The Pre-Game

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It was 2009 when we hosted our first party on the eve of MLS Cup. It was in Seattle and the night before Real Salt Lake played the LA Galaxy. We decided to organize a little get together with some friends (Ives, Shawn, Adam and Bruce). None of us really knew what to expect, but we wanted to hang out and have some dranks with the homies. The turnout that night exceeded any expectations that we collectively had. A bunch of friends came through to hang and we met a ton of people and made a whole bunch of new friends.

All these years later, we’re still holding down the night before MLS Cup. We’ve been lucky to do it in a handful of cities, and this year brought us back home to do it in LA. We have some new folks we do the party with, but the idea remains the same. Get our friends together to hang. Meet some new people. Make new friends. Celebrate the sport. Celebrate the league. Make great memories.

Many thanks to our EA SPORTS and KickTV family for being a part of this with us. Much respect to them! And much respect to all those that came by and supported. See you in 2015!!

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Sports Business Daily (Journal) Has Multiple Soccer Folks in their 50 Most Influential List

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Sports Business Daily (Journal) (Worldwide) recently released their annual 50 Most Influential Person’s list and I found a lot of comfort in the fact that the list is littered with multiple folks who are directly related to the soccer business. When they describe the individuals and give their association, the ones that are not primarily soccer people, they dont mention, but we all know the real.

Good to see a Robert Kraft near the top of the list. Good to see The Don in the top 20. Good to see Mr. Anschutz involved in this. i threw LeBron in here too. Recognition is always good.

Of the top 50, here are the ones with soccer ties.

#1. Robert Kraft, The Kraft Group (His sports holdings include Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution)

#18. Phil Anschutz, AEG (Co-founded Major League Soccer and multiple teams, including the LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, and the New York / New Jersey Metro Stars. Owns stakes in multiple venues including the StubHub Center.

#19. Don Garber, Major League Soccer Commissioner

#23. Stan Kroenke, Kroenke Sports Enterprises (KSE includes Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer and is the largest shareholder of English football club Arsenal.

#26. Dan Gilbert / LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (In 2011, Fenway Sports Group became the sole global marketer of LeBron’s rights, and as part of the deal, he was granted minority stakes in Liverpool F.C)

#30. John Henry, Fenway Sports Group (Principal owner of Liverpool Football Club)

#49. Sunil Gulati, President of the United States Soccer Federation

Full list over at sportsbusinessdaily.com

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US Soccer Announces Game Schedule For First Half Of 2015

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~~  Love. It.   Time to bleed the youngsters for the future…

via USSoccer

The U.S. Men’s National Team will embark on arguably its most challenging schedule of friendly matches in team history with seven top quality friendlies in the first half of 2015, highlighted by a string of three matches against regional rival Mexico, 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany and fifth-ranked Netherlands.

The United States will face five teams ranked in the top 20 in the world and compete on three continents in advance of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup that will take place from July 7-26 in the United States. Additional friendlies will be announced in the near future.

The U.S. will open at Chile on Jan. 28 before facing Panama in its first home match a little more than a week later on Feb. 8 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. After two away matches during the international window in March against Denmark and Switzerland, the concentration will turn to one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer when the U.S. faces Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 15 at a location still to be announced.

In final preparations for the Gold Cup, the U.S. will face two of the top three finishers of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On June 5, the U.S. will travel to face third-place finisher Netherlands before heading to Cologne, Germany, to face the world champion at Rhein Energie Stadion.

U.S. Soccer’s new partnership agreements with ESPN, FOX and Univision begin in 2015, providing unprecedented coverage of the National Teams. Every match will be broadcast by either ESPN or FOX Sports, as well as simulcast on UniMas and Univision Deportes Network.

“We want to consistently benchmark ourselves against the top teams in the world, and to give new and different challenges to our players. Competition gives your team an opportunity to grow, and this schedule allows us to do that,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “At the same time, our most important goal for the senior National Team in 2015 is to win the Gold Cup and qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017, and these games will be excellent preparation.”

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Univision Announces MLS Cup Final Their Most Viewed MLS Telecast Ever

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~~  Been saying it for awhile now…  Don’t sleep on what Univision is doing with MLS going forward.

The Univision Deportes broadcast of the MLS Final on the UniMás Network, which featured LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution, ranks as the most-viewed MLS Finals telecast broadcasted by Univision Deportes.

