It is Christmas in Africa. Except replace the snow with grass, replace Santa’s little helpers with 23-man rosters from 16 nations, replace Santa Claus with South African President Jacob Zuma and a dash of extra scandal, and remove all presents and replace them with the Africa Goblet of Nations. All of a sudden, just like I said, it is Christmas in Africa. Clean out your chimney, the fun starts now.
Come join us tonight, Thursday, June 23 at Legends in New York City for the America SCORES New York draw party. We’ll be picking out the brackets for the America SCORES Cup this Saturday at Pier 40. Come for a few happy hour drinks, some great company, and learn a bit more about America SCORES New York.
And if you’re still interested in playing in the 7 v 7 co-ed tournament this weekend, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I really love corruption. There’s something about how it eliminates inefficiencies that makes me smile. There’s something about the smugness of those proficient in alleged corrupt practices that makes me want to watch Mr. Belvedere and drink tea out of fine china. And there’s something about real, brown envelopes filled with neat stacks of money that make me believe that Narnia might really exist and that I may have been going about trying to get things in the wrong way for way too long.
Corruption is just like a great movie. There’s plenty of action behind the scenes, it’s sophisticated, and it makes us continue dreaming and speculating. Really, what’s not to love, especially when you consider how many games of horrible football you’re willing to suffer through? Corruption has so much to offer. Continue Reading »
Manchester United will be playing the MLS All-Stars on July 27 at Red Bull Arena. This is the second consecutive year that the English Premier League giants will be crossing the pond to face MLS’ finest. It will be a high profile match in one of the league’s premier soccer-specific venues.
A game of this stature, that will surely feature some of the world’s best players, deserves a halftime show to match. Continue Reading »
Pretend for a moment that William Wallace managed a soccer team. After signing on the dotted line and facing the media to discuss his transition from freedom fighter to manager, one of Wallace’s first tasks would be recruiting an army, one, presumably, that would reflect his, shall we say, brave spirit.
But what type of player would Wallace pursue?
Wallace, like any manager, would surely consider a player’s technical ability. But there are more important traits than technique in William Wallace’s world. Ultimately, it’s a player’s heart that would convince him to loosen the purse strings. But heart isn’t always an easy thing to measure, especially when you’ve spent the majority of your adult life roaming the countryside without access to the internet and all of a sudden come face-to-face with a bloated transfer market. So a back up plan is necessary.
Thankfully, there is a relatively uncomplicated alternative. When the measure of a player’s heart can’t be easily ascertained, an easy out is to unearth players who look like they have heart. Said another way, a shortcut to assembling a team of Bravehearts is to target players who might be cast, at a minimum, as extras in Braveheart.
So, shortcut it is.
With the help of Sean Rubio (@elecseanica on Twitter), we’ve pulled together a starting 10 for an All-Braveheart team. Why starting 10, you say? Simple. Because a team of Bravehearts has no need for a goalkeeper.
John Terry, a man you may know from Bridgegate and Tour-for-moneygate, is now back in the limelight in the latest episode of England Captaingate.
England manager Fabio Capello has reinstated his former captain as England’s new temporary-permanent captain, replacing the injured Rio Ferdinand in what can only be described as a Capello-esque manner. The decision, like all of Capello’s now trademark decisions, has been everything but straight-forward and has sparked heated debates about the merits of Terry’s reappointment as captain. But does it matter who sports the elastic armband for England? Probably not.
Injuries aside, players who have captained Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United all suit up for England. Add to the mix, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, and you can hardly say that England is a team devoid of leaders. Devoid of role models, maybe, but certainly not devoid of people with experience exchanging flowers and pennants before games, shaking hands, leading other highly-paid, grown men on walks out of tunnels, smiling at dignitaries, indiscriminately cursing at referees, and speaking at press conferences.
Yet from the media coverage surrounding the England captaincy, you might think that England’s deficiencies on the field are down to a lack of leadership. It’s a puzzling framing of England’s problems that doesn’t quite match up with reality. Continue Reading »