~~ I’ve never understood the hate… I understand the frustration if you’re a Chelsea fan with the lack of production after an incredible run at Liverpool, but I for one am hoping that Fernando Torres can get back to his best and scoring goals at a consistent rate.
His desire, work rate and understanding of the game has never lacked ad I couldn’t even begin to understand how difficult the last 2 1/2 years had been for him and his family.
No matter where the US National Team is playing, there is one thing that we can always count on now. And that is the the American Outlaws will be out supporting, showing love and doing all of American soccer proud. I’m inspired by these cats every time I go see a US National Team game. They are responsible for the growth of the game in the US as much as anyone and I commend them for that. As always, mad respect to #AO.
San Francisco, CA
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We have seen a continued blend of skateboarding borrowing from soccer shoes. Nike SB has been on this for a minute with the the Nike SB Lunar Gatos that we saw released ahead of this year’s World Cup. This continues as Nike SB releases it’s latest iteration of their take on the Lunar Gato with the release of the Nike SB Lunar Gato Sail/Black-Gum Medium Brown-White. These feature on off white suede upper, contrasting black swoosh and a gum rubber outsole. And these are fire! These are about as clean as it gets. Keeping them clean may be another story, but dayum. These are fresh!
I’ll tell you a quick story. Dunny and I played against Johnny Torres when he was at Creighton and we were at Fullerton. It was an NCAA playoff game. We go to penalties and end up losing. Side note – my penalty hit the post and I missed. I’m pretty sure Johnny scored his penalty. The dude could play. A couple years later, Johnny and Dunny end up playing for the New England Revolution. Besides being a really talented player, Johnny was a really good dude. The kind of cat that always had a smile on his face and was quick to laugh.
Anyway, cut to years later. We had arranged a pickup game with some friends from Nike ahead of a party we did with them here in LA. One of the guys that ends up playing on our team was Chris Schuler. This was before Chris had broken into RSL and became a fixture of the team. It was the first time I met Chris and I immediately liked him. He’s got one of those infectious personalities that you can’t help but like.
One more time, cut to a few more years later. And we have Chris talking about the influence that Johnny Torres, the coach, had on Chris when he played for him at Creighton. This story makes me smile. One of the really good people in the world influencing and inspiring another one of the very good people in the world.
I can’t say enough how important coaches play in the development of players on and off the field. Knowing that Johnny was that influential coach for Chris, made the world just a little better for me.
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.
~~ It was only a matter before Micah Richards realized that he had to move on from Manchester City to further along his career…. Credit to Ashley Cole for paving the way for Richards to be comfortable enough to make the move to Italy and join a club like Fiorentina… Great opportunity for him and another door opens for English defenders in Italy.
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