Must See Jérémy Ménez Goal :: Outruns Defender, Goes Around Keeper, Scores with Back Heel

Filed under: AC Milan, Goals, Highlights

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This, is special. Jérémy Ménez, French footballer currently playing for A.C. Milan did some ish that you may never see. This is the first time I’ve seen something like this in professional football. Ridiculous game from JM here. He outruns the defender like he’s standing still (after a horribly thought out back pass attempt), deeks the keeper and then outruns him to the ball.

If that was not enough, he added a back heel for good measure AND it was what he need to do to score that.

I’m efforting better video, but for now, enjoy it. He did it for the vine.

(H / t to our guy C. Losoya for the heads up and tag)

Random side note, Jeremy Menez scored twice. Both sides finished the game with 10 men (Daniele Bonera and Felipe both receiving two yellows / reds). The final score of this contest was 5 – 4, AC Milan over Parma.

Added on September 14th, 2014 by

Believe is in Theaters Today

Filed under: Coaches, Culture & Lifestyle, Manchester United, Movies, Soccer in America, Trailers, Videos

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Supporting not just soccer, but the underdogs……

We’ve been talking a lot about the movie Believe. It is the story of a young kid with big soccer dreams who meets legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby. It’s a movie about soccer but it’s also about the relationship between players and coaches. It’s about healing wounds on moving on after life deals us tough hands. It’s a beautifully shot film featuring kids that can actually play. Often times sports movies miss the mark in how they are shot and in the action shots. Believe hits both really well.

There are few soccer movies that hit major cinemas across the US. Believe happens to be a soccer movie that is hitting the “big screen” here in the US. And this is where we as a soccer community need to support. Not only is it a really great movie for the family, but it is a movie about the sport that we all so passionately and tirelessly have worked to build in the US. Showing up and supporting at the theater is another step in continuing to build this sport that we love. Below is a list of theater locations.

Cinemark West Plano 20 + XD - 3800 Dallas Pkwy Plano, TX 75093-7859
Tinseltown 290 16 + XD – 12920 Northwest Fwy Houston, TX
Superstition Springs 25 – 6950 E Superstition Springs Blvd Mesa, AZ 8520
Hazlet 12 – 2821 State Route 35 Hazlet, NJ 07730-7516
Boise Stadium 21 + IMAX – 7701 Overland Rd Boise, ID 83709-1628
Grand Teton Stadium 14 – 2707 S. 25th E Ammon, ID 83406-6214
Fairfax Corner 14 + XD – 11900 Palace Way Fairfax, VA 22030
Cinemark Movies 16 + XD – 711 Evesham Ave Somerdale NJ
Meridian 16 – 1501 7th Ave Seattle, WA 98101-1703
Lincolnshire Stadium 20 + IMAX – 251 Parkway Dr Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4336
Irvine Spectrum 21 + IMAX & RPX – 65 Fortune Dr Irvine, CA 92618-2925
Long Beach Stadium 26 with IMAX – 7501 Carson Blvd Long Beach, CA 90808-2365
Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 with IMAX – 26701 Aliso Creek Rd Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Temecula Stadium 15 + IMAX – 40750 Winchester Rd Temecula, CA 92591-6002
Cinemark 16 – 1051 N Dobson Rd Mesa, AZ 85201
Century 16 Bel Mar + XD – 440 Teller St Lakewood, CO 80226
Cinemark 16 – 1200 Towne Centre Blvd Provo, UT
Cinemark 24 + XD – 7299 Jordan Landing Blvd West Jordan, UT
Tinseltown Newgate 14 – 1010 Newgate Mall Ogden, UT
Tinseltown 17 – 720 W 1500 N Layton, UT
Cinemark 12 – 715 West 180th North American Fork, UT
Cinemark West Valley + XD – West Valley City, UT
Cinemark Farmington + XD – 900 W Clark Lane Farmington, UT
Cinemark Draper + XD – 12101 South Factory Drive Draper, UT
Salt Lake City 16 – 125 E 3300 S Salt Lake City, UT
Cinemark University Mall – 1010 South 800 East Orem, UT
Sandy Union Heights 16 – 7670 Union Park Ave Sandy, UT
Megaplex Theatres @Jordan Commons + IMAX – 9335 S State St Sandy, UT
Megaplex Theatres @ The District + IMAX – 3761 West Parkway Plaza Drive South Jordan, UT
Megaplex @ The Gateway & Clark IMAX – 150 S 400 W Salt Lake City, UT
Megaplex 18 Theatres@ Thanksgiving Point – 3004 Thanksgiving Way Lehi, UT
Megaplex Theatres @ The Junction – 2351 Kiesel Ave Ogden, UT
Megaplex Theatres at Valley Fair Mall + IMAX – 3601 South 2700 West West Valley City, UT
Megaplex 14 at Legacy Crossing + IMAX – 1078 West Legacy Blvd Centerville, UT
Providence Stadium 8 – 499 W 100 N Providence, UT
Pineview Stadium 10 – 2376 Red Cliffs Dr Saint George, UT
Cedar City 8 – 1040 Sage Dr Cedar City, UT

