16
Mar

NY Red Bulls have pro rock climber retrieve match ball from roof

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Bringing the match ball out to the pitch is a pretty boring affair, and the concept of a man parachuting in has been so overdone. But the New York Red Bulls managed to spice it up for their season opener against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Acclaimed pro rock climber Sasha DiGiulian scaled the roof of Red Bull Arena to retrieve a match ball that was fixed to one of the rafters, more than one hundred feet off the ground. DiGiulian also unveiled the official Supporter’s Shield Banner from the edge of the roof.

DiGiulian than posted a sick time-lapse video of her climb to Instagram:

Image and H/T: Original Winger

10
Dec

Winter wonderland delays Galatasaray-Juventus match

Hail. Sleet. Orange balls. Orange paint. All to no avail.

In a scene reminiscent of the famous “Snow Bowl” World Cup qualifer between the USA and Costa Rica earlier this year, UEFA was forced to abandon Tuesday’s Champions League match between Galatasaray and Juventus when hail and heavy snow forced the teams off the field.

Fans of the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles are allowed to jeer referee Pedro Proenca’s decision. This never would have happened in the NFL, right?

The game will now be played early Wednesday morning (live on FOXSoccer2GO at 8 am ET) after a severe hailstorm interrupted the winner-takes-all encounter in Istanbul. A statement published on the official UEFA Champions League Twitter account read:

"The #UCL fixture between @GalatasaraySK & @juventusfc has been abandoned after a snow storm caused the pitch to become unplayable. According to article 11.04 of the competition regulations, the remaining match time must be played either tomorrow or on a reserve date or other date set by the UEFA administration. A further UEFA update confirmed the fixture would resume on Wednesday afternoon at 1300CET (1200GMT)."

Check out this amazing time-lapse video of the events as they unfolded, and have a nice cup of cocoa.

7
Sep

FK Vozdovac Belgrade showcases new rooftop stadium

If you’re afraid of heights or suffer from vertigo, the video above probably isn’t for you.

But if you love interesting stadiums or malls with sweet roofs, you’re in for a treat.

That’s a CGI clip of Serbian team FK Vozdovac Belgrade’s new rooftop stadium. Now, rooftop stadiums aren’t unheard of, but this artificial pitch sits atop an entire shopping center!

Imagine being able to go catch a football match, then heading downstairs to buy some new clothes and scoop an Orange Julius.

At first we thought parking on matchday might be an issue. But then we remembered that parking at the mall is always a nightmare, so what’s the issue?

Your move, Mall of America Field.

(h/t Who Ate All the Pies)

6
Sep

Gross! Fans throw diapers at Allianz Lima goalkeeper

There have been many things thrown at players in the past - maybe the most famous being a pig’s head that landed just short of Luis Figo.

Based on this latest report out of South America, a pig’s head might be a welcomed sight. Fans of Real Garcilaso took it one step (or a handful of baby steps) too far at a Peruvian league match, when they threw soiled diapers at the Allianz Lima keeper. That’s foul, in more ways than one.

It is unclear as to whether the actual toddlers were at the stadium, but their diapers certainly made an impact.

Video (via 101greatgoals)

23
Aug

Monaco, Toulouse play scoreless draw and no one is there to see it

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If you don’t score in an empty stadium, does that mean it never happened?

Unfortunately for Monaco, their 0-0 draw with Toulouse did happen, and resulted in their first dropped points of the Ligue 1 season.

The match on Friday was played in an empty stadium as punishment because of crowd trouble in Monaco’s final match against Le Mans at the end of last season. They beat Le Mans 2-1, securing the Ligue 2 title and winning promotion to Ligue 1, but fans rushed the field after the final whistle, and set off flares during the title celebration.

Despite not taking advantage of a weaker Toulouse team, Monaco is still off to a strong start in Ligue 1 as they sit atop the league, one point ahead of Lyon, Marseille and St. Etienne.

8
Aug

Has Orlando City SC made the final step to joining MLS?

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After a long 12 year wait, Major League Soccer may finally be returning to Florida.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, Central Florida’s two top mayors have agreed to a deal that could put a new soccer-specific stadium downtown and bring an MLS franchise to Orlando.

Orlando City SC needed a crucial $20 million — which has been committed to in this deal — to be able to build the stadium. As long as everything is finalized without issues, it seems almost certain that OCSC will be one of the four expansion teams MLS plans to have by the 2020 season.

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Orlando has often been discussed as the place for MLS to make its return to Florida since the now-defunct Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny bowed out after the 2001 season. This deal could make that dream a reality.

Of course, nothing is set in stone, and the agonizing wait continues a bit longer while for OCSC and their fans. The finish line, however, is certainly in sight.

6
Aug

Rest of MLS would be very jealous if this was, in fact, NYC FC’s new stadium (but it’s not)

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(Images via SportGrid)

New York City FC is set to begin play in the 2015 MLS season, and it still doesn’t have a place to call home. However, leaked sketches for a new soccer stadium on Manhattan’s Pier 40 leaked on the internet, sparking rumors that it could be for NYC FC’s new arena.

It would make for one of the coolest venues in all of soccer, that’s for sure. The open ended stadium would offer a view of the lower Manhattan skyline, including the One World Trade Center building. How cool is that?

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Are you getting excited, New Yorkers?

Don’t. Actually, pump the brakes.

The images are apparently not part of the plan for NYC FC’s future home, but rather conceptual designs that MLS produced in the past when considering Pier 40 as a potential soccer stadium. Currently, there are no plans in the works for such an arena. Sorry.

However, if MLS would somehow reconsider the project, we’re sure NYC FC’s joint partners, Manchester City and the New York Yankees, would be more than willing to splash the cash to make it a reality. Just look at the thing! The club would then certainly be off to a good start in competing with the two other local teams — the Red Bulls and the Cosmos — for the city’s attention.

This post has been updated from the previous version. We apologize for any incorrect or misleading information.