Yank's Soccer A Community for US Soccer! http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer <![CDATA[ US Soccer's new poster child?]]>
There been a young player who has been making some noise in the realm of American Soccer and I'm loving it! The US has gone through a tough time since a car crash that almost killed Charlie Davies but it looks to me that Coach Bob Bradley may have found the missing link in Juan Agudelo. Now I'm not saying he's going to be turn the US National Team into the best team in the world, but he know how to bring fun back to the game for the fans.

I'll be the first to admit it. I cringe when I watch our team play. I want to win them all but I never feel confident going into a game, because you just don;t know what the result it. When Agudela is on the pitch I forget about that and just want to watch the little striker have some fun, which he does!

He a up and coming striker for the New York Red Bulls, which with the way he's been play might not have him for much longer. He has been capped 3 time for the US and scored in 2 of the games. If this kid can keep it up we are looking at some great potential!

I recommend check out Juan Agudela if you have the chance to, because it's about time the US has a good striker up top.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Why does MLS always have to be different?]]>
So "Why?" you might ask. Well, there are a few reasons that the MLS implemented playoffs to their league, but the main reason what to gear the league to the general American population who loves playoffs. See, in most if not all soccer leagues around the world, there are no playoffs. At the end of the regular season, the team with the most overall points based off of wins, losses and draw is the winner of the league that season. May sound weird, but thats how it is and it works great for many of these leagues. Instead of following this single table structure, Major League Soccer decided they needed to have playoffs because the American public wouldn't like the "anticlimactically" season structure that the European leagues have. 

Okay, fine. I get it. Yes, I might be a purist when it comes to soccer, but if you absolutely have to have a playoff system, which if you haven't figured out by this point I'm not a fan of, then fine, do it. But do it right! Unfortunately, the MLS hasn't set up the playoff structure right and it is terrible and unfair. 

Here's a quick run down. There is a Western Conference and an Eastern Conference. Each team within the MLS plays every other team and the two teams at the top of each the Eastern and Western Conferences at the end of the regular season get a spot in the playoffs. The next four teams that get to go to the playoffs are the following teams with the best records no matter which conference they are from. This means that there could be 2 teams from the Eastern Conference in the playoffs and 6 teams from the Western Conference in the playoffs. Not a very balanced playoff set up is it? Now this is were it gets all messed up. Rather than seeding all 8 teams, 1-8 and have a bracket set up, Major League Soccer decided to have two tables which means in the case that 2 teams from one conference and 6 from the other go to the playoffs, the number 1 overall ranked team must play a higher ranked team than the 8th ranked team. Unfair? Yes. Here is this season's playoff breakdown with the teams' overall season points: 

Western Conference                                               Eastern Conference
(59) Los Angeles Galaxy                                          (51) New York Red Bulls
(56) Real Salt Lake                                                    (50) Columbus Crew
(50) FC Dallas
(48) Seattle Sounder FC
(46) Colorado Rapids
(46) San Jose Earthquakes

Because there are only 2 teams from the east in the playoffs, the bottom 2 teams from the west move to the Eastern Conference Playoffs. LAME!!!!! That means that the New York Redbulls and the Columbus Crew, who have a worse records than the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake get to play easier teams in the playoffs. It looks like this and I added what their seeding would have been if they were seeded instead:

Western Conference                                               Eastern Conference
1 -Los Angeles Galaxy                                              3 - New York Red Bulls
2 -Real Salt Lake                                                        5 - Columbus Crew
4 - FC Dallas                                                               7 - Colorado Rapids
6 - Seattle Sounders FC                                            8 - San Jose Earthquakes

Somethings messed up here. How is it fair that the best team in the regular season has to play the 6th best team rather than the 8th best? It makes no sense and this needs to be changed ASAP!

My recommendation, drop MLS playoffs all together. Trust me Major League Soccer. You won't lose any fans because of it and you won't have fans who are mad that their team was unfairly kick out of the MLS Cup race because of an unfair playoffs set up. But, if you must have playoffs, seed the teams based off of their regular season standings and put them into a tournament bracket. It's that simple!]]>
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<![CDATA[ A Great Cause And Everyone Should Get Involved!]]> PITCH: AFRICA. What I saw immediately drew me in and I wanted to know everything about it. I first saw people playing soccer on some weird looking blue field but as I kept watching I realized that this weird blue field is actually an amazing way to help villages in Africa harvest rainwater.

PITCH: AFRICA, which is a project put on by the Annenberg Foundation who has also teamed up with Charlize Theron, is a soccer pitch that is built on top of a rain harvesting and water purifying station. Made of cheap materials such as cargo containers, the makers of PITCH: AFRICA say it can supply clean drinking water to 1,000 people a day for a year.

The PITCH: AFRICA soccer field can be easily moved to different locations to not only harvest rainwater, but bring communities together to watch players play soccer on a new soccer pitch. The soccer pitch has bleachers on both sides of it so spectators can join in on the fun.

