Tag: soccer

Why Attending a Portland Timbers Game is a Must

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”

Patrizia Panico First Woman to Manage Men’s National Soccer Team

Patrizia Panico is the first female to be head coach of a male national soccer team, with Italy’s all-time leading goal scorer set to be on the bench for Italy’s Under-16 team this week for a pair of friendlies against Germany on March 22 and 24. Continue reading “Patrizia Panico First Woman to Manage Men’s National Soccer Team”

Stackable Soccer Pitches Could Alleviate Space, Obesity Issues in Dense Cities

Maximiliano Arrocet and his colleagues at AL_A like to play 5-a-side football, which helps reinforce the family-like atmosphere of the London architecture and design studio. The employees found it more difficult to find a local pitch after the studio relocated. This spurred the question: How can a dense city with limited green space still cater to its active population? Continue reading “Stackable Soccer Pitches Could Alleviate Space, Obesity Issues in Dense Cities”

How Alcoholism Nearly Wrecked Sebastian Velasquez’s Career

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”

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on Soccer’s Growth in United States

Grant Wahl joined Sports Illustrated in 1996. Coincidentally, Major League Soccer played its inaugural season that same year in the United States.

Over the course of the past 20 years, Wahl has seen soccer and the MLS grow and improve in America. The league itself has doubled since its inception from 10 to 20 teams, will expand to 23 by the 2018 season and can be seen weekly on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN. Continue reading “Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on Soccer’s Growth in United States”