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This New Zealand Soccer Player Really Hated It When A Mexican Opponent Pulled His Shirt - Huffington Post Australia

Kiwi All Whites defender Michael Boxall was the subject of an obvious shirt-pulling foul when New Zealand took on Mexico in a group-stage match of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday.

And what's the best way to retaliate to a guy who pulled your shirt? It seems Boxall thought it was to slide tackle any Mexican player he could. And that's where things got a little tense.

Despite Mexico's captain Diego Reyes being at fault for the foul, it was Hector Herrera who took Boxall's kick and was the first to act by giving him a push in return. It was only then that he was met by a wall of black jerseys as four New Zealand players rushed in to their teammate's aid.

And then the scuffle really kicked off as a flurry of slaps and headbutts were exchanged between both sides.

Oh, and don't forget New Zealand's defender Tommy Smith (he's number 20) who seemed to run from...


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'No one hates us': Major League Soccer's loneliest teams during rivalry week - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Rivalries. They’re one of Major League Soccer’s dearest concepts, the holy grail of the league’s marketing efforts, a “finish your beverage” signal in most any MLS-based drinking game.

The heightened passions of geographic proximity and/or historical and cultural links have long been key tools for MLS, where shallow roots, a long season and a forgiving postseason format have at times conspired to drain league games of significance and intensity.

Some of these matchups, like the Cascadia Cup clash between Seattle and Portland, the Golden State’s “California Clasico” and the fierce Toronto-Montreal divide that runs far deeper than soccer, or even sports, have been godsends. Others, less so. “Trillium Cup,” we’re looking in your direction, pal.

Despite the best efforts of MLS headquarters to conjure up one for everyone, a few teams live in a no-man’s-land...


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Why U.S. soccer's future is pro-rel, smaller markets and... muffins ... - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Discussions about the future of soccer in the United States usually start with Major League Soccer. That’s understandable: the top professional league is as linked to the development of the sport as any other entity in the country. But even when MLS expands to 28 markets, it will not come close to blanketing a huge country with an increasing appetite for soccer.

The future of professional soccer in America is not solely in the packed stadiums in Orlando, Portland or Seattle, but also in small venues in places like Kingston, New York, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Dayton, Ohio.

At least, that's the way some people envision the next frontier in the rapid growth of American soccer.

As we sit here today and try to guess what the landscape is going to look like in five to 10 years, my guess is whatever we wrote down in our predictions is probably going to be off.

- Peter Wilt

In a...


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Socceroos will die on their feet rather than live on their knees under Ange Postecoglou - The Sydney Morning Herald

Ange Postecoglou is not someone who demands any sympathy. All he seeks is the opportunity to do things his way. And he won't be swayed from his vision.

Ever since Brisbane Roar offered him a lifeline from the coaching wilderness back in late 2009 his career has largely been a roaring success.

Ange Postecoglou has always done things his way. Ange Postecoglou has always done things his way. Photo: Getty Images

Back-to-back titles with the Queenslanders – still the only team to win the A-League in consecutive seasons – led to a lucrative offer from the nation's biggest club, Melbourne Victory, which he duly took.

Headhunted by the FFA to take over the national team and offered a seven figure salary after German Holger Osieck was dumped from the Socceroos job after heavy defeats by Brazil and France, Postecoglou was able to engineer an exit from his Victory deal without any of the opprobrium that might have accompanied others had they...


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#ATLvCOL: 3 Questions with Dirty South Soccer - Burgundy Wave

While it’s well and good to watch teams play every once in awhile, have a couple players on your fantasy team, and hear what the pundits think about a team, it’s always nice to talk to someone who is an expert. Enter Haris Kruskic from Dirty South Soccer.

Burgundy Wave: Atlanta has a few guys that the Rapids should be worried about, and has only been held scoreless in two games so far this year. How can the Rapids stop or slow down the ATLUD?

Dirty South Soccer: Sit back and defend, it's really that simple. Vancouver Whitecaps and D.C. United have slowed us down quite well this season because they anchor down, allow us to keep possession, and then counter once we make a critical mistake. That's why the possession stat can be so misleading.

