While it is true that EJ and Lil Taylor Twellman didn’t even get a wee cocaine-novice sniff of the ball for the majority of the match, to say that there has never been "a single MLS game that displayed true attacking soccer" is a pretty uninformed statement.
So here is exhibit A. The buckwild 10 goal "Scorgy™" between San Jose & the Metrostars back in 2004. 10 Goals. If you haven't seen this before it is damn near impossible for me to convey to you the excitement of watching this game. It was like Def Lepard's "Hysteria" album (you know the one where 7 of the 12 songs on the album where singles); every time you thought the shit was done, the hits just kept on coming.
Meanwhile, NFL, Canadian and Arena football GM's are rubbing thier hands together fiendishly at the thought of so much available talent; up in Buffalo the Bills didn't even wait until the body was cold.
I love British humour. So much so that I just spelled with two "u"'s. I watch Extras and Little Britain faithfully and that if it weren't for Knocked Up I'd say Hot Fuzz is the comedy of the year.
As fresh as these new jacks are they don't have shit on the O.G.'s of Anglo-laughs, Monty Python. And for me Python's all about John Cleese....and who's better than him to teach you "The Art of Football"? Sure he's not the most qualified but he's definitely the most likely to keep your attention with being physically attractive (like Heather Mitts) or actually, you know a soccer player.
So let's talk about hypocrisy for one second. I'm not in the business of bashing MLS nor am I prone to outbursts of religious zealotry. And I am definitely not fond of mixing the game with spirituality. But for the life of me I can’t see how a league with multiple teams pushing "Faith and Family" nights (i.e. bring your church group and we will create a Christian-tinged experience for you at the game) and actively promotes itself as wholesome family entertainment is justified in issuing a yellow card to a player for lifting his shirt to reveal the message pictured above.
And to be clear, I'm not saying this to endorse the statement. There is a little read document called the Constitution that lays out all this stuff about America and free speech and yadda yadda yadda. Dude could be wearing a KKK shirt (which I don't advise or condone) or a Nation of Islam shirt (which I also don't advise or condone) under his kit and we should be ok with that; not the message, but his right to display it.
But regardless of what my alleged liberal ass thinks, the ref called Fred for excessive celebration for lifting his shirt. If that's the FIFA rule and not a league rule (as has been pointed out to me) so be it. But Clint Dempsey can feign hitting home runs, perform every move from Dance Dance Dance Revolution, and roll around on the ground as if he is on fire, but no one can lift their shirt? If this rule is to stand I would advise all players to have their slogans, endorsements, and messages for the masses tattooed on their legs, forearms, and foreheads post-haste. And do it in Olde English lettering as it makes you look like really, really hard.
I'll be giving something away every week day until all the booty is gone, so if you haven't put your name in the hat yet it's not too late. Just enter your name in the box at right to subscribe to The Offside Rules and you might win some swag. Or don't and you won't.
So who won today? That would be someone who goes by the handle "danceDiscodance", which I always approve of. Especially after a couple absinthe cocktails; I'm particularly fond of the 'Casino' but it'll put you on your ass quicker than a Wladomir Klitschko uppercut if don't know your limit.
What a difference a week makes. Last Thursday I was shocked that Mexico had just squeaked by non-country Guadelope1-0 in the Gold Cup semi's. On Sunday they lost the final to the U.S. at a downright raucous Soldier Field and I thought just for a moment that El Tri's trip to Copa America might morph into a Hugo Sanchez farewell tour.
But quicker than a trannie on rollerskates they've turned their fortunes around with a dominating performance & upset victory against Brazil. New boy Nery Castillo was completely on fire to the point that the Greek Football Federation is probably binge-drinking Ouzo right now for not locking him up for their national side when they had the chance. And with Guillermo Ochoa guarding the goal like it was his hair product stash, they pulled of an incredible victory that just might take the heat of them for a bit.
And as much as it pain's my Sam's Army heart to say it, their upset win has inspired me to think positive thoughts about tonight's U.S. v. Argentina match, which has much of the socceratti talking "lambs to the slaughter ". While I agree that it will be no easy feat, it can be done. If Mexico can do the job against a team that everyone expects them to get spanked by why can't we.
