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Can Soccer gain the Same Popularity as the other Four Sports in the U.S.?
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From The Touchline is the spot for your weekly dose of soccer knowledge.
I’ve had this anxious feeling for over a week, and until this past Saturday I couldn’t quite figure out what was bringing it on. But as last Saturday morning arrived, and I prepared for my Back Sports Page radio program “From The Touchline For 90 Minutes”, it all came clear. I’m feeling the sensation football fans everywhere are experiencing—a two month eclipse of world soccer. If you can’t find something you like in the next two months in this game, then maybe weaving should be your next hobby.
From The Touchline is the spot for your weekly dose of soccer knowledge.
Todd Stauber and Aaron Heinzen are back this week with another great show. The boys will talk about Manchester City's 2nd Premier League title in 3 years, take a look at the US World Cup preliminary 30-man roster, and talk about the most notable players left out of the World Cup. Live guest Sam Laity talks about all things English, and Seattle Sounder FC TV personality Peter Fewing is back to talk MLS.
Todd and Company are here talking Soccer.. Back Sports Page exclusive!!
Here are the topics for Friday:
-Liverpool collapse against Crystal Palace
-Another title looming for Manchester City
-Time for the coaching carousel in the world of soccer to turn
We'll have Sam Laity, assistant coach of the Seattle Reign of the NWSL on at 10:15am to talk about Liverpool's collapse
Also Pete Fewing, Seattle Sounders TV personality comes on at 11am to talk MLS and the Seattle Sounders, the hottest team in the MLS
Todd is live on Back Sports Page Network.. Talking Soccer ..New co-host Aaron Heinzen joins Todd for the newest version of From the Touchline. We'll talk Champions League, Premier League, Manchester United, and the top managers from around the world
In late September Liverpool squared off against Manchester United at Anfield. It wasn’t just the first match of the season between the bitter rivals, but marked the first match since British Prime Minister David Cameron exonerated Liverpool fans of blame for the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster. There wasn’t a lack of bite to the match, but with the announcement earlier in the week, a touch of empathy mixed with the passion of the rivalry in honor of the 96 fans that died.
Stubbon Blues frustrate Barca
Nothing turned out as expected today at Stamford Bridge, certainly not for the Catalan powerhouse, Barcelona. Pep Guardiola's style of fluid football seemed stymied by a Chelsea squad that looked on its heels all day. Keeping possession for over 70% of the game, Barca looked calm in control, moving the ball down the pitch with ease and playing over 60% of the game in the attacking end. However, it was the West London squad playing total football, today. Even counting a few odd strokes of chance in Chelsea's favor, their team defensive performance made the top-scoring squad in continental competition look hesitant and clumsy. Gary Cahill was a wall in front of Cech and Ashley Cole's diving clearance helped the Czech keeper maintain a clean sheet in this critical first leg of the semis.
Picture this: you are sitting in Yankee Stadium watching the Red Sox come to town and take on the Yanks. This is the stuff of legend. The greatest figure in the history of baseball has history with both of these clubs, and I am not talking about Wade Boggs, Johnny Damon, or the juiced up arm of The Rocket himself. The new Yankee Stadium, the very hallowed grounds in which you now sit, narrowly escaped the clutch of “The Curse” when a Sox Jersey placed in the stadium foundation was unearthed at zero hour. Yes, this is the stuff of legend. Yes, both of the teams are duking it out for first place in the AL East. Yes, both rosters are bursting at the seams with bona-fide superstars with bona-fide superstar salaries. Yes the tickets, program, hot dog and beer have cost you roughly $1,000 in total. And, yes, this is one of 17 times the Sox will face the Yankees this season alone, not including playoffs. The greatest rivalry in sports, right?
MLS has come a long way but still has far to go
A lot has changed this past year in MLS: Vancouver and Portland have expanded the league to 18 teams, both David Beckham and Thierry Henry are performing so well it almost justifies their astronomical multi-million dollar salaries and, thanks to Real Salt Lake, Major League Soccer has begun to steadily make its mark against regional rivals in the CONCACAF Champions League. RSL made an unprecedented run to the finals in last year’s CCL and, although they disappointingly ran out of fire and lost out on the title to Monterrey (MEX), MLS clubs have been steadily improving their performances in the prestigious tournament.
Who’s up, who’s down with playoffs around the corner
If the crazy labyrinth that is the MLS playoffs began today, L.A., Seattle and Dallas would be in position in the West, with Columbus, Kansas City and Philadelphia in position for the East. And the four wildcard contenders – Salt Lake, Colorado, Houston and D.C. – would be right in the mix as the race to the MLS Cup reaches its final leg. Now, apart from the glaring absurdity that is a playoff system that sees two of its wildcard teams (Salt Lake and Colorado) with more points this season than ANY of the top three teams in the East, most of the teams in the playoff picture are not surprising and are deserving of their places. L.A. has led the league in points for longer than anyone can remember and their consistency is the envy of the league (and the chemistry of their squad is certainly the envy of Red Bulls fans… but we’ll get to that later….). Meanwhile, Dallas and Kansas City continue to put forth fiery performances with youngsters Brek Shea and Teal Bunbury providing the sparks, and teams like Houston and D.C. are being just consistent enough to earn the remaining, coveted playoff spots.
USA TIES MEXICO 1-1 IN JURGEN KLINSMANN'S DEBUT AS HEAD COACH
If this game was any indication, Jürgen Klinsmann is a man of his word. Prior to Wednesday night’s friendly against Mexico, the new coach of U.S. Men's Soccer said he would give younger players an opportunity to get on the pitch. He said he wanted to create competition at every position. He said he wanted to encourage a more attacking style of play, one that would pressure the Mexican side and tire them out. And while the first half of the match was certainly nothing to write home about for the USA, the second half saw Klinsmann's squad keep him honest.
1-1 DRAW ENDS THREE-GAME LOSING STREAK AGAINST ARCHRIVAL
In an impressive debut for United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann, the Americans forced a 1-1 draw in a friendly against archrival Mexico on Wednesday night. Despite Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’ absence for Mexico and the United States without four of their veteran starters, the match remained competitive and feisty.
ARGENTINIAN PHENOM LEONEL ANGEL COIRA GIVEN CONTRACT
What were you up to when you were seven years old? Chances are, you were not signing a one-year contract to join the youth academy of one of the best soccer teams in the world, as Leonel Angel Coira did earlier this week. Indeed, the Argentinian prodigy begins training with Real Madrid’s youth academy on September 6 and hopes to follow the footsteps of fellow Argentinian Lionel Messi.
MANCHESTER HEAVYWEIGHTS ARE IN POSITION TO FIGHT FOR THE TITLE
Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley Stadium was entertaining. It was fast-paced, spirited, competitive and above all the two teams were strong. Very strong.