The popularity of soccer—both in participation and interest—is increasing in the United States. There’s no doubting that.
According to a 2018 Gallup poll, 7% of Americans cited soccer as their favorite sport to watch, while 9% preferred America’s pastime baseball. Not only is soccer growing as a whole in the United States, but Major League Soccer (MLS), the top domestic league, has experienced a 27% rise in interest since 2012, according to Nielsen Sports Sponsorlink. Continue reading “Soccer’s Growth in U.S. Has Legends Excited”
Sebastian Giovinco is usually one of the smaller soccer players on the field, but he doesn’t let his 5-foot-4 stature prevent him from doing what he does best — making dynamic plays and scoring goals. Continue reading “Why is Sebastian Giovinco Called ‘The Atomic Ant’?”
David Villa grew up in the small mining town of Tuilla in the municipality of Langreo in North Spain. Even from a young age, Villa faced obstacles he had to overcome in order to become a soccer icon. Continue reading “Why is David Villa Called ‘El Guaje’?”
Drake Ramberg is Portland through and through. He was born in the city, went to college at Portland State University, is an avid fan of the local Timbers and Trail Blazers, and has worked at Nike—headquartered in nearby Beaverton, Ore.—since 1987. Continue reading “This Nike Designer Showcases Love of Portland Sports in Artwork”
The rain was relentless. The drops caromed off waterproof jackets, baseball hats and exposed hair. It gently landed on the grass field. It slapped the concrete walkways. Yet, the deluge didn’t disrupt the resounding noise reverberating from the endless sea of green-clad supporters that filled the north end of the stands at Providence Park. The Timbers Army were in full force. Continue reading “Why Attending a Portland Timbers Game is a Must”
Sebastian Velasquez placed the ball on the white circle of painted Bermuda grass that had carefully been measured 12 yards from goal. Like a combatant preparing for a duel, he took his paces, briskly stepping back six times and slightly off to the right of the ball.
“From community college. Miles Joseph, the assistant coach, found him for head coach Jason Kreis. He could be the hero…” Continue reading “How Alcoholism Nearly Wrecked Sebastian Velasquez’s Career”
There were no jaws on the floor or heads being scratched on Friday afternoon when New York City Football Club announced their roster changes following the 2015 Major League Soccer campaign.
According to the release, the 2016 contract options on defenders Jeb Brovsky and Kwame Watson-Siriboe and midfielders Ned Grabavoy and Pablo Alvarez were declined.
The contract of midfielder Sebastian Velasquez expired.
Continue reading “No surprises as New York City Football Club announce roster changes”