If you know your history, you know that the U.S. beat the Argies 3-nil at the Copa in 1995. Sure those were different teams and circumstances, but we did the job few expected us to. And Argentina are not invincible. I mentioned something a few months ago about them playing a friendly against Brazil in the states in March that got a fair bit of attention for this site. Do you know why that match never happened? A source who was deeply involved in making it happen says it was because their coach Alfio Basile didn't want to lose before Copa America. Even he knows that they can be beat.
Doubters, think about that absolutely fucking awesome day in 2002 when we took it to Figo & company in Korea. I say to you all (in my best General Patton/Sam Houston voice) "Remember Suwon"…have a little faith, wish for a little luck, and pray like hell.
David Beckham meets Reggie Bush. This is my New Orleans Saints and Man U.-loving brother's wet dream. It is also the soccer-hater and soccer purists worst miscegenation nightmare.
According to housewives & star-stalkers favorite magazine In Touch, Mrs. Beckham has designed a $500,000 closet for their new L.A. mansion. It supposedly has a leather floor, Baccarat crystal chandelier, $80,000 Andy Warhol shoe print, a computer that tracks when she wears items of clothing and a camera to give her a 360-degree "cat scan" of her outfit before she steps out.
Who the hell needs a leather floor? Who are you, Reagan-era Eddie Murphy? Have you somhow managed to join Judas Priest without the press getting wind of it? But believe it or not I'm actually down with the computer to log and preview her outfits….maybe it will prevent me from having to eat my own eyeballs to erase the memories of seeing her in a dress that looks like it was created from whore's lace and bouillon cube wrappers.
In the end though the first remix that we got, from Noddable Industries, was actually the best. He didn't go over the top for a complete over-haul, but added just enough low end and percussion to make it into a head-nodder. What would really be the heat though would be if he could get fellow Chi-Towner and 2006 MLS All-Star game performer Lupe Fiasco to spit over the top (because we know that he doesn't have the champagne and Louis Vuitton budget to get Kanye to do it). Hear the full length here.
And while we're talking about it, who the hell is playing the All-Star game halftime show this year? I haven't heard a peep about it so I'm going to give my unwanted, unsolicited, and unrealistic suggestion; the newly reunited Verve . People are always going on about how to get all those EPL-loving 'Eurosnobs' to watch MLS…I'll bet my cat that you'd turn Colorado into Camden Town for the day if you could make this happen.
Brit-poppers rejoice! If you were ever in doubt that there is a God in heaven, you better march your ass down to the nearest church, synagogue, ashram or temple with a quickness. Why? Because "The Last of the Great Rock n' Roll Bands ™" is back.
Much like Benny Feilhaber's strike against Mexico this news came out of nowhere and had me on my knees with my hands held high to heaven. A new website for the band has popped up not only stating that all 4 original members are back together in the studio but that they have also announced live dates in the U.K. for the fall! Needless to say I'm already pricing plane ticket to catch them in either London or Glasgow.....I just have to check Fulham & Celtic's schedule to see if either of them have a home game that weekend.
The only bad thing about this whole thing is that I am now too fat to fit into my flares, I need a new pair of Clarks, and anoraks have gone back out of fashion.
Sheffield, England is well known for quite a few things other than being grim (all northern cities in England are, apparently). For the better part of the last 120 or so years it's been two very average soccer teams. In the 80's it was artsy fop-rockers like Human League, Heaven 17, & Thompson Twins (not to mention spandex-endorsers Def Lepard and more recent indie bands Pulp, and Arctic Monkeys). More recently the city has become a bastion of bleeding-edge designers and firms like Universal Everything and Designers Republic.
From this well of creativity comes design firm-come-fresh t-shirt merchant The Northern Block. Formed by Jonathon Hill in 2006, The Northern Block t-shirts utilize high-quality screen-printing and 100% organic cotton to "bring a sense of wit, colour and style to the mainstream marketplace". Amongst their noirish designs are a few football-based designs that are some of the finest around. In addition to the 'Football Systems' shirt pictured above, they have a new David Beckham shirt coming that's a great example of understated minimalist class.
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Brant Parsons, resident futblogger for the Orlando Sentinel has penned a heartfelt plea for Goldenballs to play his trade anywhere but LA. While at this stage that is as likely as Sigi Schmid ignoring a buffet, but it makes for a great read.
