Category Archives: Soccer

USA Wins A Brilliant Shutout 6-0 Over Cuba in Gold Cup Quarterfinals

By: Kiersten Ehr

BALTIMORE– The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team had a brilliant blowout win in the Quarterfinal match-up against Cuba at M&T Stadium on July 18 winning 6-0. USMNT will make their way to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals Wednesday, July 22 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, against Jamaica.

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The MNT improved it’s Gold Cup Quarterfinal record to 8-0-1. The six-goal win was the largest margin of victory for the USA in the history of the tournament.

Link: YouTube video with highlights from July 18th, 2015

Player of the game: Clint Dempsey (Forward)

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Dempsey, 32, achieved a hat trick (3 goals). Dempsey’s hat trick was the fourth in MNT Gold Cup history). Clint Dempsey scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals in this Gold Cup Tournament. Dempsey is the current golden boot leader (top goal scorer). He now has 47 goals in his MNT career, including 11 in the Gold Cup, which ranks second on the all-time list.

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Scoring drives of the game:

USA – Clint Dempsey (Timmy Chandler) 4th minute

USA – Gyasi Zardes (Fabian Johnson)      15

USA – Aron Johannsson (Michael Bradley) 32

USA – Omar Gonzalez (Aron Johannsson)   45

USA – Clint Dempsey (penalty kick)          64

USA – Clint Dempsey (Michael Bradley)   78

Watch USA vs Jamaica for the Semifinals on Wednesday, July 22.
Live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMas.
Fans can follow USMNT on Twitter @ussoccer


Until the next time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr
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WORLD CUP: She believes in the U.S.A.

By: Kiersten Ehr

@KierstenEhr

July 5th, 2015 marked a historic night for #TEAMUSA in Vancouver.

The U.S. Women’s National Team will be partying like its 1999. Team USA beat Japan 5-2 in the World Cup final.

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In just three minutes into the game — U.S. center midfielder Carli Lloyd scored three goals (hat trick) in the World Cup final against Japan.

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“We just made history. I was on a mission,” Lloyd said Monday on “CBS This Morning. “It was just an epic win and we created history.”
“(I) did imagine playing in a World Cup final and scoring four goals or so,” Lloyd said. “It’s amazing what the mind can do and I was just focused and wanted to come here and help my team win in any way I could.”

#USWNT now has three Women’s World Cup titles (1991,1999, 2015)

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GET THE GIST OF IT:

  • U.S. held a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes (Lloyd with hat trick)
  • U.S. lost to Japan in 2011 in penalty kicks (This re-match game was a huge opportunity for the U.S. to get a comeback win)
  • First sellout crowd in a Women’s World Cup final
  • Carli Lyold received the Golden Ball (MVP) as player of the tournament (scored twice in about 135 seconds as #USWNT led 2-0 over Japan in fifth minute)
  • Lauren Holiday made an epic U.S. lead 4-0 with a 54 yard shot from midfield!
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    {According to VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)– It was also the fastest hat trick in World Cup history — men or women — and Lloyd became the first American since Michelle Akers in 1991 to score multiple goals in a World Cup final. The only other hat trick in a World Cup final was when England’s Geoff Hurst scored three times against Germany in the men’s 1966 final at Wembley.}
  • Lloyd scored six goals in seven matches during the monthlong tournament, raising her international total to 69.
  • U.S. is 25-1-6 against Japan & a 3-1 advantage in World Cup meeting

Giving back to fans #Shebelieves

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The U.S. WNT showed appreciation to their fans during the FIFA World Cup tournament as the U.S. WNT players used the #SheBelieves.

#SheBelieves campaign is a message to young girls that they can accomplish all their goals and dreams that nothing is impossible without believing in yourself.

As a team, we are always excited to be able to positively impact young fans, especially young girls,” said U.S. WNT captain Christie Rampone. “The #SheBelieves initiative allows us to interact with the fans and encourage them to set high goals and strive to reach them no matter what the obstacles.” (Source: http://www.ussoccer.com)

Congratulations to U.S. A.! Now talk about a perfect ending to 4th of July weekend.


Til the next time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr

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BARCELONA FC For The Champions League Win!

By: Kiersten Ehr

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Luis Suarez, Neymar, Lionel Messi Photo Credit: @FCBarcelona

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”
Lionel Messi
(Currently #1 soccer player in the world)

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Winners for the 2015 Champions League Photo Credit: fcbarcelona.com

Soccer fans globally watched in awe Saturday on Fox Sports the brilliance of Barcelona’s squad talent win the Champions League title 3-1 over the Italian Juventus FC (football club). This is the 5th time Barcelona has won the Champions League. 

What is the Champions League?
For people who do not know the importance of the Champions League Finals think of the Super Bowl in America. But all the top European football clubs compete against each other starting with a group stage. 8 groups consisting of 4 teams play each other twice to get the most points possible to move forward to the final 16. Next the final 16 teams through to the final 4 teams are all two legged games throughout the spring. Then the last two teams battle it out in the final for the trophy and the highest recognition in football.
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BARCELONA: Why they are #1 Right Now

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Lionel Messi. The million dollar smile. Photo Credit: fcbarcelona.com

let the celebration begin

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Parade in Spain June 7th for the celebration. Photo Credit: @FCBarcelona
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Neymar, Suarez Messi Photo Credit: @FCBarcelona
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Winning the Champions League is a tremendous honor. Barcelona fans will never forget this brilliant victory. With their star players Messi, Neymar, Suarez just to name a few. Now is a time to be bittersweet– the mens soccer season will resume this fall.

