not a fan, per se; as a reporter, I can't be. What I can say is that I have a deep passion for covering soccer, telling the stories of people and places with deep ties to the sport through family, culture, geography and politics. I've covered every World Cup since 1994, plus four Women's World Cups. My assignments have taken me to more than two dozen countries, ranging from Barbados and Brazil to South Korea and South Africa. On the domestic front, I've spent more time inside RFK Stadium than I care to remember. Thankfully, D.C. United has a new home. I've covered the team since the 1996 inaugural season and attended almost every MLS Cup final. My blog, Soccer Insider, has been a fixture on The Post’s website since 2007. To clear my soccer mind in the winter, I write a bit about college basketball. I began working part-time at The Post as a sophomore at American University in 1985 and, aside from a summer adventure with NBC Sports at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, I've been there ever since. Lifer, indeed.