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Trying way too hard: 10 of the silliest American soccer team names ever - FourFourTwo USA (blog)

Sometimes, the simplest name is the most effective. Just ask D.C. United or LAFC.

But some owners, like those of the recently-announced USL team Las Vegas Lights FC, feel the need to put a little – or a lot – more thought into their team names.

That’s not always for the best.

New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (1993-98, USISL)

In a cool town with as much history as New Orleans has, it’s easy to get carried away (right, Pelicans?), so we’ll cut the Riverboat Gamblers a bit of slack on this one.

But for a team that employed the likes of Stern John, Jason Kreis and Garth Lagerway and lasted seven seasons in the USISL, you might think a more professional name would have been a preferable way to compete with the Saints. And while a riverboat gambler sounds cool in theory, do you want to go ahead and stick “gambler” right in your team name?

The Riverboat Gamblers eventually changed their...


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Matildas' Ellie Carpenter hopes W-League deal makes soccer No.1 - The Sydney Morning Herald

Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter says the new W-League minimum wage will not only boost the league, but can help propel soccer to the top of the pops for women's sport.

Carpenter played in the Matildas' 2-1 win over Brazil in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,089 at Penrith on Saturday, with a rematch to take place in Newcastle on Tuesday night.

In action against Brazil, Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter thinks the W-League pay deal will help soccer become ... In action against Brazil, Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter thinks the W-League pay deal will help soccer become Australia's No.1 female sport. Photo: AAP

Last week Football Federation Australia announced an historic collective bargaining agreement that will see the introduction of a minimum wage of $10,000 for the upcoming W-League season.

Their sold-out Brazil clash highlights the current boom the Matildas and women's soccer is enjoying in Australia at the moment.

But they're no Robinson Crusoe, with Australia's top women cricketers now...


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VIDEO: Little doggo runs on to Argentinian soccer pitch to play ball - Pickle

An over-excited dog has interrupted a football match between San Lorenzo and Arsenal to bite and tackle the ball.

It isn't often that we do much in the way of sport reporting here at Pickle, but today we're making an exception.

Sure, we'll make a few NRL references here and there, but that's about the extent of it.

However, when we were handed this story, we knew it was time to put on our super serious sport reporting hat.

[Via DreamWorks]

Because we have a critically important and extremely delightful sport yarn to share.

A soccer match in Argentina came to a standstill over the weekend when an enthusiastic little dog ran on to the pitch to play ball.

The furry little streaker somehow managed to get on to the pitch, interrupting play between Arsenal and San Lorenzo.

WATCH MORE: More than 100 dogs rescued from suspected fighting ring

Video of the woofer's first division football...


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USA vs. New Zealand Women's Soccer: Tuesday Time, Live Stream for 2017 Friendly - Bleacher Report

COMMERCE CITY, CO - SEPTEMBER 15: Alex Morgan #13, Megan Rapinoe #15, Julie Ertz #8, Kelley O'Hara #5 and Mallory Pugh #2 of the United States celebrate Ertz'z second goal in the first half against New Zealand at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on September 15, 2017 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The United States women's national team take on New Zealand for the second time in four days on Tuesday at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jill Ellis' side won the first of the back-to-back friendlies 3-1 on Friday thanks to a first-half Julie Ertz double and a late Alex Morgan strike—Hannah Wilkinson scored for the Kiwis.

Another victory will be the minimum requirement for the USWNT in Ohio, and they will also be looking to keep a clean sheet against a New Zealand side enduring a spell of poor form.

Read on for a full preview of the clash, along with full scheduling and viewing details.

    

Date: Tuesday, September 19

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET/12:30 a.m. (Wednesday) BST

TV Info: Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

      

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New Zealand's last match before facing the U.S. on Friday was a 3-1 defeat of Hungary to earn ninth place at the...


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Sunil Gulati the most powerful American in world soccer - ESPN FC - ESPN FC (blog)

When he isn't teaching economics, Sunil Gulati moonlights as the most powerful American in world soccer.

Sunil Gulati was about to realize what is, short of flying, perhaps humankind's most universally shared fantasy: He was about to play soccer with Diego Maradona.

This was in January, and the 57-year-old president of the United States Soccer Federation and member of FIFA's executive committee was preparing to travel to Zurich to take part in a boondoggle exhibition match with the FIFA Legends program. He and the other suits who run world soccer would team with the former Argentine superstar, Gabriel Batistuta, Carles Puyol, and others for a kick-about.

