VIDEO: Everton FC G Tim Howard on World Cup experience


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This summer, America fell in love with their goalkeeper, as Tim Howard became an even bigger national hero during the men’s World Cup. Howard is a PETA advocate, animal rights activist and part-time broadcaster. He’s idealistic and media savvy.

Tim Howard is probably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. The Everton stopper from New Jersey, USA might actually be the best keeper in the world; period. He’s certainly one of the most talked about footballers on Earth this summer. And for good reason he had his best season ever in 2013-14.

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The World’s top goal scorers


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It’s often the mark of a true great starring on the world stage in international football’s biggest tournament. Pele’s done it, Maradona’s done it, and Ronaldo’s done it, this year it was meant to be the year of his namesake alongside Lionel Messi. And whilst Cristiano may have failed to do so, the little Argentinian is still in with a shout of winning the Golden Ball, joining a long list of superstars.

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Hope Solo is an anti-hero, and antithesis of Tim Howard


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In 2011, America fell in love with their starting goalkeeper. Hope Solo became a national hero during the USA run to the women’s World Cup title game. But by late 2012, the secret was out about Hope Solo. Her descent towards being a Tonya Harding like villain was nearly complete.

And with the domestic abuse charges, where she called a family member a pussy before allegedly beating him up, she may be even more unfavorable and unlikable than Tonya Harding.

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Hope Solo doesn’t talk to media postgame; continues fall from grace


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Quick, name the professional U.S. Soccer team that Hope Solo plays for….

Stumped?

Okay, what’s the name of the professional women’s soccer league in America?

You don’t know that either?

Hold on, you’re telling me that the mere existence of an American women’s professional soccer league is in fact news to you?

Well, that puts you in the same category as 99.999% of the American population. The NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) may want to try and make themselves more relevant to the sports consumer. Also in need of more positive PR is Hope Solo herself. You may have heard her name in the news lately; for all the wrong reasons. Right now, neither the NWSL nor Hope Solo is getting it right when it comes to image CPR.

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Chicago Red Stars have local connections to build upon


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The Chicago Red Stars play their home games at Benedictine University in Lisle, perhaps the most soccer friendly and soccer-crazed part of Chicagoland. Their roster boasts five players with Chicago area connections, three of which are tied to the very same area where the Stars are located. It’s a chance for the franchise to adeptly market itself and rise out of obscurity.

They’re a western suburban franchise with a roster that has lots of ties to the Western suburbs.

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Costa Rica’s World Cup run creates buzz for Central American Nation


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Costa Rica went to the knockout round of 16 in their very first World Cup appearance, but 2014 proved to be their most successful tournament yet.  They beat Greece 5-3 on penalty kicks in extra time to advance to the round of eight for the first time ever. And they fought extremely hard in the quarter-final round, finally being vanquished on penalty kicks. Yes, coming within inches of making the sem-finals was HUGE for Costa Rica.

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Chicago Red Stars faceing Hope Solo, U.S. stars in crucial stretch


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The Chicago Red Stars are sitting just outside playoff position with the Portland Thorns, led by international superstar Alex Morgan, just a point behind 4th place Washington, during this crucial month.

They held Morgan in check Thursday night, as she didn’t score and the Red Stars drew the Thorns 1-1. “The first half tonight is the best we’ve played all year,” said Red Stars Head Coach Rory Dames.

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VIDEO: Alex Morgan discusses World Cup halo effect


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Alex Morgan is no doubt the face of American soccer, and the most important player on the U.S. Women’s National Team as they head into the 2015 World Cup in Canada, hoping to win our nation’s first World Cup since 1999.

Alex Morgan and her Portland Thorns teammates meet the media after a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars. Morgan discusses her recovery from her recent ankle injury, and much more in the video interview below.

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Chicago Red Stars have World Cup Fever


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Like the rest of America, the Chicago Red Stars have World Cup Fever. When summers like this come along, featuring the global quadrennial tournament, there’s a boost in the awareness and interest of American soccer. And this year is even more special because ratings for American soccer records are being broken every day. At Red Stars home games on the University of Benedictine, World Cup programs and sticker books were handed out to fans.   [Read more...]

VIDEO: Alex Morgan talks recovery from ankle injury


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Alex Morgan and her Portland Thorns teammates meet the media after a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars. Morgan discusses her recovery from her recent ankle injury, and much more in the video interview below.

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Fulham manager hilariously, accurately rips Landon Donovan


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My fellow Americans, it’s clear that Landon Donovan is one of the best, if not THE best player in American MLS history. It’s also obvious that how good he actually is/was has been severely distorted by ESPN over-promoting and over-hyping him. I’m addressing America first in this post because I want to let everyone know that the rest of the world doesn’t consider Landon Donovan to be a superstar or anything close to it.

His MLS record is actually pretty close to a real life version of Crash Davis obtaining the Minor League home run record in the 1988 film “Bull Durham.” (it’s actually kind of a dubious honor in the international way of looking at it) MLS is consistently ranked as the 8th or 9th best league in the world. If you need further validation that Major League Soccer is actually minor league consider that reigning league MVP, Chicago Fire Forward Mike Magee, was like the 32nd or 33rd guy on the USMNT roster.. which can only take 23.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at what Fulham Manager Felix Magath had to say about Donovan.

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VIDEO: Everton G, U.S. Natl Hero Tim Howard gets call from Obama


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Tim Howard is probably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. The Everton stopper from New Jersey, USA might actually be the best keeper in the world; period. He’s certainly the most talked about footballer on Earth at the moment. And for good reason.

He set a new World Cup record – and almost helped America reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 12 years. He has since received a congratulatory telephone call from president Barack Obama and seen a petition for his name to adorn an airport in Washington begin online.

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