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Why America Should Embrace Soccer

America flag soccerUnless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve had at least one small brush with soccer. Soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it, is the most popular sport on earth. Despite this, it’s something that Americans have never really embraced en-masse. While you might love basketball or our own brand of football like you could love no other sport, I think soccer is greatly misunderstood by a lot of Americans. Here are a few reasons to give it another chance…

It’s Gaining Traction

The NFL certainly isn’t in any danger of being knocked off of its pedestal in America. However, there’s no denying that soccer is steadily gaining its fandom and momentum. MLS, the US’s official professional soccer league, has a small but very passionate following, the US men’s national team boasts its own ardent fanbase, and CONCACAF Gold Cup tickets from Ticket Liquidator and other sellers are more popular than they’ve ever been. The ratings for 2014’s World Cup were also much higher in America than they’ve been in previous years. I’m not suggesting you should blindly jump on every bandwagon that comes along. However, if you think that soccer is still a tiny niche among Americans, you’re greatly mistaken!

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MLS: Could Columbus vs Orlando City Become a Rivalry?

Columbus Crew Orlando City MLS rivalry 2015If you’re a soccer fans and haven’t been paying attention to the MLS, you are missing out.

The league started in 1996 with mixed results, but it has gained steam in North America with each consecutive World Cup. The league now sits at 20 teams with teams in Atlanta, Minnesota and Los Angeles joining over the next three seasons.

Speaking of new teams in the MLS, Orlando City SC are currently playing their inaugural season in the league. They are only 13 games into their first year, but they seem to have ignited a rivalry with the Columbus Crew, one of the handful of original MLS teams left.

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Several FIFA Executives Arrested in Switzerland

2022 FIFA World Cup Poster Arrested SwitzerlandIt appears that the United States government is going after many expected to have received bribes during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process. The U.S. asked Swiss police to arrest a number of FIFA executives while they were in Zurich to vote on the next FIFA president.

Switzerland has an extradition pact with the United States when it involves non-tax-related crimes.

The current FIFA president Sepp Blatter wasn’t one of the executives arrested in Zurich…and he isn’t expected to visit the United States any time soon.

Which FIFA executives have been named as those allegedly arrested or detained? We give you a list of those we’ve heard so far.

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Sports Crush: Sydney Leroux

Sydney+Leroux+Arrivals+EPSN+Magazine+Body+colin kaepernickWe’ve written a handful of ‘Sports Crush’ posts since we launched Americas White Boy a few years ago. We’ve spotlighted sportscasters, female MMA fighters, WWE Divas, and my favorite U.S. Women’s soccer player, Alex Morgan. We decided to profile another player on the team, the lovely Sydney Leroux.

Leroux currently plays for the Seattle Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League and is a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She will be playing in the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

Hope Solo and Alex Morgan gets most of the love, but that will change during the World Cup. Leroux is a stunner who, in the past, was romantically-linked to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (I hope that rumor isn’t true).

We are crushing on Sydney Leroux and once you look at our photo gallery, you will understand why.

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Sports Crush (Olympics Edition): Alex Morgan

The 2012 London Olympics was a treasure trove of attractive people. Who would have thought that active people could be so beautiful? (I’m being extremely snarky)

Team USA’s women’s soccer team was dominant and took home the gold medal. They all buy choked in the World Cup, but they redeemed themselves  by defeating Japan in the final. Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and our current Sports Crush, Alex Morgan, helped lead the team.

Solo was the darling of the World Cup and since Morgan is one of the  of the London games, she will get fifteen minutes of fame. She may not follow Solo by joining the cast of “Dancing with the Stars”, but it would increase the viewership in the 18-49 male demographic. Morgan was rumored to be romantically linked to Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez earlier this year, but now she is rumored to be dating soccer player Servando Carrasco.

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The 12 Hottest Female Athletes of the 2012 Olympics

The 2012 Olympics in London, England will soon be here and we want to make sure our readers are as informed as possible. We have logged many hours scouting the female ‘talent’ who will compete in this year’s Olympic games.

We wanted to make sure that we didn’t list the female athletes that you will never see during the telecast. Every female athlete in this post are medal contenders in their respective events and a few could win the gold.

This list of the 12 hottest/sexiest female athletes who will compete in the 2012 Olympics come from a wide range of sports. We have ladies who compete in track and field, soccer, tennis, swimming, etc. A few of the names will be familiar to you, but we have picked out a few sleepers who will turn heads and make appearances on every sports blog the day after their event.

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I Have Jinxed Tottenham Hotspur FC!

Two weeks ago, I decided that I needed to choose a Barclay’s Premiership League team to root for if I am ever going to go all-in as a fan of soccer. I went through a long process in my thought process in which I picked a team. Am I a jinx to the Spurs or was this just bad timing?

