adidas Primeknit 2.0

Filed under: Adidas, Boots, Champions League, Culture & Lifestyle

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adidas has unveiled the second iteration of their Primeknit boot which they have dubbed the adidas Primeknit 2.0. The original version which was worn on field by Luis Suarez has been updated based on insights from the original version of the boot. A few key features of the 2.0 include:

* An all-new compression tongue includes Lycra yarns designed to wrap around the midfoot area and create a maximum lockdown effect.
* A new anatomical heel shape and design, following the natural shape of the back of the foot to provide optimum support.
* The forefoot contains a knit structure specifically designed to aid control.
* The outer shell is comprised of a zoned knitted upper with a lightweight vacuum coated skin to protect the yarns and retain a soft surface.

Following on from the recent release of the adizero 99g, the lightest cleat of all time available for purchase, the Primeknit 2.0 is the latest product to be launched as part of the new adidas Soccer “Limited Collection”. Footwear items to be included in the “Limited Collection” range will be those released in super-limited quantities, which also showcase the best in adidas Soccer innovation.

With just 10,000 pairs available globally, the cleats will be the hottest property on the field of play when a selection of the world’s best players debut the cleats during UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg matches later this week.

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Look for these to drop April 22nd via adidas.com.

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Former #USMNT Defender Steve Cherundolo Named Hannover Assistant Coach

Filed under: Soccer News

~~  You’ll never find a former teammate that would have a bad thing to say about Stevie Cherundolo… Dude ALWAYS had a smile on his face, came to train every single session and was a guy you wanted to go to battle with.

Not surprised to see him very, very quickly navigate his way through retirement to youth team coach to fi

Stoked to see him finding his way in the next stage of his life / career.

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UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour : Los Angeles, Apr. 22 #CHAMPIONTHETROPHY

Filed under: Champions League, Culture & Lifestyle, Los Angeles

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Heineken brings one of the most prestigious trophies in European club football to the U.S. Take a look inside the unforgettable UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour experience and find out what city it’s headed to next!

The trophy has seen New York, Dallas, and this Wednesday it will be here in Los Angeles…. I’m looking forward to this one because if I’m being honest, since I’m new to this soccer thing, I didn’t really fall in love with the game until recently.

I was slowly becoming a fan, but it wasn’t until 2012 until I fell in love. Didier Drogba and my guys from Chelsea won the Champions League and I’ve been down ever since. Can’t wait to see trophy up close and throw down a few Heinys while checking out some of the uniforms and memorabilia presented up.

The trophy and experience will be at the SIREN STUDIOS, The Cube in Hollywood.

SIREN STUDIOS
6063 W Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA

Come out and hang!

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Trailer :: “WHO ARE THE CHAMPIONS?” – An Interactive Web Documentary

Filed under: FIFA, Social Issues, Stadiums, World Cup

Above is the trailer for a recently launched interactive web documentary called ‘WHO ARE THE CHAMPIONS?”

“Who Are The Champions?” is an interactive web documentary about the economic, social and cultural impact of the FIFA World Cup on people who live and work in the immediate vicinity of World Cup stadiums.

With the FIFA choosing a new President soon and the World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022 causing some controversies here and there, the folks behind this project thought it was a good moment to reflect and zoom in on stories that happened just outside of the stadiums during three major FIFA World Cups.

In Brazil (Rio), Germany (Leipzig) and South-Afrika (Johannesburg) they collected twelve very personal stories in each city.

By combining and creatively mixing audio stories, text stories, street photography, Google Street View, Google Maps and news stories from several archives, they give the viewer an intriguing insight into the effects of a major sports event like the FIFA World Cup on people’s lives.

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These stories paint a unique picture of what happened around three major stadiums in the weeks and months leading up to the World Cup (Rio de Janeiro) and how people are looking back at the event several years after the Cup, in Leipzig and Johannesburg.

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* I really love this project and want to give kudos to the folks who put it together. At first, its a bit daunting, because there is just so much content….. but after you get the hang of navigating their site, you get caught in that beautiful space that only the internet provides – click throughs lead to clicks throughs leads to 2 hours time lost – but its not lost on nothing. Its worth your time.

We constantly are bombarded with FIFA things and headlines and drama, but we rarely get a deep dive into the people that are affected. We just see the tremendous amounts of monies that are taken in. Or, we see a headline or two about tragic events happening to construction workers, or a few people being dispossessed of their property and land, but it dies after we read the headline or a few lines of an article.

This does more than that. This holds you and you get to be involved, even if just on a click through basis, I think it gives you are real feel about being involved in this and really knowing what is going on. Share these stories and these links and these efforts because the worlds greatest event shouldn’t have these kinds of things happening. This is a celebration of sport.

* Its not all bad by the way. There are a million great things that come out of the World Cup that we are well aware of. But, I think just like the Olympics, many times it turns out that these impoverished countries that are awarded these events, which have “won” it by any means necessary, only tend to benefit the wealthy and not the people which is the antithesis of what sport, in its purest form, is really about.

The interactive documentary can be found on www.whoarethechampions.com.

