New Music Alert :: “IDFWU” by Big Sean ft. E-40 (Prod. DJ Mustard / Kanye West / DJ Dahi)

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This song is called “I Don’t Fuck With You”, it features E40 and its produced by DJ Mustard / Kanye West / DJ Dahi. Its incredible.

A few days ago, Big Sean signed with Roc Nation, and to celebrate that, yesterday he dropped 4 new songs on his soundcloud page, for free download. This song, I have listened to, probably 100x. Its clever, its a new flow, and its undoubtedly a diss track… not about another rapper though, but about his ex-girl presumably Naya Rivera, pictured above. * I love it.

It is very, very NSFW though, so be aware of that. Not that you wouldn’t have been because of the title, but I still have to put that out there.

* In case you arent that up on your pop culture / tabloid b.s., don’t worry about Sean… he has moved on from this relationship to a new one. With Ariana Grande. Ariana Grande sang the National Anthem at this years opening NFL game… A game in Seattle, at the same place that the Sounders play (my soccer tie in) and she took this picture before going out on stage. * Spoiler Alert * You want to click through and sing that picture.

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UoPortland Player Hugo Rhoads’ Goal on Sportscenter’s Top 10

Filed under: ESPN, Goals, Highlights

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University of Portland Pilots player Hugo Rhoads’ and this disgusting goal against Duquesne was on ESPN Sports Center’s Top 10 tonight. … . For a minute there, I thought that Lamar Neagle had the best goal that I was going to see today but then this one came across the tele. This is toooooough!

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Added on September 12th, 2014 by

Summer’s End

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Clint Dempsey, Cristiano Ronaldo, Culture & Lifestyle, Landon Donovan, Los Angeles, Manchester United, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, New York, Pep Guardiola, Portland Timbers, Real Madrid, Soccer in America, Tim Howard, US National Team, us soccer, World Cup

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 group of death in the World Cup. The summer that saw Tim Howard have the game of a lifetime followed by a conversation with POTUS and a petition to rename an airport after him.

This summer saw the largest crowd ever in the US for a soccer game when Manchester United took on Real Madrid at the big house. We saw record crowds at stadiums and record ratings for TV viewership. This summer soccer was trending on social media in the US like never before. I had more people ask me soccer related questions. The energy around the sport was palpable and contagious.

This isn’t just the end to another summer, it is the end of the greatest summer that soccer has ever had in the US. Soccer owned this summer.

The calm before the storm. The US took on Azerbaijan in San Francisco in the sirs of their World Cup warmup matches. Not the most compelling performance from the team I had ever seen. But it was all apparently part of the process.

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At the beginning of June we launched our World Cup collaboration with our folks from WeSC.

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We held our first street soccer tournament with our homie Mando Fresko.

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There was soccer being played in tunnels.

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Games on air craft carriers? Yep.

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This father / son combo was the business!

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One of the biggest talking points of the summer was Landon’s exclusion from the World Cup roster. Then he went and made this commercial with EA Sports. That was a fun day.

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When the US beat Ghana in the opening match of the World Cup, we did what every other US soccer fan did…we celebrated!

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Nike put on an incredible World Cup space called 6th & Mill. We watched a ton of games there. Hung out with friends. Made some new friends. On a personal note, 6th & Mill will always be a special place for me.

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The folks from the American Outlaws held the sport down in a huge way this summer. Shouts to all the folks at AO for all you do to grow the sport.

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The emotional roller coaster throughout the World Cup as a US fan hit it’s peak against Belgium the team bowed out, we saw one of the truly great individual efforts in the sport from Tim Howard.

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Post World Cup and things just kept moving. MLS was back in full swing and the biggest clubs from Europe headed to the US for pre-season friendlies. Mancester United v LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl. Poor showing and result for the Galaxy. But a great night for soccer.

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Real Madrid v Inter Milan in Berkely. Yes please.

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More than 109,000 people made it out to the Big House in Michigan for the Manchester United v Real Madrid match. The biggest soccer crowd to see a game in the history of the sport in the US.

