Brendan Rodgers: “Mario Balotelli is still ill”

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

Here is some of the post game audio from Brendan Rodgers after Liverpool defeated Newcastle 2 – nil. He talks some about Raheem Sterling and the shisha incident, which apparently he doesn’t seem to think is a big issue right now (I don’t either*) and then he talks about some of the near future for Liverpool and their chances on finishing out the season in the top 4.

Then, there is the issue about Mario Balotelli and where he has been for the last few weeks….. not a lot of details.

Brendan doesn’t seem like a guy who wants this to play out in the press (good luck with that) and keeping it in house is probably his best option right now.

Added on April 14th, 2015 by

Revealed :: adidas adizero 99G – The Lightest Football Boot Ever

Filed under: Adidas, Boots, Culture & Lifestyle, Design

The dream is now a reality. 99g: the lightest football boot ever from the #LimitedCollection. Ready for the pitch.

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The adidas adizero 99g, are what one would call “super-limited.” The boots drop tomorrow, April 15th, and there will only be 299 pairs made for sale.

That’s it.

Worldwide.

299 pair.

*Oh, and those 299 pair will only be available in size 9.

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Random side note….. these boots weigh 99g. That’s less than an iphone 6:

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Added on April 14th, 2015 by

Thanks Coach

Filed under: Coaches, Culture & Lifestyle, Youth Soccer

Last Friday ISPS and I met with an old friend of mine. This guy has been around soccer in Southern California and beyond for years. He has probably forgotten more about soccer than most of us will ever know. His network of global soccer people is crazy. More on him soon.

As we were chatting, we brought up a guy who was one of his former players. How former player ultimately went on to become one of my youth team coaches. It was a good chat. We relieved some memories. Talked about some of the players I used to play with. It was a walk down memory lane and a really great way to spend a couple of hours.

This all happened Friday afternoon.

Saturday night at 10:06pm I get a text from a number I don’t know. From the makeup of the numbers, it’s clearly a foreign number. I’m not sure about checking the text, but I end up looking anyway. I read the text and am somewhat taken aback by it. The text is from my old coach that I was just talking about yesterday. He’s been coaching around the world the last fifteen years, and out of the blue I get a text from him. He got a text from our mutual friend and ended up reaching out. A couple minutes later, my phone rings and it’s my former coach, calling me from Korea.

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We chat for the next 20 minutes doing our best to catch up on years worth of stories. I knew some of where he had been, as his story is not only an amazing one but a very public one. He then told me that he knew of Bumpy Pitch and some of the projects that we were working on. Said he loved the brand and was really happy to see that I had remained in the sport after I had stopped playing. And then he told me that he was proud of me. And this is what the point of this story is about.

All these years after he was my coach, it still meant quite a bit to hear that from my coach. To hear that I had done well and that he was proud. The same thing players want to hear after matches or at the end of a training session, still meant a great deal to me all these years later. And that is a pretty cool thing. It’s amazing to think about the impact that a great coach or a great teacher can have on kids and how that impact can still be as strong years later.

It’s easy to box in the work that coaches or teachers do. In the case of youth soccer, to focus on the games that are won or the technique that is being developed or the tactical awareness that is being taught. We look at all of these as indicators as to how well the coach is doing. A sort of barometer as to the success of a coach. But in the long run, coaches, educators, teachers etc have a much greater impact on the lives of their players or students. The impact that they have on our lives goes well beyond the things that they taught us on the field.

Many of us are blessed with having some amazing coaches or teachers in our lives. People that affected our lives in much more meaningful ways than what takes place on the soccer field. I was reminded of that on Saturday night. Thank you, Afshin.

Added on April 13th, 2015 by

MLS & US Soccer Announce New Coca-Cola Deal

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

MLS Coke

~~  Remember that SUM was created to package Television Deals and Marketing Rights for both MLS and USSoccer…..  And keep in mind ALL of these $$$ announcements came AFTER the latest CBA Agreement….. #MonopolyMoney

By the way…. There are some MAJOR BRANDS that are starting to get priced out of Major League Soccer.  Think about that for a minute.

via MLSSoccer

Major League Soccer and the US Soccer Federation announced on Monday that they have signed a new, multi-year partnership with the Coca-Cola Company.

The deal makes the Coca-Cola Company the official beverage partner in the carbonated beverage and water categories for MLS, and across the non-alcoholic beverage category for US Soccer.

