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

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on screen debut

Last month, I announced that I — along with my podcast co-host Jeremy Lance — would be joining the Cincinnati Saints media team to do their play-by-play announcing for all of the Saints and Lady Saints matches this coming summer. But a part of the gig that I didn’t make mention of at the time was that I would also be occasionally recording the Saints Sideline Report, which are semi-regular interviews of the players and coaching staff to help the public get better acquainted with the team and club.

And lucky for you, my first contribution to the Saints Sideline Report is now available for your viewing pleasure.

My first stab at the Saints Sideline Report came at the first training session of the year for the Lady Saints, the Saints’ women’s team. And just like the men — who’s first year it will be playing in the NPSL — the Lady Saints will embarking on their first campaign in the WPSL. The Women’s Premier Soccer League, as it’s formally known, is a second division women’s league in the US soccer pyramid.

This being my first time on camera, I was admittedly a bit nervous to record this interview. Many thanks to the ladies that I interviewed for enduring my awkward first takes — especially to Katie Kristy Zwolski for butchering your name on the first take! But all in all, I’d say it was a good first go.

For further viewing enjoyment, you can also catch the first Saints Sideline Reports filmed by my broadcasting partner Jeremy Lance and sideline reporter Amy Hellkamp after the jump.

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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

ten words or less #84

2010 World Cup Draw

the brazil 2014 world cup draw is one of just many events taking place this week in the world of football.

Well if anything’s for certain, we’re most definitely in the middle of what you might call a “busy stretch” in the world of soccer. Just have a look at the upcoming calendar for this week: the 2014 World Cup Draw is on Friday (more on that below), the MLS Cup Final is this Saturday (more on that below too), and there are two full rounds of matches for the Premier League to play out (with some of those kicking off as early as today)… not to mention the rest of the club fixtures to play out throughout the rest of the world (nothing here, as I’ve only got so much attention to spread around). Never mind all of the other holiday madness here in the states. To be honest, it’s almost too much to keep up with.

And just to crowd things up a bit more, today’s also one of those rare days where I’ll be posting twice: Episode 16 of the WSOTP Pod will be up later this afternoon. I’ve also got some new shirt designs dropping for the WSOTP Shop later this week, too. Just think of it as the opportunity to enjoy a late Thanksgiving feast of footie.

Watch MLS Cup with me; you might win a shirt! – wrongsideofthepond.com

Some teams are going to get SCREWED by the draw. – forbes.com

It appears that Thomas Gravesen is living the life. – yahoo.com

Why MLS should be looking to add more Eastern teams. – massivereport.com

Nike strikes gold yet again with their latest Brazil ad. – youtube.com

Donovan’s best commentating skill? Impressions. – kckrs.com

FIFA’s beautiful new app is as buggy as you’d expect. – play.google.com

A new USLPRO club in Colorado Springs? Not so fast… – csindy.com

The epic trailer for Bob’s upcoming PBS documentary. – theoffsiderules.com

I wish my child would be born Friday in Brazil. – theoriginalwinger.com

ten words of less #83

Military Soccer

cheers to these dudes for A) fighting for our freedom and B) just for attempting to play soccer in army boots. though i’d guess the touch they offer is only slightly worse than those of the original adidas predators.

Though I didn’t plan this out or anything, the fact that this week’s TWOL is very American-soccer heavy is oh-so-ironically perfect timing considering today is Veterans Day. That said of them, none of them have anything to do with veterans themselves. Anyway, many thanks from WSOTP to all of the veterans and current members of the armed forces for protecting my freedom to choose real football over its gridiron cousin.

Also, be sure to watch the blog in the coming weeks as we’ve got some pretty cool developments in the works.

