Customized mi adidas Cleats in DC vs. NY Game

Filed under: Adidas, Bill Hamid, Boots, DC United, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, New York Red Bull

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I love a good sports rivalry. And tonight one of MLS’ best is taking place – DC United v NY Red Bulls. I also happen to have a thing for customized soccer boots, and we will be seeing those on the field tonight as well.

A few players from both teams will be sporting customized adidas boots in tonight’s match including Perry Kitchen and Bill Hamid from DC United and Dax McCarty and Jamison Olave from NY. These limited edition boots were customized via mi adidas and they look pretty rad. I’m always down for limited edition and custom boots.

The top picture are the boots that will be worn by the DC United players, and below are the boots that will be worn by NY Red Bulls players.

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D.C. United & MLS WORKS for “Soccer Kicks Cancer”

Filed under: DC United, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Social Issues

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In their continued efforts to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment, MLS WORKS has created “Soccer Kicks Cancer” – a League-wide initiative focused on providing strength and hope in the fight against cancers affecting men, women and children.

MLS and MLS Works has initiatives in Childhood Cancer Awareness, Breast Cancer Awareness and Men’s Health Awareness that you can find more information about at the links below.

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Learn more about Soccer Kicks Cancer here –> www.mlssoccer.com/mlsworks/soccer-kicks-cancer

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Omar Gonzalez cooks and kicks with Chef Ludo Lefebvre

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Food, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles, Omar Gonzalez

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LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez shows off his cooking skills with one of the top chefs in LA!

The chef referred to, is none other than Chef Ludo Lefebvre, one of my absolute favorite chefs here in Los Angeles. I first got hip to Ludo on Iron Chef America and some appearances later on Top Chef Masters, but really got hip to him when I started my foodie phase in the mid to late 2000′s.*

Chef Ludo is heavy in LA. What he does, are these pop-up restaurants, for a few months at a time (ticketed reservation only by the way) and then he moves on to a new spot / the next restaurant. Its genius. And it keeps the people coming back. The spot where they filmed this, is Trois Mec, look it up.

omar and ludo

* I don’t do the foodie thing anymore… I’m almost an anti-foodie. Not necessarily because of Chefs like Ludo, because when you go to a restaurant of his, or some of the other high flying chefs in LA (and there are a LOT of them) it makes sense, the food is worth it. My problem is with all of the hacks. And all of the wannabe top chefs in LA. And all of the restaurants that overcharge for things just because they put truffle oil on something or because they want to use nitro for some molecular gastronomy technique when its totally not needed.

This is kind of a sore spot for me, and this is totally a first world problem, but theres a certain point where this stuff just gets ridiculous.

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Watch :: “La Cueva HS Girls Soccer Team” on HELL WEEK presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Youth Soccer

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Every Fall, thousands of high school athletes return to the sport they love. Before they take the field, they’ll have to survive the hardest week in all of sport. Follow La Cueva HS in the scorching heat of Albuquerque New Mexico as they endure a week of hardcore training in preparation to win back their title as state soccer champs. – DSG

* This video series and this video are awesome. Can’t believe that I missed posting this when it came out. I know that I’m not the end all be all on dynasties and especially high school soccer team dynasties but I’d never heard of this squad. Incredible preparation, incredible athletes and incredible coaching all the way around.

Its crazy how just watching this video, and all of the videos in the HELL WEEK series, bring back that feeling like I’m 14 years old again trying to make varsity. I remember running stadiums and cursing my coach out in my head and catching an ill leg cramp in the middle of the night and all that jazz like it was yesterday.

Its crazy to think of how much we dreaded those times, but absolutely loved the results and the glory that came with it. Its also crazy, and I even remember having these thoughts at the time, it felt like absolute hell and it felt like you were literally going to die out there, but 20 minutes after you were done and you were jamming your face with pizza, it was all good and you were ready to go another hour.

This team, and this coach, are pretty intense. I’m super impressed with them and will be following along. I wonder if they have a twitter or facebook page.

* I also wonder if Allie made the team… no particular reason…. just curious.

la cueva hell week allie

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Inspired By :: Darlington Nagbe

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Coaches, Culture, Culture & Lifestyle, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Portland Timbers, Videos

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Usually in sports we have certain coaches at certain times in our lives. Youth team coaches, high school, maybe an academy coach, etc. Not very often do we get to play for the same coach at multiple levels. But that is the situation that Darlington Nagbe has found himself in with Caleb Porter. Having been recruited by Caleb while in high school, Darlington went on to play for Caleb at Akron and then was reunited with him at the professional level at the Portland Timbers.

It is pretty evident that Caleb has had a major role in Darlington’s development as a player and as a man. And that’s what the great coaches do. They inspire us. They teach and coach of us in the ways of the game but also in life. They are there when we need advice and they help guide us on our journey as athletes and human beings.

Check out Inspired By :: Carlos 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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Soccer in America – A Photographic Journey

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Photography, Soccer in America

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Somewhere in Los Angeles, new Bumpy Pitch shirts are being manufactured, screen printed and packed. We keep just about everything made in not only the US, but in Los Angeles. We have been questioned about pricing over the years, and a big part of the pricing is derived by domestic manufacturing. It’s more expensive. That’s just the way that it is. But the quality shows. And we think it’s important to manufacture domestically. We try to think globally but manufacture domestically. It costs us more than what it might if we sourced to other countries, but that’s not who we are.

Los Angeles

2014

~beans

To submit your photos to be included in this series, email them to dunny [at] bumpy pitch.com

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Inspired By :: Carlos Bocanegra

Filed under: Carlos Bocanegra, Chivas USA, Coaches, Culture & Lifestyle, Fulham, Glasgow Rangers, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Videos

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Last week Carlos Bocanegra announced that he would be retiring at the end of this season. When Carlos and I sat down recently I didn’t expect that we would be sharing this video and sharing Carlos’ story so soon after he announced his retirement.

I don’t think I need to go into detail about the important role that Carlos has played within the US Soccer landscape. He’s been one of the most influential US players and has helped to grow the sport here in the US. And to hear him talk a little bit about what coach inspired him and some of the things that he learned from this coach, that’s pretty cool. It’s not often that you get to hear some honest insight like this from someone who has captained their country in a World Cup.

Thanks for sharing this story bro.

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

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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Nike Air Max Lunar90 LTR QS – Burnished Collection

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Kicks

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A good look at the Mahogany color way drop in the Nike Air Max Lunar90 LTR QS – Burnished Collection, spotted and available over at CaliRoots.

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