Atlanta will pass back and forth all match, but have a tough time breaking down an opposing defense when every player is behind the ball. And if...


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Soccer - Russia hopes to use video assistant referee in league play - Mutko - SBS

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - The president of Russia's Football Union, deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, said on Saturday that the country was in talks with FIFA on using the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology at some of its stadiums.

VAR, which uses two video assistant referees who monitor the action on screens and call the match referee's attention to mistakes or omissions, is being tested at four Russian stadiums hosting the Confederations Cup.

Soccer governing body FIFA has already said it would like to use video assistant referees in the 2018 World Cup, and soccer's lawmaking body IFAB is expected to decide next March whether to authorise their use in the game on a permanent basis.

"I have asked FIFA to leave the system at the four stadiums and FC Krasnodar has asked for it as well," Mutko told reporters in Kazan ahead of Russia's final Confederations Cup group stage match...


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Iron Maiden Play Soccer Match on Day Off Before Dallas Concert - Loudwire

Did you know Steve Harris had a promising career as a professional soccer player during his youth? Fortunately, he kept his bass strapped to his side and pursued Iron Maiden instead and it’s safe to say there’s probably not much regret there. Maiden’s (and especially Harris’) love of soccer is well-known and on a day off before performing in Dallas, Texas, they took to the field for a pickup soccer match.

“This was a low key event; not too many people knew about this, but there were some fans that they did hear about it; they came out to up the irons and get a close look at one of their idols,” said news reporter Ken Molestina, reporting on the action for CBS DFW (video above). Harris and the rest of Maiden’s team donned red and black jerseys with vertical alternating stripes and Eddie’s The Book of Souls visage adorning the front. They had played four matches in Europe already this...


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How a Wisconsin girls soccer team is revolutionizing sports culture for all short-haired players - Excelle Sports

‘Dad, I want to cut my hair like Ellen Degeneres.’

When Mira Wilde was 8 years old, she asked her father, Henry Wilde, if she could cut her hair to look like the comedian. Wilde told his daughter that, if after giving it a week of consideration, she still wanted to chop her hair, she could.

One week later, Mira still wanted to cut her hair. But what neither she nor her father knew at the time was how this simple change in appearance would transform Mira’s life.

Today, Mira, 10, still has short hair, but this time it’s cut to look her new idol, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2015 World Cup soccer champion, Abby Wambach. That’s because Mira now also plays for the Under-11 soccer team, the Madison 56ers, in her hometown of Madison, Wis., where she confidently dribbles down the field with her head shaved on all sides and the top part long and flipped over, just like Wambach.

And...


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Why U.S. soccer's future is pro-rel, smaller markets and... muffins ... - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Discussions about the future of soccer in the United States usually start with Major League Soccer. That’s understandable: the top professional league is as linked to the development of the sport as any other entity in the country. But even when MLS expands to 28 markets, it will not come close to blanketing a huge country with an increasing appetite for soccer.

The future of professional soccer in America is not solely in the packed stadiums in Orlando, Portland or Seattle, but also in small venues in places like Kingston, New York, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Dayton, Ohio.

At least, that's the way some people envision the next frontier in the rapid growth of American soccer.

As we sit here today and try to guess what the landscape is going to look like in five to 10 years, my guess is whatever we wrote down in our predictions is probably going to be off.

- Peter Wilt

In a...


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Soccer: Girls pursue Olympic-level competition - The Tracy Press

A chance to play international-level soccer is within reach for a group of Tracy girls.

Savannah Cordero, Emma Colmenero and Katie Strong all qualified for the Cal North Soccer state Olympic Development Program team during a tryout June 3-4 in Sacramento.

It’s the latest step in a yearlong process that started when their coaches nominated them for the program, leading to a series of tryouts that began in August and concluded earlier this month.

Emma and Katie, both 12, will travel to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV ODP camp Wednesday through July 2. The Northern California team will be among 14 state-level teams from the western U.S., which covers the area from Colorado to Northern and Southern California, plus Alaska and Hawaii.

Savannah , 11, a midfielder who plays with Alternativo Futbol Club in Tracy, will not be able to...


