The Yank


The Best of the Rest of My Soccer Blogs

Goal!It is time for me to hang up my sack of metaphorical soccer blogging balls (I couldn’t resist just one last bad bawdy pun), and it is with sadness that I say goodbye to you today. I enjoyed sharing my passion for soccer with you on this site, and I hope you enjoyed my Best US Soccer Blogs and my Best World Soccer Blogs. It is now time for me to take my balls and go though (OK, one more), but first I will reveal the best stuff I wrote about anything and everything.

Here are the 10 Best of the Rest of My Soccer Blogs/Series:

Europe, News, Premier League, World Cup

My Best World Soccer Blogs

one worldOver the last 30 months, I have provided you with plentiful posts about the world and the way people play that crazy game with your feet all over it. Whether you call it soccer, football, futbol, calcio or kick the kiwi, it is the same beautiful game. Over the years, I have written about all the earth’s major leagues and tourneys, like the Champion’s League and the World Cup, and I have always done so with integrity. Um, wait. Nope, I actually mostly wrote about WAGs.

Here are my 10 Best World Soccer Blogs/Series:

News, World Cup

All Good Things Must Come To An End

We don't have TimeLadies and gentleman, the World Cup has come to an end. Across the globe, our brightest soccer light will not shine for nearly four years. I am even more despondent, you see, because – alas – my blogging career is now ending as well. That’s right, the Yank will retire after a mere three more posts. Unlike the World Cup, it is not believed that I will begin blogging again in four years. Nope, I think I am signing off for good. And – it’s for the best – and I will tell you why.

News, World Cup

2010 World Cup Final Recap: Spain Beats the Netherlands

Bandera de EspañaSoccer” is defined by some Ivory Tower types as “a game played on a rectangular field with net goals at either end in which two teams of 11 players each try to drive a ball into the other’s goal by kicking, heading, or using any part of the body except the arms and hands.” I don’t define it that way though. No, I define it – like many others – with only three words “the beautiful game.” After all, no other sport is capable of producing such majestic moments.

News, World Cup

2010 World Cup Final Preview

FIFA World Cup TrophyTomorrow, the Netherlands will take on Spain for all the proverbial marbles at the 2010 World Cup Final. They have bested the rest from around the world in order to make it to this match, and the winners will not just become heroes to their fellow citizens, they will become legends before the entire globe. Now, I hope this Final concludes with just as much drama as the 2006 Final between Italy and France, though I do hope it features one less ugly headbutt.

World Cup

Doc Brown’s 2014 World Cup Predictions

121gigawats2small5rzGreat Scott, Marty!

It’s me once again, Doctor Emmitt Brown… and I am back… from the FUTURE!

I have recently returned from the year 2014 where I watched the thrilling World Cup Final between… What’s that Marty? You want to know who killed JR on Dallas? But you don’t need to have gone to the future to know the answer to that question! All you need is a DVD player and the final season on Blu-Ray. What’s Blu-Ray? Is that what you just asked me Marty? Jesus H. Christ, Marty, stop interrupting me! Let me just tell you about the next World Cup. OK?

Major League Soccer

2010 MLS Power Rankings: Week 14

MLS Power Rankings (07/01) – Last Week’s Rank In Parenthesis

  1. LA Galaxy (1): Sure, they only picked up one point, but they’re still #1.
  2. Columbus Crew (3): The “Hand of GBS” helped lift CMB up one spot.
  3. N.Y. Red Bulls (5): A dominating road win over KCW has NYRB rising.  
  4. Colorado Rapids (4): COL proved its mettle with a road tie vs. HOU. 
  5. Real Salt Lake (2): RSL looked pretty anemic despite being @ Rio Tinto.
  6. FC Dallas (8): The Former Burn went on the road to smoke the Goats.
News, World Cup

US Soccer Monthly Musings: June Edition

juno ludovisiThe Month: The month of June derives its name from Juno, the Roman goddess who called Jupiter her hubby and spawned Mars, Minerva and Vulcan. She was known as a special protector of those who worshipped her, and famous literary lads like Bill Shakespeare always portrayed her as a cruel, warlike god. Thus, she was a tough broad, but one who utilized her powers to protect those who needed her support. She sort of reminds me of our US MNT. Why?

News, World Cup

USA-GHA Review: This Is The End

I always wait 48 hours before blogging about a disappointing US defeat. I utilize this delay because I could usually write some vitriolic stuff about the squad immediately following a loss. But, as Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte could tell you, much can change over 48 hours, so it is imperative that I let my passions cool before I attempt to objectively convey my feelings regarding the team’s performance.

News, Premier League, World Cup

US Soccer Birthday Roast: Davies Edition

The making of...The Host: Everyone gather round, it is time to celebrate the birthday of Charlie Davies who turns 24 today. Charlie, we love you, happy birthday man. And hey, we have also all been “lovin’ it” here at McDonalds where we are (1) honoring you for your feats (with your feet) over your career and (2) going face down into that big bag of balls at the playground outside. Stop laughing everyone! No, Charlie, I didn’t mean it that way. Grow up everybody. This is a very serious occasion here guys.

Charlie, we know you would rather be playing in the Cup right now than in the balls.