I have to give props to Mr. Brants blog; it's one of the select few that is associated with a newspaper that doesn't come across dry and reigned in. Not that I have a problem with legit journalism outlets co-opting a tool of the masses, but often times they lose the spunk & funk that makes blogs appealing in the first place. The Other Football does not suffer from such an ailment...I'd advise you to add it to your bookmarks ASAP.
Man, I know hearts are breaking all over North London right now and it's probably not the time to make jokes, but this video is cracking me up. It looks like it was done by one of those video dating services that they had back in the 90's (you know, before you turned Match.com and the 'casual encounters' section on Craigslist into your own personal booty-call black book).
He looks like he is about to cry but I'm sure he'll get over it when he realizes that Barcelona's front six will now consist of Henry, Eto'o, Messi, Ronaldinho, Xavi & Deco. Where's you Galatico's now Real Madrid fans?
As a side note, Dunivant is the one on the left in this picture snapped last year with Taylor Graham and Amado Guevara. Sadly if Dunivant goes, the worst player in this picture will be the only one still with the club.
UPDATE: This one looks to be the real deal. BigAppleSoccer with more details .
I'm sure it would be possible to find new Zidanes all over the US. But they're most likely Hispanic, Afro-American or of poor European stock so they won't find clubs - because soccer here has become a rich kids' sport" - California resident Frank Leboeuf fails to explain why a wealthy World Cup winner such as himself can't find a MLS club, despite offering to play for free.
But I will say that if the minimum appearance fee is a half-million dollars , I sooooo understand why you would want to put this club (to quote the great 20th century poet Too Short) "out on that stroll". 500k for an MLS side to show up and play is crazy money y'all. It's the kind of money that when people get it the lose their minds. You know, like how MC Hammer built a $40 million dollar mansion in Oakland (you could buy the whole of Oakland for that). Or how someone might think that MLS is better than the EPL .
But you know to fair this isn't shit compared to the globe-straddling 1968 tour that Lamar Hunt's Dallas Tornado undertook; 7 months, 45 matches across Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific and Asia including a stop in Vietnam where there was oh, like a war going on! And all of this before they team ever set foot in Dallas.
So after taking up your valuable time for the past few months I'd like to do what athletes and musicians do when they first start to get a little notoriety. No, I'm not going to buy my momma a house or get an Escalade; I'm going to give something back to the people. Lots of FREE STUFF to the people! So there aren't actually any kittens but there's other rad stuff like....
FIFA 2007 (PS2)
Pro Evolution Soccer (PS2)
FIFA Street 2 (PSP)
World Tour Soccer (PSP)
T-shirts from Futbolr
2007 U.S. Soccer Yearbooks
Red Bull Futbol de Calle DVDs
Dave Wengerin's Soccer in a Football World
All you have to do to have a chance at getting sorted out with some of this loot is enter your email address in the box at right. In addition to putting your name in the hat for the some fabulous football booty, you'll receive TOR as a daily email. That way you can have one less website in your favorites, and one less thing for your boss to firewall. I'll announce winner's beginning on June 26th...the day Copa America begins!
So there's a never ending thread on Bigsoccer of the best American supporters photos. This video hijacks a whole mess of those photos, adds in some choice video, and tops it off with a bit of chyron text to create one big ass slab of flag-&-smoke bomb porn. Props to the creator and the cast for showing true passion.
As a side note if you aren't familiar with the reference in the title but musically adventurous, get schooled here.
If it's true I have to wonder if Fernando Clavijo is high off of Juan Pablo Angel's productivity to offer a $1.5 million one-year contract.
Make no mistake Calderon can play, but who in this league pays that much for a 37 year old striker with a little better than marginal profile (i.e. his name won't bring too many new faces out to The Dick)?
You just may fall in live with them for their latest move as they try to further their American interests beyond their new radio show and summer friendlies. Scotland's Daily Record has the story on the clubs efforts to launch a massive 30 academy's in the US and Canada with the aim of using "the power of soccer to deliver positive lifestyle and educational messages while increasing awareness of the club in a market". Oh and to get a jump on getting thier mitts on young talent before anyone else does, much like a porn scout recruiting outside the Greyhound station in LA.
Key to the plan is a focus on inner city, urban youth and promoting "a healthy lifestyle". How you do this with with the help of McDonald's (burger heiress Joan Kroc is on this one) is beyond me though. But you have to give them a modicum of credit for trying unless you're a Rangers fan and hate them like tornado's hate trailer parks (that's why they always attack them) so all the charity in the world won't soften your hard, hard heart.