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'No one hates us': Major League Soccer's loneliest teams during rivalry week - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rivalries. They’re one of Major League Soccer’s dearest concepts, the holy grail of the league’s marketing efforts, a “finish your beverage” signal in most any MLS-based drinking game.

The heightened passions of geographic proximity and/or historical and cultural links have long been key tools for MLS, where shallow roots, a long season and a forgiving postseason format have at times conspired to drain league games of significance and intensity.

Some of these matchups, like the Cascadia Cup clash between Seattle and Portland, the Golden State’s “California Clasico” and the fierce Toronto-Montreal divide that runs far deeper than soccer, or even sports, have been godsends. Others, less so. “Trillium Cup,” we’re looking in your direction, pal.

Despite the best efforts of MLS headquarters to conjure up one for everyone, a few teams live in a no-man’s-land...


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IRON MAIDEN Bangs Out Soccer Game Before Dallas Show (Video) - BLABBERMOUTH.NET

IRON MAIDEN Bangs Out Soccer Game Before Dallas Show (Video)

According to CBS DFW, British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN wanted to play a little soccer prior to their headlining concert Friday (June 23) at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Watch the report below.

MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris, an avid soccer fan, said in a 2012 interview that he had given up playing the sport — for the most part. He explained at the time: "I've had so many problems with my back that I can only play the odd match here or there. Unfortunately, it's five years since I've played a full season of football and that's something that I miss a lot. But I had to make a decision. I play a lot of tennis."IRON MAIDEN is touring North America in support of its 2015 album "The Book Of Souls". Six of the fifteen songs in the band's setlist are track from the latest disc and only two are from their fan favorite "The Number Of The Beast", which turned thirty five...

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Portraits of English Soccer's Impact in India and South Africa - PetaPixel (blog)

It has been two years since I approached the Premier League with an idea of photographing their fans around the world. I had gone out of the blue to pitch the idea to them, something I had never done before.

As a photographer there is often a separation between commissioned work and personal work, but occasionally the two come together and beautiful things occur. Thankfully the Premier League was interested, and better than that, they brought a whole new element to the project that I didn’t expect and made it far stronger.

A lady stops to watch a coach training session in Pretoria, South Africa. The local educator teaches men and women the best techniques and approaches so they can take them back to their communities. Boys from the Kolkata Premier Skill program return to their homes after an evening of training. Some of these children live in families of 10 or more in tiny...


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Grieving Family Finds Joy — And Healing — In Soccer - WBUR

"I mean, if you have Mack in goal, like, you gotta work hard still," Quinn Murphy says. "But you can trust him that — he’s yelling at you to get in the right position, and making sure your team doesn’t give up easy goals."

Murphy, a thirteen-year-old soccer player, knows the value of a good goal-keeper. So did Vladimir Nabokov. He once wrote: "The goal-keeper is the lone eagle, the last defender. Less the keeper of a goal than the keeper of our dreams."

Nabokov didn’t have Mack Brady in mind. Not literally at least. He was dead long before Mack was born. But hold what Mr. Nabokov said in mind anyway, okay? Humor me.

Anyway, according to Mack’s mother, Elizabeth Brady, the love of soccer came early to her son.

'I Will Stay'

"He has an older sister, Izzy, who is about six years older than he is," Elizabeth says. "And we were actually taking Izzy to a soccer summer camp, but he was too...


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Competitors in Surrey's Power Soccer provincials 'so skilled, they make it look easy' - Surrey Now-Leader

By Gord Goble/For the Now-Leader

Surrey’s Bhavyn Sandhu watched from the sidelines.

Her game was played earlier in the afternoon, a bronze medal affair pitting her squad – the Greater Vancouver Lightning – against a team from Alberta. Sandhu’s team earned a medal with a 5-1 win on Sunday and she came achingly close to scoring a goal.

But now, she cheered on another local squad as they battled a team from the Okanagan for gold.

The occasion was the 2017 Power Soccer Provincials Championship, held last Saturday and Sunday (June 17 and 18) at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre.

Power soccer is essentially a hot-rodded version of regular soccer that’s played in gymnasiums by mobility challenged athletes using “power chairs” (nimble motorized wheelchairs operated by joysticks). The ball is substantially oversized and the players use “guards” fixed to the fronts of their chairs to pass and...


