Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sounders Outpace Mariners in Ticket Sales

The Seattle Sounders FC may be the upstarts on the local sports scene, but the new pro soccer team appears to be having little trouble attracting sponsors and ticket buyers.

That’s despite a recession and competition with the Seattle Mariners, who also are selling tickets and sponsorships leading up to their season start in April.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bellamy Haunts Former Clubs

Manchester City tied Liverpool today, and Bellamy notched the goal for City. Time and time again you see former players take revenge on their former clubs.

This was the fourth time this season that Bellamy has scored against a former club, having netted for West Ham against Newcastle and Blackburn, and for City also against Newcastle.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

One of the Best Keepers in the EPL: Tim Howard

Some high praise for Tim Howard:

Moyes praised American goalkeeper Tim Howard for a 61st-minute save that prevented Villa striker John Carew from equalizing for what would have been a 2-2 tie. Howard played after recovering from a leg injury he sustained in the United States' 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Mexico on Wednesday.

"Tim came back from the USA's match with a terrible leg injury," Moyes said. "Frankly, he had no chance of playing at that point. But he wanted to give it a go and made a crucial save that was the turning point."

From SFGate.com

Friday, February 13, 2009

Beckham Heads Back to LA?

I find this hard to believe. I don't think this is over. In some ways, doesn't the MLS want Beckham to play at the highest level? No. This is business, but will this come back to haunt them? Beckham doesn't want to play for LA. Can't he buyout his contract? Either way, Beckham has an out clause and thus will be gone in a year.

David Beckham will rejoin the Los Angeles Galaxy next month after AC Milan declined to make a higher bid before a deadline passed for reaching an agreement to acquire the English midfielder.

Beckham told the Galaxy he wanted to stay with the Italian club, which made an initial offer that was rejected by the Major League Soccer team. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber set yesterday’s deadline to complete a potential transfer.

“We did not receive an acceptable offer,” Galaxy Head Coach Bruce Arena said last night in a statement. “As a result, David remains an LA Galaxy player and we look forward to having him back with the club starting March 9.”


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

U.S. Win Sheds Light on More Than Dominance Over Mexico

For many American, Mexican and worldwide observers, the United States’ 2-0 victory over Mexico in Columbus on Wednesday (Ring a bell?) symbolizes the official shift in power of the region’s best team from Mexico to the U.S.

The win means that the United States Men’s National Team is now 9-0-2 at home against Mexico since 2000, with many of the results being by the familiar score of 2-0, or “Dos a cero,” as some U.S. fans tauntingly chant. It also means that Mexico has all but given up its right to claim supremacy in the CONCACAF region.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Quakes Get Amway

And they might get Beckham - at least visiting.

Alioto said any Beckham losses to the Quakes would be more than offset by their recent sponsorship deal with Amway. Because Amway also sponsors AC Milan, the deal might even lead to a Quakes-AC Milan exhibition match this year, he said. "We might have David Beckham here anyway."

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Etoo: Stadium Steward

Etoo has to be one of my favorite players, his earnestness for the team is infectious, and here he just wants to get the game started again so Barcelona can win. Check it out over at TheOffside.com.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Brandon Prideaux Interview

Came across this interview with Brandon Prideaux from a while back, but I liked this answer he gave about not being selfish. It's very hard to be a good teammate when you're not playing. Not saying you should stick with a team if you're not getting a chance, but if your team is winning, you've got to support the team:

While you may not be an all-star, you seem to be part of successful sides wherever you go. What is it you try to bring to your club everyday?

My competitiveness. I really want to win, no matter what. I’m willing to do whatever it takes. If that means sacrificing for the team, I’ll do it. I had a year (2004) back in D.C., when I played half the season and toward the end I wasn’t playing. That was one of the most special years for me personally. We won it and I ended up swallowing my pride and doing what was best for the team. That’s the most important thing if you want to have success, to do what’s best for the team and organization, and not be selfish. I look back on that year, to be on the bench I could’ve been down and drug the team down, and been a bad locker room guy. I think I did the opposite. I tried to keep a good attitude and work hard in training. Most successful teams are filled with character guys, players who think of the team first.

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