My simple advice, don't do it Don. As much as many people would like to see a return to the bay area and an even number of teams, stand strong Don…don't buckle. We're already going down this road of non-commitment with our friends out in Utah and look at what a saga that has been.
And after seeing this photo (snapped by the LA Times at game two of the 2007 NHL Western Conference Semifinals) of the mystery kid with funny guy Owen Wilson I've got a great screenplay idea for a 'Raising Arizona'-meets-'Million Dollar Baby'-style movie called 'I Stole Ronaldinho's Kid!'
Luke plays the GM of a struggling USL franchise facing closure unless it can salvage it's season & put some asses in the seats. While attending what he suspects might be his last soccer convention he falls for a single mom (played by Eva Longoria) whose soccer-prodigy son bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain Brazilian footballer. Wilson hatches a plan to kidnap the precocious wunderkind & use his talent and looks to save his club and his job. Now if he can just pull this off without losing the love of his lady….
What do you think? We get Jud Apatow (Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin) to direct, maybe get Sean William Scott in there as the xenophobic youth coach who knows nothing about soccer (he's only the coach because it's part of his court-ordered community service), maybe a final scene cameo by Ronnie himself….surely this would make as much money as the Reno 911 movie.
And speaking of movies, Your Captain Needs You has been updated today...go there now!
Not sure if you noticed or not but TORtv is on the fritz. Youtube seems to have some gremlins, so I am forced to put this next bit of information front and center (which isn't a bad thing actually).
An intrepid San Jose Sharks fan was good enough to capture some footage of the San Jose City Council's meeting with Earthquakes revivalist Lew Wolff about the proposed construction of a SSS near the San Jose airport. It's fairly bland stuff but if you are a NorCal footie fan this must see TV.
Until that day arrives though I will write short missives about other peoples work, link to Youtube footage that is obviously an infringement of copyright, and make the occasional dick joke.
I'm not gay (but it would be okay if I was) and I am pretty secure in my standing as a heterosexual male. And I don't have a problem with going on record that in addition to being a bad-ass on the pitch that Juan Pablo Angel is a handsome guy. Now if I were to go one step further and quote one of my women friends who recently laid eyes on him for the 1st time, he's "a nice piece of man-candy".
Now I can't go there, but she can….and did. So this begs the question "why isn't Juan Pablo Angel's face (and abs) out there"? In him you have fit, handsome, bilingual, worldly, goal-scoring machine that is perfect for Cold Pizza, El Diario, Jay Leno and People Magazines' 50 Most Beautiful People issue. So why isn't RBNY or MLS pimping him out like they were Heidi Fleiss?
Could it be that he's not at young as Freddy? Is he simply a victim of arriving in the year of Beckham? Maybe he simply has no interest in being anything more than a player? Or is it all due to Red Bull's non-marketing plan for 2007? I don't claim to know the answer but I do know a missed opportunity when I see one.
No major revelations but all in all a good way to waste 11 minutes without involving lubricant.
From left; a Beckham child, Posh, Posh's boobs, Cruise, Holmes. At Bottom; a man with a suspicious gaze, yet another Beckham child, double proof that not all blondes are hot.
During the halftime interview of last weeks MLS Primetime Thursday match, The Don made mention of a second New York team as an expansion candidate. I for one am not mad at the idea, particularly if their ground is built in Queens. Which is what the New York Mets are said to be interested in doing.
Say the Mets do pony up and build a SSS in Flushing for 2010…by then Red Bull will have moved into Harrison with a larger & more passionate following who would not be too quick to share the footballing hearts of the tri-state area. On the other hand RBNY would be up against a club that no doubt would open shop with a world class DP or two, several top players courtesy of the leagues dubious allocation process, and a very football savvy local fanbase who will no doubt bring Wu-Tang levels of ruckus.
Someone with much more clout than me said a while back that as New York goes, so goes the league. If that statement is true (and isn't everything you read on the Internet?) can you imagine how far the league would go with a passionate crosstown rivalry that would make LA-Chivas look like handbags at 30 paces?
But as Biggie said 'shit done changed'. It seems that there a variety of theories, hypothesis', and reasons behind the citizens of Rochester allegedly falling out of love with their club, the Rhinos. Rochester Democrat & Chronicle blogger Devo lays it all out in a passionate manner that I think all futbol fans can appreciate....hopefully it won't fall on deaf ears.
