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September 16th, 2014

Video :: Sacramento Republic FC Player Profile – Justin Braun

If you have been reading this site for any length of time, there's a good chance that you know that Justin Braun is a part of the family. These days, Justin is playing for Sacramento Republic FC. And SRFC (had to shorten that one up) are doing some serious things and making some serious noise. Success on and off the field has people in high places ...
September 16th, 2014

Club Soccer 101

If memory serves me correctly, we first met Mark Yesilvskiy in Toronto at MLS Cup. There was a group of us out at a bar somewhere and Mark was there. This was also the time that Jamie Watson made a bet with Dunny that I'm not sure he has paid up on yet. But that's another story for another day. Anyway. So we meet Mark. You can tell he's a soccer ...
September 15th, 2014

Bumpy Pitch 3/4 Sleeve Raglan

I remember this team I played for as a kid. And I'm talking a legit kid. I was like 7 or 8 years old. Super young. I played for this youth team and we had a coach named Emilio John. The dude could ball. I looked up to this guy like he was on some sort of pedestal. He was a great coach to a group of rag tag kids. I owe a part of my love for the game to ...
September 15th, 2014

adidas Launches Messi’s Champions League Cleat

I was having a conversation with my pops today about programming and sports. Sports used to have a whole lot less coverage on TV and therefore they were more programmed. But these days with TV deals and so many channels and hours of programming to fill, there are sports and games on all the time. In time slots that aren't traditional. It's a sign of ...
September 14th, 2014

Believe is in Theaters Today

Supporting not just soccer, but the underdogs...... We've been talking a lot about the movie Believe. It is the story of a young kid with big soccer dreams who meets legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby. It's a movie about soccer but it's also about the relationship between players and coaches. It's about healing wounds on moving on ...
September 12th, 2014

Summer’s End

Summer is officially over. With the passing of Labor day, we officially have summer in our rear view mirrors. It might not feel anything like that in this blistering heat here in LA, but it's officially over. This wasn't just any summer. This was the summer that hosted the best World Cup I can remember. The summer that saw the US team get out of the ...
September 11th, 2014

Inspired By :: Chris Wingert

Remember your first soccer coach? I do vaguely. For some people, their first soccer coach was a transformative figure. Someone that introduced them to the game. That showed them their own love for the game. Often times this first coach is a relative or close family friend. And in the case of Chris Wingert, that first coach who inspired and ...
September 11th, 2014

Brek Shea Signs For Birmingham City

It's been a tough road for Brek Shea ever since he left MLS to take his talents to England. Injuries and a lack of playing time have clearly been hard on the dude. But he is getting a new opportunity to get things back on track with a loan deal to Birmingham City in the Championship. Hopefully this sees Brek see regular playing time and allows him ...