Category: soccer

FC Barcelona is Paving the Way For Women’s Soccer

Lieke Martens played soccer with boys until she was 16 years old. Some opposing players would maliciously kick out at her because she was a girl. Some would pull her ponytail because she was a girl. Some opposing team parents would even berate her from the sidelines because she was a girl. Continue reading “FC Barcelona is Paving the Way For Women’s Soccer”

USL Expansion Centers Around Stadium-Anchored Entertainment Districts

In 2016, Brett M. Johnson, principal at real estate development firm Fortuitous Partners, bought a minority stake in Arizona United SC. The soccer club was rebranded as Phoenix Rising FC later that year under new ownership led by Berke Bakay, president and CEO of Kona Grill. Continue reading “USL Expansion Centers Around Stadium-Anchored Entertainment Districts”

Dick’s Sporting Goods Announces 2020 Women’s Initiative

Growing up, Jennie Finch was forced to wear baseball cleats as she rose to prominence as one of, if not the best fast-pitch softball player to ever play the game. It wasn’t only until after a record-setting career at the University of Arizona when Finch was able to partner with Mizuno to create a line specifically for girls and women in her sport. Continue reading “Dick’s Sporting Goods Announces 2020 Women’s Initiative”

Konrad de la Fuente Striving To Be First American To Play For FC Barcelona

The pressures of being part of FC Barcelona’s youth academy are massive enough. Over the past 40 years, La Masia has produced some of the club’s and sport’s greatest players including Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Victor Valdes and Pep Guardiola. Continue reading “Konrad de la Fuente Striving To Be First American To Play For FC Barcelona”

FC Barcelona’s La Masia Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

La Masia translates to “the farmhouse” in Catalan. The name for FC Barcelona’s youth academy and Spain’s first soccer residence was chosen because a masia is the building tied closely to the land around it.

For the past 40 years, La Masia has served as the epicenter of FC Barcelona, not only pumping life into soccer, but also basketball, handball, roller hockey and futsal. Continue reading “FC Barcelona’s La Masia Celebrates its 40th Anniversary”