Ted Lasso pens letters to soccer players from metro Atlanta

Ted Lasso penned very large letters to three players from metro Atlanta who will represent the U.S. in the World Cup in Qatar.

The letters to goalkeeper Sean Johnson, a native of Lilburn, and fullback Shaq Moore, a native of Powder Springs, are on billboards in the metro area. The one to centerback Walker Zimmerman, a native of Lawrenceville, is in Nashville, Tenn., where he plays.

The U.S. will open the World Cup on Monday against Wales.

Credit: TNS

Credit: TNS

The billboards were purchased by the U.S. Soccer Federation to honor the 26 players with messages from Lasso, a TV character known for honesty and charm as a fish-out-of-water soccer coach of fictional club Richmond in England, who is played by Jason Sudeikis.

A portion of the message to Johnson, which was posted in Snellville, reads: “When your cleats hit the pitch, take a moment to think of who you are now, and the champ you’re about to become.”

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Credit: contributed

A portion of the message to Zimmerman reads: “When you take the pitch with the USMNT, I know you’ll be channeling your inner ghost pepper. Floatin’ way past that spice meter. All those other fellas will be beggin’ for a glass of milk once Zimmerman gets simmerin’.”

A portion of the message to Moore, which was posted on 14th Street, reads: “Ever since you were a little Shaq, growing up playin’ soccer in the ATL, you always gave everything.”

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Credit: Contributed

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