Montreal Impact vs Pachuca – CCL Second Leg

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

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~~  After a hard fought 2 – 2 result on the road against Pachuca (their first true game of the 2015 while Pachuca was playing their 7th), Franky Klopas & Co heading back to the hard stuff in Montreal needing a win or 1 – 1 draw to move on to the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal…..  And they cut it damn close, but then that ball from Callum Mallace…. And the first touch and finish from Princeton rookie Cameron Porter….

So clean and just doing ‘Conejo’ soooo dirty….. Montreal will find out tonight who they face next with the winner of the Alajualense vs DC United, with the Costa Rican side leading 5 – 2 on aggregate after the first leg.

By the way… Whoever was running the Montreal Impact Twitter account sent a tweet out in the 84th minute at 7.47pm and then sent their next tweet below at 9.08pm…  Looks like someone just lost their damn mind in thse final moments… Missed a goal, a Frank Klopas sending off and Porter’s game winner in the dying seconds….

Added on March 4th, 2015 by

Support the Grammarch Challenge 2015 with Devyn C

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Family, Social Issues

In case you missed the post from a couple of weeks ago ahead of the gramMARCH Challenge for 2015, OG Winger, soccer player and supporter, a middle school teacher and dear friend of the team, Heather Shotke, started a nationwide phenomenon called Grammarch that has gotten local and national recognition. Heather, who has seen these abbreviated forms of language migrate from the screens of smartphones to the pages of her student’s work product is shocked at the type of writing that comes across her desk – even in formal essay assignments.

Instead of just being a frustrated teacher, she started gramMARCH.

We are asking anyone and everyone to take the gramMarch Challenge – students and adults alike – to challenge themselves and challenge each other to slow down and think about what they are writing, so that thoughts and words are concise and given respect. Words are important. This year she’s instituted a 31 instagram challenge and as you can see above, a young soccer player created a rhyme about the soccer life!

Follow on the social networks at @gramMarch on the gram : @gramMarch on tw : GramMarch on fb

Welcome to the gramMARCH 31-day challenge. This month is about transformation. We are taking the simple month of March and revolutionizing it with gramMARCH. And so too, your writing will receive a makeover as you embark on this challenge. Get ready to take your written communication from grisly to gramMARCH glamorous in 31 easy steps. Follow the challenges for the next 31 days and you will feel more confident in your writing. Your friends will notice too. They will sense an air of sophistication and intelligence in your texts, tweets and status updates. “Is it a new hairstyle?” they will wonder. “Have you been working out” they will guess? NO! It’s a new writing style, fueled by gramMARCH swag. And trust us, gramMARCH looks GOOD on you! #PausePonderProse #gramMARCH #writing #makeover #challenge #intelligence #BeingSmartIsCool #transformation #figurativelanguage #English #literarydevices

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Added on March 3rd, 2015 by

Watch :: Random Soccer Highlight that was in “Recent Drafts”

Filed under: Highlights, Skill Check

I’m going to be honest with you wingers…. I have no idea what this highlight is from. I’ve been working on a couple of things and I’ve slowed down on posting (you will know why in a few) but I clicked on a draft from the end of December that had no title, and when I went to look at the video, it was this.

This run is effing incredible.

If you know what it is, please let me know, I want to get my googles on and figure out who this is!

Added on March 3rd, 2015 by

Ronaldinho Thanks LeBron James On Twitter For Watch

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer News

~~  Talk about random… Ronaldinho thanking LeBron James on Twitter… A limited edition Audemars Piguet watch that is 1 of 600 and believed to be worth around £40,000….

Here’s a little more information :: ‘The 18-carat watch also features a scratch-resistant sapphire glass, while the LBJ signature is printed in blue.

It is described by Audemars Piguet as ’an iconic watch for a legendary athlete’. They add: It is in the constant striving for perfection personified in his life both on and off the court that LeBron James sees the deepest connection between himself and Audemars Piguet.

‘This model is a celebration of James’ outstanding achievements to date.’

Added on March 3rd, 2015 by

A City, A Club, and It’s Fans

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

Columbus is a great soccer town. A great city in general. I don’t know it as intricately as Dunny does, but I can tell you that the people there are passionate soccer fans. There is something about the city that seems like it is growing and evolving. That there are strong midwest roots there, but also a sense of something bigger on the horizon.

And I think that is going to be very indicative of how the Columbus Crew SC look moving forward as well. After undergoing a rebrand recently, Columbus is looking to build on the history of the club but with a fresh look on how the club will look and feel going forward.

