Ramblings of the Purest Form

No special topic this time.  I’m just rambling…

By now you’ve probably heard that Brazil won the bid for the 2016 summer Olympics.  Did you also hear that they are hosting the 2014 World Cup as well?  Does anyone else find this to be unfair?  President Obama went to make his pitch for Chicago and the U.S. lost, earlier this year he did the same for the U.S. hosting the 2018 World Cup.  Am I the only one who doesn’t feel good about the greatest tournament known to man not coming back the good ole’ U. S. of A. anytime soon?
MLS DC United Earthquakes Soccer

Now Josh, what have we told you about fighting before?

Did you see the clip of a goalie stomping on an opposing player after he scored?  No it wasn’t a kids league game or in some third world country.  Josh Wicks, of D.C. United, stomped on Seattle Sounders’ forward Freddy Montero in the U.S. Open Cup championship after Montero scored.  Wicks was later punished for his actions.  But really…HOW DID YOU THINK YOU’D GET AWAY WITH IT?  You’re not helping the with the whole “MLS is legit” argument.  For the record, I was at the match and on a scale of 1 to Dumb, Wicks’ reaction was really dumb.

While watching some video research for my Dutch Digest column I came to an important question.  Do American soccer players have a style of play?  Let me explain: Brazilians dance, the Dutch flow, the Spanish look like their playing to the sound of jazz and the Germans, they play strong.  In my research, I found a player in the Eredivisie whose style of play I enjoy.  But when I studied him more, he didn’t “flow” like the rest of the Dutch greats.  His play reminded me of American soccer.  But if you asked me what American soccer style is, I’d stumble in my poor explanation.  So I ask you again, do American soccer players their own style of play?

If you’re from the Maryland area or just follow American soccer, you may remember talk of D.C. United moving to Prince George’s County at one time.  That plan eventually failed.  Well there is a new report coming out of Baltimore, that Maryland Mayor Sheila Dixon is asking the Maryland Stadium Authority for permission to build a new stadium in hopes to lure United to Baltimore.  There were mixed reviews when United thought they were moving to PG county, as much as Baltimore would be cool (since I live there) I’m not sure it would go over any better.  If United does indeed have to move one day, the Virginia area is a hotbed for soccer and an ideal location.  Although it’s a longer distance away it would be best for the team in the long run in my opinion.

JoseTorres

Score one for the U.S.

U.S. Soccer fans, incase you missed it, Jose Torres just sent the Mexican Soccer Federation a giant F-U.  Appearing on the Univision channel, he sat down for an interview to talk football.  But what he also did was show up in his U.S. Soccer polo.  Born and raised in Texas, but having an Mexican father, Torres chose the U.S. over Mexico for his national team duties this past winter.  Torres quietly reminded everyone who he plays for and represents.  Now if I only understood Spanish enough to translate the interview…

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