The match, which aired on UniMás from 3:00 p.m. – 6:08 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014, delivered an average of 678,000 Total Viewers and 395,000 Adults 18-49.

Performance increased +31% among Total Viewers and +60% among Adults 18-49 compared to last year’s final.

MLS Final on UniMás out-delivered 6 live English Premier League (EPL) matches on NBCSN last week, 5 live NBA games on NBA TV last week, and 3 live NHL games on NBCSN last week.

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World Cup is Facebook’s TOP GLOBAL TOPIC for 2014 : Soccer Dominates Year End List

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Facebook analyzed this past year’s conversation on Facebook and today they released a few lists let us know what the most talked-about global topics were, the most mentioned celebrities and the like. Turns out that soccer dominated Facebook this year relative to other sports and celebrities.

The TOP Global Topic of 2014 at the Number 1 spot on the list, World Cup.

Most Talked about topic in US, World Cup is no. 6

Most talked about Athletes in the US had 4 of 10 from the soccer world, Messi at 4, Timmy Howard at 7, Luis Suarez at 8 and Cristiano Ronaldo at 9.

The most viewed Ice Bucket Challenge Videos on the US were Shak and Gerard at 3 after GW and Will Smith and David Beckham at no. 5. No other athlete made the list…. Shout out to our guy Verne for making it at no. 9.

More information and complete list at yearinreview.fb.com/

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Trailer Alert :: “San Andreas” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Alexandra Daddario

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After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

* Two things… I don’t know how I feel about this one. Super excited, but the trailer leaves me wanting. Its got my guy The Rock. Its got So Cal in it. There are going to be some incredible stunts. And its got Alex Daddario. *

But, this is asking me to suspend my disbelief just a little too far. To have an Earthquake, that does what this one does, seems patently impossible. I can do ridiculousness, but if I’m going to assume ridiculousness, I need it to be all the way ridiculolus. I can’t have it teeter on the edge of realism and fake, but its impossible to have this kind of earthquake and have anyone survive. It just is…. but anyways, Alex Daddario is in it.

So I will be going to see it. If you dont know who she is, hop on your google machine and type in her name + True Detective. #yourewelcome

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Nike SB x Poler Dunk High OMS – Rugged Orange / Ale Brown

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~~  So much fire going on with these….

A good look at the Rugged Orange / Ale Brown color way drop in the Nike SB x Poler Dunk High OMS, spotted and available over at Premier.

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Houston Dynamo Names Owen Coyle Head Coach

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~~  Think people forget that Owen Coyle is already very, very familiar with Major League Soccer… Not only signing Stuart Holden and Tim Ream, but bringing his teams over to the United States for pre-season training.

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The Houston Dynamo announced today the appointment of Owen Coyle as the club’s head coach. Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Coyle has extensive experience as a player and manager in the upper levels of English and Scottish soccer. The 48-year-old guided Burnley Football Club to promotion to the Barclays Premier League in 2009, the first time the club reached England’s top flight in 33 years. Under Coyle, the Clarets also reached the League Cup semifinals in 2008.

Coyle follows Dominic Kinnear as the second head coach in Dynamo history.

“First and foremost I’m thankful for the opportunity to come to the Houston Dynamo,” Coyle said. “It is nice to be wanted by a fantastic club and I feel we have a great opportunity to put a team on the pitch that is pleasing on the eye and can win games. I’ve been watching Houston Dynamo for many years and I know the atmosphere of the supporters. The league is thriving and the opportunity to join a big club like the Dynamo is very exciting for me.”

Coyle became manager of the Premier League’s Bolton Wanderers in 2010 and signed Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden and American defender Tim Ream during his tenure. Coyle also managed England national team regulars Jack Wilshire and Daniel Sturridge, who joined Bolton on loan in his tenure. Coyle’s Wanderers reached the 2010-11 FA Cup semifinals and he was twice named Premier League Manager of the Month (November 2010, March 2012).

“I am extremely excited to bring Owen Coyle to the Houston Dynamo and am confident that he is the right fit for our club,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. “He brings a wealth of experience at the highest level and possesses the personal qualities we are looking for in our manager. Most importantly, I can feel his will to win and know that he is motivated to successfully lead us into the next phase of our club’s future.”

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