Happy New Year?
Happy New Year?
Tomorrow night at the Linc, the Philadelphia Union take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid, one of the most famous clubs in the world. The game is the third and final preseason tune-up for Real Madrid in the United States, the previous two being 4-1 and 3-0 thrashings of the two Los Angeles teams (Galaxy and Chivas). The game is a great opportunity for fans to see the likes of Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema and the electric, enigmatic, love-him-or-hate-him Cristiano Ronaldo, widely considered the second best player in the world behind Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo has been busy on his team’s U.S. tour thus far. Apparently CRon doesn’t feel the need to practice and has been hanging out around in Philly. Hit the jump for pics from his Philly escapades.
Who knew Chunk from Goonies never aged and is a die-hard women’s soccer fan?
It’s unavoidable – the US Women’s team has grabbed the attention of the nation. Did it take a historic, dramatic, unbelievable finish, worthy of any sport and any gender? Sure. Is it helped by the fact that this is the slowest sports week of the year? Probably. Will people get behind anything that involves the red, white, and blue? Those colors don’t run.
But there’s probably more to it than that. The USWNT is actually good, capable of winning the tournament, something the men’s squad can’t say. Women’s soccer doesn’t look that different from the men’s game. The team has some personality too, as evidenced by Hope Solo’s awesome (and justified) rant against her coach after the team was knocked out of the 2007 World Cup and Megan Rapinoe’s tremendous ‘Born in the USA’ celebration after her goal against Colombia.
And you know what else? They’re kind of attractive. So as you root them on and read countless articles about how they embody the American spirit, let Weems cross that sexism line (as he does so often — and others won’t) and give his take on who the real starting XI for the USWNT should be.
Danny Mwanga scored a late equalizer last night as the Union and Galaxy battled to a 1-1 draw. Weems was there taking in the scene and partying on the field with some ladies at halftime. The Union were chasing for most of the game thanks to Landon Donovan’s early first half goal and they tied in late thanks to an atrocious back pass that was stolen by Mwanga. The Union nearly stole two points with some nice pressure in the final minutes but they were unable to score a second goal. Be sure to check out the Brotherly Game for more details on the match.
Is it a coincidence that Weems was on the field yesterday, and today we released our DOOP shirt??? Well, actually, yes — it is. But still, you should buy one.
According to Brotherly Game, the Union are set to play Everton from the English Premier League on July 20th at PPL Park. Everton is best known in the States for being the home of Tim Howard, the USMNT goalie and one of the best keepers in the world. Landon Donovan, USA’s all-time leading scorer, had a wildly successful loan spell with Everton last year
Unconfirmed reports that the girls in the photo will be in attendance. One guy that might is ?uestLove, the Union’s newest celebrity fan.
The Phillies’ Carlos Ruiz (Chooch 1.0) met the Union’s Carlos Ruiz (Chooch 2.0) today at Citizens Bank Park. The two Philadelphia athletes exchanged jerseys and had some laughs. No word on whether Chooch 2.0 names all of his kids Carlos as well.
Get drunk and enjoy your weekend.
Pic via the Philadelphia Union’s Facebook page.
If you watched the Union’s thrilling come-from-behind victory for over the New England Revolution on Saturday, you were given a special surprise when it was announced that the U.S. Men’s National Team will take on Colombia at PPL Park in Chester on October 12th. This game comes on the heels of the USA v. Turkey game at the Linc in May, the final game on home soil for the Yanks before they headed over to South Africa.
The fact that Philadelphia was given another USMNT game so soon after the Turkey game speaks volumes about the growing soccer fan base in the city. With the success of that game (over 50,000 fans packed the Linc) and the success of the crowds at PPL Park (averaging over 17,500 fans a game) it’s clear Philadelphia is growing into quite the soccer city. It also bodes well for Philadelphia being a host city in the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, should the US win the bid.
Tickets go on sale this week. And don’t forget to rock your Weems Wear USA shirt!
According to Goal.com, USMNT striker Jozy Altidore is set to join Besiktas in the Turkish League. The good news is he’ll get to play against good competition in both the Turkish league as well as the Europa league under a good coach (Bernd Schuster) with good players (Quaresma and Guti, to name a few). The bad news? The USA fans won’t be able to see him as much as we did when he was in the EPL with Hull City. Thank god for the internet.
This is most likely an honest mistake, but in England, a typo like this could get a fool cut faster than an extra on the set of Edward Scissorhands.