Watch :: Brian Dunseth score the first ever RSL home goal 10 years ago today #Dunnyversary

Filed under: Real Salt Lake

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April 16, 2005 Real Salt Lake defender Brian Dunseth headed in the first ever home goal in the Claret-and-Cobalt’s inaugural home game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Dunny is too good of a guy to post this on TOW but not enough that he didn’t tell us it was the anniversary of the goal as soon as we got off the plane, so I’m going to throw it up for him.

Solid movement, solid header, solid goal, but the celebration is what makes this all time.

Outstanding.

I’m kidding, he didn’t tell us as soon as we got off the plane.

It was when we got in the car.

Added on April 16th, 2015 by

Watch :: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

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Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015.

This trailer…. there are a lot of happy people in the world right now…. JJ is going to be alright… was there ever any doubt?

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Trailer :: WNT 23 Stories – Coming April 29!

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, US Women

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USSSOCCER.com’s “One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.” returns APRIL 29th with the Women’s National Team.

* Pretty excited about this here. Content wise, this was one of the best things that US Soccer did last year for the US Men’s World Cup side, and we were expecting this same treatment for the womens side.

Looking forward to hearing the stories. Well done.

Added on April 16th, 2015 by

Video :: USMNT is Ready for Showdown in San Antonio v. Mexico

Filed under: Mexico, Rivalries, US National Team

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Watch how the #USMNT prepared in this short camp before #?USAvMEX presented by AT&T.

The United States Mens National Team is set for 64th edition of the USA-Mexico rivalry, presented by AT&T, tonight at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

The boys look ready, and if you are on the social networks you know that the supporters are ready… its almost that time.

Added on April 15th, 2015 by

Jurgen Klopp CONFIRMS He’s Leaving Borussia Dortmund

Filed under: Soccer News

~~ Cue the Borussia Dortmund EXODUS…. Don’t fool yourselves.  The ONLY reason why ‘most’ of the big name stars at Dortmund have stayed over the past couple of season is because of Jurgen Klopp.

Still just 47 years old, with his contract was due to expire in 2018, Klopp won two league titles, the German Cup and guided the side to the Champions League final in 2013, during his seven years in charge.

That sound you hear is Manchester City calling his cell phone.

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International Champions Cup Teams Announced

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

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~~  Some big time teams coming back across the pond once again this summer…. And MLS will have the LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes repping their product.

Biggest issue for these MLS teams…. Making damn sure they don’t get blown out like some of these ‘Tournaments / Friendlies’ in the past.  Easy answer, three week Summer Break to allow for these kinds of games to be played without having to worry about official MLS games.

via LAGalaxy Press Release

LA Galaxy announced today that the club will compete in the 2015 International Champions Cup North America. The third year of the tournament, the annual summer showcase will take place from July 11 to August 5.  Official network partners FOX Sports will televise the entirety of the tournament’s 17 matches live on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.

“The Galaxy are honored to once again be a representative of Major League Soccer against the world’s top teams in the International Champions Cup,” said LA Galaxy President Chris Klein. “This is the most storied and successful club in MLS and competing in this tournament gives our fans an opportunity to see the Galaxy face the most successful clubs from other leagues around the world. We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of bringing global soccer to Southern California this summer.”

The Galaxy are one of ten clubs from across the globe participating in the highly anticipated summer tournament, including teams from Spain, England, Portugal, Mexico and Italy, as well as two other Major League Soccer franchises. Below is a list of all participating teams:

LA Galaxy

Manchester United F.C.

FC Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Chelsea F.C.

FC Porto

Club América

ACF Fiorentina

New York Red Bulls

San Jose Earthquakes

The Galaxy are the only MLS team to make their second appearance in the tournament. In 2013, LA finished fourth in the tournament that featured Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Valencia and Everton, highlighted by a 3-1 victory over Juventus at Dodgers Stadium.

In 2015, the International Champions Cup will be played across the globe, including standalone tournaments in both China and Australia. Clubs participating in the two new overseas showcases include Real Madrid CF, Manchester City and AS Roma, providing even more fans from around the world the opportunity to see their favorite clubs live.

This year’s International Champions Cup features the most storied and successful clubs in the world, including many of the world’s top players.  The 10 participating teams have won a total of 91 domestic league titles, 98 domestic cup titles, 10 UEFA Champions League titles and six CONCACAF Champions League titles. The teams feature nine of the 2014-2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees, as well as 31 of the top 100 players in the world as chosen yearly by renowned English magazine FourFourTwo.

“The last two years have demonstrated the thirst for soccer in the United States,” said David Tyler, CEO of Relevent Sports. “The clubs participating in the International Champions Cup this year are some of the most storied and well-known in the entire world. Through our tournament and commitment to putting the best product and teams on the pitch, we will continue to grow soccer both domestically and abroad.”

“Year Two of the International Champions Cup set the gold standard for soccer worldwide,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “Not only did more than 600,000 fans pack stadiums to watch elite soccer across the country, but the 109,000 fans attending the Manchester United and Real Madrid match created a historic day for both the tournament and the sport. We are excited to bring even more fans, historic matchups and world-class soccer to iconic venues in 2015.”

