Old Futbol Buffet–Another Sunday, Another Victory

Sunday was a big game in our over 30 league, a confrontation of the two most dominant teams of the last four years.  This game usually sets the tone for the return game later in the season before the winner take all tournament final in the fall.

Our build up to this game was not, how shall I say, challenging.  We played some of the worst teams in the league and our record was 3-0-0 GF 33 GA 0.  But from the opening whistle we came out firing and never let up, roaring to 4-0 halftime lead before running out 6-1 winners.

We must guard against complacency in a couple of weeks, but, should we win that, we will be in good shape for another league title.  Plus we take another crack at the State Cup after July 4th, as we go for our first ever treble (League, League Tournament and State Cup).

Afterwards we went to the bar to celebrate and were able to catch the last half an hour of US v Canada.  Not pretty.  The play, the uniforms, the result.  I’m sure the US will take care of Antigua on Friday but the Guatemala game could be a little tricky.  Klinsmann’s troops will progress to final round, but I still want to see the day when the US takes these teams out to the shed. Mexico beat Brazil by the way.  Ummm . . . I think the Yanks are officially the little brother on the continent.



Roger Bennett of Soccernet and Men in Blazers examined the new direction for Liverpool Football Club, from manager to kit to finances.  The hiring of Rodgers will hopefully build a successful pleasing to the eye, but it is off the field where the biggest strides may be made. Rog’s synopsis of the Warrior kit deal was eye opening and we’ll see if this relatively small company can bridge the style gap.  Also, partnerships are in the works to increase LFC’s brand presence and revenue streams as the clubs looks to catch up with the big boys.  On and off the field, the Reds are poised to get back to the top.

Jeremiah Oshan posted on SB Nation about MLS attendance thus far this season.  Not only is the league growing for the eighth straight year, but could break last year’s record-setting attendance. Montreal is helping and Columbus ,Houston and San Jose are experiencing big increases in attendance.  Josiah’s research shows that the current average attendance of 18,542 compares nicely with Argentina’s Primera Division (19,843), France’s Ligue 1 (19,742), and Netherlands Eredivisie (19,538).  I will be a paying customer at two games in just under a month, so I’m doing my part.

Mark Zeigler looked at the curious case of Cal FC for UT San Diego.  Eric Wynalda’s team are in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup after a long road that included winning

a seven-team qualifying event for amateur teams, then took out the reigning Premier Development League champions 3-1, the runner-up from the USL Pro league 4-0 and – last week – the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer 1-0, all on the road.

I have heard Wynalda speak several times on the state of US Soccer and how his views do not match with the USSF establishment.  Zeigler echoes this: CalFC was born, rooted in rejection, motivated by marginalization, with the specific intent of scorching a swath of carnage across the American soccer landscape.  How far can they go?  Who knows?  They have the Sounders in Seattle tonight and then go from there.

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