Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com. Graham Zusi (pictured above) was one of the key contributors in the victory over Jamaica this past Tuesday.
By Ben Liebing
When ESPN’s British commentator Ian Darke hailed the U.S. Men’s team by saying their first half play “was verging on brilliant,” I knew that I wasn’t just a blindly elated fan.
This week, on September 11th itself, the men’s soccer team took the field in Columbus, Ohio to play their second World Cup qualifying match in as many weeks. Having lost to Jamaica in Kingston (for the first time ever), just the week before, there was a lot of that “must win” talk circling the TV waves during the usual pre-game formalities.
I was skeptical. Every fan that pays much attention to U.S. soccer learns to live with a certain level of anxiety. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing Brazil in a final or the island dot called Barbados in a qualifier – for every match in recent memory, you’re just never sure what kind of American team is going to show up. Sometimes they’re great, other times they look like a junior high team trying to keep up with the varsity boys in practice. Continue reading
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Tagged Barbados, Barcelona, Ben Liebing, Bob Bradley, Brazil, Clint Dempsey, English Premier League, Graham Zusi, Hercules Gomez, Ian Darke, Jamaica, Jurgen Klinsmann, Landon Donovan, Real Madrid, Steve Cherundolo, World Cup
Photo courtesy of goal.blogs.nytimes.com. Dempsey (left) and Messi (right). Two greats, together in pursuit.
By Ben Liebing
Let’s start with the little man, Lionel Messi:
It’s only fair that we start with the best, and end with the rest. Having been the butt of criticism over the past several years that he performs miraculously with his club team, but bombs while playing for his own country, Lionel Messi did just a bit to quiet the naysayers down.
This weekend, while playing a World Cup qualifier against rival South American country Paraguay, the “little man” from Argentina netted yet another feat of footballing genius. By now commonly regarded as the best player in the world, and by some (Argentinians, and myself) regarded as the best player of all time, Messi this weekend showed the international community once again what all the hype is about. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured above) as usual played an instrumental role in leading Real Madrid to victory at the Supercopa.
By Ben Liebing
Ben Liebing is a Cincinnati native with a passion for the world, and the world’s sport. While living overseas, the infectious soccer culture that infects the planet outside of America got a hold of his fanhood. He was exposed to the “beautiful game” and hasn’t looked back. When Ben says “football,” he means soccer…by which he means football. But you get it.
This week in the world of the sport that most of the world refers to as football (a ballgame actually played with feet, not hands and conical pigskins), but which Americans term SOCCER…
THE SPANISH SUPERCUP:
Much to my dismay, Real Madrid walked away with the cup after getting the better of FC Barcelona in the 2nd leg of the aggregate match, which was at the Bernebau in Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo was in fine form – especially as he scored early by taking a long ball at midfield, flicking it forward over his head with his heel, and grounding one past Victor Valdez, the keeper for Barça. It was one of those plays you see only from the very best in the world; and from them, maybe only a handful of times per season. Well done CR7. Continue reading
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Tagged Aston Villa, Ben Liebing, Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, Cristiano Ronaldo, English Premier League, Everton, FC Barcelona, Fulham, Iker Casillas, Jose Mourihno, Lionel Messi, Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Supercopa, Tim Howard, Tottenham, UEFA Champion's League, Victor Valdez
Photo courtesy of guestofaguest.com. Two former number ones left Madrid as Champions. Will Roger Federer (left) and Serena Williams (right) both make deep runs at the French Open?
By Josh Kramer
Playoffs, playoffs, and more playoffs. It is a great time of year in sports. And the best part is the playoffs are just starting to really heat up as we enter the later rounds for both the NBA and NHL. Last week was a blast and the English Premier League’s heart stopping finale was the cherry on top, but this week should be a good one in its own right. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. Despite a good few months until the NFL season officially kicks off, the trash talking and storylines are just as juicy as ever. Chad Ochocino has warned Goodell at the possible storm that seems inevitable in the wake of Junior Seau’s death and the heavy emphasis on head trauma. In addition, two familiar NFC East foes were jabbering during yesterday’s holiday. Osi Umenyiora wished LeSean McCoy, a “Happy Mother’s Day.” Lastly, the Vince Young train has landed in Buffalo. Talk about a major bust. It may only be May, but the excitement is mounting. Who else is excited for some NFL football?
4. Madrid was full of surprises over the course of the past week. In the end though, two familiar faces came out victorious (Roger Federer and Serena Williams). Many of the top players were none too pleased with the blue clay. Maybe this displeasure correlates to the frustration that opponents feel when they travel to Idaho to take on Boise State in football ? Either way, the French Open is nearly upon us. Next stop Rome though for what is always a great event. Continue reading
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Tagged Boston Red Sox, Bryce Harper, Buffalo Bills, Chad Ochocinco, Chicago Bulls, Derek Jeter, Derrick Rose, English Premier League, French Open, Josh Hamilton, Junior Seau, LeSean McCoy, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NFC East, NHL, Oklahoma City Thunder, Osi Umenyiora, Philadelphia Phillies, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Stanley Cup, Vince Young