“The sport of soccer is on the rise like never before, and adding Coca-Cola as a key strategic partner speaks to the continued progress we are making to become a dominant Soccer Nation,” said Kathy Carter, President of Soccer United Marketing.  “The U.S. Men’s National Team captured the attention of the country last summer, the U.S. Women’s National Team is heading into this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Canada, MLS is celebrating its 20th season with new clubs and new stars and the Mexican National Team’s U.S. Tour regularly sells out venues across the country. There has never been a more promising time for soccer in this country and we look forward to partnering with Coca-Cola for many years to come.”

Coca-Cola has been a global partner of the FIFA World Cup since 1974. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Coca-Cola activated its largest-ever global soccer campaign, “The World’s Cup,” which focused on inclusivity. The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour presented by Coca-Cola visited 89 countries across the globe in 2014, including four stops in the United States.

In addition to the MLS and US Soccer partnership, the Coca-Cola Company also extended its partnership as the official beverage partner across the non-alcoholic beverage category for the Mexican National Team’s U.S. Tour.

 

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Klinsmann Names #USMNT Roster For Mexico Friendly

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

Klinsmann Bosnia

~~  Honest question for TOW readers…. What is OR better yet has Jurgen Klinsmann done to progress this group during his reign as USMNT Head Coach….

Not trolling for anything specific, I just truly am interested in the different takes on the job he has done so far because it seems like there is no down the middle when opinions come to light with Klinsmann… You’re either in his corner OR you absolutely against him.

via USSoccer

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (7): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Julian Green (Hamburg), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

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Netflix Movies for MANCHESTER UNITED Fans

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Manchester United, Movies, Trailers

Beans and I happened to be at our local hang for the Manchester United v. Manchester City fixture this morning and as United was destroying City, we started talking about random stuff, one of the things that Ben brought up was a flick he happened to catch on NETFLIX a couple of days ago.

It was Life of Ryan : Caretaker Manager, A film that follows Ryan Giggs through the 2013/14 Premiership season, as the greatest ever Manchester Utd player became the clubs manager and allowed unprecedented access behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

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I hadn’t seen this one yet and came home to check it out on Netflix and its f*ckign fabulous. I’m not even a United fan and was totally in to it. I only watched the first 20 or so minutes because there was this kid dominating the Masters and I had to check that out, but I will be finishing this one up shortly. Its on Netflix and so are a couple more United movies that you may have missed:

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Believe is the story about young, gifted football player who gets into trouble for a petty crime is brought to the attention of former Manchester United coach Matt Busby, who comes out of retirement to help the boy and his teammates.

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This one, The Class of 92, is a cinematic documentary detailing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville) covering the period 1992-1999

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United, is based on the true story of Manchester United’s legendary “Busby Babes”, the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the their number.

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All good flicks. Check them out.

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Trailer :: “BALLERS” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, TV

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Ballers, a new HBO original series starring Dwayne Johnson, premieres Sunday, June 21st at 10 PM on HBO.

* I would go as far as to say that this is the grown ass man version of Entourage starring The Rock. You know what else, I have absolutely no problem with it. I’m one of those dudes that was firmly in the camp that Entourage should have been something like General Hospital or All My Children where you have the same sort of storyline but you just keep subbing in a different crew.

Ballers on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BallersHBO

Why Entourage never expanded and spun off a different version of the show that followed athletes, I will never know. Dream Team tried it, and it kind of worked. How to Make It, did the apparel thing and was really good, but got killed before it broke through. There were a couple of other shows that seemed to take the idea of it, but none have really executed.

I think The Rock is a big enough personality and has the great following to pull something like this off. If you arent following him on the Instagram, you are messing up in life.

Can’t wait until this show drops. Its going to be good.

* Speaking of shows on HBO, Silicon Valley, Veep and Game of Thrones premier their seasons tonight, schedule accordingly.

Added on April 12th, 2015 by

Manuel Pellegrini :: ‘We Have Thrown It In The Garbage’

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

Pellegrini

~~  You can’t argue against the comments themselves OR the honesty from where they are coming from… But.  Seems a little dangerous to drop the quotes ahead of the Manchester Derby where both sides are headed in different directions at this point of the season.

Pretty sure every single one of us is waiting to see who’s pushed out the door after the final game of the season because it became very, very apparent that this group is not only NOT good enough to compete in the Champions League, but they’re NOT good enough to win the Premier League either.

via SkySports

“It was not so bad until the end of 2014, when we were top of the table and also had the FA Cup and Champions League.

“But in the last three months we have thrown it into the garbage.

“I think always for the fans it is important to finish as near to the top of the table as you can and that’s what we must do.”

City lie in fourth place in the Premier League table, nine points behind leaders Chelsea.

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