The team looks to continue a rich tradition of defeat by
foreign clubs looking for a paid holiday in the states that began with hosting Real Madrid in 2006.
All jokes aside, how did they manage to have their only win of the season so far against shit-hot Kansas City?
Apparently this party is one of the new features - along with "Table Soccer" and "Shoot Off" - of FIFA 08 that will be a Wii exclusive. The game will also includes the ability for you to play as a self-created "Mii" character and unlock the chance to play the game's cover star Ronaldinho for world footballing supremacy or something.
Personally I'm not a Wii fan; the motion-based controllers require you to jump around the living like a some fat dancer rejected from the last Justin Timberlake tour and that makes me feel like a jackass. I will stick to the PS2, PSP and Xbox 360 versions of the game.
You can get more info from the press release here.
It seems there's a bit of beef brewing in the local soccer circles centering around the redesign of the website SoundersCentral; what was once a space dedicated to the local USL side has now widened it's scope to focus on soccer in Seattle, with a particular interest in the city's MLS chances.
So what's the problem there? Some of the Sounders fans are crying sellout, and Seattle Weekly is pouring petrol and Everclear all over the fire. Can't we just all get along and be one soccer nation under a groove?
As you may or may not know, I am currently curating The Largest Library of Soccer Related Literature on the Jersey Shore ™; Jeff Bradley lives a few towns down from me but I've got him beat. Last summer I added Dave Wangerin's 'Soccer in a Football World' to my collection and I have to say it is probably the most enjoyable, least academic, and definitely most current read on American soccer out there. How current? The final chapter is entitled "Take Me Out to the Soccer-Specific Stadium".
If you go to Books.Google.com you can read most of the book for free in a nice, big pdf-style display. As this book is without a distributor in the U.S. I highly recommend you check it out (and then buy it from Amazon.co.uk). And yes you read correctly, it's a book about American soccer that is unavailable in the states. Ironic, but so totally & completely unsurprising.
That's awesome and all but to quote James Brown we can't forget to "give the drummer some". Well not her drummer, but The Killers drummer Ronnie Vanucci. Apparently this Vegas baby is repping for FC Dallas...or at least he was when the bands tour hit Pizza Hut Park on April 15th.
It's nice to see someone other than Drew Carey and "Hellboy" give the league an endorsement. Now if only Oprah will will put "Soccer Against the Enemy" in her book club, then we'd really see the meat in the seats.
DeMarcus Beasley may be ready for his close-up with Rangers.
BBQing. Doubleheaders. Indiscriminate hook-ups. Wearing less. Drinking More.
Yes, yes y'all…it's finally summer and it's time for The Offside Rules Summer Essentials! TOR is officially lifting the veil on the sweaty-season and we are going to help you get turned on to a few of the hottest games, gear, gadgets, grub & whatever else we can get our dirty little mitts around. I may do a few more of these as the season goes on so if you have any suggestions, hit me up.
So let's get to it, shall we?
Essential Clothing: Hollywood United T-Shirt
Don't make big money but want to dress like it?
Put away that Abercrombie t-shirt and represent for Hollywood United, a member of Los Angeles' Olympic soccer league that boasts such names as Frank Le Beouf, Vinnie Jones, Eric Wynalda, and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones amongst it's ranks.
Available from www.bumpypitch.com
Essential Event: Superliga
Sure we've got the Gold Cup, Copa America, the U.S. Open Cup, the World Series of Football, and the MLS season to keep us in footballing heaven for the next few months, but don't forget that theirs a new player in the game this summer with the inaugural edition of Superliga.
Pitting 8 of the best clubs from Mexico & the U.S. in a Champions League-style tournament for a cool $1 million in prize money, Superliga ups the ante (literally) for international club matches in the USA.
Tournament info available at MLSnet.
Essential Beer: Shiner Bock
This is sort of a selfish pick, but most Texans and anyone else who drinks this brilliant brew will tell you that it is the shit. Period.
Concocted at a single, small brewery not too far from Austin, Shiner Bock is damn near a lifestyle choice for some people; I for one have been known to fly to the east coast from down south with a case of the stuff tucked into the overhead compartment just to get it north of the Mason-Dixon line. It's that good.
Sadly, northeasterners will have to just drink Yuengling as they don't distribute Shiner north of Philly. Bastards.
