ten words or less #97

Landon Donovan's Final USMNT Match

With tomorrow being the final chapter in Landon Donovan’s US national team book — at least from a playing perspective — many in the sphere of American soccer are busy peddling homages to the man’s career. I’m certainly guilty of it too, though I wrote mine back in August. I had contemplated making this latest edition of TWOL my ten favorite odes to LD, but honestly it just felt like people making the same points over and over. So I scrapped that concept, however I did still manage to include my favorite of the bunch in link #1 below. Nestled below that? A smattering of some of the other excellent reads I’ve come across in the last week and a half.

Enjoy the links, enjoy Landycake’s last ever match in national team colors, and prepare yourself for a full run down on the #NewCrew event in Columbus last night in the next day or so.

Landon Donovan’s biggest obstacle to greatness? His brain. – soccergods.com

These guys built a Pool-Ball table, and I’m super jealous. – facebook.com

Why the USL PRO-MLS partnership is already producing dividends. – mlssoccer.com

Well that’s going to be awkward for United. – telegraph.co.uk

Four MASL clubs decided they’ll play by their own rules. – syracuse.com

The big chance for Indian football. – inbedwithmaradona.com

A cool visualization of the most recent MLS Salary release. – stathunter.com

Hurdles/politics have forced Sacramento to rethink their MLS approach. – empireofsoccer.net

The FA’s poorly thought out revisions for foreign work permits. – weaintgotnohistory.com

Reason #479 why Real Salt Lake are good. – sltrib.com

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ten words or less #96

Frank Lampard of Manchester City

just one of the cornucopia of stories that came out just this past weekend: frank lampard’s manchester city debut.

As Americans, we’ve reached a weird point in the soccer calendar. Just as we’re getting warmed up to and getting a feel for the European season, we’re getting to “squeaky bum time” in the MLS season with the playoffs just around the corner. And because of that, it sure seems like there’s more news pouring out of the sport than ever. But worry not, WSOTP has been scouring the web to bring you the picks of the litter. So dive into my favorite links from around the world of football from the last week or so, and stay tuned for even more content as the week progresses.

“Spurs are not for sale”, but a bid’s been received. – tottenhamhotspur.com

Joel Campbell has enough time to create a sports website. – sports.bycampbell.com

Robbing the rich and giving it to the… rich. – independent.co.uk

Gothamist get’s Don Garber to dish on all things MLS. – gothamist.com

Lighting up a pitch by capturing power from the players. – cbsnews.com

The 50 best players according to FIFA 15. – theguardian.com

Every USLPRO side pays for playoff travel expenses. – recklesschallenge.net

Don’t expect a soccer specific stadium in Boston anytime soon. – boston.com

Finally an alternative solution to watching Bundesliga in the US. – bundesligafanatic.com

So “Chivas TBD” might take a year or two off. – si.com

 

ten words or less #95

New Tottenham signing Federico Fazio

The much loved — and maligned — summer transfer window will be slamming shut over the weekend, which means we’ll see a bevy of rumors either materialize into reality or fail to come to fruition. And for that reason, supporters around the globe will either be praising the arrivals of new saviors or end up cursing the chairmen for their supposedly penny-pinching ways. Rule number one over the next few days: don’t believe everything you read. Or at bare minimum, be sure to take them with a sizable grain of salt.

So with all of the stress that’s sure to come to pass over the next few days, I’m going to do my best to avoid transfer stories in this latest links round up. Keen observers will notice I did slip one in there, though we can blame its presence on me opting to take a dig at my favorite club’s rival supporters.

In the madness, dont’ forget that there’s also a full slate of European and domestic action on the docket this weekend, too. So there should be more than enough to distract you from dealings of your favorite club.