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Why U.S. soccer's future is pro-rel, smaller markets and... muffins ... - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Discussions about the future of soccer in the United States usually start with Major League Soccer. That’s understandable: the top professional league is as linked to the development of the sport as any other entity in the country. But even when MLS expands to 28 markets, it will not come close to blanketing a huge country with an increasing appetite for soccer.

The future of professional soccer in America is not solely in the packed stadiums in Orlando, Portland or Seattle, but also in small venues in places like Kingston, New York, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Dayton, Ohio.

At least, that's the way some people envision the next frontier in the rapid growth of American soccer.

As we sit here today and try to guess what the landscape is going to look like in five to 10 years, my guess is whatever we wrote down in our predictions is probably going to be off.

- Peter Wilt

In a...


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Soccer's Confounding Calculation: What's a Player Worth? - New York Times

After all, as Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte said last year, this is soccer’s “crazy” age.

“Prices are too high in general; the market is crazy,” he said. “When you try to buy a player, the cost is very expensive. It is not the real valuation of the player. It is a very strange situation.”

Events so far this summer — before the window has even opened — have only compounded that impression.

Those inside soccer have long since grown used to spiraling price inflation, driven by the wealth of the cash-soaked Premier League, the rising revenues of the superclubs of Continental Europe and the ever-present threat of the riches being offered by teams in the Chinese Super League.

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Georginio Wijnaldum, right, and his Newcastle United teammate Moussa Sissoko celebrating a goal last year. Both players departed the team, for far higher prices than Newcastle had privately...

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'No one hates us': Major League Soccer's loneliest teams during ... - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rivalries. They’re one of Major League Soccer’s dearest concepts, the holy grail of the league’s marketing efforts, a “finish your beverage” signal in most any MLS-based drinking game.

The heightened passions of geographic proximity and/or historical and cultural links have long been key tools for MLS, where shallow roots, a long season and a forgiving postseason format have at times conspired to drain league games of significance and intensity.

Some of these matchups, like the Cascadia Cup clash between Seattle and Portland, the Golden State’s “California Clasico” and the fierce Toronto-Montreal divide that runs far deeper than soccer, or even sports, have been godsends. Others, less so. “Trillium Cup,” we’re looking in your direction, pal.

Despite the best efforts of MLS headquarters to conjure up one for everyone, a few teams live in a no-man’s-land...


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Read more: 'No one hates us': Major League Soccer's loneliest teams during ... - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Soccer: Girls pursue Olympic-level competition - The Tracy Press

A chance to play international-level soccer is within reach for a group of Tracy girls.

Savannah Cordero, Emma Colmenero and Katie Strong all qualified for the Cal North Soccer state Olympic Development Program team during a tryout June 3-4 in Sacramento.

It’s the latest step in a yearlong process that started when their coaches nominated them for the program, leading to a series of tryouts that began in August and concluded earlier this month.

Emma and Katie, both 12, will travel to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV ODP camp Wednesday through July 2. The Northern California team will be among 14 state-level teams from the western U.S., which covers the area from Colorado to Northern and Southern California, plus Alaska and Hawaii.

Savannah , 11, a midfielder who plays with Alternativo Futbol Club in Tracy, will not be able to...


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The first MLS Rivalry Week of the 2017 season is upon us, and it's full of contentious clashes. Ready ... FIGHT! - ESPN

The first MLS Rivalry Week of the 2017 season is upon us, and it's full of contentious clashes. Ready ... FIGHT!

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Seattle vs. Portland

When it comes to rivalries in MLS, there is none better than the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers. Although the pair didn't go head-to-head in Major League Soccer until 2011, their meetings on the pitch date back to 1975. With history and passion unparalleled in the league, the Cascadian rivals have also won the past two MLS Cups.

Red Bulls vs. NYCFC

The New York Red Bulls didn't have a local derby to speak of until New York City FC joined the league in 2015. The two clubs have quickly cultivated a strong distaste for each other, a grudge that's keenly felt throughout New York and New Jersey, as demonstrated by an endless and entertaining barrage of tifos.

Houston vs. Dallas

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