Ethan King x Charity Ball Partner With Johnson & Johnson – Hand Deliver 500+ New Soccer Balls To Kids In Brazil Favelas

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Over the past couple of years, we’ve told you about our guy Ethan King and some of the INCREDIBLE things he’s been doing with his Charity Ball Foundation around the world.

Beans and I first met Ethan over the InterWebs back in 2011 when this precocious little 12 year old reached out to us wanting to introduce himself and let us know what Charity Ball was all about.  I’ll repeat that again.  Ethan was 12 years old and was reaching out to talk to us about this idea he had come up with while visiting Africa two years earlier with his Dad.

To sit back and hear first hand what this kid was trying to accomplish (with some help from his parents) was nothing short of amazing.

‘A Small Act Of Kindness Is More Powerful Than The Greatest Intention’ <- Think about that statement for a second.

As time went on, Beans and I stayed connected with Ethan through Twitter, E-mails, Text Messages….

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And then the powerful imagery started coming through along with his trips along with collaborations….

Charity Ball teamed up with Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic to create the Charity Ball Play [well] Cup Tournament in Mozambique.

It’s one thing to try and plan something like this… Another to be on the ground and see the impact that the Charity Ball Play [well] Cup Tournament had on the children.

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So as the conversations went on between Ethan and ourselves, we wanted to figure out a way to be involved in some aspect.

And that was the start of our Bumpy Pitch x Charity Ball – Pass Back t-shirt collaboration.

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It wasn’t just us that was paying attention.  Dress Code NY travelled alongside Ethan on one of his many trips to Africa and put together this incredibly powerful mini – documentary.

And it wasn’t just us…. Katie Couric’s people got wind of what Ethan was doing this past summer and flew him to New York to have him on the show.

The kid’s got on-camera skills too!

Which leads us to today and why I’m writing this article.  Ethan just got back from Rio this past week after Charity Ball partnered up with Johnson & Johnson to hand deliver 500+ soccer balls to children in the Favelas.  Not only was Huffington Post paying attention, but major Brazilian local media outlet Terra was as well.

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Take a second and look at that face above.  That’s a small, but very powerful glimpse of what this game can do.

Thank you Ethan.

Thank you for inspiring so many around the world, including ourselves here on a daily basis.  We’re honored to call you our friend.

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MLS Teams Announce ‘Protected List’ Ahead Of Expansion Draft

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~~   Just a couple of things to remember before taking a look at the Protected List versus the UnProtected List :: Team Plans / Salary /  Locker Room Personality / Player Desire / Contract Situation / Team Finish / Int’l Commitments / Age…..

Check the FULL LIST over at MLSSoccer.com

Orlando City SC and New York City FC officially have the list of 240 players they will choose from when the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft gets underway on Wednesday afternoon, December 10 (2 pm ET).

The other 18 MLS clubs unveiled their protected lists on Monday as well as those players that will be unprotected and exposed for selection in the Expansion Draft. All Generation adidas and select Homegrown players received automatic protection.

Both OCSC and NYCFC will make 10 picks in the draft with Orlando City getting the first choice based on the Priority Draft held a few weeks ago.

Of the names available to both teams, the Designated Players immediately stand out: Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC), Rais Mbolhi (Philadelphia Union) and Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls).

There are plenty of other established MLS players in the group like Mauro Rosales (Vancouver), Kenny Cooper (Seattle), Jackson (Toronto), Dominic Oduro (Toronto), Mavell Wynne (Colorado), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus), Davy Arnaud (DC), Corey Ashe (Houston), Alan Gordon (LA), AJ Soares (New England), Peguy Luyindula (NY Red Bulls), Conor Casey (Philadelphia), and goalkeepers Jon Busch (San Jose), Troy Perkins (Montreal) and 2013 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Donovan Ricketts (Portland).

Some of the surprise names available are younger talents like Homegrown players Ben Speas (Columbus) and Diego Fagundez (New England) or newer names like Seattle playoff starter Michael Azira, dependable Vancouver starter Sebastian Fernandez or New England rookie Patrick Mullins, who helped set up a goal at MLS Cup 2014 on Sunday.

Jason Kreis, head coach of New York City FC, might be tempted to pluck from among 12 of his former players at Real Salt Lake, including veteran names like Ned Grabavoy, Chris Wingert and Robbie Findley or up-and-coming Mexican youth international Carlos Salcedo.

Any one team can only lose a maximum of two players in the Expansion Draft. In addition, once a player has been claimed from a club’s non-protected list, that club may then move to protect an unprotected player.

