Jay DeMerit’s Retirement Press Conference

Filed under: Jay DeMerit, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Retirement, Vancouver Whitecaps

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Jay DeMerit speaks to media after announcing his retirement, ending an improbable and inspirational 10-year professional career.

In a letter published on whitecapsfc.com, Jay announces his retirement from the game before having the press conference that you see above:

Today, I announce the end of my career as a professional soccer player.

Eleven years ago, I can remember feeling excited about what might be next.

After years playing the game I love as an amateur, first for the Howard Hurricanes in my hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin and then at the University of Illinois-Chicago, professional soccer scouts had passed on me. I sat at O’Hare Airport in Chicago with about $1200, a full backpack that my parents had just bought me as a present for graduating from college, and a plane ticket to London.

I think about those first years in England, sleeping in the attic of my friend Kieron’s house in London, broke, sharing bath water, and all alone trying to find a wall to kick my soccer ball against in my neighbourhood so I could work on my touch and footwork. I remember playing games in the middle of the winter, muddy, with nothing but a couple of cows and five people in the stands.

I think about the struggle to make it, the ability to always stay positive, and how eventually all of those experiences would make me so much stronger as a player, and most definitely as a person…

The letter is a really strong read and you should take about 10 minutes out of your day to read it. Thanks Jay. We appreciate you.

An Open Letter from Jay DeMerit – whitecapsfc.com

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Watch :: Frank Lampard’s NYC FC Introductory Press Conference

Filed under: Chelsea, Culture & Lifestyle, Frank Lampard, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, NYC FC

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New York City FC, Major League Soccer’s 20th expansion team, is thrilled to announce the signing of England National Team and Chelsea FC legend Frank Lampard. One of the most illustrious and respected English Premier League midfielders of all time, Lampard becomes the team’s fourth team member, as the Club continues to assemble a competitive and dynamic squad ahead of its inaugural season next year.

Lampard, whose signing was officially announced at a community event in Brooklyn Bridge Park this morning, brings with him the highest level of football ability and a wealth of experience to the new franchise which makes its debut in March 2015.

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Full announcement and coverage over at nycfc.com

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Borussia Mönchengladbach Officially Introduce USMNT Defender Fabian Johnson

Filed under: Americans Abroad, Bundesliga, US National Team

Next chapter, i’m very excited! #borussia #gladbach #fohlenelf #nr19 – fjohnson23 on ig

Fabian is since recovered from the knock he had in the World Cup and is back training and looking forward to catching up on some of the stuff he has missed with the Bundesliga team.

Lots of positives coming to a lot of our USMNT guys after that incredibly gutsy and inspiring showing at the 2014 World Cup. All well deserved too. Congrats on the move bro!

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First look at NYC FC Season Tickets at Yankee Stadium

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

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New York City finally has a soccer team of its own and their season tickets are now on sale. They set up this pretty sweet seat viewer, that isn’t anything new to the season ticket game, but I guess I’m just excited about it because its at Yankee Stadium.

Obviously, they dont have a soccer specific stadium built yet, and playing in the Bronx is special.

The most interesting thing to me, is just how reasonable the ticket prices are. Yes, there are some pretty high prices for the perfect seats that you would imagine costing well into the high $2000s for a season, but there are also some really, really good seats for just a couple hundred bucks.

nycfc seat view

I’ve already gone in an “bought” a whole bunch of different seats in different areas just so I could go to the full view thingy and see what the angle would look like. Too bad I live 2800 miles away. Anyways, if you are in the NY metro area, seems like a no-brainer to me.

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Trailer :: “50 Shades of Grey”

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

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Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print. Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele for the movie, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. I don’t know who they are, but they will be as famous as those kids in the Twilight crew who no one knew about before those uber successful books went to the big screen.

Fellas, women love this shit. And when I say love it, I dont mean in the figurative sense, I mean in the literal. It might not be your thing, you might not get it, but trust me when I tell you OG Wingers invest in this book. You learn shit. The way that the females I know respond to this, tells me plenty.

50 shades of grey trailer

When I used to go to airports and random coffee shops and saw women reading this book, I had no idea what it was all about, then one of my female friends hipped me to it and told me, ‘just read it” … and then I knew, this is straight up women porno. And its awesome. I may or may not have a red bulb for my bedroom, #jussayin

How awesome of a time are we in? The facebook and twitter are still gold. DMs on IG. TInder. 50 Shades. Its like, served up on a silver platter these days….

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Tim Howard and Toby Keith :: TBT Random Soccer in Random Places

Filed under: Legends, Music, Random Soccer in Random Places

Not something you see all the time. Everybody’s favorite Oklahoman Toby keith threw up a picture of himself and Timmy Howard from some time long ago and gave a shout out to Tim and the USMNT. We can probably argue this and come up with a few different answers, but I don’t think anyone on this planet who hasn’t fought in a war for us is more “Murica than Toby Keith. I love this dude! By the way, hands down, has the best song titles in the history of making up song titles.

We don’t know exactly when this pic was taken, but I’m going to guess that it was at least a few years back because I don’t think Timmy has worn a shirt that big in at least 3 years. Maybe Tim will hit Dunny and date this photo for us.

Shouts out to our guy Steve Carrillo for the heads up on the Toby Keith facebook post.

* My other favorite thing about Toby, is his business game is out of this world. Lowkey, the dude is going to be a billionaire in a couple of years. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and read this FORBES.com profile they did on him a last year.

Toby Keith, Cowboy Capitalist: Country’s $500 Million Man – FORBES

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View From The Booth :: Sporting KC vs Manchester City

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer in America

#ViewFromTheBooth :: @sportingkc vs @mcfcofficial last night on @espn alongside Adrian hHealey & rocking @adattocustom

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Sporting Group Announces Plans for U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Kansas City

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Soccer in America, Sporting Kansas City

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Governor Sam Brownback joined Sporting Club, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and representatives from Schlitterbahn Water Park and EPR Properties tonight to announce the development of a U.S. Soccer National Training Center complex in Kansas City, Kan.

The facility will house the National Training and Coaching Development Center, an elite athlete training and performance analytics campus and national youth soccer development programs. – SportingKC.com

national soccer training facility kc

Sneak peak of #ussoccer training, coaching and referee center we’re working on here in the #SoccerCapitalOfAmerica via Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman’s twitter.

Kansas City doing it really, really big these days. All Star game last season. They walked off with the MLS Cup last season. Arguably had the best National Team games leading up to the World Cup. They have two of the best young Mens Team players on their roster as DP’s. They possibly have some of the most swagged out players in the MLS. There is the Power and Light District. The Z-Man. And now they have this.

Reports tell us that the state-of-the-art $75-plus million soccer facility, will be include approximately 100,000 square feet for an indoor facility complete with a practice field, eight lighted professional smart fields and eight youth fields.

Additional amenities will include a climate-controlled indoor pavilion and specialized facilities tailored toward strength and nutrition, hydration, sports science, health and wellness, video and analytics.

The complex will also feature a 125-room full-service hotel.

Another great step in the growth of this game. Kansas City is a great town and I’ve had A LOT of fun down there. This is going to create a ton of jobs, long lasting gigs, and a great environment to grow our game. What they have done in the last few years since the rebrand, building into an MLS powerhouse, and now this. I love it.

* Random side note, Kansas City, Kansas can be abbreviated KCK.

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