Category: Around the World of Soccer

Around the World of Soccer

Best (or in this case worst) Quote of the Week:

“I kept piercing the Estudiantes strikers with a needle.  We know that top division players don’t like contact, they don’t like if we waste time or if we play dirty. So that was the way to do it. Football is like that. Football is for the clever.”

Federico Allende, a defender for Argentina’s lower division Sport Pacifico, quoted in an interview with a Columbian radio station about using a needle against strikers from a top-division club in a first round Copa Argentina match.  It apparently worked since Club Pacifico won 3-2. (BBC)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40283286

Best article discovered from outside of The Republic this week:

United States men’s U-20 coach Tab Ramos discussing the future of American soccer after the team advanced to the knock-out rounds of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea earlier this month. (Paul Gardner/Soccer America)

https://www.socceramerica.com/article/73741/tab-ramos-paints-a-rosy-american-future-in-the-cha.html?edition=17340

 

Around the World of Soccer

Best quote this week:

“F**k you, I’m Milwall”

Milwall Football Club supporter Roy Larner who single handedly took on three knife wielding attackers in last weekend’s London terror attacks, suffering serious injuries and saving others in the process.  A petition (change.org link below) is being circulated to have him awarded the George Cross award, which is the highest award for gallantry a British citizen can receive.

https://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2017/06/06/roy-larner-london-terror-attack-millwall-fc

https://www.change.org/p/award-roy-larner-the-george-cross?source_location=minibar

 

Best article discovered from outside of The Republic this week:

Two this week from The Nutmeg News:

https://www.thenutmegnews.com/current/2017/6/8/james-comey-refuses-to-comment-on-promotion-relegation

https://www.thenutmegnews.com/current/2017/5/22/npsl-team-sells-out-3-games-in-a-row-after-artificially-capping-the-number-of-available-tickets-to-one

Around the World of Soccer

Best quote this week:

“It goes back to saying, ‘It’s okay to be who we are. It’s okay if we don’t have 115 passes in 30 minutes, it’s okay if we don’t have 150 shots on goal.’ This game is about winning. It’s about thinking the game. It’s about consciously not allowing teams to break you down inside your area, and more importantly, finding that moment to score a goal. That’s what this game’s about.
“People have lost the plot with all this passing and shooting percentages and if you shoot from here you’ll score if you do it 12 times. Well, I’ll tell you what: the stats were wrong tonight. The stats will lose to the human spirit every day of the week.”

Colorado Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni telling us what he thinks about the increase in “Money-Ball” like statistical analysis of MLS and soccer in general over the last few years after a win against Sporting KC last weekend.  After this comment he said thank you and immediately left the podium. (Soccer America Daily-June 1)

Best article discovered from outside of the Republic this week:

The answer article from Will Parchman (@WillParchman) at Top Drawer Soccer on why Mastroeni is wrong.

http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/the91stminute/2017/05/pablo-mastroeni-is-wrong-about-numbers/

Around the World of Soccer

Best Quote this week:

“Which Saint is that?”

First Daughter Ivanka Trump, after seeing a picture at a restaurant in Italy where she was dining, of former Lazio and New York Cosmos star Giorgio Chinaglia – standing on a soccer field with his arms stretched to the heavens. (The Guardian)

Best article discovered from outside of the Republic this week:

An outsiders spin on the Texas Derby from former FCD player and now journalist Bobby Warshaw. (mlssoccer.com)

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/05/25/bobby-warshaw-rivalries-are-different-experience-texas

Around the World of Soccer

Quote of the Week:

“Schalke was pretty straight forward in terms of, ‘Our U-19s are more important than your national team so they’re going to stay here until we’re done playing.’ That’s something for young players to look at when go to Europe. Sometimes you’re going to sign for a club that thinks your national team’s not that important at the youth level.”

United States U-20 Mens National Team coach Tab Ramos describing why two potential U.S. youth players (including former FC Dallas Academy star Weston McKennie) were left off the U.S. U-20 World Cup roster for the tournament that will be played in South Korea next month.  (Soccer America)

Best Article discovered from outside of the Republic this week:

Less Geography, More History Needed to Grow MLS Rivalries

Graham Parker from FourFourTwo USA explores the rationale for the creation of rivalries in MLS and the shifting nature of these intense match-ups in this excellent piece.

In Texas, the rivalry between FC Dallas and Houston abated a few years ago when Houston was moved from the Western to the Eastern conference and the teams only met once per year.  During this period, the Dynamo established a heated rivalry with Sporting Kansas City, primarily due to three straight Eastern Conference playoff series between them between 2011 and 2013.   Now that FCD and Houston are reunited in the West, the rivalry with SKC had diminished.  Hopefully, through a combination of history, geography and mutual success, the rivalry between FCD and Houston will be rekindled. It has been somewhat subdued over the last few years because of FCD’s domination.

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/mls-rivalries-evolution-derbies-geography-potential

Around the World of Soccer

Quote of the Week:

“We had said that we would have four pillars, and the first two pillars were clear accounts and accountability,” said Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL who commissioned the audit last year. “Today we are accountable to the leaders and the whole world of football.”

The Associated Press reported that an audit report presented by Ernst & Young at the annual CONMEBOL (South America’s soccer confederation) Congress on Wednesday found that previous Confederation leaders transferred a staggering $128.6 million between 2000 and 2015 to personal accounts, suspicious accounts, or unauthorized third-party accounts.  Three ex-presidents of CONMEBOL have been accused on corruption charges by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Best Article discovered from outside of the Republic this week:

From The Nutmeg News, a breaking story about a North Texas soccer fan who is moving on from the sport (warning…potentially objectionable language in this article).

https://www.thenutmegnews.com/current/2017/4/21/man-finally-convinced-to-stop-supporting-mls-franchise

Around the World of Soccer

Quote of the Week:

Fifty years ago, on April 15th, the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) debuted as the first fully professional soccer league in the United States and Canada.  Michael Lewis wrote an excellent piece about the start-up of the NPSL earlier this week in The Guardian.  In the piece, he quoted Clive Toye, the original General Manager of the NPSL Baltimore Bays, describing the state of soccer in the U.S. fifty years ago:

“There wasn’t too much to laugh about in 1967.  The knowledge of the game and what it looked like and how it was played was so strange and foreign to Americans in so many ways. What’s soccer? ‘It’s like kickball.’ No, it’s not like kickball. It’s different. That was the nice people. The nasty people called us communists and midgets. I remember one of the west coast newspapers called us commie midgets. So that went down well.”

Here is the link to this excellent article by Michael Lewis:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/17/america-soccer-league-npsl?CMP=share_btn_fb

Best Article discovered from outside of The Republic this week:

http://thinwhitelinemagazine.com/2017/01/tasmania-to-secede-in-bold-attempt-to-qualify-for-2026-world-cup/

Given that conventional wisdom seems to think that the North American bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a lock, the bold bid from Tasmania described in this article was worrisome.  The Asia Confederation (which Australia is a member) is unable to bid for the 2026 World Cup. Might Tasmania join Oceania instead to get around this rule?  This quote from ESPN.com would seem to throw cold water on any plans Tasmania may harbor to join forces with the Pacific islands.

Oceania’s FIFA vice president, David Chung, said “it makes sense on a rotational basis” for the 2026 edition to return to North America for the first time since the U.S.-hosted 1994 tournament.

Crisis averted.  I did like the shot at England in the article though.