There was just one problem: Gulati didn't have any boots.

These days, Gulati spends most of his time in lecture halls, boardrooms and the business-class sections of airplanes, not on the pitch. It had been a while since he kicked a...


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Girl Soccer Players Take Chances After Concussions - WebMD

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who play soccer try to tough it out after a concussion more often than their male peers do, researchers warn.

In fact, they were five times more likely than boys to return to the field on the same day, putting them at increased risk for injury, the small study found.

The researchers looked at 87 soccer players from Texas, average age 14, who sustained a concussion during play and were treated at a pediatric sports medicine clinic. Two-thirds of the injured players were girls.

Nearly 52 percent of girls returned to playing in a game or practice on the same day as their concussion, compared with just 17 percent of boys.

The study was presented this weekend at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) annual meeting, in Chicago. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in...


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9-year-old dies of head trauma at soccer practice - Fox News

Tomasso Cerase, 9, died after a goal post fell on him.

Tomasso Cerase, 9, died after a goal post fell on him.  (Fox 5 NY)

The family of a 9-year-old boy who died after a soccer goal post collapsed on him said he was “full of life and joy.” Tomasso Cerase, of New York, was playing with eight other children under the supervision of three adults at Park West High School at around 10 a.m. on Sunday, Fox 5 reported.  

8-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN GIRL DIES FROM FLU DURING 'HORRIFIC' SEASON

Authorities reportedly said that Cerase was hanging off one of the soccer goal posts before it fell on him, the Daily News reported. The boy was rushed by paramedics to Mount Sinai West hospital where he was pronounced dead. Sources told the news outlet that the boy’s mother was present at the time of the accident, although it was not clear if she had witnessed the tragedy.

“Today our dearest son Tommaso passed away in an unfortunate accident at his soccer...


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Soccer coach arrested over head-butt, brawl during game in Fair Lawn, NJ - WABC-TV

FAIR LAWN New Jersey (WABC) --

A soccer coach in New Jersey was arrested after police said he head-butted an opposing coach and injured that coach's son during a brawl last week.

The incident happened September 10 at Berdan Grove Park in Fair Lawn.


Police said someone called to report a fight on the soccer field. When officers arrived, they arrested 45-year-old Sean Cormack, of Fair Lawn.

Investigators said Cormack and the opposing coach got into an argument over the game that escalated into a fight. After Cormack allegedly head-butted the other coach, police said he struck the coach's 9-year-old son who was trying to break up the fight.


The boy was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He reported feeling dizziness.

Cormack was also taken to the hospital to be treated for a head injury. He was charged with two counts of simple assault.

(Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)


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Israeli Judge: Law on Side of Soccer Players Who Won't Play on Shabbat - Haaretz

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Three Supreme Court justices exhorted the state on Monday to either prohibit professional soccer games on Saturday or devise a legally acceptable solution. The remarks came as the High Court of Justice heard arguments on a demand to end professional soccer games on the Jewish Sabbath, on the grounds that they violate a law mandating rest for workers from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.

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Israeli Judge: Law on Side of Soccer Players Who Won't Play on Shabbat - Haaretz

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Three Supreme Court justices exhorted the state on Monday to either prohibit professional soccer games on Saturday or devise a legally acceptable solution. The remarks came as the High Court of Justice heard arguments on a demand to end professional soccer games on the Jewish Sabbath, on the grounds that they violate a law mandating rest for workers from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.

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The Ultimate OBJ Fantasy: Playing Football—the Other Kind - Bleacher Report

If this looks like good kicking form, it's no fluke. Odell Beckham Jr.'s youth coach says the Giants receiver could have become a U.S. national team player if he'd stuck with soccer.
If this looks like good kicking form, it's no fluke. Odell Beckham Jr.'s youth coach says the Giants receiver could have become a U.S. national team player if he'd stuck with soccer.Associated Press

Before he learned to dance down the sideline, shrugging off defenders looking to maul him, Odell Beckham Jr. danced inside the 18-yard box, shrugging off defenders looking to kick him and grab him and generally annoy the hell out of him.

"The only way they could stop him was to foul him," says Colin Rocke, who coached a 12-year-old OBJ at the Carrollton Soccer Association in New Orleans.

