Category: soccer

Chicago Fire FC Strives to Build Winning Team On, Off Field

Unlike Austin FC, which is the lone professional sports organization in the Texas capital, Chicago Fire FC is jostling for eyeballs, support and dollars with the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, Bulls, Sky and Red Stars in the Windy City.

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Austin FC Inaugural Season ‘Absolutely a Success’ Despite On-Field Struggles

Austin FC was built on the mission of uniting the community around soccer while also becoming a flag bearer for the Texas capital.

While Austin FC struggled on the field during its inaugural season, finishing 12th out of 13 teams in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference, the club’s off-field successes laid a promising foundation for future prosperity for the city’s first professional sports franchise.

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Carli Lloyd Hopes to Play for USWNT at 2020 Olympics

Carli Lloyd doesn’t take anything for granted. While her career resume is one every aspiring professional soccer player can only dream of, she knows in this game, especially ahead of a major tournament, the focus isn’t on career success, but more on present performance and future potential.

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Chicago Fire FC Reinventing Identity With Help of Fans

On October 8, 1871, legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn belonging to Patrick and Catherine O’Leary located at 137 DeKoven Street on the southwest side of Chicago.

Dry weather and an endless supply of wooden buildings provided the ideal fuel as the ensuing fire—whose true cause is still a mystery—spread throughout the Windy City. Over the course of two days, the conflagration turned thousands of buildings into ash and rubble, killed 300 people and led to an estimated $200 million in damages.

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How Belgium Soccer’s Golden Generation Helped Unify a Nation

During his tenure at Everton FC from 2013-16, Roberto Martinez managed three Belgian players: Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini.

Born to Congolese parents, Lukaku grew up in Antwerp, a large metropolis located in Belgium’s northern Flemish Region where Dutch is the main language. Mirallas, whose father was born in Spain, grew up in Liege, part of Belgium’s French-speaking Walloon Region. Fellaini, born to Moroccan parents, was brought up in Brussels, the focal point of the nation’s bilingual Brussels-Capital Region.

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USL-Scottish Premiership Club Partnerships Based on Player Development

Whenever Leland Archer arrives for training at the Hibernian Training Centre, he enters the facility with a smile on his face—even when it’s cloudy or raining, which can often be the case in Scotland.

Part of that is due to his personality, but another major reason for Archer to smile is his appreciation of the opportunity at hand. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Archer is one of the first players to benefit from a new partnership between the Charleston Battery of the USL Championship and Scottish Premiership side Hibernian FC.

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