David Gardner has been a foreign correspondent for much of his journalistic career. Although he covered two World Cups for the London Daily Mail newspaper, most of his travels were to war zones, natural disasters, presidential campaigns and various celebrity meltdowns. But soccer has been the common language on many of these adventures. In Baghdad during the Gulf War he was confronted by a Revolutionary Guard who wasn't happy that he'd lost his guide. He knew only two words of English - Manchester United - just enough for him to turn a blind eye (Gardner lied and said he supported United too!) His childhood disappointments mostly revolved around the performances of England and West Ham United. His most magical memories still evoke the likes of George Best, Bobby Moore, Pele and Diego Maradona. He doesn't like cheats and whiners, he respects referees and he love players with passion and fire. He's now based in California where he play soccer twice a week at a place we call the Field of Broken Dreams. Need we say more? He is also a Senior Writer for Football.com. The saying goes that when you die all you leave behind are the stories. David Gardner's fondest ones will be about soccer.