6
Oct

Former U.S. goalkeeper Jillian Loyden: Bench Hope Solo

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Third-string goalkeeper Jillian Loyden (R) with teammate Hope Solo (L) after the USA’s friendly vs Canada last May (USA Today)

Count fellow U.S. national team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden among those who do not believe Hope Solo should still be on the field with domestic violence charges hanging above her head.

In the fallout of the National Football League’s run of domestic violence scandals involving its players — Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice among them — some have voiced concern over a double standard as Solo, the national team’s starting goalkeeper, continues to play despite her own charges.

Loyden, in an editorial to USA Today, called for the benching of Solo until the legal process took its course.

Loyden wrote:

"I believe that individuals are innocent until proven guilty, but in failing to take action against players’ behavior off the field, the league is not living up to its responsibilities.

U.S. Soccer needs to send the right message. They need to communicate that domestic violence is never okay and that it will not be tolerated.

Speaking out on these issues is not always easy. Hope Solo is my teammate and a personal mentor. But I cannot stand by as young fans receive the message that this behavior – even if the allegations proved to be inaccurate – can go unnoticed.”

Loyden, who also announced her retirement from the USWNT on Monday, has prioritized speaking out against domestic violence after being affected by personal tragedy. She started the Jillian Loyden Foundation after her sister Britton was murdered in 2012, allegedly at the hands of her former fiancé who is awaiting trial.

Solo was charged in Washington state with two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree domestic-violence assault for allegedly striking her 17-year-old nephew and half-sister. Solo faces up to six months in jail if convicted at a trial scheduled in November.

26
Sep

Washington is selling out-of-date World Cup beer to fans

When Jerome Valcke said he was “amazed" by the level of drunkenness at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, it was a pretty safe assumption not a drop of alcohol went unconsumed.

Well, it turns out, it wasn’t.

While we don’t know how much alcohol was left over from the tournament, we do know that at least some of it ended up in the U.S.

During Washington’s crushing loss to the NY Giants on Thursday night, fans were served with ice cold World Cup-branded beers. And, as the Washington Post found out, they are indeed from June of this year, and well past their “freshness date.”

Yum.

(H/T Washington Post)

12
Sep

Four-star recruit chooses soccer over college football

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In what could be considered a small victory for “futbol” over “football,” a highly-touted, dual-sport high school athlete has opted to play soccer this season over football.

Drake Davis of Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) is a four-star wide receiver prospect and ranked No. 27 in the college football class of 2016 by Rivals, but the junior has informed his coaches he’s playing the “Beautiful Game” instead. Davis is also a Division 1 soccer prospect, and at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, quite a massive one.

It remains to be seen if Davis will stick with soccer for his senior year as well (he could always change his mind again). But in any case, if more of America’s brightest young athletes follow Davis’ lead, it can only mean good things for Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team!

There is one other prominent name that comes to mind who once chose soccer over another of America’s most popular sports: goalkeeper Tim Howard turned his back on multiple basketball scholarship offers to etch out his career between the pipes. We’d like to think that decision turned out pretty well!

Image via 247Sports

H/T SI.com

5
Jun

Miguel Herrera meets Tom Brady but pretends to not know who he is

El Piojo’s got jokes, apparently.

After finishing up Mexico’s training session ahead of their friendly against Portugal on Friday, El Tri manager Miguel Herrera ran into one of the most famous players in that other sport called football.

Then he proceeded to pretend he didn’t know who New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was:

For those non-Spanish speakers, this loosely translates to:

He asked for a photo. I don’t know who he is or if he’s won something, but I made the kid’s day. 

If nothing else, we know we can expect immense entertainment from Mr. Herrera.

Well-played, sir. 

31
Jan

Bayern Munich mascot Berni is excited about the Super Bowl

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Almost everything that Bayern Munich’s cuddly mascot Berni does is fantastic. He’s a pretty adventurous bear, too. He’s tried sand-boarding, dirt biking, and even the Gangnam Style dance.

So what else will Berni set out to conquer? American sports, of course.

With the Super Bowl coming up on Sunday, Berni tried his paw at tossing around the pigskin. A for effort, big man.

(H/T @brittanyschray)

Image courtesy of Getty Images

14
Nov

Imagine that: A soccer take on NFL logos

The fine folks over at FootballAsFootball.com have re-envisioned some of the most recognizable logos in American sports: NFL team logos.

Taking four of football’s most soccer-crazed countries, the artists made logos in the style of English, Italian, German and Spanish clubs. Take a look at some of our favorites from each country below, and be sure to check them all out and find your favorite:

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San Francisco 49ers (Germany)

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Arizona Cardinals (Spain)

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New York Jets (Italy)

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Buffalo Bills (England)

13
Jul

Khan you dig it? Al Fayed pays lip service, says Michael Jackson statue will stay

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan has been singing the praises of Mohamed Al Fayed over his successful negotiations to buy Fulham FC. Al Fayed wore a fake moustache when posing with the club’s new owner and a shirt with “Khan” printed on the back.

But AL Fayed didn’t stop there.

When asked about Michael Jackson’s statue outside Craven Cottage, the Egyptian businessman reminded Khan that he would be “in big trouble” should the heavily-moustached owner decide to remove Jackson’s memorial:

"Michael Jackson will stay. He can’t go, he is here. It is part of the deal, it is history, it is listed. You can’t change otherwise I will come and take your moustache in public. He knows that."

The “King of Pop” only visited the ground once in 1999 has divided opinions and Khan promised to get fans’ views rather than make a “knee-jerk reaction.”

"I’ve been an owner less than a day. We have to preserve and respect history – but we have to move forward. I’ll reflect on it and listen to the fans. Then I’ll decide."

Only time will tell.

10
Jul

Jacksonville Jaguars owner rumored to buy soccer club Fulham

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Kahn is reportedly close to completing a deal with Fulham FC owner Mohamed Al-Fayed to take over the London soccer club.

According to reports gathered by the Daily Mail, Al-Fayed is keen to sell Premier League club by the end of the week, after having invested close to $300 million over the past 16 years of ownership.

The rumored buyer, Kahn, is already known to be very fond of London. Last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed a deal to play in the NFL’s annual game abroad at Wembley Stadium for the next four seasons. Kahn has also previously said that London is “the missing piece” in the growth of his NFL team.

Owning a London club would certainly make Khan’s task of promoting both of the teams quite easy.

18
Jun

Beckham offered trial to be kicker in NFL

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, while he was still with the LA Galaxy, David Beckham received a formal offer to try out as a kicker for an NFL team.

A source told the newspaper:

"A couple of scouts felt that David has the potential to become a kicker in the NFL team, and one actually put a call into him for a trial. It was obvious too that if Becks took up the offer then any NFL franchise would be interested as his international appeal would generate billions in PR and commercial opportunities.”

While a few teams inquired about his services, only one (unidentified) team sent over an official offer.

Needless to say, Beckham politely turned down the offer and decided to take his talents to France, playing the final season of his career with Paris Saint-Germain.