Soccer In America – A Photographic Journey

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Photography, Soccer in America, Soccer News

SIA - Iowa

I snapped this picture just after 7am Sunday morning.  Our U12 girls match kicked off 45 minutes later in the middle of frosted fields and fog.  Easily one of my favorite coaching moments.

It was taken in Sunday Oct 19th in Burlington, Iowa at the Southeast Elite Soccer Academy 2014 Monster Match.

Thanks to everyone at TOW and Bumpy Pitch.

~~ Charlie Whiteman

To be included in our Soccer In America – A Photographic Series, send your Pictures to dunny@bumpypitch.com and include your Twitter & Instagram handles

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Landon Donovan Post Game :: LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders

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

LD Press

~~  Some interesting angles from LD following the ‘First Leg’ of the Supporters Shield 2014.

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~~  And some GREAT stuff by #TheBruce.

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Trailer :: In The Heart Of The Sea

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs the action adventure ?In the Heart of the Sea,? based on Nathaniel Philbrick?s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville?s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. ?In the Heart of the Sea? reveals the encounter?s harrowing aftermath, as the ship?s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

Release :: March 13th

~~ Never thought I’d see a serious movie about Moby Dick.

Trailer - In The Heart

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Video :: LA Galaxy v. Seattle Sounders – Supporters Shield 2014 Final – Leg 1

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

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Los Angeles 2 – 2 Seattle : Scoring Summary

Los Angeles Galaxy: Baggio Husidic (45 + 1′)
Los Angeles Galaxy: Marcelo Sarvas (50′)
Seattle Sounders FC: Clint Dempsey (69′)
Seattle Sounders FC: Lamar Neagle (72′)

This was a great match. I was not there to see Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle scored in the second half, rallying the Sounders to a 2-2 tie with the LA Galaxy on Sunday night after Baggio Husidic and Marcelo Sarvas scored for the Galaxy in the first half.

I was not there for all of the festivities – which included Boys II Men (Landon’s Favorite Group*) singing the national anthem, or a ridiculously sold out crowd cheering wildly. I was not there to experience LD’s last home game…. but, rest assured, Beans and I will be in Seattle next week for the second leg of the Supporters Shield 2014 Final. It can only be one.

The game was incredible though, hope you watched.

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Video :: Carli Lloyd “Polar Bear” Is the Queen of the ICE BATH

Filed under: Training, US National Team, us soccer, US Women

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Some U.S. WNT players love ice baths, some hate them. Almost all of them take the plunge when they do regeneration work. Put midfielder Carli Lloyd in the former category as she takes to ice baths like polar bears to arctic waters.

I’m going to be honest… I’ve done an ice bath, once. It was just to see what it would feel like, and I will never do that again. I’m not a pro athlete and never was one, and don’t need to make varsity again ever in my life, so I’ll just throw on some anti-inflammatory something if it ever gets that dramatic.

I salute her though – doing that every day is incredible. This was on her IG last week.

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Great things never came through comfort zones! #letthegamesbegin #recovery #ice bath #worldcupqualifying

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From Wiki : In sports therapy, an ice bath or sometimes a cold-water immersion or cold therapy is a training regimen usually following a period of intense exercise in which a substantial part of a human body is immersed in a bath of ice or ice-water for a limited duration. While it is becoming increasingly popular and accepted among athletes in a variety of sports, the method is controversial and potentially dangerous with little solid scientific evidence to support or refute its usefulness or to understand its method of operation within the body, although there is speculation about processes within the body regarding vasoconstriction.

Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of the blood vessels resulting from contraction of the muscular wall of the vessels, in particular the large arteries and small arterioles. The process is particularly important in staunching hemorrhage and acute blood loss. When blood vessels constrict, the flow of blood is restricted or decreased, thus retaining body heat or increasing vascular resistance. *

So, it would seem to make sense and be useful.

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Watch :: Mario Balotelli Misses WIDE OPEN Net

Filed under: Liverpool, Mario Balotelli

Its been a tough go for Mario Balotelli ever since he got to Liverpool.

Many have expected, and hoped, that the Italian striker will find his form sooner rather than later, but today, he again drew a blank for Liverpool in their 3-2 win over QPR on Sunday.

The problem today, was that there was an absolute bunny that he missed. I love Super Mario, but man alive, get it together bro.*

* By the way, many like to think that he is pressing a little too hard in an effort to replace Luis Suarez. Many, think that he is out there Cadillacing it and not giving a full effort. I, actually, think it may have something to do with the Fanny situation.

We know he’s an emotional dude and breaking up with a chick like that, can do things to a man. He was already a football savant and things just came to him pretty easily, but if you are kind of aloof already, and then you break up with your missus, you might be on some whatever shit for a little while. Get your head in the game pimpin!

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Beats by Dre :: “LeBron James RE-ESTABLISHED 2014″ and other thoughts on Athletes Making a Difference

Filed under: A Fans Perspective, Brands, Social Issues

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The words “Akron Est. 1984” are inked on LeBron James’ body.

Moving back to Cleveland in 2014 is the re-establishment of his legacy in Northern Ohio. He now embarks on the next and greatest chapter of his career. This offseason, with Powerbeats2 Wireless, LeBron has re-established his body through intense training. He’s also re-established his legacy and connections to the community in Akron.

Powerbeats2 Wireless combines the emotion of Beats and the power of wireless to allow athletes to be free to test their limits and play as hard as they can.

* You allow us to go off the board sometimes here on TOW, and spoiler alert, this is one of those times…. but I promise to bring it back to soccer and make it make sense.

I stopped hating on Bron Bron a long time ago. First of all this commercial is great, so we could’ve posted it just because, but its deeper than that to me.

We always hear people talk about “where I’m from” and represent their place of birth like they own it, when the reality is, they don’t.

Often, you see that they continue to ‘represent’ where they are from, but other than shouting out their city all the time, they no longer live there, they no longer go there and they aren’t really affecting change but only continue to perpetuate what many would consider the folklore of where they are from but not necessarily do anything to advance where they are claiming to still represent.

Not all of celebrities and athletes and popular people, but a whole lot of them act a certain type of way that I think is silly when you hear the things coming out of their mouthes.

The one thing that I respect about this kid, and I think he HAD to go to Miami to realize it – or maybe it was always part of the plan, but I don’t think it was – is that in some senses he was in a position of great power and he did have an entire city or an entire region “on his back.”

Its an interesting position, extremely unique, and one that I think could only happen in a few cities across this nation, but his presence will truly effect change. From everything that I have read and everything that his team continues to produce content wise, it is very apparent that this is the vision.

Athletics, professional sports in particular with the money that is now out there available to the athletes, continue to be a major driving force in the cultural evolution of our country. Maybe I’m reading way too much into this commercial, but I bet when its all said and done, LeBron and his team will own half Ohio and if not that they will definitely be the billionaire boys of Akron, literally. But its deeper than that.

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Trailer – The Culture High (Documentary)

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Trailer - The Culture High

The Culture High Official Trailer (2014) for the Marijuana Documentary directed by Brett Harvey.

Scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveal the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today.

Release Date: 17 October 2014

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