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Inspired By :: Chris Seitz

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights

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I’ve know Chris Seitz for about 8 years now and this was the first time I’d heard him talk about Ian Feuer…. And I agree with everything Seitzy’s talking about.

The crazy part about the video above is that Ian Feuer was actually my roommate on the road while we both played for the New England Revolution.  Ian had just come back from Europe (after being one of the most underrated trail blazers for American Keepers not named Kasey Keller or Brad Friedel) and those days were pretty epic.

We all influence people in ways we never realize in the moment…. This movie is about the underdogs… Underdogs on the field, underdogs in life and underdogs at the box office.

Check out Inspired By :: Rauwshan McKenzie – Dax McCarty – Chris Schuler – Danny O’Rourke –Paddy Crerand & Sir Matt Busby - Brian Dunseth - Carlos Bocanegra – Darlington Nagbe - Matt Hedges - Chris Wingert

Make sure to get out to a theater around you the weekend of September 12th to check out the movie Believe which touches on the importance of the roles that players and coaches play in each others lives.

Support those that support soccer.

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Highlights :: U.S. WNT 8 and Mexico 0 at Rio Tinto Stadium

Filed under: Friendlies, Goals, Holiday, Mexico, Soccer in America, US National Team, us soccer, US Women

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US WMNT 8 – 0 Mexico : Scoring Summary

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez) 12th minute, Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 23, Alex Morgan 36′, Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 41′, Alex Morgan (Christen Press) 56′, Whitney Engen (Christen Press) 58′, Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday) 71′, Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan) 75′

Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted three others. Abby Wambach also recorded a brace and goalkeeper Hope Solo earned the clean sheet to break the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career. Solo surpassed the previous shut-out mark of 71 held by Briana Scurry.

* 8 goals huh…. That’s not very friendly, ladies. Full match report at US Soccer [dot] com

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Caroline Putz :: “One Cap, One Touch, One Goal” – Know Our History

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer in America, us soccer, US Women

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On July 7, 2000, a U.S. Women’s National Team featuring numerous young players (but also current U.S. captain Christie Rampone and current U-20 U.S. WNT head coach Michelle French) defeated Italy, 4-1, in Central Islip, New York.

In the 87th minute, Bountiful, Utah native Carolyn Putz entered the match to earn her first cap and less than four minutes later scored on her first touch of the game. It would be her only appearance for the full National Team.

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* Great story here. I’d never heard this one…. and talk about making the most of an opportunity. The US WNT were in Salt Lake (where they put an 8 – 0 beatdown on Mexico) and caught up with this incredible young lady.

If you want to read more about it, check out the full write up over at US Soccer [dot] com.

Added on September 13th, 2014 by

Big Time High School Recruit DRAKE DAVIS Chooses Soccer over Football

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer in America

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There is a story making the rounds right now, about a young man, a high schooler who is reeeeally good at football, but decided to play soccer instead. His name is Drake Davis, he is 6′ 2″ and over 200 lbs. He plays wide receiver and is about to be the praise receiver in my eyes.

