Single-Digit Soccer: Flunk the 2-3-1?

After a long day on the field, I came home and found this video on possible 7v7 or 8v8 formations: So basically, anything other than a 2-3-1. In the U.S. Soccer curriculum handed down a couple of years ago, the recommended 7v7 formation (see p. 31 of the PDF) is … a 2-3-1. Uh oh. When I started with U9s this season, I went with the curriculum. Even showed my team a little photo gallery explaining how to make it work. The curriculum, on the other hand, does not explain how to make it work. And that raises the question of whether I can make it … Continue reading Single-Digit Soccer: Flunk the 2-3-1?

Cricket player aims to make soccer club farewell pay off

Ellyse Perry has represented Australia in cricket and soccer. But to play for Australia in the World Twenty20, she had to say goodbye to her soccer club, Canberra United. A few months later, she found a new club, Sydney FC. But before then, she has some business in Sri Lanka. Perry gave up six runs per over in Australia’s World Twenty20 opener as her team won handily over India.   Continue reading Cricket player aims to make soccer club farewell pay off

Ryder Cup reality check: Shouldn’t USA adopt underdog mentality?

Here’s the fallacy of the Ryder Cup: Europeans generally expect to lose, and Americans generally expect to win. Maybe it’s some variant of American exceptionalism, where we in the land of apple pie and gridiron football just can’t process any sport we don’t win. That’s changing in some sports such as soccer, where we’ll gladly watch leagues and tournaments in which Americans aren’t even participating. But it’s not changing in golf. We think we should dominate this event. We’re the country that closes business deals on the golf course. We didn’t invent this sport — the Scots apparently did it … Continue reading Ryder Cup reality check: Shouldn’t USA adopt underdog mentality?

Challenging places to ride a bicycle

From the “things I would do if I were in better shape” department, world-class mountain biker Jeremiah Bishop has produced an entertaining look at a beautiful ride in the Appalachians. Love the scenery, but I could feel my legs aching just by looking at it. From the “things I might considering doing if I were immortal or at least had a support crew for medical and security needs,” British adventurer/filmmaker Dominic Gill toured Egypt with a tandem bike during the country’s upheaval of 2011. Universal Sports will show us the results. Continue reading Challenging places to ride a bicycle

Why Lance Armstrong isn’t done with international authorities yet

The short answer: Because his associates’ cases are still active. And that leads to this: Translation of Travis Tygart’s interview with L’Équipe « Tour De José. A few highlights: – Travis Tygart talks about USADA’s reaction to death threats. – Again, Tygart says Armstrong could’ve made things a lot easier by cooperating. – Statute of limitations? Not so simple. – The L’Equipe interviewer thinks the federal investigation into Armstrong must have stopped because it’s an election year. What? Continue reading Why Lance Armstrong isn’t done with international authorities yet

American women in Europe: Champions League soccer update

Can’t promise I’ll do this every time we have UEFA games, but with the round of 32 starting this week, it seemed like a good time to check out the Women’s Champions League and see how U.S. players and a few players with U.S. ties are doing. (I’ve surely missed people. Please add them in the comments.) These are first-leg games in the standard two-leg format. Home teams listed first: Zurich (Sui) 1-1 Juvisy (Fra): Only one notable name — Germany’s Inka Grings, now playing for Zurich, has moved closer to the great Hanna Ljungberg’s European scoring record. (Update from comments: Zurich’s Sonja … Continue reading American women in Europe: Champions League soccer update

Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer faces the voters

When Drew Carey was indulging his soccer fandom in his pre-ownership days, he learned about the concept of fans voting to keep or dump a club president. He vowed to do the same thing as an MLS owner. And he’s a man of his word. General manager Adrian Hanauer — also a co-owner — is facing a fan vote on his job. Technically, a “no” vote is a “lack of confidence” vote. From the official voting site: “A lack of confidence vote signifies that season ticket members are not pleased with the job of the general manager and direction of the team.” … Continue reading Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer faces the voters