Africa is in need of water even with no drought. There is plenty of rain in Africa but the problem is collecting and purifying the water. Dirty water kills thousands if not millions of people every year in Africa. With innovative ideas like PITCH: AFRICA, we are taking steps to bring clean drinking water to all the people of Africa! As a big fan of soccer, I feel this is a great way to help out and I think everyone should do what they can to help out.

Here's a great video of how PITCH: AFRICA works: VIDEO]]>
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<![CDATA[2010 FIFA World Cup Quick Tip by theKENnection]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-2010_FIFA_World_Cup-1431925-63143.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-2010_FIFA_World_Cup-1431925-63143.html Thu, 1 Jul 2010 06:11:41 +0000 <![CDATA[U.S. Soccer Blog Quick Tip by dbranan13]]> http://tiny.cc/68t0q]]> http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-U_S_Soccer_Blog-89-1482934-60808.html http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-U_S_Soccer_Blog-89-1482934-60808.html Tue, 22 Jun 2010 02:40:51 +0000 <![CDATA[USA 10/11 Away Jersey Quick Tip by dbranan13]]> http://tiny.cc/7a0pn]]> http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-USA_10_11_Away_Jersey-89-1445100-60806.html http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-USA_10_11_Away_Jersey-89-1445100-60806.html Tue, 22 Jun 2010 02:36:57 +0000 <![CDATA[U.S. Men's Soccer Team Quick Tip by RowanK]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/sports_team/UserReview-U_S_Men_s_Soccer_Team-1393780-60192.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/sports_team/UserReview-U_S_Men_s_Soccer_Team-1393780-60192.html Fri, 18 Jun 2010 21:18:55 +0000 <![CDATA[U.S. Men's Soccer Team Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/sports_team/UserReview-U_S_Men_s_Soccer_Team-1393780-60188.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/sports_team/UserReview-U_S_Men_s_Soccer_Team-1393780-60188.html Fri, 18 Jun 2010 21:02:55 +0000 <![CDATA[Landon Donovan Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Landon_Donovan-1434783-60184.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/d/UserReview-Landon_Donovan-1434783-60184.html Fri, 18 Jun 2010 20:48:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Jozy Altidore Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-Jozy_Altidore-89-1425674-51456.html http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-Jozy_Altidore-89-1425674-51456.html Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:00:51 +0000 <![CDATA[Freddy Adu Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-Freddy_Adu-89-1434004-53165.html http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-Freddy_Adu-89-1434004-53165.html Tue, 20 Apr 2010 21:58:12 +0000 <![CDATA[World Soccer Wrap (podcast) Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-World_Soccer_Wrap_podcast_-89-1435839-53456.html http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-World_Soccer_Wrap_podcast_-89-1435839-53456.html Tue, 20 Apr 2010 21:57:27 +0000 <![CDATA[Edson Buddle Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-Edson_Buddle-89-1444662-56191.html http://www.lunch.com/YanksSoccer/reviews/d/UserReview-Edson_Buddle-89-1444662-56191.html Tue, 20 Apr 2010 21:12:19 +0000 <![CDATA[ Predictions?]]>
Predicting the World Cup is usually quite difficult, but there are almost always a few rules that work:

1. Repeat champions are extremely rare. Too much pressure, probably.

2. The host nation usually does better than expected.

3. European teams win in Europe. South American teams win on other continents.

4. Qualification results don't matter all that much.

5. It's rare to see a first-time winner. The only winners in World Cup history are Brazil, Argentina, Germany, England, France, Uruguay, and Italy. That's it!

So going into this tournament, most of these are pretty irrelevant. The holders, Italy, are considered much weaker than most other defending champs in general. Though maybe that means less pressure...not Italian fans and media. Second, for South Africa, picking up three points would be better than expected. With their group, getting to the second round would be a miracle.

The third criteria is the most important. What causes this? Is it travel time? In that case, it's even. Time zone? In that case, European teams would have advantage. Climate? South Africa in the winter may be closer to Europe than South America. Or maybe closer to Argentina. Culture? Traveling fans? I really don't know.

The fourth is good news for Argentina, France, and Portugal, but that doesn't help us narrow things down at all.

The last is still valid: other than Uruguay (solid, but unlikely to win), those are most of the favorites. Only three other nations seem close to breaking through: Portugal, Spain, and Holland.

So essentially, what I've been saying is that I'm willing to eliminate Italy as a likely winner. That leaves Brazil, England, Argentina, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, and Holland.

And I'm going to have to be really boring and say Brazil is my prediction. Having seen them in the Confederations Cup, it doesn't seem like the weather is going to be a massive problem. They're also the perfect modern football team: big, strong, fast, tactically superb, excellent on counter attacks, and devastating on set pieces.

My second favorite would be England, who should have all the pieces and favorable draw (so long as they avoid the Germans in the second round).

My dark horse is Ghana. They may have the best player in the world, and maybe Africa as a whole will do better with homefield advantage.]]>
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