If you want to get the scoop from the Spoetzel Brewery, visit them here.
Essential Grill: Bread Breaker Dual-Fuel Hybrid Grill
Can you imagine the looks of murderous envy
you'll get when you pull up to your next tailgate
with this fucker in the back of your truck (and you'll need one to haul this behemoth around)?
This Humvee of grills has a one-of-a-kind hybrid grilling system that uses wood, charcoal, gas, or a combination of the three to make even your burnt ribs taste flavorful. With 864 square inch main grilling area, an infrared (infrared!) rotisserie cradle system, & 154,000 BTUs you could cook a baby T-Rex on this.
If you've got a big appetite and $12K to burn, get one.
Essential Beach Gear: Beach Soccer Net
Possibly the most essential item for the summer because this will let you take your game to beach in proper fashion....no more using garbage cans for goals!
Made from super strong aluminium sections 100 x 120 mm, with welded corners, stable aluminium net hanger, and coated in yellow plastic, this goal will enable you to finally become a perfect combination of Ronaldinho and beach volleyball-Tom Cruise from Top Gun.
Ready to pony up for it? Get it here.
Essential Movie: Goal II: Living the Dream
Don't front: you saw the first one, and you'll see the second one.
This second part of the trilogy finds Santiago Munez traded from Newcastle and taking his place amongst the Galacticos at Real Madrid. A kid plucked from the Latino leagues in LA now plying his trade in La Liga you say? Hey, that's Hollywood baby!
While the film may hurt a little due to the fact that some of the players featured in the film have already moved on, it's still fun to root for the underdog (not to mention having a big-budget footie film out that has the possibility of being in theatres for more than a week).
A North American release is slated for September 14th...which is one of the last weeks that you can get away with going to the beach in a lot of the country so we're going to let this one slide in.
Essential Music: Smashing Pumpkins "Zeitgeist"
I can't begin to tell you how stoked I am about this. Maybe it's because I am a man of a certain age and I have some uncontrollable need to relive my alt-rock youth. Or maybe it's because Billy Corgan's band is still one of the smartest, and most rockin'-est endeavors going.
With a revamped line-up (which thankfully still includes Jimmy Chamberlin on drums), a world tour already under way and new album due in July I am as excited as pervert in a peepshow about this.
Download new song "Starz" recorded live last week at Germany's Rock Am Ring Festival.
So the North American Rangers supporters club had their annual convention down in Florida this past weekend. A TOR reader (and drinkin' buddy) was in attendance and got to spend a little time with several hundred other supporters-in-exile in the presence Rangers skipper Walter Smith. Between drunken outbursts from the gathered fans on the topics of "fenian's", "Ulster", "papes", and other sectarian concerns Smith was actually able to get a few words in about football.
My man tells me that when asked about transfer targets, he mentioned DeMarcus Beasley as being high on his list. Again, this is all bar talk with the lads so take it for what it's worth. Could be a good move for the currently homeless Run-DMB if it were to come to pass though, although personally I believe he could play in a more competitive league.
And just so this doesn't turn into some "Wynalda-Gate" blogging incident, I am assured that Mr. Smith did not offer to let anyone felate him.
If you've even spent one day on one of the myriad of soccer message boards out there on the world wide interwebs, you have heard at least 645 reasons why network______ has the worst production or announcers. Sometimes those arguments are valid (I like Max Bretos but if I hear him say that another match that is necessary at best is "historic" I may have to write a letter), while other's are just the Monday morning crazy talk of the futbol zealot.
This season I think that FSC (aside from that opening weekend howler of a production) have certainly improved upon their prior MLS coverage, notably adding pre & post-game coverage. But just like the game that they cover, you need to have the fundamentals down before you start trying to get all fancy with it. For instance, knowing who won the game and which team your interviewee plays for helps when you conduct a post-game interview.
Check out the clip above. The look of incredulity on Jesse Marsch's face when Jeremy St. Louis doesn't even know which team he plays for is priceless.
But seriously, WTF is she wearing? My teachers never rocked it like this.
Forget about commitments to clubs. Forget about commitments to country. In the grand scheme of things that shit means nothing, nothing.....unless you've made a commitment to fashion!
