Skip to main content

U.S. Men's U-17 Team Schools Guatemala in CONCACAF Championship Group Stage

If there's a Ground Zero for International Soccer Geekery...its following the international Under 17 competitions. But when you're on the treadmill and starved for some soccer, you'll watch anything. And plus, just FYI: our U-17 team is dominating the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Honduras, having just taken Guatemala to school to the tune of 4-1.

It's rewarding to watch the U-17 lads for  number of reasons:

First, a slower pace of play and more frequent errors allows a student of the game more of an opportunity to learn and understand what's going on down on the field, especially when juxtaposed against my usual diet of Premier League Football, the flaws and techniques and playing styles become a lot easier to decipher when watching the lads.

Second, you feel like you're watching the future stars of the U.S. Men's National Team, MLS, and perhaps even EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, who knows...but you're definitely watching the future of American soccer. Players like Joe Gallardo, Josh Perez (who scored three goals v. Gautemala), the Pulisic brothers, just to name a few, are players to watch over the next five years or so as they develop.

Third, let's face it: It's just nice to see the U.S. dominating on the soccer pitch, not a sight we often get to witness.

The CONCACAF Championships are going on all during the month of March, so if you've got Fox Sports 2 and/or you're bored on the treadmill, tune in and cheer for the future of American Soccer Domination.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

New Yorker Fiction Review: "The Apologizer" by Milan Kundera

Issue: May 4, 2015

Rating: $$

Review: It took me five years and three separate attempts to finish Milan Kundera's famous novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but in spite of that, quotes and insights from that book still rattle round my head on a weekly basis. What I mean to say is: my feelings on Kundera are very similar to my feelings on Haruki Murakami. I enjoy reading his work, but in small doses, like this short story.

Like Murakami, Kundera uses elements of magical realism, but where in a Murakami story you might encounter a flying dolphin or a disappearing hotel or a person who has lived his whole life in the same room, refusing to leave, Kundera's magical realism offers more direct insights and perspective on real life.

In Kundera's worlds, time and space are malleable and everything that ever happened in history is happening at the same time, and the narrator is a completely omniscient, caring, witty, and hands-on god-like being.

And so it is with "The Apo…

New Yorker Fiction Reviews: "Meet the President!" by Zadie Smith

Each week I review the short fiction from a recent issue of The New Yorker. If you told me when I was 12 that I'd be doing this I'd have been like, "Dork. There's no such thing as blogs," and I'd have been right...

Issue: Aug. 12 & 19, 2013

Story: "Meet the President!"

Author:Zadie Smith

(Please note: I've developed a highly sophisticated grading system, which I'll be using from now on.  Each story will now receive a Final Grade of either READ IT or DON'T READ it. See the bottom of the review for this story's grade...after you've read the review, natch.)

Plot: Set in England, far into the future (lets say 2113) a privileged youth of 15, named Bill Peek, encounters a few poor villagers from a small, abandoned coastal town on the southeast shore. He meets a little girl named Aggie, who is going to her sister's funeral. Peek is cut-off from real life by a sophisticated video game system that is implanted in his head, therefore th…

A Piece of Advice I Learned From My Grandfather

My grandfather was one of the most learned men I know. He read widely and voraciously, and not just in the sciences (he was a doctor); he loved politics, philosophy, and great literature as well. Whenever he finished a book he would write his thoughts about the book in the front cover and then sign and date it. To this day every once in a while I will open a book from my bookshelf or my mother's bookshelf, or at one of my family members' homes, and there will be my grandfather's handwriting. He was also a great giver of his books; if you remarked that you liked a particular one or wanted to read it, you were almost sure to take it home with you.

Reading is a very solitary pursuit but my grandfather was not a solitary person. He relished having family and friends around him which is convenient because he was blessed with a lot of both. And he carried out his intellectual life in a very "public" way as well. He was, in some ways, an intellectual evangelist. If he r…