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April 17th, 2015

Cesc Fabregas Unveils New PUMA evoPower Colorway

Ahead of this weekend's huge EPL game between Chelsea and Manchester United, PUMA athlete Cesc Fabregas took some time to unveil a new colorway in the evoPower boot that has become his signature boot. Cesc gets first dibs on this colorway as he will be the first PUMA athlete to wear these on pitch. After that, look for such players as Olivier Giroud, ...
April 14th, 2015

Jason Markk Will Clean Your Boots

When I was a kid, the amount of boots that I would get from my parents was heavily regulated, which therefore meant I had to try and make them last. I remember seeing stories about how there were "kit men" in England that were responsible for taking care of the boots of professional players. These guys would clean the boots after training. Get rid of ...
April 13th, 2015

Thanks Coach

Last Friday ISPS and I met with an old friend of mine. This guy has been around soccer in Southern California and beyond for years. He has probably forgotten more about soccer than most of us will ever know. His network of global soccer people is crazy. More on him soon. As we were chatting, we brought up a guy who was one of his former players. How ...
April 7th, 2015

Stadion Gospin Dolac – Global Pitches

Find your way to Imotski, Croatia and you will find one of the most unique back drops of a soccer stadium anywhere in the world. Station Gospin Dolac was built in 1989 but lays in a region that has fortresses dating back to the 800's. The fortress has seen the likes of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and has overlooked a massive lake for the last ...
April 7th, 2015

Why Chicharito Should Come to MLS – Update

About a month ago, I wrote a piece on why I think Chicharito should come to MLS. Since I posted this, there have been stories coming out about his unhappiness with his lack of playing time (no surprise there).  And then comes a story in the Daily Mail (so who knows how much truth there is) that Orlando City have reached out about bringing the Mexican ...
April 6th, 2015

National Identity

I have been thinking a lot recently about the US National Team and their identity. Or maybe more to the point, their lack of identity. And not necessarily on the pitch. There are plenty of people who have been trying to figure out a playing style for our national teams that is instituted across all ages. Currently, this task is under the direction of ...
April 6th, 2015

Jacksonville Armada Set NASL Record

Last week it came to my attention that there was a brand new NASL team called the Jacksonville armada that was looking to break the modern day NASL attendance record. The Armada's first game in the league was taking place this past Saturday, and they were looking to come in to the league heavy and make a statement. And they did just that. In their ...
April 2nd, 2015

Jacksonville Armada Looking To Break Attendance Record

Soccer in America is happening. Let me start this post off with that. Everywhere I turn there is news coming out that reinforces that soccer is making serious moves here in the US. The obvious place to look and see that happening is MLS. Expansion is happening. Cities are fighting to get their own MLS franchise. New TV deals for MLS are being secured ...