6
Apr

Poor Aron Johannsson gets ‘inappropriately touched’ by opponent

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AZ and US national team striker Aron Johannsson was the victim of on-field bullying in the Eredivisie this weekend, getting his privates pulled by Roda defender Guy Ramos.

Ramos appeared to squeeze the Icelandic-American’s genitals in response to something Johannsson had to say, and the referee let him off scot-free. However, Ramos did get sent off in the second half of the game, while Johannsson scored to secure AZ a draw, so at least justice was somewhat served.

If you have a Y chromosome, chances are you are solemnly nodding to yourself right now, having been hit in that area probably more than once.  Ladies, admit it: this is worse than getting your hair yanked by an opponent, albeit similar. Completely uncalled for and painful.

Here’s “The Grab:”

H/T Dirty Tackle

1
Apr

USMNT’s World Cup away jerseys actually have color!

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Remember how we all moaned and groaned over the United States’ lackluster, plain white World Cup home jerseys?

Well, for all you color enthusiasts out there, perhaps the away kits are more to your liking. Nike released the alternate World Cup uniforms for the US on Tuesday, and yes, they kind of look like a bizarro version of the Dutch flag. Or one of those sweet popsicles we all had as kids:

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According to Nike Soccer, each kit features a unique name and number font, directly influenced by American sport teams. In addition, each number on the back of the jersey will have a small US Soccer crest at the bottom that offers a unique touch unlike any other previous away kit.

“I like the patriotic design and color scheme and I think it will look great on the pitch,” United States men’s national team captain Clint Dempsey told Nike Soccer. “Hopefully they will serve us well as we head into a competitive group.”

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Dempsey wasn’t alone in his assessment.

“The new kits fit really well, look great and most importantly, are really comfortable, especially when we are running all over the field for 90 minutes in all sorts of different weather,” added United States women’s nation team striker Sydney Leroux. “All of us on the team are environmentally conscious so the fact that it is sustainably designed using recycled Dri-FIT  polyester is also a big plus.”

Undoubtedly the most patriotic jerseys since these back in 1994.

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Images provided by Nike Soccer and Reuters.

24
Mar

Abby Wambach talks Alex Morgan, Julian Green, and more

Abby Wambach made an appearance on Crowd Goes Wild today, and had a lot to say. She talked about the upcoming documentary series Rise As One, teammate Alex Morgan, and new USMNT addition Julian Green.

Then, Wambach answered questions asked from fans on Twitter, including who her athletic hero was, who she would least like to be trapped in an elevator with and more. Don’t miss it:

8
Mar

Sydney Leroux offers #Instatips to teammate Megan Rapinoe

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The ladies on the US national team never cease to amaze us with their social media prowess, but this one might take the cake for post of the year, courtesy of Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux:

Leroux has mastered the art of promoting herself and her team via Twitter and Instagram, and she has now taken Megan Rapinoe under her wing. With poses like that, the bleach-blonde midfielder will be #instafamous in no time!

According to Leroux, Rapinoe’s Instagram clearly needed some help:

To which the accused fired back:

Good laughs all around! It certainly doesn’t appear like the USA’s first loss in over a year (to Sweden in the Algarve Cup) has dampened their spirits much.

27
Feb

Sydney Leroux attempts ‘Happy Gilmore’ golf swing, fails miserably

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Anybody who ventures out to the driving range must attempt at least one “Happy Gilmore” swing. That’s just common knowledge. But while Adam Sandler makes it look all too easy in the cult classic, some of us know the struggle is real. Take United States women’s national team star Sydney Leroux for example:

It’s a good thing Leroux is wearing Richard Sherman’s “Don’t you ever talk about me” shirt, or else we might be tempted to give her some abuse for this.

She did get the hang of it, though (on her 29th try):

(H/T Deadspin)

11
Feb

USA stars Alex Morgan, Hope Solo honored

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2013 was good to the United States women’s national team.

In their first year with coach Tom Sermanni, the squad was undefeated, posting an impressive 13-0-3 record last year. Not too shabby.

Individuals on the team had incredible years as well. Abby Wambach surpassed Mia Hamm’s all-time scoring record. Sydney Leroux sealed her spot as the next USWNT star.

And on Tuesday, beloved striker Alex Morgan and fierce goalkeeper Hope Solo got some recognition their own: they were nominated by AskMen.com voters as two of the Top 99 Women of 2014.

Not only are Solo and Morgan making waves in soccer, but they’re catching the attention of people across the nation with the impact they’ve made in their field.

Here’s to another amazing year that leads up to a very important one: 2015, and the Women’s World Cup.

2
Feb

Jurgen Klinsmann explains his love for flying

Did you know United States men’s national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has a pilot’s license?

In the video above posted by US Soccer, Klinsmann takes to the skies in a helicopter and shares that flying was actually his childhood dream before he “unfortunately became a soccer player.” (Yeah, a real shame he did).

Klinsmann is famous for his incredible playing career and passion on the sidelines, but little did we know his true calling had nothing to do with the sport at all!