Monday, May 02, 2016

Leicester City! EPL Champions! Fairy tales DO come true!

They did it. They really did it.

Leicester City, a team that a year ago languished in last place in the English Premier League, a team that faced 5,000-to-1 odds at the start of this season, a team whose payroll ranks 17th of the 20 EPL clubs, just clinched its first EPL title in the club's 132 year history.

From near-relegation to complete euphoria. Worst to First.

It is, arguably, the most improbable championship run in any team sport anywhere in the world.

And, it was a victory for underdogs everywhere. If Leicester can win the English Premier League, ANYTHING is truly possible.

They had to wait a day to clinch the title after settling for a 1-1 tie with Manchester United on Sunday. And they did it with the help of Chelsea, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Tottenham 2-2 on Monday afternoon. Fans all over the world (including my 16-year-old soccer-playing daughter and her friends) watched the end of that Chelsea-Tottenham game and then Tweeted about Leicester's miracle championship.

Famous athletes sent Tweets of congratulations, including Dirk Nowitzki and Rory McIlroy.

And fans the world over rejoiced, as Leicester had become -- at worst -- everyone's second-favorite team. The biggest celebrations, of course, were in the East Midlands, in Leicester, where fans spilled onto the streets, roared and popped open champagne and beer bottles. And nobody was happier than the Foxes themselves. Check out this video from defender Christian Fuchs' phone, shot the moment they realized their fairy tale had come true.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Miami FC signs Cuban defender, Strikers sign Julius James

Friday Futbol Notes...

Miami FC signed former Cuban national team defender Jorge Luis Corrales.

The 24-year-old joined Pinar del Rio in 2009 and spent six years with the team. He was team MVP in 2012, 2013, 2014. He played for Cuba's U17, U20, U23 teams and the national team.

"Corrales is one of the most driven players I've had the opportunity of working with,'' said Miami FC coach Alessandro Nesta. "He impressed me in the open and invitational tryouts, so it's a pleasure to bring him on board. He has such a passion for the sport, and it's always refreshing to see someone with so much dedication take their talents to the field.''

Miami FC, the city's new NASL team, opens its inaugural season in April.

Also this week, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers signed Trinidad and Tobago national team defender Julius James. The 31-yea-old impressed Strikers coaches during the recent Florida Cup. He started and played full matches at center back against FC Schalke 04 and Independiente Santa Fe. In 2014, he played for the San Antonio Scorpions. He played college at the University of Connecticut, and was picked by Toronto in the 2008 MLS Draft. He went on to play for Houston, D.C. and Columbus.

"We are delighted to sign an experienced defender like Julius,'' said coach Caio Zanardi. "He has made tremendous progress to overcome injury and is an example for many of the younger guys in the locker room.''



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lewandowski's 5 goals in 9 minutes!

Yes, you read that right!

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scored FIVE goals in NINE minutes to rally his team from a 1-0 halftime deficit to a 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg.

Here are the goals, in case you don't believe me....


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tim Howard ready to return to US team

Big news out of England that may take some of the sting off US Gold Cup loss to Jamaica for US fans...

Veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard says he has enjoyed his hiatus, but is ready to re-join the US team.

Read about it here...

Meanwhile, some stats following the stunning US 2-1 loss to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal...

The loss ended a 26-match home win streak for Team USA

Jamaica, 78th in the FIFA world rankings, is the first Caribbean team to reach the Gold Cup final in tournament history

The loss is believed to be the first home loss for the U.S. to a Caribbean team since 1969.