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English goalie proud of dual background

English goalie proud of dual background

Originally Published: July 8, 2011
By Joanne C. Gerstner

LEVERKUSEN, Germany -- Karen Bardsley can't remember exactly how old she was, perhaps 8 or 9, when the crazy realization dawned on her.

She grew up happily in Chino Hills, Calif., having Sunday roast dinners, watching "Monty Python" and "Fawlty Towers" with her dad Geoff and mom Kay, and receiving Manchester United gear for her birthday and Christmas.

Didn't everybody in California grow up with English-accented parents, drink black tea, follow proper English traditions, ...

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