November 23, 2013 |
When the list of 23 finalists for this year's Ballon d'Or was released last month, it included six players from German club Bayern Munich. That's one more player-of-the-year candidate than all 20 teams of the English Premier League contributed. While that may seem like an anomaly, it's actually part of a trend. Last year's FIFA First XI - a kind of global all-star team - was made up entirely of players from Spain's La Liga. Last year also marked the first time in 17 years that an English team failed to make the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.
November 19, 2013 |
Cristian Roldan, the former Pico Rivera El Rancho soccer star, has been named the Pac-12 freshman of the year at Washington. Roldan was the Gatorade player of the year during his senior year at El Rancho. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
November 18, 2013 |
San Clemente is ranked No. 1 in Division 1 boys' soccer and Chaminade is ranked No. 1 in girls' soccer in preseason Southern Section rankings. Here's the link to boys' rankings. Here's the link to girls' rankings. Eric.email@example.com
November 11, 2013 |
Officials in all sports are supposed to ensure fairness and, to a lesser degree, sportsmanship in the games they oversee. But one Saudi Arabian soccer referee apparently didn't get the memo. Early in the second half of Thursday's match between Al Nahdha and Al Ittihad, Taisir Al Antaif, the goalkeeper for Al Nahdha, paused before a goal kick when he noticed the shoelace on his left boot had come undone. Because he was wearing his large white goalie gloves, Al Antaif was unable to rectify the situation himself so he began gesturing to teammates to come help him out. Instead Brazilian striker Jobson of visiting Al Ittihad rushed over.
November 10, 2013 |
The Galaxy expected to spend the coming week preparing for the second leg of Major League Soccer's Western Conference final. Instead, the team will spend it preparing for next year. Thursday's 2-0 overtime loss to Real Salt Lake in the conference semifinals not only spoiled the Galaxy's quest for an unprecedented third consecutive MLS title, but it also marked the team's earliest playoff exit since 2008. As for why that happened, there are many ideas and several theories but no sure answers.
November 9, 2013 |
This wasn't the way it was supposed to end for Bob Bradley's Egyptian team. In a just world, Bradley, who has given Egyptian soccer fans hope during some of the darkest days in the country's recent history, would see his Cinderella team end up in Brazil next summer with a spot in the World Cup, a tournament Egypt has played in once since 1934. Instead, Bradley's Quixotic World Cup qualifying quest figures to end in disappointment next week in the second leg of a two-match African qualifier with Ghana.