Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pay Attention, Parents

The sign below was posted on a family member's Facebook page as we get ready for baseball season.  Although it is from a Little League Baseball field, it's message is just as important to youth soccer and for that matter all other youth sports.

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Enjoy the spring season!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mexican Refs Walk

Referees in Mexico refused to officiate games in the top division last weekend, protesting what they said was light punishment of two players who assaulted officials.  As reported in the New York Times, one player shoved a ref after a red card and another from a different team head-butted an official.  The referees reported both players for “aggression,” which could have led to yearlong suspensions. But the league’s disciplinary committee issued eight- and 10-match suspensions for the lesser offense of “attempted aggression.”  The Times said refs showed up for a match Friday but refused to take the field so the game was not played.  Matches on Saturday and Sunday also were not played.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mallory Pugh

.Good story on Yahoo Sports last week about Mallory Pugh of U.S. WNT.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Standing For The United States

As reported in today's New York Times, U.S. Soccer will now require national team players to stand during the playing of the national anthem.  The new rule is apparently in response to Megan Rapinoe, who knelt during the playing of the anthem before a friendly against Thailand as well as before a match with her club team,  the Seattle Reign. 

For those who howl "she has a right of free speech":  no she doesn't when it comes to a non-governmental entity such as U.S. Soccer.  A governmental agency may not require someone to stand during the Star Spangled Banner, but an employer may.  And that aside, if an athlete is representing the United States, she should show respect for the country.  She is certainly free to express her opinions on Twitter, to the media or whatever, but when it comes to the national anthem, it is not unreasonable to expect American athletes to show respect. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Carli Lloyd Off to Manchester City

It's official: Carli Lloyd has signed with Manchester City in time for the F.A. Women's Super League season, the F.A. Cup and the UEFA Champions League.  In June she will return to her NWSL team, the Houston Dash for the second half of its season.

“I’ve always had the desire to play abroad,” Lloyd told Andrew Das of the New York Times today. “And this is pretty much the year to do it. There’s no World Cup. There’s no Olympics. So it just made sense.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Budesliga Clock Ticking for Hamburger S.V.

The New York Times today reported on Hamburger Sport Verein (HSV), the only team to have played in the Bundesliga continuously since its founding in 1963, and its struggles to remain in the first division.  Coach P wrote about HSV's close calls with relegation back in May.

The Hamburg club maintains a clock showing how many years (53), days, hours, minutes and seconds it has played in the top level.  But if the team does not pick it up in the remaining 15 games, the clock will stop ticking.

The bottom two teams are automatically relegated to the second division.  The 16th or third from last team, which is where HSV sits now, plays a two game series with the third place team in the second division for promotion to the first division.  HSV has played in that series before.

This year, with 15 matches remaining, Hamburg is in 16th place, just one point ahead of FC Ingolstadt 04.  (Werder Bremen as the same number of points - 16 - but is two better in goal differential.  If the season ended today HSV would be in a familiar position of playing a two game fight for life. 

There are 15 games left to play.  Here's hoping HSV can spring to life and move up as few notches to spare its fans the tension and keep the clock ticking.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

12 Cities Vie For 4 New MLS Franchises

MLS has received bids from 12 cities competing for an anticipated four expansion teams in the coming years.  That would take the league to 28 teams.

A summary of each bid is at the MLS website.  The cities competing are Charlotte, Nashville, Indianapolis, Detroit, Phoenix, St. Louis, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and San Diego.  All have at least one team in the other four major sports.  St. Louis and Tampa Bay had teams in the old North American Soccer League.  Long before that St. Louis had a soccer history as one of the country's hotbeds. 

No word on when the winning bids will be announced.