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Trailer :: While We’re Young

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Videos

A middle-aged couple’s career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.

Release: March 27, 2015
Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver

Trailer - While We're Young

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Manchester City Opens City Football Academy (CFA)

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Soccer News

Over 450 players will train every week at the CFA from Under 6s to the first team… ?#?WelcometoCFA?

A video posted by Manchester City FC (@mcfcofficial) on

~~ Take a few seconds and check this out…. Just incredible from top to bottom. Imagine what they could do in New York City…..

Take a look at the first team's facilities at the City Football Academy… ?#?WelcometoCFA?

A video posted by Manchester City FC (@mcfcofficial) on

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adidas & Major League Soccer Unveil NATIVO Game Ball

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~~  Looks like adidas has dedicated the NATIVO as the Official Game Ball going forward for the league… Dope.

adidas and Major League Soccer today unveiled NATIVO, the official match ball for 2015, the League’s 20th season. NATIVO’s bold aesthetic meshes with the new MLS brand identity while the ball’s materials and technology meet the unrivaled standards set by Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

The NATIVO structure features six identical panels to optimize aerodynamics, stability and symmetry in flight. A unique, micro-texture surface provides improved grip, touch, and control. As adidas’ most tested ball ever, NATIVO performs well in all conditions and draws praise from professionals and amateurs around the world.

“Our partnership with MLS is incredibly important to us because together, we’re ensuring our homegrown athletes have viable opportunities to play soccer at the highest level,” said Ernesto Bruce, Director of Soccer at adidas America. “Entering the league’s 20th season, we’re excited to bring our most advanced ball ever to the soccer pitch so we can help players perform at their best.”

NATIVO’s design is an expression of the new MLS brand. Prominent maple leaf and star images represent the League’s two home nations, Canada and the United States, while the red, white and blue reflect the colors of these nations and the MLS brand. The distinctive NATIVO name alludes to the ball’s stature in the game and pride in the domestic League. NATIVO features the new MLS logo, the adidas logo, along with the signature of MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

The NATIVO official MLS match ball is available today at MLSgear.com, adidas.com and other retail accounts for $160.

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Soccer In America – Landon Donovan

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I’ve known this kid since he was 15 years old… I’ve played alongside of him, played against him and watched him raise the level of Major League Soccer in a way that no other American player ever has….

Congrats LD on an incredible career and good luck in whatever adventure you take on next.

~~ TheOriginalWinger on Instagram

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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Premier League Saturday Recap and Highlights : 12 · 05 · 2014

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Newcastle United 2 – 1 Chelsea : Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse came off the bench to condemn Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea to a first defeat of the season.

Team Recaps (Newcastle) (Chelsea)

Hull City 0 – 0 West Bromwich Albion : Exactly one month after his first full England call-up Saido Berahino found himself relegated to a bit-part role as West Brom’s sluggish run of form continued in a tepid 0-0 draw against Hull at the KC Stadium.

Team Recaps (Hull) (West Brom)

Liverpool 0 – 0 Sunderland : Brendan Rodgers’ decision to rest Steven Gerrard failed to pay dividends as even the Liverpool captain’s emergence off the bench failed to inspire his side to break down a resolute Sunderland.

Team Recaps (Liverpool) (Sunderland)

Queens Park Rangers 2 – 0 Burnley : Charlie Austin scored his eighth goal of the season as QPR beat fellow strugglers Burnley 2-0 and climbed out of the bottom three for the first time since September.

Team Recaps (QPR) (Burnley)

Stoke City 3 – 2 Arsenal : Stoke held on to beat Arsenal 3-2 after a dramatic afternoon at the Britannia Stadium.

Team Recaps (Stoke) (Arsenal)

Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Crystal Palace : Tottenham’s poor home form made a worrying return as they stumbled to a 0-0 draw against relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.

Team Recaps (Tottenham) (Crystal)

Manchester City 1 – 0 Everton : An injury to star striker Sergio Aguero cast a shadow over Manchester City’s narrow 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday.

Team Recaps (Man City) (Everton)

[H / t NBC Sports video team & ESPNFC]

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WWC Draw Alert :: US WNT Selected to Play in Group D(eath)

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The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, taking place from June 6-July 5 in Canada. The Final Draw took place today at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.

Group A: Canada, China PR, New Zealand, Netherlands

Group B: Germany, Côte d’Ivoire, Norway, Thailand

Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, Ecuador

Group D: United States, Australia, Sweden, Nigeria

Group E: Brazil, Korea Republic, Spain, Costa Rica

Group F: France, England, Colombia, Mexico

Full report over at ussoccer.com

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