29
Jul

Is New York City FC the best five-a-side team in the Big Apple?

Jacobson (R) becomes NYCFC’s fifth player on the roster. (Image: USA Today)

New York City FC acquired FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson by trade on Tuesday. The expansion side shipped the modest price of a 2016 third-round draft pick to FCD in exchange for the 28-year-old holding player.

As far as transactions go, this swap warrants little more than a footnote for a team still months away from taking the field. NYCFC’s reaction to the deal, however, is quite a bit more notable. 

In response to the swoop for Jacobson, NYCFC boasted about the strength of its five-man roster to the shock and horror of basketball teams and indoor sides everywhere.

Andrew becomes the second midfielder signed to the club after Frank Lampard made the move form Chelsea last week. Spanish striker David Villa, goalkeeper Josh Saunders, and defender Jeb Brovsky fill the remaining spaces in what must currently be New York’s best five-a-side team.

The statement isn’t as rash as it sounds. Times are tough for both New York basketball teams. Carmelo Anthony stayed with the Knicks this summer, but they are hardly Eastern Conference contenders given the weak supporting cast surrounding him. Brooklyn is paying the luxury tax from now until eternity without any flexibility to reinforce an aging team with little real chance to win the NBA title.

Serious questions quickly emerged. Is Melo a better scoring option than the combined strengths of Frank Lampard and David Villa? Can Jeb Brovsky or Josh Saunders repel Joe Johnson’s threat from deep? Will 

These are the dilemma NYCFC asked us to ponder. The only problem: Jacobson quickly joined Brovsky and Saunders by securing a loan deal to fill the time before training camp. So much for the pickup game at Pier 40 to settle the matter, then.

19
Jun

Rip Hamilton on a mission to convince Clint Dempsey to wear a face mask

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NBA star Rip Hamilton is on a mission to Brazil.

His goal is to convince Clint Dempsey to wear the plastic face mask to protect his broken nose.

He even posted a picture with a call out to Dempsey:

"On my way to Brazil to watch @clint_dempsey and Team USA at World Cup . @clint_dempsey if u need to borrow my mask I’m bringing them in my carry on bag.#MaskChangedMyCareer #TeamUSA #WorldCup#BrandJordan #BrazilPack #HugeFanOfSoccer #holdat”

Hamilton started wearing a mask in 2002 and turned it into a fashion accessory; he continued to wear one throughout his career.

Maybe Dempsey, who has so far avoided the plastic shield, would be more inclined if it got the hockey goalie mask treatment?

(h/t SB Nation)

Image courtesy of Getty.

7
Aug

Mario Balotelli the latest soccer star trying out American sports

The International Champions Cup has not only been a great opportunity for American fans to enjoy their favorite European stars in action, but also a chance for those players to try their hands at American sports.

We’ve already seen Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci fool around on the football field, and who could forget this classic:

Out of the bunch, Balotelli seems the closest to having his talents translate to other sports, as these thunderous jams above prove. Maybe Super Mario and Steve Nash, who’s proven he can keep up on the soccer pitch, can coordinate a brief player swap next season?

26
Jul

Steve Nash to test soccer skills with Inter Milan tryout

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It is no secret that Los Angeles Lakers star Steve Nash is a soccer fanatic. He grew up playing it, watching it and even now in his free time trains with clubs and hosts charity tournaments. Heck, he’s even part of the Vancouver Whitecaps ownership group.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the NBA star is going to have a tryout on Tuesday with Inter Milan. The Italian club is in the United States for the Guinness International Champions Club tournament.

Nash told The Associated Press that he’s working his way back to 100 percent physically after enduring an injury-filled year this past season with the Lakers. This is more of stunt than actual tryout, but apparently Nash still has some butterflies ahead of the practice, saying he’ll probably be nervous just sharing the field with Inter Milan.

But he really doesn’t have anything to be nervous about. Nash has got some serious soccer skills:

Don’t worry Steve, you’ll be just fine.

21
Jul

TV reporter’s awkward exchange with Steve Nash

The Los Angeles Galaxy put up a great performance against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night, but the real highlight of the evening came from a blunder courtesy of the Galaxy’s sideline reporter.

After spotting the LA Lakers’ Steve Nash in the crowd, the reporter very coolly asked what brought him out to the game. But had the interviewer done her research, she would’ve realized that Nash is part-owner of the Whitecaps. Unfortunately, she didn’t, resulting in this awkward exchange:

"Steve, I know you’re a huge soccer fan, but what brought you out tonight?"

"…I’m part owner of the Whitecaps…"

Ouch.

Nash, for his part, took the mistake in stride, later posting a photo on his instagram account suggesting that followers should check out the interview when it inevitably made its way to YouTube.

8
Jul

USWNT’s Lauren Cheney marries NBA star Jrue Holiday

Still thinking about that classic four-day July 4th weekend?

Just know, it probably wasn’t as awesome as US Women’s National Team star Lauren Cheney’s. Well, actually she is Lauren Holiday now! The US playmaker married NBA star Jrue Holiday yesterday to cap off the holiday (no pun intended) weekend.

Cheney’s club team, FC Kansas City of the NWSL, tweeted out this great picture:

As you could imagine, plenty of stars from both the soccer and the basketball world were in attendance:

Speaking of Leroux, looks like she enjoyed her long weekend as well. Looking fly!

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(photo via Instagram: sydneyleroux)