Archive for January, 2012
I’ve really tried to come up with a post lamenting the loss of the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer season, but the only words that seem to be able to flow from my fingers are “Well damn, this sucks.” As someone whose first act upon re-entering the United States last August was to rush to a TV to watch last year’s final, I’m a fan who is supremely disappointed in the loss of the season. As I’m this upset and not finding the words to express this adequately, I’m going to rely on the words of others.
First there was Richard Eckersley, and then there was Geovanny Caicedo — and today TFC added another name to its back line, which has been rumored for a long time: Chilean side Colo-Colo’s defender Miguel Aceval. While it was not a surprise, the fact that the deal (which allegedly was started during Christmas) is done before the start of training camp is refreshing.
For a long-suffering fan-base, the backline has been a sore point for a long time — and retaining Eckersley, and adding Caicedo and Aceval will go a long way to securing the home front.
(And yes, I realize there’s a LOT of potential double entendres in this post…)
This is something that has been bothering me for a while, and I think so. This is my opinion based on various AO Twitter accounts and their website. This does not mean that all chapters do this, as I do not follow every chapter’s twitter accounts/websites. This is just from what I have seen from the ones I follow, as well as stories I have heard from friends about the experiences with their local chapters and their views towards the women’s game.
Now, I’ve been thinking about this a lot after seeing the first WNT Olympic qualifying match on Friday, January 20, especially in comparison to the MNT friendly match that was played the following day. Dozens of AO members traveled to Phoenix to support the men in red, white, and blue for a Camp Cupcake friendly. The WNT is currently playing in a tournament that determines whether or not they get to play in the 2012 Summer Olympics, and there was no AO section shown on either of the broadcasts I watched. read more…
It’s great; Taylor Twellman has joined the growing list of gay4soccer allies. As a Union fan, I am ecstatic.
Union fans feel a particular kinship with TT, not only was he the Union’s 2011 color commentator, but he also participated in a memorable inside joke with some of the members of the Sons of Ben via Twitter.
Dubbed the ‘Meow Mafia’ (paying homage to a classic scene in the film “Super Troopers”) they challenged TT to say ‘MEOW’ on television…and he did!! A Philly meme was born. Even Union Midfielder Kyle Nakazawa’s band gave the Meow Mafia a shout-out!
One day I found myself crossing paths with TT after hanging TIFO in The River End before a match. All I could muster was “Have a good day, MEOW!”. TT laughed and Dellacamera did the ‘gotch-ya’ point!! Classic!!
Welcome to the Allies List Taylor Twellman, you’re making all of us in Philly proud!!
(TT also wins for best shirt/tie combinations on TV. Yes, better than Shannon Sharpe. Double proud!)
(tailgate photo from Earl Gardner, Philly Soccer Page)
Lots of people were reacting on Twitter as they watched BBC3′s documentary on homophobia in football tonight. Two of them were Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand and CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, who have been in something of a Twitter feud. Here’s their exchange:
Out you come, Sicknote RT @rioferdy5: Just watching the Britain’s Gay Footballers programme…..thoughts anyone???”
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 30, 2012
Now Piers has a history of being accused of homophobia, often criticizing drag and gay performers on America’s Got Talent harshly. And one blog is accusing Morgan of “openly hostile, homophobic comments.” So…
For Monday’s Happy Hour we’re simply bringing you some notable gay soccer stories from the past week:
BBC Three in the UK is airing a documentary on homosexuality in football tonight. Anton Hysen is featured in it and QPR’s Joey Barton speaks out for change revealing he has a gay uncle. (The Daily Mail, H/T Brian Dunseth)
Rumors have been circulating all morning, but we’ll take Grant Wahl’s tweet as gospel truth that Women’s Professional Soccer will not have a 2012 season.
Wahl says an email players received cites the ongoing legal battles with Dan Borislow has been diverting too many resources from growing the league.
Huge kudos to Teddy Montoya for catching this from Sunday night’s US-Canada dead rubber at the Olympic qualifiers…
— Teddy Montoya (@teddy_montoya) January 30, 2012
…It’s things like these that make me feel proud to be Canadian!
Lots of great posts from our writing team this week, so here’s a Friday afternoon recap:
- Tommy did a great analysis of MLS season ticket prices.
- We talked to the only out gay man playing pro soccer right now, Anton Hysén .
- Brian Dunseth and Chris Wingert became Soccer Allies in a big way.
- Taylor Twellman and Jimmy Conrad became Soccer Allies, too, amongst many others.
- We got team updates from New York, Chivas USA, and Toronto.
- We got to know our new Philadelphia writer Janine.
- Jon analyzed the US Men’s National Team’s pair of friendlies.
- Finally, you had your say in the Donovan vs. Dempsey debate.
Have a good weekend!