Recently I was fortunate enough to connect with soccer enthusiast, blogger and founder of the Dream|Start Soccer blog Joe Howard. Joe is the Editor in Chief of Dream|Start, leading a team of soccer bloggers who are essentially pouring fuel on the small (but growing) fire of American soccer passion as it sweeps throughout the nation.
They’re not only writing about the soccer scenes in America and abroad for current soccer fans, they are deftly making the beautiful game more accessible to an uninitiated American audience who is poised to become the next generation of rabid soccer fans. And if that weren’t enough, they’ve thrown down the gauntlet for both the avid fans and uninitiated alike: “Be a supporter ALL THE TIME, not just every four years… [be part of] changing the game forever in the States.”
Lucky for us at Midwest Soccer, they’ll be generously sharing some of their content here. So from time to time you’ll see their awesome work gracing our site. Of course that shouldn’t stop you from bookmarking the Dream|Start Soccer blog and/or signing up for their email list.
Regardless of how (or where) America’s love affair with the beautiful game ignites and burns, you’ll find the Dream|Start crew at the base of the fire fanning the flames of revolution.
Officially slated for the “Better Late Than Never” category, this year’s Midwest Soccer Tournament of Champions results are finally posted. (Sincerest apologies from the editor…)
Congratulations to the squads who battled their way to the finals at this year’s TOC:
(Full score tables are here)
As the dust settles on this year’s Midwest Soccer Tournament of Champions we look back on what made the 2014 installment of this amazing event so memorable. Dayton and the Southern Ohio Adult Soccer Association provided a fantastic venue and classic hospitality, the qualifying teams were on par with the nation’s elite, and of course the match officials chosen were among our nation’s finest.
If you or your association’s teams have yet to experience this amazing event, check out the main TOC page now and start planning for next year. Don’t miss another Tournament of Champions. Register your team and find out why it’s one of the best tournaments in the country.
Our esteemed colleague Gianfranco Borroni recently shared an article (by Ryu Spaeth, published in The Week) that pulls no punches. As the residual celebrations from the win over Ghana fade away, I think it’s fair to ask that we absorb the article as objectively as possible, and then start asking ourselves if we’re willing to buy into Mr. Spaeth’s argument.
The groups and schedule are set, the leaderboard is hot off the presses, and this regional round of the USASA Men’s National Amateur Cup is sure to be killer. If you’re anywhere within 100 miles of this event you should find a way to get yourself to the pitch because these are bound to be some of the best matches that all of USASA will have seen this year, and that’s no joke. [more…]
A huge congrats to RWB Adria as they defeated Sonoma County Sol (NPSL) 1-0 in the final of the Amateur National Championships series. As Adria’s recent history indicates, they seem to turn around after each victory and simply ask, “Who’s next?”