Tag: soccer

How The USMNT Played Itself Out of the World Cup

In the span of an evening earlier this week, as I am sure you may be aware, the US Men’s National Soccer Team was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup. Just about everything that needed to go wrong for the USMNT, did. The NY Times broke down the evening, minute by excruciating minute.

It’s all over but the shouting now, and Americans are doing most of that. In a split second, a difficult feat, qualifying for the World Cup, that has become something of a birthright for a generation of United States fans has vaporized.

I’ve read several articles about this fiasco over the past few days and the POV that resonated with me was that US soccer needed something like this to happen to deliver a cold wake up call to the US National program. After so many years of progress, having a result like this should serve as a top to bottom five alarm fire that US Soccer needs to get it’s shit together.

Source: How the United States Missed the World Cup, Minute by Minute – The New York Times

NFL Logos As European Football Logos

I love projects like this. A very cool exploration of logo design titled “Football As Football“, where some designers have styled several NFL logos as if they were European Football (soccer) clubs. A few for your viewing pleasure:

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New England Patriots

Yes, they even did a really nice job with the logo of the NY Jets

Source: Kottke

It’s Been A While

After a whopping 51 years in England’s lower football (soccer) division, Cardiff City has finally been promoted to England’s Premier League. Cardiff was a team that had deep financial issues not too long ago.

It is a remarkable accomplishment because the club was nearly bankrupt more than a year ago. In three of the last four seasons, Cardiff got tantalizingly close to promotion from the League Championship, only to fall short in the promotion playoffs. Those failures were called “doing the Cardiff. With Tuesday’s result, a point from a scoreless draw with Charlton Athletic, the club can bury the phrase and look forward to resuming the fierce Welsh derby with Swansea, which was promoted two years ago.

They are kind of like the Red Sox of the EPL.

via NYTimes.

Goaaaaaal

Lionel Messi, the brilliant striker for Barcelona, broke the club’s all time record for goals scored last night in spectacular fashion, netting a hat trick (his 10th of the season).

To put this in perspective, Messi has scored 235 goals for Barcelona and he is all of 24 years old. The previous record for Barcelona, held by Cesar Rodriguez, took 11 years to accomplish while Messi took barely 6.

Via Bleacher Report.

Two Sport Star

It appears that Chad Johnson/Ochocinco is taking his skills to Kansas City for a tryout with Sporting KC of the MLS. This got me to thinking about an article from Bill Simmons at ESPN from a few years ago when he mused about a US sports bizarro world where our best athletes would be funneled towards soccer the way they are in European and South American countries. He imagined a scenario where Allen Iverson was playing soccer and claimed (not too far fetched, in my opinion) that Iverson could have been one of the greatest soccer players in the world:

By the way, I’ve been watching the World Cup for four weeks trying to decide which NBA players could have been dominant soccer players, eventually coming to three conclusions. First, Allen Iverson would have been the greatest soccer player ever — better than Pele, better than Ronaldo, better than everyone. I think this is indisputable, actually. Second, it’s a shame that someone like Chris Andersen couldn’t have been pushed toward soccer, because he would have been absolutely unstoppable soaring above the middle of the pack on corner kicks. And third, can you imagine anyone being a better goalie than Shawn Marion? It would be like having a 6-foot-9 human octopus in the net. How could anyone score on him? He’d have every inch of the goal covered. Just as a sports experiment, couldn’t we have someone teach Marion the rudimentary aspects of playing goal, then throw him in a couple of MLS games? Like you would turn the channel if this happened?

Maybe Chad Johnson’s foray into the MLS may prompt other athletes to take a second look at the “perfect game”.

History of Teams in the EPL

Here is a visual of all the teams that have been in and out of the English Premier League (the soccer/football league across the pond for those of you who don’t follow the sport :). As you would think, teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United are multiple time champions and have never been relegated (sent to the second division). Aston Villa, Everton, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur have never been relegated but have also never won the Premiership. Swindon Town was in the Premier League for a cuppa tea in 1993-94 and have not touched it since. And sadly, my Newcastle United club was relegated this year for the first time since the EPL’s first year in 1992.

World Cup

I just wanted to say that I’m very excited for the upcoming 2006 World Cup in Germany. I am very encouraged by the prospects for the US Soccer team, even though Claudia Renya injured his hamstring in a “friendly” vs Morocco. My understanding is that the injury is not as serious as first thought, however it is still a point of concern with his importance to the team. My fallback is England, who should also have a good showing in the tournament.