Recently, he made a decision, to put the football thing on pause and pursue soccer. I did a little bit of digging and it turns out that this isnt just some random football player who didn’t have a shot and just decided to play soccer because he wasn’t getting a look on the gridiron.

If you look at that screenshot above, you can see that he is the 27th ranked player in his class and the 4th ranked player at his position. If you look at the screenshot, you will also see that he has an offer from Florida State. FSU, won the national championship last year. FSU, looks like they will probably win it again this year. That means FSU can have any player they want…

I could’t find any soccer highlights of his, so I don’t know if he can play at all, but here’s a football highlights video that I found… He’s got a future…..

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* Here is the other side of it. The thing that has gotten me pretty excited about it : he’s one of our premier athletes that is choosing soccer (right now at least) over the more popular sports here in America. What is the complaint that we always hear about soccer here in America: that if only our “ELITE athletes” played soccer, we would d-o-m-i-n-a-t-e.

For one, I say that argument, said by the people who don’t realize that we have some pretty damb good athletes playing soccer already, is rubbish.

But, on some levels, there is a way to justify that statement. We have great athletes playing soccer in America, and we even have a handful of elite athletes playing, because you don’t get to that high a level without being elite, but we may not necessarily have a lot of elite athletes playing. The pool of elite athletes playing soccer isn’t great enough.

If you would break it down by percentage of the overall group of athletes, if you look at any level, the percentage of elite athletes respective to the overall number or athletes in that group, it may not be as high as it is in basketball or football in America, right?

Something like this, something like the decision of a Drake Davis type, may change that. Something has happened in the last few years that we are seeing more and more, and its that elite athletes, ARE choosing soccer over a football, or soccer over a basketball, when there is still plenty of time to get really really good.

I’ll tell you one thing, if you doubt that this kid is an elite athlete, check out that highlight reel again, and think about the kind of kid that Florida State would be extending a college football scholarship to.

If you doubt that this kid isn’t about the soccer life, go check out his twitter, @AU79_, because its all about soccer….

It will be interesting to see if this is something that sticks with this young man, and what his college prospects are, and if he is invited to US camp and things like that. It will be interesting if this kind of decision is trending or if its just a few guys here and there who have caught the bug.

(H/t to 24/7 Sports)

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Romelu Lukaku’sfirst Premier League goal of the season

Filed under: Everton FC, Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku scores on a tremendous finish from distance in the second minute to give Everton a 1-0 lead and net his first Premier League goal of the season.

I’m just a huge Romelu fan, so that is why I’m posting this goal. Usually, I’d be cursing to the high heavens because he’s wearing the wrong blue shirt. Why this kid is still not with Chelsea, I will never know, but in José I trust…. oh, and Diego Costa has about 50 goals in his first 3 games for Chelsea (and netted three today), so I can post and appreciate this beautiful strike from the kid. Enjoy.

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New Music Alert :: “IDFWU” by Big Sean ft. E-40 (Prod. DJ Mustard / Kanye West / DJ Dahi)

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Music

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This song is called “I Don’t Fuck With You”, it features E40 and its produced by DJ Mustard / Kanye West / DJ Dahi. Its incredible.

A few days ago, Big Sean signed with Roc Nation, and to celebrate that, yesterday he dropped 4 new songs on his soundcloud page, for free download. This song, I have listened to, probably 100x. Its clever, its a new flow, and its undoubtedly a diss track… not about another rapper though, but about his ex-girl presumably Naya Rivera, pictured above. * I love it.

It is very, very NSFW though, so be aware of that. Not that you wouldn’t have been because of the title, but I still have to put that out there.

* In case you arent that up on your pop culture / tabloid b.s., don’t worry about Sean… he has moved on from this relationship to a new one. With Ariana Grande. Ariana Grande sang the National Anthem at this years opening NFL game… A game in Seattle, at the same place that the Sounders play (my soccer tie in) and she took this picture before going out on stage. * Spoiler Alert * You want to click through and sing that picture.

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