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Archive for March 2011

Life In The Past Lane

Here’s a new one: the new old indoor soccer team in Wichita will do something I don’t believe has been done before. Not take the name of a former club, that’s been done to death. But the dispute over the trademark of the Wichita Wings indoor soccer team has been resolved with two claimants of… (read more)

Five USA Stalwarts Elected To Hall (Updated With Vote Totals)

Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, Earnie Stewart, Bruce Murray and Bob Gansler, all stalwarts of the US Men’s National Team, have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011, it was announced today. Jones, Pope and Stewart earned election through the Player Ballot, while Murray was the Veterans choice and Gansler is… (read more)

Even Sporting Kansas City’s Reserve Team Is Europosing And Pretentious

Even though they’ve apparently gone by that name for at least two years, it’s just now come to my attention that the reserve team for Major League Soccer’s Kansas City club is referred to as “Swope Park Rangers” (Swope Park is KC’s largest public park and contains four soccer fields). Even though it predates the… (read more)

They Had A Blast

Congratulations to the Milwaukee Wave, who last night beat the Baltimore Blast 16-7 to claim the 2010-2011 Major Indoor Soccer League championship. Since 2000, the Blast and Wave have combined to win nine of the twelve championships, with only Philadelphia (twice) and Monterrey (last year) crashing the party in this particular league (which has played… (read more)

Twenty Years Ago Today, The World League Debuted On ABC

You remember the World League of American Football, right? Later called NFL Europe and NFL Europa before being shut down after the 2007 season, the WLAF made its debut the weekend of March 23-25, 1991, with the first game on ABC being played in Barcelona on the 24. Here are highlights, with Brent Musburger and… (read more)

Timbers FC Hates America

Did anybody else notice this on the Fox Soccer Channel broadcast of the Colorado Rapids/Portland Timbers match Saturday night? That’s Portland’s Rodney Wallace flying the Stars and Stripes upside down on his sleeve early in the match. Section 8 of the U.S. Flag Code says: “(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union… (read more)

Everything Must Go

It’s time to clean up, clean out and downsize, so a lot of the stuff I’ve collected over the years will be available for the bidding on eBay between now and whenever it’s all gone. Books, records, magazines, programs, media guides, jerseys, bobbleheads (like the one at right of Antonio Sutton) and more can all… (read more)

Change In The Weather

Phoenix is back on the pro indoor soccer map. The Professional Arena Soccer League announced Wednesday it has granted Valley businessman Stuart Starkey (at left in the photo above, with PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken) an expansion franchise that will begin play this fall in the PASL-Pro. (This is not a surprise to those of you… (read more)

Blast From The Past

In honor of tonight’s official opening of Major League Soccer’s 16th season, please to enjoy this recently-unearthed transcript of the first 30 minutes of the 2007 season opener between DC United and Colorado, as presented by Dave O’Brien and Julie Foudy on ABC. O’Brien’s soccer broadcasting career wasn’t long, but it was notable in that… (read more)