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We hosted our first Football Collective dinner with friends in Portland. More of these are on the docket for sure.

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The All Star Game in Portland saw World Cup winners involved for Bayern Munich. A Bayern loss coupled with some hard tackles saw Pep get upset and mention he wants a rematch next year. We got in as much as we could while there. We hosted a dinner and a party with our folks from EA SPORTS. Caught up with some friends. Ate good food. Broke bread with homies. Checked out the training of MLS’ All Stars. Image below is from training.

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Overall it was a pretty spectacular summer. And a very good one if you are a soccer fan in the US. I’m sad to see it go, but excited for what lies ahead for the sport in the US.

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EA SPORTS Drops the Official TV Commercial for FIFA 15

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, EA SPORTS, Video Games

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Coming to us for Xbox One, PS4 and PC – also available on Xbox 360, PS3 and other platforms EA Sports FIFA’s FIFA 15 drops on September 23rd in North America. September 25 in Europe and September 26th for the UK.

As couple of minutes ago this commercial showed up across the social networks* – I saw it on Lio’s fb page – and the commercial is just so. damb. good.

Jamie McKinlay, EA SPORTS VP Marketing, added, “Everything we’ve done in FIFA 15 keeps immersive gameplay and the emotion of football at the forefront. The film was built to give viewers a deeper understanding of the highs and lows that millions of FIFA 15 fans will go through when they play the game.”

Can’t wait to crack open the package and start playing this game at the BP_TOW HQ. I have a feeling that we will be doing some fun things this year with the game and you guys might be seeing some of that on the Original Winger pages… more to come on that later.

If you head over to the EA Sports website and pre-order, you can get your hands on some exclusive content.

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* I think this is the international tv commercial and not the North American market tv commercial because at the end it is tagged with the Sept. 26 release date card. Doesn’t matter though, because this commercial is toooouuuuugh!

Added on September 12th, 2014 by

Inspired By :: Chris Wingert

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Real Salt Lake

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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 influenced him so early on his his father.

Chris is one of those guys that you want to go to battle with when you step on the field and the type of competitor that earns the respect of his opponents on a weekly basis.

Check out Inspired By :: Rauwshan McKenzieDax McCartyChris SchulerDanny O’RourkePaddy Crerand & Sir Matt Busby - Brian Dunseth - Carlos BocanegraDarlington Nagbe - Matt Hedges

Make sure to get out to a theater around you the weekend of September 12th to check out the movie Believe which touches on the importance of the roles that players and coaches play in each others lives.

Support those that support soccer.

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Added on September 11th, 2014 by

Brek Shea Signs For Birmingham City

Filed under: Birmingham City, Brek Shea, England, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Videos

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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 to get things back on track. Brek has a ton of talent and upside and we wish him all the best with Birmingham City.

Added on September 11th, 2014 by

Watch :: MLS 9-11 Memorial #NeverForget

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Social Issues

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This video is one from the archives.

* Interesting factoid that I didn’t know…. The attacks on New York and the United States on September 11th, 2001 – the gutless and cowardly terrorists acts – happened on a Tuesday of that week effectively ending the MLS regular season as the final weeks’ regular season’s matches were canceled.

But, on September 20, 2001, a little more than a week later, MLS returned with for the playoffs. And it was incredible to see.

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Added on September 11th, 2014 by

Inspired By :: Matt Hedges

Filed under: Coaches, Culture & Lifestyle, FC Dallas, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Videos

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FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges weighs in on the subject of the most influential coach in his career and he goes with his youth club coach. Matt gives more insight into the important roles that coaches play in helping us to develop as human beings. Work hard. Be responsible. Things that we continue to hear from players about things they learned from their coaches.

Check out Inspired By :: Darlington NagbeCarlos Bocanegra - Rauwshan McKenzieDax McCartyChris SchulerDanny O’Rourke - Brian Dunseth - Paddy Crerand & Sir Matt Busby

Make sure to get out to a theater around you the weekend of September 12th to check out the movie Believe which touches on the importance of the roles that players and coaches play in each others lives.

Support those that support soccer.

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