The first game in which I was a Tottenham fan, they played Manchester United. The Spurs came out and scored the first goal, I was joyous and running around the room like a liquored European. It didn’t take long for Man U. to take over and they scored three unanswered goals and won the game 3-1. Wayne Rooney probably should have had two more goals, but he must have been too distracted by his WAG in the crowd. I was thinking that maybe it was a bad time to choose Tottenham to support, especially since they have a rough stretch in their schedule.

I found out that they were playing Chelsea this past weekend and I wasn’t excited at all. I have been studying teams and everything that I have read has said that Chelsea could be the best club in the entire league. It didn’t take me long to realize that everything on the internet was correct, since Tottenham barely showed up the play. Chelsea won 3-0 and controlled the entire match, I was embarassed, but I probably shouldn’t have been, they are a great club.

I started to think to myself that maybe I could be a jinx to the team. I have been a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, and Columbus Blue Jackets for years and combined, I have one championship as a fan. If you add in my Notre Dame fanhood, in my lifetime, add one to my total. The Colts won a Super Bowl, but after many, many thin years pre-Manning. Tottenham faces Preston North End on Wednesday, but their next Premier League game is against Burnley. If they lose against Burnley, I’m sorry Spurs fans, I could be a jinx.

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I’m Now Officially A Fan Of Tottenham Hotspur

I posted something about Footytube a little over a week ago and it made me think that I can’t be a true fan of soccer if I don’t have an English Premier League team. I was a free-agent, but after a phone call with our friend, Joe Pasquali, we made up our mind. We are officially announcing our fanhood for the football club, Tottenham Hotspur. You guys have to help me out a little, ’cause I’m new at this soccer fanatic thing. Read why I chose this club and why ESPN may have made me choose sides.

I was a soccer fan before today, but I was a casual fan. I am going all-in with this soccer thing. I have been a fan of international soccer, but I realized the reason I was a fan, I had a team to root for. I root for the United States soccer team and that makes me follow the sport. I know a little about the European Premiership, but I felt like I needed to pick a team to really get myself into this whole thing. I grew up a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Indianapolis Colts, and Indiana Pacers. Mostly because my dad liked those teams and I watched sports with him. I follow baseball, football, and basketball because I was vested in those teams.

I had a similar situation a couple years ago when I moved to Columbus, Ohio. I didn’t have one single NHL team to root for and since I was in town and I liked hockey, I became a Columbus Blue Jackets fan. I have became so knowledgeable about the team that I now a correspondent for the team over at Fanball.

I know what you’re thinking, I can’t pick an EPL team that is close to me, so I might as well just throw a dart and pick one. If a dartboard was nearby, I would have chosen that route, but Joe talked me out of it. He said that I should choose a team that would stay in EPL for awhile and wouldn’t be relegated down. I know that I didn’t want to be a bandwagon fan and pick Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, or Chelsea. Joe is a fan of Aston Villa and I couldn’t pick his team, because I kind of need to be against his team, it’s just good for my psyche. I almost picked Hull City, because of Jozy Altidore, but I didn’t want to get emotionally attached to that team, because they may not stay in the league long. I narrowed it down to West Ham, Portsmouth, or Tottenham Hotspur, three middle-of-the-pack kind of teams that fits my style. I looked at the rosters and being a Tottenham fan just felt right.

From what I understand, being a fan of the Lillywhites, I was grandfathered into a rivalry that I know little about, but I’m used to it. Apparently I am going to grow to hate Arsenal, which I’m okay with. Most of the teams that I dislike have red in their uniforms or logos like Arsenal. Also, I found out that Tottenham Hotspur was named after a character in the Shakespeare play “Henry IV.” I am fine with it and I actually like a little Billy Shakespeare, so everything lines up perfectly.

I am excited to be rooting for Robbie Keane, Ledley King, and Peter Crouch. I am not very familiar with them right now and I can’t wait for the time when these people become real and not just names on a piece of paper.

I will be tail-gating for the Ohio State/USC game this Saturday, but I want to be able to catch the Tottenham game at Manchester United. I need to sneak away and find a television where this game would be televised in the U.S. I may need to try and find the game online and watch it at a later date. The lack of televised games will not stop me from my goal of being a EPL soccer fan.

This is where ESPN comes into play. They have started to show EPL games on Saturday, which will help me scout other teams in the Premier League and catch a few Spurs games. I can’t wait for this, it’s going to be a lot of fun and I hope more Americans take the steps that I am going to take. I’m tired of being a fan for about 2-3 months every other year when the Olympics or the World Cup gets near. I am all-in and all I have left to say is, Go Spurs and kick Man U.’s ass!

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