Tonight, at the Crew’s jersey celebration, this video will be shown. And this video is rad. You should watch this video. Whether you are a Crew fan or not, this video is great. This is what soccer in America looks like now. It’s different than it used to be. The fanbase is different. The engagement is different. The passion is different. It’s exciting times to be a Columbus Crew SC fan and it is an exciting time to be gan of soccer in America.

Big ups to everyone at MLS and Uncorked NYC for putting this video together. Here is a list of the talented people who produced and put this together:

Director: Bryan Reisberg
Producer: Andrew D. Corkin
Camera: Casey J. Stein & Owen LeVelle
Sound: Chauncey Taylor
Editor: Marcus Land
Colorist: Alex Delaney
Sound Design: Michael Coffman
Composer: Dan Teicher

There are a lot of tinies I really like about this video. And this quote happens to be one of them:

“I don’t think that people realize that the culture behind soccer is so cool.”  It sure is.

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Global Pitches

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Global Pitches

Recently I encountered some pretty incredible looking soccer pitches. It got me thinking about how many amazing + unique pitches, parking lots, back alleys, rooftops, etc there are around the world where soccer is being played. Some may be pristine grass pitches with all the amenities you could hope for. Others may be just a couple of sticks in the desert. But they represent the beautiful game and the countless locations that it is played around the world. So I wanted to explore this notion more and share them with you. I started doing this on the Bumpy Pitch Instagram page, but now I want to bring them to TOW as well. In addition to just images, we will try and share some info on each pitch. Location. Any clubs (amateur, professional or otherwise) that may be associated with the pitch. Any interesting facts about them. It’s a big world and a global sport so there are bound to be countless amazing places to play soccer all over the world. If you happen to see one that piques your interest, send us a couple photos along with any relevant info you can and we’ll include it in the series. And follow Bumpy Pitch on IG for all the #globalpitches posts.

These pitches are also a reminder to get out there. Travel and explore. Bring a soccer ball. Find a couple of sticks or rocks and make your own goal. Start an impromptu pick up game. See the world and experience the sport in as many interesting places and locations as possible. It’s the global game. Be a part of that.

These pitches are another reminder of  just how beautiful the beautiful game is.

Today’s featured pitch in the series is located in Vagur, Faroe Islands and it is one of the first ones I posted on IG. It’s a stunning green pitch juxtaposed against the rocks and jagged coastline. A pick up game here with friends would be an incredible way to spend an afternoon.

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The stadium is called Vesturi á Eiðinum Stadium and FC Suðuroy play their home matches here. FC Suðuroy is a Faroese Football Club that which was founded in January 2010 and consists currently of the former clubs VB Vágur (founded in 1905) and SÍ Sumba (founded in 1949), which merged in 2005 to form VB/Sumba. The stadium holds 3,000 people, but has only 330 seats.

I don’t really know much about the Faroe Islands, but after seeing this pitch, I had to do a little Googling. First and foremost, I realized the Faroe Islands is a place I need to visit. The Faroe Islands is it’s own archipelago and autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. It’s located northwest of Scotland between Norway and Iceland. And it looks pretty stunning.

Peep this place Gasadular, Vagar

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Yep. It looks like that.

But I want to go to this place. And play soccer on this pitch.

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Submit pitches to be included in this series to bp [at] bumpy pitch [dot] com. Include some info and as much detail as you can and we will include in our #globalpitches campaign.

#globalpitches

Added on March 3rd, 2015 by

Bumpy Pitch x BAIT x KTTP Jersey and Hat

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Collabo, Culture & Lifestyle

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For everyone that has been asking when the Bumpy Pitch x BAIT x KTTP jersey and hat will be available online, that time is now. The items were initially exclusive to the BAIT stores but now we are excited to be able to make them available to all of our folks. The jersey and hat are both available and in stock at Bumpy Pitch. The jersey comes in sizes small – XXL and that hat is a snap back so it is one size fits all. For more info on the collaboration and each item, check out a deeper write up on all of that here.

The two piece collection and the parties involved in creating this helps bridge the gap between soccer and the lifestyle that surrounds the sport. The movement continues.

Bumpy Pitch x BAIT x KTTP jersey

Bumpy Pitch x BAIT x KTTP snap back

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Added on March 3rd, 2015 by

Columbus Crew Has A New Stadium Name :: MAPFRE Stadium

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

~~  It’s been a long, long time coming for the iconic ‘Crew Stadium’ to get an official naming rights deal done…. (And I can remember a couple deals in the past coming close, but falling apart at the last second.)

Anthony Precourt and company doing some big things in C-Bus over the last 18 months and this announcement comes on the backside of the new team logo they dropped late last year.

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