The tournament will be seen in over 160 countries across the world and will be played throughout July and August. Official network partners FOX will televise the entirety of the tournament’s 17 matches live on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.  Internationally, future media rights deals will be announced over the coming weeks.

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MLS All-Stars To Play Tottenham Hotspur In Denver On July 29th

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

~~  No surprise to see Spurs as the 2015 MLS All-Star opponent considering their tour last season as well as the 2014 summer signing of DeAndre Yedlin signing…  I would imagine there are PLENTY of European Teams that are getting in line to play not only in the States, but against the ‘MLS All-Star Team’ to continue to expand their brands stateside.

Big things going on right now.

Major League Soccer today announced that Tottenham Hotspur will face the MLS All-Stars in the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The annual showcase will be played July 29 at 9 p.m. ET at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network (UDN) in the United States, TSN and RDS in Canada, and in more than 100 countries worldwide, including Sky Sports in the U.K.

MLS and the Colorado Rapids will host a welcome event for Tottenham in conjunction with a USA-Mexico watch party later today at the Thirsty Lion in downtown Denver. Media and fans are encouraged to attend the event which will kick off at 5 p.m. MT and feature special guests, including MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott, Tottenham Hotspur Executive Director Donna-Maria Cullen and Colorado Rapids Team President Tim Hinchey along with Rapids coaches and players. One-on-one interview opportunities will follow.

For the twelfth time in the event’s 20-year history, an international club will take on the MLS All-Stars, who have a 7-3-1 record in the highly competitive and entertaining format. In addition to honoring the best players in MLS, the game has featured an array of world-famous clubs such as Manchester United (2010 & 2011), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 & 2012), AS Roma (2012) and, most recently, FC Bayern Munich (2014).

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“The AT&T MLS All-Star Game continues to be one of the most entertaining and widely anticipated traditions for our League and for our sport in North America,” said MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott. “We are excited to welcome another world-class opponent in Tottenham and look forward to a competitive match and a tremendous week of events. We know that the Colorado Rapids, one of our inaugural clubs, will be great hosts and that Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will impress both the fans in the stadium and television viewers throughout the World.”

“We’d like to thank Major League Soccer for the invitation to take part in the 2015 All-Star Game,” said Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino. “The fact that this will be our only fixture outside of Europe during pre-season says a lot about how we view this game. We enjoyed three tough matches last summer in North America and the quality of football in MLS continues to grow every year.  Pre-season is an important time for us and we are looking forward to being a part of one of the biggest events on the U.S. football calendar. We know the quality of the facilities will be top-class and we see this fixture against the best players from MLS as good preparation.”

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Jason Markk Will Clean Your Boots

Filed under: Boots, Culture & Lifestyle, Sneakers

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 mud and dirt. Get the leather right. Shine them if need be (this was when pretty much all boots were black). So I took it upon myself to try and take care of my boots the way that the boots of pros were taken care of. I figured if it was good enough for dudes like Ryan Giggs, it was certainly good enough for me. So I kept my boot game on point.

The thing is, boots get dirty. They are supposed to get dirty. We play in them on grass and dirt. In mud and puddles and who knows what else. So they are going to get dirty. Take these as an example.

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You know what else gets dirty? Sneakers.

Whereas boots are ok being dirty (although not ideal), sneakers (unless you train in them) should stay crispy. But they get dirty too. Just walking outside your front door leaves you susceptible to scuff marks (at the very least).

Last year I was put up on a company called Jason Markk. Jason Markk makes a plethora of cleaning supplies to keep your sneaker game extra crispy. They also have a store in Little Tokyo (LA) where you can drop your kicks off to be cleaned. I didn’t know much about it when I received the product, but one night of cleaning sneakers at the house had me convinced.

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This isn’t the greatest picture, but it serves the purpose. The sneaker on the top has been cleaned with Jason Markk. The sneaker on the bottom has not been cleaned.

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So time passes. I stay pretty consistent in cleaning my sneakers with Jason Markk product. Every time I clean my sneakers, I’m impressed. This product works really well. So I decide to do a little experiment. What if I try and clean some boots with this sneaker cleaner? If it cleans my sneakers, will it also clean my boots? Only one way to find out, right?

I decide the best chance of seeing how this works is to break out a pair of white boots. So I defer to the white PUMA King boots above (first pic in this post). These are old at this point. I have worn them plenty of times. You can’t see it in the photo, but the stitching on one of the boots is unraveling. So they are well worn.

Here is what the right boot looks like pre-cleaning:

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As is expected, it’s dirty. It’s got some caked on dirt. Nothing crazy (especially because we don’t have a lot of mud in southern California these days) but there is some dirt there.

And here is the boot post cleaning:

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The same boot, but clearly much cleaner after the cleaning. So the question of “will Jason Markk clean my boots?” came back with a pretty resounding “yes.”

I’m not going to tell you how you should handle your boot maintenance. But I think we can all agree that soccer boots are pretty expensive these days. And if we can extend the life of them just a bit, then that is a pretty good thing. And for kids, it’s probably a pretty good thing if they take ownership and make sure that their boots stay clean. Like I said, if it’s good enough for the pros, it’s gotta be good enough for everyone else.

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