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  1. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    I envy you 4kidz! Have fun and spare a thought while you are there for those of us who has to work. :( LOL


    LOL ITA. Every time someone even mentions Qatar I get well... The YouTube video below says it all better than I could.

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?client=mv-google&layout=tablet&utcoffset=-240&v=HPdhzsyTSyw
  2. ioana

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    I am thinking about going to the Boston game, but still not sure about it. Have fun in Toronto & hopefully same thing holds true for your husband at Fenway (wonder what football looks like from Green Monstah seats).

    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRY_SldLKqr1-qNvzD09KjCyoe4N5TwGp85oBPxrPk-Gjt0ciocUGJxRP75

    Chelsea's PSG game in NY is on tap for this weekend, but Romeu and Mata are both staying in Spain to train for the Olympics (methinks losing a friendly to Senegal has something to do with a more intense training camp now). Should be fun to see Torres and David Luiz live.

    And all this talk about Torres and Liverpool at the same time reminds me of this. Not meant as a reminder for Liverpool fans that are still upset about the transfer...just love the ad.
  3. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    OMG I had never seen that Ad.. :rofl: My hubby grew up right underneath Everton's grounds (little terraced houses).. he will get a kick out of that ad..
  4. NeilJLeonard

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    Going to Chelsea v AC Milan on July 28th @ SunLife (Dolphin/Joe Robbie) Stadium. Over 50K tickets sold so far. Probably 60K could be sold by gameday.

    NJL (we'll be behind the east goal....section 128, I believe....all in Striker red & yellow hoops....;)...)
  5. KHenry14

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    Just saw some info online that ticket sales for the women's Olympic tournament are abyssmally bad. The USA v, France game that features two exciting teams who were played against each other in the WWC semi's have sold all of 200 tickets. That is no mistake, 200 freakin tickets. The GB women's team has sold 30k seats for their first game, but evidently the Brits support women's soccer about as much as the Brazillian's do.
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    According to some articles, they had to scale down on the tickets available for men's soccer as well. I always thought it was a little overly-optimistic they'd try and pack major stadium for group games like Honduras-Japan (or any other teams without big name recognition), but the sales you mentioned for some women's game are downright depressing.

    http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-...ccer-tickets-fail-to-sell-20120718-22aqd.html
  7. Buzz

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    I have to admit that I have never even seen a single Olympic footie match. LOL
  8. KHenry14

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    Too bad Buzz, the women's finals the last four Olympics have been awesome games. Including the 2000 final where the USA women got hosed on a hand-ball non-call. :(
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  10. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    two of my favourite olympic sports are women's hockey and women's footie..I would go if it was a little closer..

    NJL.. have fun :D I'm excited for the Liverpool game too :cool:
  11. NeilJLeonard

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    4rkidz...I will, thank you.

    This is the 3rd or 4th international exhibition game played at Sunlife (Joe Robbie - Dolphins) Stadium this year. The stadium owners the, Miami Dolphins, are claiming that they'll make more $$$ from these games that from all 81 regular season Marlin games last year. They are so enthused about all this that they now want an MLS team in the big 75,000+ stadium. I'd love to have MLS back in South Florida, but not in that big barn & not owned by the current Dolphin ownership. It is among the NFL's worst.

    Plus, they'd probably kill my beloved NASL, 2nd Division Ft Lauderdale Strikers. That's the team I'd love to see grow into MLS. Along with the newest addition to NASL next year (2013), the New York Cosmos.

    We'll see what comes of all this. The last we heard MLS wants 3rd Division Orlando City to move up as "Florida's team". Or a team from "Miami". Or Atlanta. Or Timbuktu. Who knows...;)

    NJL
  12. KHenry14

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    Doesn't look like MLS is in any hurry to add another team anytime soon. They clearly want the Cosmos in the league, but they were smart to put that into the "show me" mode. And seeing that the Red Bulls are hardly a huge drawing card despite their beautiful new stadium, I'd be cautious putting another team into the NY market at this point.

    MLS would do better to see about fixing franchises in trouble before expanding next. Both Columbus and Dallas are bleeding money and Chivas isn't far behind. Chivas needs better ownership and their own place, Columbus and Dallas both need better marketing.

