It's pretty hard to get any of this blog's managers together in person; Allen is in California, Sidarth in Washington DC, Ravi in Seattle and Robin in the UK. And our blog founder, Maddi, is in Baltimore.
Nonetheless, Allen and Maddi made it to Sid's wedding reception in Washington last month, and as you can see, in addition to catching up on life outside of the blog (and celebrating Sid and Laura's wedding, which took place in India at the end of October), found time to introduce a Villarreal flag into the proceedings!
For those of you who have joined us in the last few years, a brief history of Villarreal USA is in order. Maddi (Nicholas Holtz) began this blog as a WordPress individual blog in 2008, Sid joined as a contributor the next year, and I came on the scene in 2010, originally to cover our midweek matches in the Europa League.
Shortly after that, we approached SB Nation, who as it happened were looking to expand their network of soccer blogs, and the three of us were the "Submarine Trio" when we joined SBN in early 2011. It's been an up-and-down ride with the Submarine since then, to be sure, but it's never been dull!!
Maddi is no longer a regular contributor but still follows Villarreal and Villarreal USA, and reserves a special hatred for this week's opponent, Atletico Madrid. Nothing would make him happier than a victory over the mattress-makers this Sunday. Let's do it!