I really wish I was an Ohio University journalism student. – athensjournal.com

Kit man forgets kits; buys knockoffs for team to wear. – football-shirts.co.uk

Being a rookie MLS player still ain’t all that. – buzzfeed.com

I’m admittedly a little jealous of this guy. – inbedwithmaradona.com

Sporting Park is fancy, yo. – digitaltrends.com

How rich: Qatar now accusing others of World Cup murders. – si.com

Timbers’ smart prep, or Merritt’s convenient propaganda opportunity? – kckrs.com

Fitba Thatba‘s newest song is for the Aaron Ramsey fanboys. – youtube.com

Definitely the hottest replication of the Miley-Thicke twerking incident. – vine.com

Finally… more questions starting to be asked of college system. – foxsoccer.com

ten words or less #80

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo meet at training

this is what it looks like when £166 million pounds worth of footballers get together.

I’ve been a little USA-Mexico heavy in this space for the last week or so, and understandably so. And predictably, a little bit of that spills over into this weeks TWOL posting. If you’re feeling a little burnt out on the subject, don’t worry… there’s still a further six links below that aren’t related to that match in any way. So the #USAvMEX talk is slowly dying down, if nothing else. And don’t worry, there’s more coming on the blog tomorrow that doesn’t have anything to do with it either.

However, if you’re wanting even more of the US Soccer coverage, be sure to check out Episode 5 of the WSOTP Pod — a.k.a. the Dos A Cero Special” — and you can hear all my thoughts on all of the festivities that surrounded the epic match in Columbus.

Insight into the USMNT’s most important and stoic star. – buzzfeed.com

Certifiably the worst corner of all time. – telegraph.co.uk

The cyclical rise and fall of Puerto Rican football. – inbedwithmaradona.com

Check out this family-friendly US Soccer supporters group. – redwhiteandbluesbros.com

Who wouldn’t want a Steven Lenhart Chia Pet? – kckrs.com

A.O. BACKTRACKING CONFIRMED. - sportsmyriad.com

The best looking kit in England this year, hands down. – footballshirtculture.com

I promise this isn’t from The Onion. – washingtontimes.com

The Mexican legend of “Dos a Cero de Columbus” explained. – dirtytackle.net

Watch as Fox Soccer dies a quiet, yet odd death. - deadspin.com

ten words or less #79

yeah, the premier league is back... but so is deuce.

yeah, the premier league is back… but so is deuce.

Football is back! Well, it actually never left. After all, we’ve had a litany of international matches and MLS league action to keep us entertained all summer and then some. But for most people — myself included — the soccer equivalent of the main course was finally served up over the weekend in the form of the return of the British Premier League. It was a super interesting opening weekend with some really interesting results… but I’ll be dishing about those in full in the next episode of the WSOTP Pod which is due to go up later today.

But while you’re patiently awaiting that to go up, I figured I could keep you entertained with the latest roundup of links that tickled my fancy over the last week or so. And while some deal with topics across the pond, many focus on all of the glorious football we’ve been feasting on all summer.

Duece’s one day media blitz was insane. - mlssoccer.com

GoPro view of Manchester City training is freaking awesome. – theoriginalwinger.com

Who’s submitting their CV for the vacant England U-21 job? - thefacareers.com

Brian Phillips entertaining dive into the USMNT’s sexy ugly past. – grantland.com

I was interviewed about NYC pro soccer by a Brazilian blog. – verminosos.com.br

Bradford City only like fat people. – mirror.co.uk

I never figured this would be soccer’s “in” in America. – thepostgame.com

An excellent proposal for an EPL All-Star game. – behance.com

Kyle Martino has some really interesting thoughts. – philly.com

When it rains, it pours. – dirtytackle.net

ten words or less #78

i feel pretty safe saying i’m even more excited about the premier league getting ready to start than the now famous ted lasso.

I don’t know about you, but I am super freaking excited about the upcoming kickoff to the Premier League season. You might have been able to tell that even if you skipped reading all of this at the top too, seeing as how three of the links in this latest edition of Tens Words or Less are Tottenham related. Yeah, Gareth Bale might be leaving. But even if he does, I’m still really excited for the increased coverage the English top flight will receive Stateside this term.

But before you go assuming that I’ll just forget about the domestic game now that European soccer is about to kick back into full swing, let me remind you just how dedicated I am…. BY GIVING AWAY FREE USA-MEXICO WORLD CUP QUALIFIER TICKETS, POSSIBLY EVEN TO YOU. Just in case you hadn’t heard about it. So don’t doubt me.