    Now is the time to consolidate the successes in Port, Van, Tor, MTL leaguewide and not get greedy.
  13. Buzz

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    Sad to hear the difficulties some teams are having. Does this mean the MLS is in trouble?
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    Not at all Buzz. Things are going gangbusters in a lot of places. San Jose just drew 50k for a recent match against LA. Seattle regularly gets over 35k per match. Portland draws beyond seating capacity at every game. Frankly, I think everyone should see a match at Jeld-Wen field in Portland. Just an outstanding environment to watch footie.

    But there are a few franchises that are struggling, which would be true in any league. IMO, the struggling teams are in locations that for the most part (save Chivas) should be good draws. Columbus used to be a great franchise, but the wheels have fallen off. Dallas has never been a huge draw, and even though they have some decent talent (Brek Shea) the metroplex doesn't seem to be interested in the product. NYRB is also strange since they have world class talent in Henry, Marquez and Cooper, yet there seem to be indifference in the NY/NJ area. With all three, winning would help ALOT, but no way Dallas or Columbus is going to do that anytime soon i'm afraid.
  15. Buzz

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    I really should do my part and drag myself to more TFC games. :shuffle:
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  17. Buzz

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    Oh yeah transfer season is still on and Ibrahimovic is off to PSG.
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    you should.. they looked quite good.. LFC looked like sh@t.. but I was conflicted anyway as was happy for Toronto too.. although ended up with a tie.. in my eyes LFC lost ;) Hopefully they will have a decent team actually out and playing for Boston.. just goes to show though that the MLS is really closing the gap now with European teams.. not quite.. but getting closer... just wish some big name players would sign up with more MLS teams..
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  20. Buzz

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    I watched that one on tv! LOL Looks like a very well attended game. :cheer2:
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    Did you sit behind the PSG goal goal in the first half and then Chelsea's for the second? My friend and I were facing the same side, but a few sections over to the left. Very impressed with Eden Hazard, and glad I got to see so much of the action up close. Would have been nice if Chelsea played better in the first half, but it was really fun.

    I've already seen a few red Liverpool jerseys around Boston for tomorrow's game, so futbol-love seems to be catching on. At least on the East coast :p.
  23. NeilJLeonard

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    Went to the Stadium-of-Many-Names (where the Dolphins play) to watch the AC Milan v Chelsea FC Friendly along with 57,000+ other fans Saturday evening. Final was Milan 1-0, but it really didn't matter to me since I went for the fun of seeing 2 of Europe's finest and the current Champions League Champion. Interesting and exciting in it's way, but the NASL Div 2 Strikers winning 5-3 over Atlanta friday night was more fun & much more exciting...;)

    Ticket prices & parking prices were all the market could bear, the 6PM start was hotter 'n hell, and it was still a good time. Joe Robbie made this stadium for both sports teams he owned in the early 1980's; the Miami Dolphins & the Ft Lauderdale Strikers. Consequently a full size soccer pitch fits perfectly. Makes you think the place was designed for such an affair...:D

    Strong rumor circulating during the tailgate that the Miami Dolphin FO will announce Monday that there will be a full series of International Friendlies to be played at the stadium in 2013 (they are claiming that they've made more $$$ with the 3 or 4 they've had there this spring/summer than from the 81 Marlins games played there last summer). With this announcement, or soon after, they are also supposed to formally announce they are seeking an MLS franchise to play in the stadium as soon as MLS decides to increase the league size past 20 teams (as is always the case in just about any rumor of MLS in Miami, David Beckham's name was mentioned as a possible co-owner).

    I'm not too sure I like this. They have shown themselves to be one of the most incompetent organization in the NFL over the past few years. I'd hate to have them screw up "football" in all it's permutations like they've done with the once proud Dolphins.

    We'll see what comes of all this.

    NJL
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  24. Buzz

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    That's wonderful new Neil! :cheer2: And I have been watching a lot more Olympic soccer than I ever have before. LOL I also watched women's basketball.
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    jeez, Neymar is just crazy good. He's likely to be a real superstar after these games are over.



    Garber and MLS must be aware of the incompetence of Dolphin ownership, and just adding Beckham wont change that. Plus, unless they could easily show that they will fill the big stadium like Seattle does, they aren't likely to approve a deal to south FLA without a new stadium.