Sitting in the wrong section requires tremendous restraint. – telegraph.co.uk

My favorite ‘Jermaine Jones to MLS Saga’ reaction. – hottimeinoldtown.com

The last sentence in paragraph one should terrify Arsenal supporters. – si.com

Chris Rolfe needs to join the FFA. – washingtonpost.com

A ranking of every generation of Nike’s Mercurial line. – sneakerreport.com

People will still talk about analytics… it’ll just be commonplace. – 21stclub.com

How exactly does spraying teammates with piss build camaraderie? – kob.com

Puma learns a lesson in internet trolling. – eveningstandard.co.uk

Paul Carr did an increasingly-rare, excellent Reddit AMA. – reddit.com/

ten words or less #94

WSOTP - Matchday - BPL Opener 14-15

come watch the premier league with WSOTP in cincinnati.

Have you fully recovered from the World Cup yet? With the weekend marking the return of the Premier League, you better be.

Though I’ve not really had much of a break this summer thanks to the World Cup and MLS and working the TV broadcasts for the Cincinnati Saints, I’m surprisingly still amped up for the return of the world’s most popular club competition. No burnout for this guy. Yet anyway. If you need to get a preview of the season still, be sure to check out the Season 2 opening episode of the WSOTP Podcast — we’ll be sure to help get you in the mood.

As is normally the case, WSOTP will once again be helping to host an opening day watch party at Cincinnati’s Rhinehaus. Be sure to come and join us on Saturday morning, when we’ll be joined by the Lyric: Food that Rocks food truck for some delicious brunch to pair with your beer and footie.

And before I forget, here are ten of my favorite links from the last week.

Why exactly does nobody care about the US Open Cup? – topdrawersoccer.com

Ted Lasso is the best. – youtube.com

BVB throwing a tiny kitchen sink at Reus to stay. – transfermarkt.de

(WARNING: Link is in German)

The folks in Sacramento seem pretty damn confident. – recklesschallenge.net

Not sure why, but I really dig the new Bayern aways. – football-shirts.co.uk

The girls really don’t want to play on plastic. – washingtonpost.com

Whether wanted or not, third party ownership is football’s future. – espnfc.com

I’m sick of the promotion/relegation debate. – sportingnews.com

Bob Bradley lays it down on a Norwegian commentator. – facebook.com

Now a commentator myself, I’ll take this as dogma. – theoriginalwinger.com

ten words or less #93

DC United's RFK Stadium

after taking a week off for vacation, i’m diving back into the blog with the latest stop on the WSOTP stadium guide tour: DC’s RFK stadium.

Ah vacation… you were much needed. After a month of World Cup to digest, my brain and Twitter feed certainly needed the rest. So after spending a week with my family on an isolated lake in South Carolina, I’m now back and ready to dip my foot into the pools of world football once again.

But instead of just easing back into things, I’m kicking things off with a bang. Tonight I’ll be making my next WSOTP MLS Stadium Guide stop by the above pictured RFK stadium in our nation’s capital to watch the Eastern Conference leading DC United take on a surprise Chivas USA side that’s punching well above expectations. You can expect a full detailed write-up to visiting the league’s oldest — and possibly most historic — stadium later this week.

In the mean time, here are a collection of some of my favorite links from the last few weeks to tide you over.

The greatest match of soccer you’ve never heard of. – medium.com

MLS All-Stars to face Bayern is very USMNT-heavy. – mlssoccer.com

Things are getting pretty bad in Ukraine. – mirror.co.uk

When no space for a pitch… make one. – theoriginalwinger.com

Brazil won’t be winning any fans back with this choice. – espnfc.com

RSL adding a new affiliate — and stadium — in Salt Lake? – sltrib.com

If it ain’t broke… – estaticos.sport.es

Wonder who Klinsmann will take to Russia? Start here. – sbnation.com

Everybody hates Jack Wilshire. – sportsmole.co.uk

This pub played the odds during Brazil-Germany… and lost. – bbc.com

ten words or less #92

come out and enjoy a WSOTP podcast before the USMNT v ghana game!

come out and enjoy a WSOTP podcast before the USMNT v ghana game!

