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Archive for July 2010

More On The Phoenix Monsoon

As promised, an interview with Phoenix Monsoon point man Stu Starkey, wherein he touches on their plans to play in 2011 in a “Western Soccer Conference” along with at least three and hopefully five to seven other teams in California and Arizona, a potential home venue and the long-term goals for the team. Quick thoughts:… (read more)

Phoenix Monsoon To Play in 2011

Phoenix will have a professional outdoor soccer team in 2011, but where and against which teams it will play are still up in the air. I had the chance tonight to speak to Stu Starkey, the man behind the Phoenix Monsoon. The Monsoon intends to play next summer in something called the Western Soccer Conference,… (read more)


This is a fairly clever ad promoting the Kansas City Wizards’ under-construction stadium1. I like the cut of the Wizards’ ownership group’s jib, to be honest – not just in this ad, but in the way they go about things. They get it. That said, am I the only one who’s skeptical about The Power… (read more)

PDL Playoffs Set

The playoff picture in the USL’s Premier Development League became clear over the weekend and 16 teams will play next weekend for the right to advance to the final four August 6-7. Here’s the schedule as just released: Eastern Conference Championship (At Ottawa) Saturday, July 31 #1 Reading United AC vs. #2 MPS Portland Phoenix,… (read more)

Taking Attendance, 7/26/2010

Here are the latest unofficial attendance figures for the various levels of soccer in the USA (and, occasionally, Canada). MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER G Total Average Seattle Sounders FC 10 361,590 36,159 Philadelphia Union 5 113,097 22,619 Toronto FC 9 184,449 20,494 Los Angeles Galaxy 8 162,523 20,315 Real Salt Lake 9 149,685 16,632 New York… (read more)

Team Handball Highlights: Germany vs. Poland, 7/17/2010

The “Battle of Chicago” matched the national handball teams of Germany and Poland at the UIC Pavilion last Saturday afternoon. If you missed it, various Comcast regional sports networks will be showing it (and the USA/Los Angeles match) over the next few weeks, so check your local listings. But here are some highlights of the… (read more)

Team Handball Highlights: USA vs. Los Angeles, 7/17/2010

If you missed last Saturday’s rare exposure for team handball on television, don’t worry, Comcast affiliates around the country will be showing it again over the next few weeks. But here are some highlights of the match between the US National Team and the Los Angeles Team Handball Club. The US men’s and women’s teams… (read more)

Programming Note

Team handball gets major exposure this weekend with two games on television. The US Men’s National Team plays the national club champions from Los Angeles at Noon Saturday from Chicago, followed by “The Battle of Chicago” as the national teams of Germany and Poland go at it in a rematch of the 2007 World Championship… (read more)


I’m a couple weeks late on this (I have to get on that Internet, I’m behind on everything), but this made me laugh out loud.