24
Apr

President Obama plays soccer with Japanese robot because why not

The robot takeover is upon us. Run for your lives. IT’S HAPPENING!

Alright, alright, not exactly. Maybe robots will take over the world one day, but thankfully we’re not there yet.

We are, however, now living in an age where a robot has a better first touch than the President of the United States. Sorry, Barack, but this Japanese masterpiece has you beat:

You might want to keep your day job, Mr. President.

26
Oct

High-end fashion: adidas unveils Yohji Yamamoto adizero F50

Never afraid to push the envelope, adidas teamed up with award-winning Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto to launch these limited edition yet radical Yohji Yamamoto adizero F50 cleats.

Inspired by Japan’s modern sci-fi culture, Yamamoto (the same mastermind behind adidas’ Y-3 brand) crafted these gaudy boots and incorporated imperial lion-dogs who guarded Japanese emperors who lived on sacred grounds during ancient times in the design.

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Image courtesy of adidas

Yamamoto explained:

“My inspiration is a mixture of ancient traditions and modern sci-fi from Japanese culture. I hope the inspiration of the boot harmonizes the players and gives them extra confidence to express themselves without any fear. People should feel free to express themselves. Just follow your own instinct.”

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Image courtesy of adidas

Bayern Munich defender David Alaba and Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura are just few of the world footballers that will wear the Yamamoto adizero F50 cleat this weekend:

These boots will not be easy to find however. Only 2,000 pairs will be made available globally, making these special boots an ultimate collectors item.

30
Aug

Poster, scarf for USA vs. Mexico qualifer released

The latest pair in the U.S. Soccer series of game-specific posters and scarves for the final round of World Cup qualifying has been released.

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Image courtesy of U.S. Soccer.

The U.S. will face Mexico on September 9th in Columbus, where they could potentially qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

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Image courtesy of U.S. Soccer.

Of course, the U.S. could also qualify for Brazil against Costa Rica first, as the team will travel to San Jose to play there on September 6th. If they win, and the other qualifiers played that day end in their favor, early qualification is possible.

However, the U.S. has never won a World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica, so it’s a tough challenge that Jurgen Klinsmann says the team is up for.

“We want to get three points. We want to qualify as soon as possible for the World Cup in Brazil,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “We have to be extremely disciplined with eight or nine players being on yellow cards to prepare also for the game against Mexico in Columbus, so going into Costa Rica we really need to be on top of our game.”

The U.S. sit atop the Hex standings heading into these qualifiers:

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The roster Klinsmann has called in for these two matches:

Goalkeepers Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando

Defenders DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Edgar Castillo, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco

Midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi

Forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson

25
Jul

MLS Club DC United Seals Deal On New Stadium

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(Images via HKS Architects)

For the last several years, D.C. United has been a club in limbo, with rumors consistently swirling about potential moves elsewhere within the Washington, D.C. area, or even Baltimore, Maryland. That shaky footing, however, seems to be a thing of the past, as DC United announced this morning an agreement with the city has been reached to construct a $300 million soccer-specific stadium.

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Since their inauguration, DC United have played in Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, more commonly known as RFK. While the stadium has a long history, it has also struggled to keep up with the now standard amenities offered in other stadiums around the country. As D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray recently said of RFK, the stadium ”was never suited well for soccer” and has ”become a real anachronism.”

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Based on recently released images of the design for the new stadium, that should no longer be a problem.

13
Jun

Trecker’s Brazilian Travels, Day 2: Architectural colossus

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Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer

By Jamie Trecker

BRASILIA, BRAZIL

Raymond Chandler portrayed Los Angeles a sun-blasted city where dreams were scorched away. He could have been writing about Brasilia, a modernist fantasia where the heat and the light are unrelenting.

It’s winter, and the sun sets just after 5:30 here – but this is the hottest time of the year. There isn’t a trace of humidity in the air, and the red clay throws up whorls of dust that cake the streets and the buses. At noon, it is 27ºC and cloudless. Lucia Costa’s grand esplanades sweep five lanes of traffic to the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge on the Eastern end, past the Cathedral, past the museum, and past the vast plazas of raw concrete.

Brasilia’s architect, Oscar Niemeyer, was many things: a genius, a modernist, and also, it appears, a brutalist. His expanses are meticulous, and his designs are awesome in the truest sense of the word. They are also unrelenting in the afternoon, with the heat reflecting off the white facades and up that perfect Roman surface.

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