The Guardian has the most excellent thing I have read since the headline "Paris Hilton Goes to Jail" was splashed across my monitor a few days ago. It's a piece giving a big shout out to the MLS and US Soccer supporter's groups! Our countrymen may not be paying attention but apparently the British can hear us all the way in bloody London!
Read it all here. Although it starts out telling the tale of Sons of Ben (who don't have a team but apparently they've got a shit-hot publicist because I've read at least 3 stories on them in the past 2 months), but then everyone and their mother gets a shout: ESC, Barra Brava, Riot Squad, Section 8, Sam's Army. It's basically a Wu Tang-style posse cut of American firms.
So pat yourselves on the back, have a celebratory drink and song boys & girls...you're hardcore, you know the score.
Big shouts to my Russian cousin over at NewlyLostEdge for tipping me off to the piece.
Juan Pablo Angel! There's only Juan Pablo Angel! Juan Pablo Annnngel!
If you have Direct Kick, MSG, or TFC season tickets you're a lucky son of bitch (and I say that in the nicest, most Southern way possible). MoJo's Mapleleaf Militia & Bruce's Taurine Army do battle for the first time tonight in Toronto and I'm actually really stoked on seeing this one. TFC have taken it upon themselves to throw down the gauntlet and talk a little pre-game trash to the Toronto Sun. They also threw out a "your momma" in Metro Toronto. I love it...game on.
But the opposition seem to be the only ones who aren't ready to give Juan Pablo Angel a tongue bath right now. Right out of the box the dude is killing in the league like Prince killed with the ladies in the 80's. This morning alone he got enough press to make this post into a mix-tape; he was praised by New York Times soccer-stalwart Jack Bell (sidebar: you absolutely must read this interview Adam Spangler did with Mr. Bell at This Is American Soccer), fetted-over by Frank Giase in The Newark Star-Ledger, and the Toronto Star thinks he's just swell. I don't get that much love in a month...and I'm Shawn Francis!
So I've been DJing for about 15 years now and a by-product of too many late nights, too much music, and not enough sleep is a condition called DJ-ADD. To my knowledge I am the only documented case but I'm sure there are others out there who are affected but sadly go undiagnosed. The main symptom is that I listen to music like I'm DJing even when I am not; 2 minutes into a record I'm already thinking about the next thing I'm going to play.
So when I do get stuck on something it's man-bites-dog momentous. And right now I am stuck on this track called "Can't Stop Moving" by Sonny Jim. Imagine the Jackson 5 (for obvious reasons), The Avalanches, Justice, and Fatboy Slim all swapping spit and this is pretty much what the end result would be....a perfect throwaway summer dance hit.
There are a few other tracks on dudes MySpace page that are also pretty fun. And randomly he lists New York Cosmos under his influences so he's one of us. Check out the video above.
Shouts to Stereogum for the tip-off.
I'm calling bullshit on Mr. Bilello's statement in The Boston Globe that no single-game tickets will be sold for the New England stop on the "Bucks for Becks" (TM) North American Tour '07, and that they will ticket sales to only 30,000.
But what of these new t-shits that Jaqua and his dude have been spotted rocking out in Carson? Could this be the new colours and crest? If it is, thank God the crest will be nice and small in the corner because to quote my man Kubrik this shit "looks like something out of late 70's major league baseball". Additionally, there are also some photos going around of the teams new training gear which also hints at a deep space blue in the color sheme.
I swear there hasn't been an MLS-related style watch this fun since Landon and Bianca's wedding. Personally, I wish they would keep the old kits; say what you want about green & gold (with a sash even) but you have to admit that they do stand out in a league full of teams who all read the study that red or blue uniforms sell the most.
Man, it can't be said that the Canadians don't mean business when it comes to putting up an SSS; apparently AEG, & the Hunt Sports Group don't have any under their employ. USL side Montreal Impact are well into laying down foundation for their new facility, Saputo Stadium, and on track to open the doors for the 2008 season. Check out the construction photo below and the video of the renderings above.
Placed in the shadow of Olympic Stadium and it's iconic tower, the stadium will open with a capacity of 13K-15K (depending on who you ask) with the ability to be expanded to 20K. The clubs owner has stated a desire to attempt to move up to MLS in a few years and if MLS were to come knocking I wouldn't be mad at 'em.
Shit, if KC and RBNY keep delivering these ass whuppin's to near empty houses & don't get their stadium acts together I say deportation proceedings should commence....and I'm even a fan of one of them!