    With that said, I believe that Florida can and will support a MLS franchise under the right circumstances. After getting the Cosmos situation done right, I gotta think that FLA is high on Garber's list of expansion possibilities.
  26. NeilJLeonard

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    The kicker in all this is Marcelo Claure. He has billions to spend & wanted an MLS team. He had the flirtation with Barcelona a few years ago & they were going to bring MLS to Miami in FIU Stadium in 2009 or 2010. Guaranteed.

    Then the economy tanked and Barca got cold feet. End of partnership. End of MLS coming to Miami. So much for guarantees.

    He still wants his MLS team here. Rumors of his attempting to do that have been part of the landscape since. Accordingly, the rumors have had him in constant contact with Mr Beckham since the fiasco with Barca. This, plus the fact that there has been, and is, a group of fans constantly Emailing & petitioning Garber about bringing MLS back to Miami, have kept the MLS flame alive here.

    The fact that the Dolphins are now in the picture is just adding fuel to the fire. And a lot of smoke. Most of us here that care about the sport are trying to sort out exactly what is going on. Right now it is hard to tell who is a player and who is a pretender.

    It is known that Garber and MLS want a team in Miami. At least they say so. They see that huge area in the SE US that is empty of teams. Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Charlotte, NC and a few other places are on their radar for possible franchises after NYC gets it's 2nd team.

    We see our chances as being 5 to 10 years down the road if we can show that we can support a team. The attendance of 50K + at the Stadium of Many Names has attracted Garber's attention - they are MLS sponsored events - by putting mucho dinero into MLS's coffers. What they want now is to see what the interest is in USA domestic soccer. They've flat out told everyone down here that they are monitoring the attendance at Striker home games. It's stuck at around 3,000 to 3,500. Very few are from Miami. It's not good enough for them. There is another strong rumor circulating that the Strikers will be getting a rather well known name as a team sponsor: Bacardi. Maybe that will help bring in a few more folks. Or not. At least it may give them enough cash to market the team & get it known that they exist. Maybe a coat of paint on an aging stadium would help, too.

    In truth, right now Orlando leads all Florida cities in the MLS sweepstakes simply on fan support. Their Div 3 teams gets nearly 10K to their games. Plus, their owners are local and determined to get a popular and existing team into MLS.

    We'll see what comes of all this with the Dolphins & their 75K stadium. They say they will draw around 18K to MLS games there. That number would fill Lockhart Stadium. You'd have a difficult time finding them in the Stadium of Many Names.

    NJL (..I'll keep you posted on the fun and games...;)...)

    ETA: The Dolphin announcement will be Wednesday. The MLS bid is a possibility.
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  27. Buzz

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    Stadium of Many Names?! LOL 50k sounds like great attendance record to e. Hope Miami gs an MLS franchise soon.

    In other news things are nt gong well for Brazil's women's team at the Olys.
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    Brazil plays Honduras today in the quater finals. God luck to them. :cheer2:
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    Mexico/Senegal very entertaining on the men's side.
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    Honduras keeping it close despite going down to 10 men early on. Great matches today so far.
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    Brazil won 3-2. A win is a win but Honduras deserves kudos for putting up such a fantastic fight. Wonderful match! :cheer2:
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    boy, once again England/Great Britain fails in a PK showdown. Sturridge is going to remember that miss the rest of his life. One wonders if they regret not including Beckham now? He'd have easily outplayed Giggs if you ask me.
  35. Buzz

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    USA v Canada still tied 3-3
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    I can't stand this anymore, the USWNT gives me heartattacks! Truly one of the great matches I've ever seen.
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    ^:lol: Extra time was not for the faint of heart. Canada played v. well, I thought.
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    Absolutely, their new coach is doing a terrific job. By far the best performance by a Canadian women's team ever.

    But blowing three leads in one game was just too much to overcome.
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    Abby Wambach's comment about Ms Sinclair being the most under-rated player in the world was proven. She is a wonder. Tancredi ain't bad either. Kudos to the lot of 'em. They played the game of their lives in the best Women's international ever played, IMO. It was even better that USA v Brazil in the last WWC. Outstanding example of how good the game can be.

    Only team USA, or possibly the Japanese, would or could overcome Christine Sinclair & Company's performance. She is a wonder. Still, team USA's depth finally got them the win. The fresh legs of USA sub Heather O'Reilly provided the cross that Alex Morgan buried in the 123rd minute for the win.

    Remarkable game. Incredible finish. Truly a game for the ages.

    NJL
  40. Buzz

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    Ouch... Canada is complaining loudly about that last PK call.