Jersey-tugging and double-teams are common in football and soccer; getting kicked by players specifically sent on to take you down is not. In part because of this, a young Beckham learned what it was like to be shown a red card for fighting.

"In soccer, you have to pretend that it's OK, and the ref...


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9-year-old dies of head trauma at soccer practice - Fox News

Tomasso Cerase, 9, died after a goal post fell on him.

Tomasso Cerase, 9, died after a goal post fell on him.  (Fox 5 NY)

The family of a 9-year-old boy who died after a soccer goal post collapsed on him said he was “full of life and joy.” Tomasso Cerase, of New York, was playing with eight other children under the supervision of three adults at Park West High School at around 10 a.m. on Sunday, Fox 5 reported.  

8-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN GIRL DIES FROM FLU DURING 'HORRIFIC' SEASON

Authorities reportedly said that Cerase was hanging off one of the soccer goal posts before it fell on him, the Daily News reported. The boy was rushed by paramedics to Mount Sinai West hospital where he was pronounced dead. Sources told the news outlet that the boy’s mother was present at the time of the accident, although it was not clear if she had witnessed the tragedy.

“Today our dearest son Tommaso passed away in an unfortunate accident at his soccer...


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Read more: 9-year-old dies of head trauma at soccer practice - Fox News

9-year-old dies of head trauma at soccer practice - Fox News

Tomasso Cerase, 9, died after a goal post fell on him.

Tomasso Cerase, 9, died after a goal post fell on him.  (Fox 5 NY)

The family of a 9-year-old boy who died after a soccer goal post collapsed on him said he was “full of life and joy.” Tomasso Cerase, of New York, was playing with eight other children under the supervision of three adults at Park West High School at around 10 a.m. on Sunday, Fox 5 reported.  

8-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN GIRL DIES FROM FLU DURING 'HORRIFIC' SEASON

Authorities reportedly said that Cerase was hanging off one of the soccer goal posts before it fell on him, the Daily News reported. The boy was rushed by paramedics to Mount Sinai West hospital where he was pronounced dead. Sources told the news outlet that the boy’s mother was present at the time of the accident, although it was not clear if she had witnessed the tragedy.

“Today our dearest son Tommaso passed away in an unfortunate accident at his soccer...


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Soccer coach arrested over head-butt, brawl during game in Fair Lawn, NJ - WABC-TV

FAIR LAWN New Jersey (WABC) --

A soccer coach in New Jersey was arrested after police said he head-butted an opposing coach and injured that coach's son during a brawl last week.

The incident happened September 10 at Berdan Grove Park in Fair Lawn.


Police said someone called to report a fight on the soccer field. When officers arrived, they arrested 45-year-old Sean Cormack, of Fair Lawn.

Investigators said Cormack and the opposing coach got into an argument over the game that escalated into a fight. After Cormack allegedly head-butted the other coach, police said he struck the coach's 9-year-old son who was trying to break up the fight.


The boy was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He reported feeling dizziness.

Cormack was also taken to the hospital to be treated for a head injury. He was charged with two counts of simple assault.

(Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)


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Soccer coach arrested over head-butt, brawl during game in Fair Lawn, NJ - WABC-TV

FAIR LAWN New Jersey (WABC) --

A soccer coach in New Jersey was arrested after police said he head-butted an opposing coach and injured that coach's son during a brawl last week.

The incident happened September 10 at Berdan Grove Park in Fair Lawn.


Police said someone called to report a fight on the soccer field. When officers arrived, they arrested 45-year-old Sean Cormack, of Fair Lawn.

Investigators said Cormack and the opposing coach got into an argument over the game that escalated into a fight. After Cormack allegedly head-butted the other coach, police said he struck the coach's 9-year-old son who was trying to break up the fight.


The boy was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He reported feeling dizziness.

Cormack was also taken to the hospital to be treated for a head injury. He was charged with two counts of simple assault.

(Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)


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The Ultimate OBJ Fantasy: Playing Football—the Other Kind - Bleacher Report

If this looks like good kicking form, it's no fluke. Odell Beckham Jr.'s youth coach says the Giants receiver could have become a U.S. national team player if he'd stuck with soccer.
If this looks like good kicking form, it's no fluke. Odell Beckham Jr.'s youth coach says the Giants receiver could have become a U.S. national team player if he'd stuck with soccer.Associated Press

Before he learned to dance down the sideline, shrugging off defenders looking to maul him, Odell Beckham Jr. danced inside the 18-yard box, shrugging off defenders looking to kick him and grab him and generally annoy the hell out of him.