Without a doubt, this has been one of the best World Cups I’ve ever had the privilege to witness, and this is my seventh. Goals galore. Drama out the wazoo. Zero draws. It’s the kind of action that doesn’t leave the soccer haters much room for bitching, and I’m smiling ear to ear because of it. And with the US kicking off today, there may very well be more of that in store. Though hopefully all in our favor.

If you somehow missed it, those in or near Cincinnati should come down to Fountain Square to catch Cincinnati Saints and Hoist’s live watch party for the US game tonight! The WSOTP Podcast team — myself and Jeremy Lance — will be recording a podcast live an hour before kickoff at 5pm, so definitely make your way out for that. We’ll have food, activities for the kids, appearances from the Saints team… and beer. Yeah, beer.

And in the mean time, below you’ll find a collection of my favorite links from the opening few days of action in Brazil.

Listen to Brazil celebrating their goals against Croatia. – vimeo.com

Der Kaiser, say it ain’t so! – soccerbyives.com

Japanese fans are more respectful than you. – aztecadeportes.com

Just read ZonalMarking.net. It’s totally worth it. – zonalmarking.net

I sure hope Michael washed his hands in the bathroom. – espn.com

Watching the World Cup as a pro… who’s not there. – fusion.net

Can Spurs please sign Danny Blind? Thanks. – reddit.com/u/non-relevant

A pessimistic Spain fan made bank on his side’s loss. – dirtytackle.net

Ghana are conserving energy so they can watch our game. – qz.com

This is why Spain lost. – theoriginalwinger.com

ten words or less #91

Win the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup poster

follow @wrongsideofthepond and @sportsposters on twitter for a chance to win the official world cup poster!

The World Cup is so close I can smell it, like it’s literally around the corner from my desk, staring at me, waiting for me come up and warmly embrace it and breath in its Amazonian musk. Or maybe that’s just me? Either way, the excitement in the lead up to the tournament is building at an almost exponential rate, and for that reason, more and more of the links I’ve stumbled across in the last few days has been Brazil 2014-related. So I threw together this special World Cup edition of Ten Words or Less to share the love.

And if you’re not yet feeling the proper amount of excitement for the World Cup, brace yourself for this: my friends at Sports Poster Warehouse have kindly offered to award one of our readers a free copy of the Official World Cup Poster, picture to the right! All you have to do to enter is take the two easy steps below:

  1. Follow both @wrongsideofpond and @SportsPosters on Twitter.
  2. Send me a tweet at @wrongsideofpond using the hashtag #PosterizeMe.

We’ll select a winner from the entries the Sunday evening, and the winner will be contacted via Twitter DM that evening. If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected. So hurry up get on with it! Oh yeah, and have a peep at the links below!

WSOTP World Cup wall chart for your wall/cubicle. – wrongsideofthepond.com

The World Cup’s biggest duel? Probably Nike vs Adidas. –  businessweek.com

Celebrate the World Cup with… specialty McDonald’s fry packaging?
– mcdonalds.com

The full story behind the Denim Kit. – slate.com

FYI: a World Cup “Panini” is not a sandwich. – newyorktimes.com

Want to see every kit for this year’s tournament? – telegraph.co.uk

Croatian World Cup beer commercials are well done… and intense. – youtube.com

Umm… what? – ussoccer.com

Italy: only World Cup side without a player in England. – reddit.com/u/reddripper

I’m guessing Assou-Ekotto wants credit for this. – theoriginalwinger.com

ten words or less #90

Columbus Crew forward Dominic Oduro and his pizza hair

yes, that is pizza shaved into dominic oduro’s head.

I have to admit that I have been a really lousy writer lately. The last full length article I wrote was published over two weeks ago, and it was nearly a fortnight in between that one and the article previous to it. Yeah, I’ve been giving you guys semi-regular Pic of the Week posts, the occasional Ten Words or Less, and a smattering of new shirts and other posts bloggings — not to mention Jeremy and I have continued to deliver our weekly podcast — but I’ve really gotten away from what this site was originally all about: the writing. For those of you who come here for that, I’ll aim to deliver in the near future and thanks for your patience.

