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US Soccer Goalie is Cool

Thought this would be a good lead into the USA vs. Mexico game.

Juergen Klinsmann Hired as U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Coach

This time it’s for real, Klinsmann has been chosen to be the next USA Men’s National Soccer team head coach.

“I am proud and honored to be named the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “I would like to thank the U.S. Soccer Federation for the opportunity, and I’m excited about the challenge ahead. I am looking forward to bringing the team together for our upcoming match against Mexico and starting on the road toward qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

Espn3.com Down – Bad News if You Want to Watch the Women’s World Cup Online

Bad news if you want to watch the Women’s World Cup online… any other sport as well. Espn’s espn3.com is down for maintenance until tomorrow 6 a.m. EST.
espn site down

Actually it looks like their whole system of sites is experiencing problems. I’m guess this wasn’t scheduled maintenance or they ran into some sort of trouble during something scheduled.

Thierry Henry Sent off for so Called “Violent” Conduct

Seriously? This is ridiculous. Even after the love tap the two players shook hands and made up. I can see maybe a yellow card to both players, but a straight red for a little bit of chatter and a tap on the head? That’s a bit much. If that’s all it takes to get a red card in the MLS, these refs would never last in the Bundesliga or Premier League… Well, pretty much any of the European leagues.

Best Goal Photo Ever

This has to be one of the best photos of a goal I’ve seen.

mueller goal

Müller scoring for Germany in the World Cup

Amazing Goals

Check out some of these goals. The touch these guys have is just amazing!

Bayern Falls to Kaiserslautern

Today proved to be a bad day for the Rekordmeister FC Bayern, as they fell to Kaiserslautern in their return season to the 1. Bundesliga. FCK scored two quick goals in less than 2 minutes (Ilicevic 36, Lakic 37) in the first half and then were able to hang on to finish the game 2-0. It’s been a long time since anyone kept Bayern out of the net. They always score at least one goal. But, have no fear FCB fans the is still a lot of season left!

Nice My Team Won the LCBC League

Last Thursday my team won the LCBC Summer League. I didn’t get to play in the final because of my operation, but I played in every other game.

LCBC Summer Soccer League Champs

LCBC Summer Soccer League Champs

Date Change for the 2nd Be A Fan! Tournament

The tournament that we were supposed to play in has been postponed till October 23. I’m not sure if we will be able to play the new date, but I’ll keep you posted. Check out our team site for other games and tournaments: FC Blackbird

Spain Defeats Holland in the World Cup Final

I’m a little behind on posting this, but still wanted to put my two cents in…

Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in overtime to take their first ever World Cup trophy. The game seemed to be a defensive battle since neither team really had a lot of chances. There were a few near misses at both ends, but the Dutch had probably the biggest lost opportunity. The chance came when Robben made a run down the middle and was fed a great through ball that set him up for a breakaway. As he went by the last defender for Spain, Puyol grabbed him around the waist in an attempt to slow him or take him down. Robben powered his way through and continued to play. The ref ignored the attempt to by Puyol to take Robben down. If the ref had called the foul it would have been at least a yellow card, but since Puyol was the last man it really should have been a red. Throughout the tournament many strikers took dives. Including later in the final when a ref issued a second yellow to a Dutch defender that clearly was a dive by the Spanish forward. I even saw a Portuguese forward take a dive in the box after beating the last defender which put him 1 on 1 with the keeper. Just dumb… the ref didn’t call it by the way.  The fact that Robben stayed up and continued to play even though he was hampered by the desperate shows Robben’s character.. But should he have taken the dive? And why did the ref allow this to happen even though he certainly wasn’t afraid to throw cards as he set a record for the number of cards issued in the final?

Anyway, congratulations to Spain for earning their first World Cup trophy. It was a controversial tournament with goals allowed/disallowed and many questionable calls. It seemed to me that in many cases the referee was too much of a factor in the games.

What do you think?