"The only way they could stop him was to foul him," says Colin Rocke, who coached a 12-year-old OBJ at the Carrollton Soccer Association in New Orleans.

Jersey-tugging and double-teams are common in football and soccer; getting kicked by players specifically sent on to take you down is not. In part because of this, a young Beckham learned what it was like to be shown a red card for fighting.

"In soccer, you have to pretend that it's OK, and the ref...


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Read more: The Ultimate OBJ Fantasy: Playing Football—the Other Kind - Bleacher Report

The Ultimate OBJ Fantasy: Playing Football—the Other Kind - Bleacher Report

If this looks like good kicking form, it's no fluke. Odell Beckham Jr.'s youth coach says the Giants receiver could have become a U.S. national team player if he'd stuck with soccer.
If this looks like good kicking form, it's no fluke. Odell Beckham Jr.'s youth coach says the Giants receiver could have become a U.S. national team player if he'd stuck with soccer.Associated Press

Before he learned to dance down the sideline, shrugging off defenders looking to maul him, Odell Beckham Jr. danced inside the 18-yard box, shrugging off defenders looking to kick him and grab him and generally annoy the hell out of him.

"The only way they could stop him was to foul him," says Colin Rocke, who coached a 12-year-old OBJ at the Carrollton Soccer Association in New Orleans.

Jersey-tugging and double-teams are common in football and soccer; getting kicked by players specifically sent on to take you down is not. In part because of this, a young Beckham learned what it was like to be shown a red card for fighting.

"In soccer, you have to pretend that it's OK, and the ref...


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Women's soccer splits weekend homestand - The Daily Campus

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The SMU women’s soccer team lost to Baylor, 4-1 Sunday night at Westcott Field in their penultimate game of non-conference play to drop to 4-2-2 on the year. The loss came two nights after the Mustangs defeated rival TCU 1-0 on Thursday night.

Junior forward Vanessa Valdez scored the lone goal against Baylor in the eighth minute. It was her team-leading fifth goal of the season. She also scored the deciding goal against TCU in the 27th minute off of an assist by junior defender Haley Thompson. It was Thompson’s fourth assist of the season, also a team high.

Junior goalkeeper Catie Brown recorded her third shutout of the year against TCU. Through eight games, she owns a 75.8 save-percentage and has allowed just 0.94 goals per game.

The win against TCU marked a milestone for the Mustangs. It was the women’s soccer program’s 400th win.

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Women's soccer splits weekend homestand - The Daily Campus

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The SMU women’s soccer team lost to Baylor, 4-1 Sunday night at Westcott Field in their penultimate game of non-conference play to drop to 4-2-2 on the year. The loss came two nights after the Mustangs defeated rival TCU 1-0 on Thursday night.

Junior forward Vanessa Valdez scored the lone goal against Baylor in the eighth minute. It was her team-leading fifth goal of the season. She also scored the deciding goal against TCU in the 27th minute off of an assist by junior defender Haley Thompson. It was Thompson’s fourth assist of the season, also a team high.

Junior goalkeeper Catie Brown recorded her third shutout of the year against TCU. Through eight games, she owns a 75.8 save-percentage and has allowed just 0.94 goals per game.

The win against TCU marked a milestone for the Mustangs. It was the women’s soccer program’s 400th win.

The Mustangs have played solid soccer in their...


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Why has China's global soccer takeover frenzy suddenly gone so quiet? - South China Morning Post

Rumours have circulated in recent weeks that Bayern Munich’s manager Carlo Ancelotti could soon quit his post in Germany to go and work in Chinese football’s Super League. That aside, right now not much is being said about China and its football, inevitably leading football’s sometimes fickle stakeholders to inevitably claim the Chinese bubble has (or soon will) burst.

Unlike the hysteria and hyperbole of recent years, during which speculation about which player would next head to China has often been rife (if not wild), we now seem to be in a period of silence. Critics and cynics alike will no doubt be congratulating themselves on calling this one right: that China’s spending spree would not last long.

At this point though, it is worthwhile recalling the words of American writer Elbert Green Hubbard: “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your...


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