That said, I have been working behind the scenes on some really big projects. Need some proof? How about the just-released 2014 NPSL and WPSL schedule posters for the Cincinnati Saints, which I had the privilege of designing. And tomorrow, the Saints and I will also be revealing an even bigger announcement that has been in the works for some time now. It’s seriously huge, so be sure to stay tuned.

In the mean time, below is a choice selection of my favorite links from the past week or so to hold you over.

Dani Alves eating the banana that was thrown at him. – vine.com

Call me boring, but I’d pick to be Philipp Lahm. – youtube.com/nikesoccer

Financial Fair Play’s true intent? Wage and fee inflation control. – thescore.com

Dear Atlanta: do NOT use any of these names. – bizjournals.com

Yes, Barcelona have developed some great players, but…  – bleacherreport.com

My birthday is in June, in case anyone was wondering. – camporetro.com

Dr. Evil’s boardroom or FIFA Executive Committee boardroom? – dirtytackle.net

This should please the Everton faithful. – metro.co.uk

Choosing the right league at launch: easier said than done. – mlssoccer.com

All things considered, Ryan Giggs’ dad seems like a prick. – bleacherreport.com

ten words or less #89

DC United forward Chris Rolfe

friend of WSOTP, chris rolfe will find himself in new digs this weekend after being traded from chicago to DC.

It’s been ages since my last links round up piece — okay, so it’s just been over a month. But a month can seem like ages in a house with an infant. And in the spirit of full disclosure, I needed to get this latest Ten Words or Less published before some of the links below become no longer relevant. And with the collection of links below spanning nearly the entire spectrum of professional soccer — from World Cup stories to the Premier League, from the Major Indoor Soccer League to USLPRO to Major League soccer, and from footie gear to soccer broadcasting — this is a links round up not to miss.

To new beginnings. – mlssoccer.com

Ian Darke stars in probably the best ESPN commercial ever. – youtube.com/espn

I really wish Chelsea would stop making kits I like. – footballfashion.org

The MISL is dissolving and it’s getting really ugly. – thebluestatement.com

BeIN Sport have made a vuvezela that changes the channel. – therichest.com

I am 100% behind making this the next MLS rebrand. – thegoatparade.com

Please don’t tell me this is a permanent home. – daytondutchlionsfc.com

Some people prefer Spanish commentary… I’m not one of them. – npr.org

I’m a non believer, but these football Tarot Cards rock. – designfootball.com

Some day… Nike will send me these, too. Some day. – theoriginalwinger.com

ten words or less #88

Alan Pardew Headbutting David Meyler

from some angles, you could see how it looks like pardew and meyler were just having an intimate moment. howard webb even looks jealous.

It’s been a big week here at WSOTP, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world of football has stopped spinning. Champions League knockout round first legs wrapped up, European action abounded, World Cup news continued streaming, MLS preseason concluded, not to mention the upcoming round of international friendlies on the horizon. And when I wasn’t busy soaking up all of the attention of dropping an announcement of my own, I did manage some time to jot down some of my favorite links in between my moments in the limelight. And no, nothing has gone to my head. So enjoy the links, plebians.

ESPN/ABC schedule for the World Cup… better schedule vacation now.
– espnmediazone.com

Landon makes me laugh and respect him more at once. – kckrs.com

Such an afterthought, even its cup is shitty. – vine.com

I’m really surprised we haven’t seen this already. Ingenious. – fcbusiness.co.uk

Hey Nike… quit teasing us and show us the boots! – youtube.com/nikesoccer

The only Chivas USA re-brand that really makes sense. – theoriginalwinger.com

I miss you, Gareth. – reddit.com/r/soccer

Re-igniting the “is heading bad for brains” debate. – cnn.com

Someone get this for me for Oktoberfest this year. – football-shirts.co.uk

The Crew win a (preseason) trophy! – thecrew.com