Anyway, enjoy the links below as you day-dream about the upcoming Premier League season OR attending the biggest US Men’s National Team game of the year. Whatever suits you best.

Spurs bring in new manager Ted Lasso… from ‘MERICA. - youtube.com

You hear that… soccer players are stylish. – mensjournal.com

Seven excellent suggestions for new Crew owner Anthony Precourt. – massivereport.com

Pessimism is ingrained in American soccer; that needs to change. – espnfc.com

Another effort to launch a possibly interesting World Cup documentary. – kickstarter.

If NYCFC pulls off this Manhattan stadium, I’ll be flabbergasted. – 101greatgoals.com

Gareth Bale to leave Spurs to become… a male model? - esquire.co.uk

Brilliant trolling. - twitter.com/JimmyConrad

The dread felt when your club tries to sign Suárez. - arseblog.com

Some excellent shots of White Hart Lane’s illustrious history. – whoateallthepies.tv

an interview with professional soccer documentary director shilpi gupta

through soccer, shilpi gupta aims to help change the lives of teens around the world.

through soccer, shilpi gupta aims to help change the lives of teens around the world. (photo credit: Taneisha Berg)

Looking back over the last few years of my writing, you find that most of the thousands upon thousands of the words I’ve written have been spent talking about the beautiful game itself: the players, the teams, the managers, the fans and the culture that surrounds it.

But in all the time I’ve spent grumbling over failed strategies and transfers, or singing the praises of the great things I’ve watched take place on the pitch, I’ve actually talked very little about the good things the game of soccer is really capable of accomplishing. And that’s a shame. Because with love of the game nearly universal across the globe, the sport has the unique power to be used as a vehicle for social change on every continent and in nearly every country and culture.

And what better way to learn just how the game is capable of giving back to the world that adores it than to speak to someone who actually keeps track of such things with video.

Enter Shilpi Gupta. An award-winning director  – her documentary When the Storm Came won the prestigious Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival — Shilpi’s latest project takes an intimate look at how soccer can inspire peace among teenagers from around the world. Changing the Game follows three sets of teens from inner-city Philadelphia, AIDS-ravaged South Africa, and war-torn Israel and Palestine on their journeys from their homelands to compete in South Africa at the Football for Peace Festival as part of the 2010 World Cup.

Shilpi spoke with me about how she chose to focus on soccer’s powerful reach, about the children whom the game has helped rise above their chaotic backgrounds, and her progress on bringing Changing the Game to screens the world over. Continue reading

ten words or less #76

Paulinho in Tears at his last press conference for Corinthians

for some players, like new spurs acquisition paulinho, transfer season is so intense that it brings them to tears.

The European transfer season is upon us, and players, agents and club chairmen are crisscrossing the globe in search of pay days, pay days and pay days respectively. Keeping up with it is nearly impossible — there are those who try, with some better than others – and not something I plan on attempting any time soon. What rumors are true? Is that source safe? For many fans, filtering through it all every summer can be extremely stressful. And still for others, it’s a time of excitement. But regardless of how you feel about it, one things is for sure: with all of the wheelings and dealings set to go down over the next two months, it’s easy to be left with your head spinning.

So if you’re looking for a little break from the rampant speculation and baseless hype, I’ve kept the transfer fodder to a minimum in this week’s TWOL. 

Want to know why transfer windows are called silly seasons? – sbnation.com

The MLS All-Star shirt is unique, maybe even cool. – foortball-shirts.co.uk

Practice safe sex with Ronaldinho and Atlético Mineiro. – kckrs.com

Peep the excellent Crew fan art of Massive City FFC. – massivecityffc.com

Freaking out about Baldini at Spurs? You shouldn’t be. – goal.com

Buy me any of these and be my new BFF. – hypebeast.com

OKC goes from zero to two clubs: a good idea? – newsok.com

Why Abramovich, Qatar, Abu Dhabi have bought their football clubs. – youtube.com

Nike can turn any open space into a pitch. - mipista.es (WARNING: Spanish)

Orlando plans to join MLS: hectic but well-planned. - scoringthird.com