Til the next time,
I’m Kiersten Ehr

Chelsea F.C. Wins The Barclays Premier League Championship 2014/2015

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Photo Credit: Chelsea FC

By: Kiersten Ehr

I HATE TO SPEAK ABOUT INDIVIDUALS. PLAYERS DON’T WIN YOU TROPHIES, TEAMS WIN TROPHIES, SQUADS WIN TROPHIES.

-JOSE MOURINHO (CHELSEA Football club MANAGER)

Chelsea F.C. (Football Club) fans will forever remember the date 5-24-15.

Yesterday was a brilliant day for Chelsea soccer/football fans as the blues won the title and the astounding recognition for worldwide fandom (even for Houston Texan star J.J. Watt).

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Photo Credit: Dave Shopland- Stamford Bridge London UK- J.J. Watt pictured.

Chelsea finished the season remarkably, coming from behind to beat Sunderland 3-1 at Stamford Bridge UK. They also finished as the only team across all four divisions not to face a home league defeat.

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(Pictured) Joshua Bonnington proudly wearing his #1 team Chelsea F.C. hoodie.
I was lucky enough to have been taught the soccer basics by a lovely English family the Bonningtons this past year as their family showed and expressed a deep passion for the Chelsea F.C. franchise. As a Green Bay Packer American Football fan, I immediately knew what it felt like to completely devote time and energy into a team. I’m blessed to have watched the astounding historical games Chelsea pulled off this year.

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Get To Know Chelsea:

Leagues

Doubles(Two titles in a season)


Soccer/football is the #1 sport in the world for a reason. After a year of watching the Premier League matches… I have grown to love this amazing sport. For anyone who is a one sport kind of fan- I inspire you to try something new and try a brand new sport of some kind– you’ll be amazed it’s worth a shot.


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Stamford Bridge. Photo Credit: Stuart Bonnington
Quote from an avid Chelsea fan after the win yesterday:
“What a fabulous day! Chelsea collected their 4th Premier League Trophy in front of a jubilant Stamford Bridge. If there is anything I have missed living here in Texas are these days, singing my heart out in the Shed End cheering on my heroes. Saying goodbye to Didier Drogba was always going to be poignant. Have to love the way he was carried off on the shoulders of his team mates. How they love The Drog at the Bridge. How fitting also that John Terry collected the trophy having played every second of every match at the age of 34. He still has at least one, maybe two really good seasons ahead of him. Well done The Blues. A fabulous season leading from start to finish.” – Stuart Bonnington


And I think because of the passion of every English player and every English supporter, and every English journalist for the game, most of the game is played with passion, love for football and instinct, but in football you also have to think.
– Jose Mourinho

 ~Kiersten~

Soccer- The Globalized Sensation

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By: Kiersten Ehr

Ronaldo. Beckham. Messi. Pele. Lampard. Maradona. These are just a few of the world’s best soccer players.
There’s only one sport that is #1 in the world. Soccer (futbol).

Nothing can compare to the globalized sensation that lures fans in by millions upon millions. The numbers are growing rapidly as the fan base continues to soar. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world in player numbers. In the 2006 FIFA Big Count listings, there were 265 million soccer players in the world. With just having the FIFA World Cup in summer of 2014 in Brazil, the global reach surpassed the 3.2 billion efforts for the 2010 South Africa totals.

Living in America here are some reasons why I think soccer prevails.

  • Popularity in #’s 
    -Why look at the most popular sport in the world in player numbers. In the 2006 FIFA Big Count listings, there were 265 million soccer players in the world.
  • Inexpensive $
    Have a budget? Want to play a pick up game with freinds? Try-out  soccer. Just need a soccer ball & some cleats.
  • Time benefits
    If you are like me, I can’t stand useless timeouts/commercials/ that distract from the momentum of sport games. Soccer plays start to finish- with halftime. No timeouts. What a strange concept for most American sports fans. But I’m telling you the game goes by much faster!
  • Concept/Rules 
    If you are completely a soccer newbie like I was a couple of months ago- learning the game and rules is not impossible. The game is easily comprehended by young children to adults. If you understand American Football in the complexity of set plays and regulations learning  soccer will be a piece of cake.
  • Playing Soccer = Fit body 
    If you love running- soccer is the sport for you. Pro athletes run miles in matches adding to their fit physique. I’m telling you the effects of soccer keep you smiling!
  • Atmosphere
    Never watching a soccer game growing up before- I watched the FIFA 2014 World Cup- WOW- The fans go absolutely bonkers. Watching Chelsea English Premiere League games with people from England at college it’s absolutely amazing to see how excited people get when a goal is scored. GOAL! One word brings such joy to soccer fans.Spoken from a real true soccer sports fan in Texas born and raised in England-  Josh Bonnington quotes that “Soccer is the best sport in the world. It’s a beautiful game. Nothing can compare to it. Nothing. Having your team win (Chelsea FC) and be number one in the English Premiere League is brilliant, especially when you can brag to Manchester City fans.”

Here is a YouTube sensationalized video that has peaked with over 20 million views. It’s worth a good laugh! Enjoy.