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- Who are the Champions is a Submarine Channel production in co-production with Dutch newspaper NRC and Miriquidifilm. Submarine Channel is an international distribution and production platform for creative and innovative digital media productions.

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Teaser Trailer – Batman v Superman : Dawn Of Justice

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~  I’m not even going to pretend what’s going on here…. BUT.  This is one SERIOUS undertaking financially and this coud get sideways from a fan perspective REALLY fast……

Writer / Director :: Zach Snyder

Release :: March 25th, 2016

Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot

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Andi Herzog Names US U-23 Squad To Face Mexico At StubHub Center

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

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~~  Keep in mind that this roster is obviously a work in progress on the back side of their two European friendlies a couple weeks ago as well as probable additions following the completion of the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand…. But the spine of this team looks strong so far and looking forward to seeing what this group looks like as they prepare for their CONCACAF U-20 Qualifying this fall in the United States….

via USSoccer

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Andi Herzog has called 20 players to Carson, California, for the U-23’s first domestic training camp of 2015 as the team continues its preparations for qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The team will train from April 19-21 and then face Mexico’s U-23 National Team on Wed., April 22 at StubHub Center in Carson. The match will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. PT on UniMás and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and@ussoccer_esp.

Tickets are available and can be purchased at ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. (TICKETS)

“It’s a beautiful stadium and this is a huge rivalry,” head coach Andi Herzog said. “We had this experience with the senior team last week and it was a great atmosphere. For these players, it’s a huge opportunity and we want to see them make the most of it.”

This roster is charged with experience as nine of its players were part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup Team and 11 participated in the U.S. U-23 camp in Europe this past March.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton; Maple Grove, Minn.), Jon Kempin (San Antonio Scorpions; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (8): Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes de Oaxaca; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif), Sam Strong (UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls II; Holmdel, N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma Shams (Unattached; Southlake Carol, Texas), Jordan Morris (Stanford; Mercer Island, Wash.), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

Roster Notes:

Nine players were a part of the USA’s 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup team: Cody Cropper, Luis Gil, Alonso Hernandez, Benji Joya, Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Shane O’Neill, Mario Rodriguez, Oscar Sorto and Jose Villarreal.

Jordan Morris made his first start and scored his first international goal with the senior MNT during the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-0 win against Mexico on April 15.

Eleven players from this roster were on the squad that defeated Bosnia’s U-23 team 5-2 on March 27, including all five U.S. goal scorers from that game: Fatai Alashe, Morris, Rodriguez, Joya and Hernandez. Other players returning from that roster are Christian Dean, Ocegueda, O’Neill, Sorto, Gil, and Alfred Koroma Shams.

In addition to Gil captaining the USA during the win against Bosnia, he also assisted on three of the five tallies.

Cropper, Dean, Gil, Kempin, Morris, O’Neill, Serna and Sorto have all been part of a USMNT senior camp this year.

Gil and Morris are the only two players from the roster to have earned a cap with the senior team in 2015.

MLS has sent nine players for this roster with two players each from the Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.

Four players on the roster play for Mexican-based clubs (Three from Liga MX and one from Ascenso MX).

The 2015 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship will be played in the United States from Oct.1-13

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James Rodriguez for MAY GQ Magazine

Filed under: Brands, Culture & Lifestyle

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REAL MADRID’S JAMES RODRIGUEZ MODELS IN THE MAY GQ

James Rodriguez goes grayscale and models graphic black and high-energy white, a color combo that comes with a built-in kick.

* Weren’t we just talking about soccer players in GQ Magazine a few weeks ago? It was the story about Robbie and his being named as one of GQ’s Men of the year and a followup story that they’d done on him and gay rights, and what-the-hell-is-FIFA-doing to address them?

But, we’ve also seen Michael Bradley and Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey and Cristiano and other footballers on the pages of GQ. This kind of stuff is important. Why I find this one so interesting is that James is covering the US edition of GQ. That’s interesting on a few levels. I get it, and I’m sure you do too, but its not like James is Cristiano or Messi. He had a wonderful summer last year, obviously, so its an awesome assumption by us that his star power as an international footballer warrants getting on the cover of this US magazine.

It also tells me that the 23 years old Colombian has smart people on his team. He takes care of the football and this brand thing will work itself out. Doesn’t hurt to be seen in a huge market like the US.

Check out his story and full photo slideshow, here at gq.comwww.gq.com/James

Be sure to cop the May GQ issue featuring James when it hits newsstands on April 28

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Watch :: Cristiano Ronaldo nutmeg Marcos Angeleri

Filed under: Cristiano Ronaldo, Highlights, Skill Check

ICYMI: So many high-profile nutmegs going around these days, Cristiano Ronaldo makes his case for the BEST from yesterday's Real Madrid C.F. win! #beINLaLiga

Posted by beIN SPORTS USA on Sunday, April 19, 2015

As you may know if you’ve been following the team, we’ve been on Salt Lake over the weekend, so I didn’t get a chance to watch a lot of games this weekend.

I didn’t see what Cristiano did to Marcos, until now…. good lord.

holy schnikes

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