Archive for the ‘Soccer/Football’ Category

DC Sports hit a crossroad.

January 8, 2010

2008 was the year of change on the Hill.

2010 is the year of change for DC sports.

DC sports have it a crossroad. In the past decade, teams in the District, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) have won only won title and that was Gary Williams and the Terrapins in 2002. Other than that, DC sports have been nothing short of futile.

Growing up in the DMV, I understand the frustration that arises from being a DC area sports fan. First there was optimism when Snyder bought the team and started trying to completely rebuild the franchise. Then Michael Jordan came and everyone was in awe of arguably the greatest player to ever grace Dr. Naismith’s court. Leonisis’ front office drafted what was supposed to be the greatest player since Gretsky. Oh, and DC United won a championship (which apparently no one cares about) and drafted the 16 year-old phenom named Freddy Adu.

Now, things are different. Mike Shanahan was introduced as head coach of the Redskins, weeks after salary cap genius Bruce Allen was brought in. Alex Ovechkin was granted the captains badge on his sweater for a team that has shown brilliance in the past few years. Abe Pollin is gone and while the Wizards looks promising, Gilbert Arenas has taken all the headlines with his upcoming gun possession charges. Oh, and if you care, Curt Onalfo was named head coach of DC United. But again, I’m guessing you don’t care.

So where do we go from here? No doubt Shanahan is expected to win a Super Bowl and bring back the glory to the Redskins. Will it happen? Possibly.

The Capitals are looking like a team that is poised to make a deep playoff run. Will it happen? Possibly.

Abe Pollin is gone, god bless his soul, and the Wizards are in more turmoil than ever. Flip Saunders was brought to town to stablize everything, yet things have fallen apart as they are near the cellar of the Eastern conference and Arenas has threatened the franchise with extreme possibilities of failure for the next decade.

Where do we go from here?

Up. Hopefully.

But will it happen?

Will Snyder be able to take a step back and understand he doe not have to be as hands on?

Will Bruce Boudreau finally have a team worthy of Lord Stanley’s cup?

Will Leonsis be able to reorganize the Wizards after a fiasco as enormous as the Arenas situation?

All of these are interesting story-lines for a city desperate for a championship?

Will they be asnwered? Who knows.

Will Washington fans be happy if they are?

Probably not, but it will be a huge turnaround i any of these franchises find their way out of the professional sports cellar.

Oh, did I not mention the Nationals. Yeah, probably for the best.

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Frankie Hejduk: Kind of, really a badass.

July 10, 2009

Just to get it off my chest, I dislike the Columbus Crew. They’re a conference rival to D.C. United (aka the greatest MLS franchise) and while they never fair well against my team, I still don’t like them. This video makes me reconsider.

Frankie Hejduk has been suspended for slamming beers with some tailgating fans but this takes it one step further.

In total badassery form, Hejduk came off the pitch, slapped hands with the ultras and downed a beer for all to see.

Bravo Hejduk, you make me hate the Crew a slight bit less.

And here’s a better angle:

US DEFEATS SPAIN, FIND WAY INTO FINAL.

June 24, 2009

300h

Somehow the US was able to put two goals in the back of the net, on their way to upsetting Spain, the number one team in the world. They’ll be heading to the final of the Confederations Cup, but after that game, will anyone in the US care?

The US capatilized on their chances as Altidore and Dempsey while Howard stayed strong in net to prevent Spains attack from scoring in a tough game that the Americans clearly showed up for.

Soccer is all about capatilizing on the chances you get and the US was able to do that. Just being in this game was a miracle considering the crushing defeats to Italy and Brazil, but it was a damn good thing Bob Bradleys team finally decided to show up. This will certainly be a big boost in confidence considering the teams struggles not only in this tournament, but the last few qualifying games as well.

This now becomes one of the better moments in US soccer history, although it will not be as highly touted as the others because it was not in the World Cup. But the fact of the matter is, the US took down the #1 team in the world, a team that was riding a 35 game win streak and are headed to a final with Brazil in three days.

I’m personally a German soccer fan, but because of my citizenship I do root for the US. GO USA!

*Yawn* Even I could do that from 35 yards.

June 11, 2009

Oscar Rojas broke Mexico’s deadlock with Trinidad & Tobago (can’t you just choose one name and stick to it) with this spectacular shot from about 35 yards out. An impressive shot because he was able to keep the ball below the crossbar while placing it in the upper 90. Mexico won this World Cup qualifier 2-1, dashing the hopes of T&T and forcing them to look even further into the future for a possible chance at the WC in 2016.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am in NO WAY cheering for Mexico, but with the lack of good football being played by the US, it’s refreshing to see such a beautiful goal in a CONCACAF qualifier.

Damn, I can’t wait till next Summer.