Nashville

Filed under: Soccer News, US National Team

Great couple of days on the ground in Nashville with Fox Sports 1…. From sitting down with the established AND the future of the USMNT program for a couple of features that will be shown throughout the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup to calling the #USMNT vs Guatemala alongside John Strong and Katie Witham….

A damn good couple of days….

Oh yeah, and then there was the food and the sights around town.

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Exploring #Nashville….

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#Nashville on foot…. A photo posted by Brian Dunseth (@briandunseth) on

Morning #TeamNoBackFat runs / stairs with @kewitham2

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Smoky Corn Chowder & Fried CatFish :: #TeamBackFat #Nashville

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#Nashville Nights….. A photo posted by Brian Dunseth (@briandunseth) on

#ViewFromTheBooth :: @ussoccer #USAvGUA about to kickoff on @FoxSports1 from #Nashville

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Best. Urinal. Ad. EVER. #DUIDick #DickStrong #Nashville

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Watch :: England’s Laura Bassett Speaks, “I Would Prefer No One Knows Laura Bassett’s Name.”

Filed under: England, Featured, Women's World Cup

England defender Laura Bassett reflects on her own goal-heartache, which saw England knocked out of the Women’s World Cup at the semi-final stage.

If I’m being honest, I never feel bad for athletes. – ISPS

I know that sounds like a dickish thing, but the reality is that becoming a big time athlete, you sign up for the good and the bad. What happens between the lines, is what happens. The same way that I never feel super overjoyed, is the reason that I can never feel too under the blanket when something bad happens.

But, in times like this, I have to admit that even I am absolutely gutted for someone like Laura.

You can look at her face and tell that this is something that she will NEVER get over. She may get passed it on some level, she may resolve it in her head that it was just a bit of bad luck, but she will never get over this.

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NBA Superstar LeBron James voted for Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson to get FIFA 16 Cover

Filed under: EA SPORTS, FIFA, Video Games

s/o to my LFC family Jordan Henderson, you got my vote!!! James Gang always reps LFC on the virtual pitch #YNWA #VoteHenderson #IPROMISE #StriveForGreatness http://bit.ly/1Gbctm5

Posted by LeBron James on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Can LeBron swing the vote?

We do know that he has Liverpool ties, being an owner and all, so him posting on Jordan’s behalf on the facebook might have some weight. That is if he can get some of his 21 million followers to vote for the cover.

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Flashback Friday :: Women’s US Soccer Commercials + Epic MIA HAMM BARBIE

Filed under: Featured, TV, US Women, Women's World Cup

Barbie is wearing her soccer uniform for the Womens World Cup.With her long white socks and her black sneakers and she even has her on soccer ball and net. She can really kick and throw like Mia Hamm!

FYI, you can still get a Mia Soccer Barbie on Amazon or eBay

This commercial, back in 2003, was made by Adidas to play up the rivalry between the China team and the United States side.

The commerical leans heavily on “Shaolin Soccer”, which came out in 2001, and featured the real US team and stunt women on the Chinese side.

This commercial, from 2008, gives us a little bit of Dwight Schrute action, as The Office was just gaining steam in America going on its third season. Lots of comedy, lots of random looks. I dig it.

These next few commercials though, are hands down my favorite.

Imagine there were no legends, no fans, no expectations.
What if for the first time there were no pressure?
Then we wouldn’t stand a chance.
Pressure Makes Us

AMERICAN WOMAN: Strong alone. Unstoppable together.

Score To Settle

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Manchester City 2015-16 Home Kits

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Jerseys, Manchester City, Nike

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Nike has unveiled Manchester City’s home kit for the upcoming 2016-16 Barlacys Premier League campaign. The kit features in the classic sky blue that we are all accustomed to seeing, but this version is patired with a slim white polo collar. This particular detail is inspired by the fashion and music scenes of Manchester.

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“This season, the home kit was launched with the help of those who truly make the club what it is – the City fans (Cityzens) themselves. Through the Nike Football App, an exclusive selection of blues were given the opportunity to attend the City Football Academy, be the first to see the new design and hear about the insights that went into the creation of the kit.

Getting exclusive, behind-the-scenes access and time with the players at the shoot, fans took photos with their team, and became part of the launch, as the club shared the resulting images directly with those very fans via social media.”

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I dig this aspect. Getting fans in on the action. Letting them be a bigger part of the club and getting to rub elbows with the dudes that they watch week in week out. I think getting fans more engaged and allowing them to be a bigger part of the process, in whatever manner that may be, is important and should be done more often. Good stuff from the Citizens and Nike.

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Chelsea FC Confirm Season Long Falcao Loan

Filed under: Chelsea

Chelsea Football Club has announce that they have agreed terms with Monaco for the season-long loan of Radamel Falcao, reuniting the former Atletico team-mates Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa. He is also joined on the squad with international colleague Juan Cuadrado.

Falcao loan agreed – CFC.com

Falcao posted as well

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Luis Suarez Surprises Young Cancer Patient with Signed Barcelona Shirt : Dresses as Doctor

Filed under: Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez is a good guy.

It may not seem like it on the pitch but in all other aspects he seems like a really stand up dude.

You may recall this video from a few months back when he surprised a young cancer patient with a surprise phone call.

If you haven’t seen the video before, watch out, it might get a little dusty…

In the video, Suarez said that he promised to bring the kid a game worn kit if he kept taking his medicine and listened to the doctors…. well, they both did their part.

Class move by the guy. And he stayed around and hung out with other kids and played doctor for a while. Love this kind of stuff.

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Luis Suarez is a sponsor of the Perez Scremini foundation, which is the only foundation in Uruguay whose mission cure childhood cancer.

The Foundation is a hospital that provides the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Services of Pereira Rossell Hospital.

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FIVETHIRTYEIGHT Predicts US Women Win World Cup

Filed under: US Women, Women's World Cup

The U.S. Women will win the 2015 World Cup.

That is according to fivethirtyeight.com and the model that they used to predict the result for Sundays game.

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If you are not familiar with fivethirtyeight.com, it was the brainchild of Nate Silver, best known for election forecasts, and the one that made him uber famous, the 2012 presidential election in which FiveThirtyEight correctly predicted the vote winner of all 50 states.

For the WWC, their forecasting model uses our Women’s Soccer Power Index (WSPI) — a system that combines game-based offensive and defensive ratings to estimate a team’s overall skill level — to calculate each country’s chances during the two stages of the World Cup. The probabilities, which are based on 20,000 simulations, will be updated at the end of each match.

Right now, as you can see above the US has the best chance to win.

Good.

How Our Women’s World Cup Model Works – fivethirtyeight

You know my feeling on it though:

Don’t know if I’ve said it to you today, but we’re winning the whole thing.

I’m putting that into all of my WWC posts from here on out.

The US is winning.

The whole thing.

Light work.

I love everything about this squad.

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