Archive for the ‘Soccer’ Category

Premier League Review: Stoke City Stunts On Manchester City

I’d like to write about one of the highlight matches of the weekend, Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to visiting Stoke City. It’s the upset of the season so far. But I can’t write about it. I didn’t watch it. And neither did my Premier League recapping counterpart Dillon Friday...
September 1st, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Premier League Review: Everton and Arsenal Clash In Familiar Affair

Everton was founded in 1878 so the parish of St. Domingo’s Church could play football during the fall and winter. Arsenal was founded in 1886 by the workers of the Royal Arsenal in southeast London. No two teams in England have played more games against each other in the top flight. And why not?...
August 25th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Your Premier League Weekend In Review: Should Manchester United Fans Panic?

I imagine Manchester United fans split themselves between the Woody and Buzz camps. Half watched the Red Devils fall 2-1 at Old Trafford to Swansea City and said reassuringly, “This is no time to panic.” The rest shouted in return, “This is the perfect time to panic!” United endured its worst...
August 18th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Stories Of Fandom In The Premier League: Which Team Should I Root For?

Once upon a time, I suggested that cheering for a Barclays Premier League team is like marrying a mail-order bride. There’s no real love there. Instead, it’s a relationship built on materialistic affection. I’ve revised my stance since then. I’ve come to realize that BPL fandom...
August 15th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Landon Donovan’s Refreshing Retirement

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt I can’t help but feel good for Landon Donovan. He announced yesterday that he’s retiring at the end of the 2014 MLS season. The duties of a professional soccer player — and carrying his sport’s hopes and dreams of his nation for the better part of the last...
August 8th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Bradley Wright-Phillips Lights Up The MLS All-Star Game

There are those who will say we shouldn’t read too much into the MLS All-Stars’ 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich Wednesday night, and that’s fine. The Bundesliga champions started a B+ team that featured none of the club’s seven German internationals. Dutch standout Arjen Robben...
August 7th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Costa Rica’s World Cup: How Will Los Ticos Fare Going Forward?

Soccer has a funny way of putting countries on the map. Prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, most Americans thought of Costa Rica as either a tourist destination, and with good reason — check out vacation packages here — or a geographic enigma. Even the great Mike Tirico called the Central...
August 1st, 2014 | Columns, No Class Friday, Soccer, Sports, Staff | Read More

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and national heritage engulfed the world. It was astonishing to watch defending champions and contenders fall apart, a smorgasbord of dialects screaming with pride, and stars perform...
July 22nd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Soccer | Read More

We’ll Always Have You: TSFJ’s Lasting Memories Of The World Cup

Yesterday’s World Cup final, Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina, was the culmination of 63 other games featuring the best soccer teams in the world. What led up to the tournament’s outcome often gets lost as time passes, the moments of brilliance and heartache before the winner hoisted...
July 14th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Why I’ll Root For Netherlands Soccer Until I Die

I sat in my orange jersey and watched as it rained outside, just like it did in Brazil. In the end, my beloved Netherlands soccer team fell to Argentina in penalties. I have no family from Holland. In the overtime frames, I thought about why the team means so much to me. Despite their sweet kits, my...
July 10th, 2014 | Soccer, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Holland Vs. Argentina: Because This Game Can’t Be A Lopsided Affair (Right?)

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Holland and Argentina are playing for the other spot in the World Cup Final against Germany, who unceremoniously laid a 7-1 mollywhopping on host country Brazil, their first loss on Brazilian soil in decades. The loser gets a spot in the third-place match against Brazil. I...
July 9th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Brazil Vs. Germany: Who Needs The Win More?

The soccer gods have gifted us a dream semifinal. Brazil, five-time winners of the World Cup, take on Germany, who have won the trophy a mere three times, in just a few short hours. Both nations play under tremendous pressure. Brazil’s coronation on its home pitch has been all but a formality...
July 8th, 2014 | Columns, No Class Friday, Soccer, Sports | Read More

How 4 Games Forever Changed Jermaine Jones’ Legacy At The World Cup

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Anytime anyone mentioned Jermaine Jones in reference to the U.S. Men’s National Team in the run-up to this World Cup, words like “liability” and “reckless” were sure to follow. People say that because he was both of those things. He has always...
July 3rd, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Tim Howard Deserved Better And America’s Hope-Filled Roller Coaster Ride Is Over

“F*ck.” It was the only word I could utter when Belgium sent Romelo Lukaku onto the pitch in extra time. I knew what was about to happen, even if I really didn’t. And when it did happen, I couldn’t do anything but wallow in my misery. When Lukaku setup the goal for Kevin De...
July 2nd, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer | Read More

In Search Of Soccer In New York City

Every bar on Bleecker Street from Wicked Willy’s to The GMT Tavern hung miniature flags of World Cup participants off their awnings. ESPN flashed on the flat screen TVs. The chalk board advertisements implored customers to stop by with promises of drink specials and noise. “Watch the World Cup...
July 2nd, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

6 Things You Need To Know Before USA Vs. Belgium

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt In the weeks and months leading up to the World Cup, there was one goal for the USMNT: survive one of the two (three? Italy and England got unceremoniously dumped by Costa Rica and Uruguay) groups of death in this World Cup. We’ve escaped from that four-man brawl of...
July 1st, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

The USMNT Needs The Real Michael Bradley To Step Up

I can’t imagine what it must be like to be U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley right now. The soccer star, who recently returned to the MLS following a wildly successful stint in Europe, was widely considered if not the most recognizable soccer player hailing from the United...
July 1st, 2014 | Soccer, The Rev | Read More

4 Takeaways From The World Cup Weekend: How Do You Define “Penalty”?

Take a breath. You need it. This World Cup has shown no regard for people’s health. It has sent atheists to confessional booths and Catholics to the altar of the heretical soccer gods. If the group stages and first four round of 16 matches are any indication, we’ll all need heart transplants...
June 30th, 2014 | No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

They’re Plenty American Enough

If there is one thing that infuriates me more than that silly ass chant, it’s the questioning of how “American” this US Men’s National Team is makes my blood boil. Let me just put all of my cards on the table. I’m a son of an Army serviceman. My father is Puerto Rican....
June 27th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer | Read More

That Escalated Quickly: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Kick That Humbled America

When “poking the bear goes wrong. Horribly wrong. Beer tickets were $5 a piece. So, naturally, my buddy Vaughan and I bought four. Not having the first clue what to expect from Richmond’s outdoor USA-Portugal World Cup watch party, if nothing else, drinking beer outside on a unusually cool June...
June 25th, 2014 | J. Tinsley, Soccer | Read More