Watch :: La Mexicana del Bayern Múnich ( Amor a la Pelota NY )

Filed under: Bayen Munich, Culture & Lifestyle

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En este episodio, se conoce la historia de Malena Barajas, una inmigrante mexicana que se aventuró a NY en busca de cumplir su sueño de poder trabajar en fútbol. Hoy trabaja en el Bayern Múnich, en las nuevas oficinas del equipo Alemán en la ciudad de la gran manzana . – Brian Urbano

Watch this. This is cool. and Don’t worry, the video has subtitles.

* Something interesting happened to me this weekend. In case you missed it, we had our annual Pre-MLS Cup party this weekend and a few of the folks that I’d invited whom I wanted to come, couldn’t make it because they were in Vegas doing something for work. On Monday, some video of a small portion of what they were doing was made available and I was lowkey blown away after watching the video.

To make a long story short, they were holding a panel discussion at this big gaming thing. Anyways, thats not the point; the point is that its great to see people that you know, doing great things, especially when you don’t really know a whole lot about what it is that they exactly do. I like finding out that people that I know are really smart and in real positions and are out here doing things. Malena is right in that same mold.

* Malena aka @12thLady, is someone that I came across from the Twitter. Originally, I didn’t even know to follow her directly, but I came across her from following WUFC on twitter. Over time I’ve gotten to know her (relatively speaking), and Kristie Colvin and Kayla Knapp and Sayra Moran and others strictly through the twitters and the instagrams and things like that – until we meet in person – usually at some soccer event.

Its cool to see someone taking the time to do a feature on her because its great to see what she is doing. I love seeing women involved in the game in real roles and its something that should be noticed.

Brian Urbano is a young documentary filmmaker about LIFE – ROCK & SOCCER.

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Orlando City & NYCFC Expansion Draft Picks

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

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~~  And there it is…… Fascinating to see which players were picked up by Orlando City and NYCFC, but maybe more so was the team choices were in terms of ‘pulling players’ back onto the protected list.

I have a feeling we’re FAR from finished when it comes to moving players around…….

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Trailer Alert :: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

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Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Scheduled for release on May 15, 2015 with Tom Hardy starring in the role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

* This is the second official trailer for Mad Max, and its perfect. The one we saw a few months ago looks great, but this is a whole other level good.

I may be going a little overboard for this one, but is it possible that this will be the greatest action movie ever? Is it possible that this movie will make more money than Avatar. Is it possible that one can will all of the Academy Awards, just based on a trailer? Good lord this looks incredible.

I’ll paraphrase what I wrote the first time we got a look at the trailer …. Some movies should not be remade. Some movies should ABsolutely be remade. Since no one has any original movie ideas for huge tentpole flicks anymore, I’m verrrry ok with this.

It looks like they backed up the Brinks truck to film this. Its got Bane. Its got Charlize. Its got RHW and Zoë Kravitz. I’m. In. Gonna be awesome on a huge screen. Take my money now. Can’t wait.

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The Pre-Game

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle, EA SPORTS, Family, Friends, KickTV, MLS Cup, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights

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

Filed under: Business, Lists

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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

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

USMNT Sched

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

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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

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

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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

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle

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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