Guyana Away

Filed under: CONCACAF Champions League, Culture & Lifestyle, Fans, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Portland Timbers, Supporters

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In their away match against Alpha United last week in Guyana, the Portland Timbers are involved in the Concacaf Champions League for the first time. Their first game last week was away to Alpha United in Guyana. To mark the occasion, the team brought two members from the Timbers Army to take in the experience and chronicle their adventures. Shawn Levy who is an author and Steven Lenhart who is a photographer joined the team and had what I can imagine was an incredible experience for two dedicated TA members.

Below is the beginning to what I imagine to be a remarkable fan experience for Shawn and Steven. Read the full article over at the Portland Timbers site.

It started with an email. Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, entirely out of the blue, extended an invitation to me to join the team on a charter flight that would leave Boston on the morning after the team’s regular-season MLS match against the New England Revolution to fly directly to Guyana and then return to Portland after the Champions League fixture. Since he suspected that I had no plans to be in Foxborough for the first match, he offered to fly me there as well, and to put me up in the hotel with the team in both cities.

At first, I was so stupefied by the offer that I didn’t think I should take it. It was too dreamlike, too generous, too unreal. And it was, potentially, a problem:  I serve on the board of a charity that works closely with the Timbers front office, and I wanted to be sure to avoid any conflict of interest or even the appearance of one.[2] Assured by my fellow board members that, lucky son-of-a-gun, I was in the clear, I accepted the offer gratefully. And when another seat on this remarkable journey became available to me to share, I thought almost immediately of Nevets.

Now, if you’ve never traveled to a Timbers away match with Nevets, you need to know a few things. For starters, he has the unfailing ability to turn up in the most remarkable places; wherever he goes, he finds someone with a story to share about the city, the home team, or some other point of genuine interest and novelty. I have no doubt that if the Timbers Army were to someday visit Rome and take a morning to see Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square, Nevets would vanish from the group only to appear beside the Pontiff on his balcony, talking, inevitably, about Argentine soccer.

But he’s also a professional photographer who has chronicled the rise (…and rise…and rise…) of the Timbers Army in images that are so true to the spirit of the group that the team actually used them on the 2010 season tickets in the “You Can’t Fake This” campaign, featuring the kid with the green mohawk, the watermelon with the logo carved into it, etc. Not only would I be traveling with an old friend who had a knack of finding stories and characters worth knowing about, but I could have a talented shooter to chronicle the epic.

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Believe – Hitting Theaters September 13th

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle

Take a second and think back to that one coach you had growing up that meant the world to you…. That one person that taught you the game, but at the same time set the tone for your own personal accountability in life beyond the game. Mine was a man named #CliveCharles.

We here at @bumpypitch &@theoriginalwinger are involved with a movie called #Believe that is coming out on September 12th and tells the story of a boy who loves the game, has just lost his father and is struggling to find the balance between family, school and the only thing that makes sense, the game of soccer. #BelieveSoccerMovie #SirMattBusby

Tag the one person who means the world to you below and let them know how important their influence has meant to you.

Added on August 25th, 2014 by

Soccer in America – A Photographic Journey

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Friendlies, Javier Hernandez, Mexico, Photography, Soccer in America, US National Team, us soccer

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Inside the press box at the USA v Mexico friendly. I like this folder. A lot.

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Phoenix, AZ

April 2014

~beans

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

Added on August 25th, 2014 by

Liverpool FC confirms the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Liverpool, Mario Balotelli

* Nothing is official until it hits the social networks….

Liverpool can confirm they have completed the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli, subject to registration.

The 24-year-old sealed his switch to Anfield from AC Milan after passing a medical and agreeing a long-term deal to become the Reds’ ninth signing of the summer so far.

Balotelli joins Liverpool after a year-and-a-half with Milan, where he scored 30 goals in 54 appearances. If you have some free time, head over to LFC.com and check out Mario’s first official Liverpool interview. There are some pretty interesting tid bits in there, specifically, Mario admitting that going to play in Italy was a mistake…

Question: You have been away from English football for around 18 months – how do you feel about coming back?

MB – I’m happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake. I wanted to go to Italy but I realised it was a mistake.

Question: Do you feel English football suits you better?

MB – English football is generally better. English football is beautiful.

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Added on August 25th, 2014 by

New Eminem Alert :: “Guts Over Fear” feat. Sia

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Music

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Eminem announced yesterday that we will be getting new music, soon. Shady XV, will be a two-CD compilation featuring an album of Eminem’s greatest hits + an album of new material from Shady Records crew of Em, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12, and Yelawolf with feature collaborations with guest artists.

Shady XV will be released Nov. 28 or #SHADYXV Black Friday. Eminem dropped this one along with the announcement – its available now over at iTunes : Guts Over Fear (feat. Sia) – Eminem

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Breaking News :: Jermaine Jones signs with New England Revolution

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

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“Welcome to the #NERevs, @Jermainejunior!”

The wait is over and now we know where Jermaine Jones will be playing for the next year and a half. With the New England Revolution. There was a ton of Chicago talk that we all knew about, but Alexi Lalas just broke the news during halftime of the Seattle Sounders v. Portland Timbers game on ESPN2 that Foxboro is where it will be.

Side note, I’m excited for all the instagram action from the missus in the next couple of weeks!!

* You have no idea how bad I want JJ and Sarah to become besties with Tom and Giselle B.

If you aren’t following Sarah and Jermaine on instagram, you are failing at life.

Check out the work! @sarahjoneslife / @jermainejunior

Added on August 24th, 2014 by

Mens Health says Cristiano Ronaldo is “The Fittest Man Alive”

Filed under: Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s best athlete. He may even be the world’s fittest man. But is he satisfied? Not even close.

Mens Health magazine has Cristiano ROnaldo as their cover athlete for the September edition of their magazine and they argue that he is indeed “the fittest man alive.” From stamina to strength, speed to power, they break down what makes the football star great.

From being able to reach a top speed of about 21 miles per hour many times during the game, to a two footed vertical jump of about 33 inches, and even possessing the ability to process the game faster, MH tells us something that we already know: soccer players are just as bit the athlete as any athlete in any performance sport.

Check it out: A potent mix of athletic talent and a fierce will to win makes Ronaldo unstoppable

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Added on August 24th, 2014 by

Watch :: “Kickin’ it with Kelli” – Gyasi Zardes

Filed under: Beautiful Women, LA Galaxy, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights

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LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes chats with Time Warner Cable SportsNet reporter Kelli Tennant.

* Solid 11 or so minutes worth of video here. Sometimes you think that any video over 3 minutes isn’t worth the time (trust me, I watch A LOT of online video*) and once you get around the 5 minute mark you start to lose interest. But, the more and more videos are starting to stretch the limits, we are starting to see the interviewers getting more comfortable and in turn the people that they are interviewing get more comfortable. I like this longer form of interview.

To spice things up some, Kelli and Gyasi get a football out and kick it around a little bit. Zardes shows us a drill or two and gets Kelli up to speed. Kelli is wearing knee highs and shorts. Not that I needed to mention that, but this is happening later in the video. Really good interview.

Check out all of Kelli’s interviews over at LA Galaxy on youtube.

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* For the site of course.

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