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Teal Bunbury “lost” to the USA? It’s not that simple

Posted in Canada, U.S. soccer with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by squizz

Let’s make one thing crystal clear, first off: Teal Bunbury is not the “next” anybody.

He’s not the next oft-injured Englishman, or the next Dutch-but-maybe-Canadian-after-all midfielder, and he’s certainly not the next bench-warming Bosnian goalkeeper.

But he is a Canadian-born kid, son of a Canadian soccer legend, who has accepted a call from the USA, to play in their friendly against South Africa next week.

I won’t lie, my reaction was a hearty “ah, shit”. And, understandably, the announcement has prompted plenty of consternation (not to mention ad hominem attacks) from Canada’s most ardent supporters.

This may not be the end for Teal Bunbury and Canada, though. In fact, oddly enough, it may just be the beginning. Continue reading

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Landon Donovan, you magnificent bastard.

Posted in U.S. soccer, World Cup 2010 with tags , , on June 24, 2010 by squizz

If Americans can’t appreciate football after that finish, I’m sorry, it’s time to give up on them.
—  Asif Hossain, via Twitter, minutes after the US’s 1-0 win over Algeria

Hold your high horses, everyone. There may be hope for our southern neighbours yet.

For a long time, the moment at which soccer would finally break through into mainstream acceptability was treated as a mythical, hypothetical dream.

Guess what? Yesterday, it finally happened. Continue reading

The disallowed goal = Best thing for American soccer?

Posted in U.S. soccer, World Cup 2010 with tags , on June 18, 2010 by squizz

American readers, you may want to sit this one out.

I totally understand that the “indescribable rage” is still freshly boiling, a mere two hours after the 2-2 draw with Slovenia. With complete honesty, let me say that if I were you, I would not be interested in looking at the big picture or dispassionately analyzing the game. I’d want to hurl objects at other objects. Or people. Hell, I’d probably be actually doing it.

But here’s the kicker anyway.

Maurice Edu’s disallowed goal may actually be a good thing for American soccer. Continue reading

USA-England TV numbers: lots of Americans watched

Posted in International, U.S. soccer, World Cup with tags , on June 14, 2010 by Grant

There was much theorizing in the Canadian soccer blogosphere leading up to the World Cup about how success for the U.S. team (both on and off the pitch) would help awaken Canadians to the idea of some day waving their own flag during the world’s biggest sporting event. Despite the CBC’s best efforts to the contrary.

And this wasn’t simply opinion, former Canada coaches and current players went on the record saying this exact thing.

ABC has now released its initial viewing numbers for that USA-England match on Saturday afternoon. Roughly 13 million English-speaking* Americans watched the match, and since that number means nothing in isolation, here’s some context:

  • 100 million or so Americans regularly watch the Super Bowl
  • 28 million watched the gold medal hockey match against Canada during the Winter Olympics in February
  • 24 million saw the NCAA Championship basketball game, Duke versus (massive underdog) Butler
  • 16 million saw Game 4 of the Celtics-Lakers NBA Finals this year
  • 14 million watched the U.S. team lose to Brazil in the round 0f 16 at the 1994 World Cup
  • 12 million watched the 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy
  • 8 million took in Game 5 of the Blackhawks-Flyers Stanley Cup finals this year
  • 4 million tuned in to the Argentina-Nigeria match at 10 a.m. this past Saturday

Source: tvbythenumbers.com

So what does 13 million Yanks tuning in to watch their national soccer team mean?

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Reflections on England v. USA

Posted in U.S. soccer, World Cup 2010 with tags , , , , , on June 13, 2010 by squizz

Yes, I know three more games have taken place since yesterday’s Group B matchup, and I’ll get to those shortly. But after generating much ballyhoo by expressing my unequivocal support of the Yanks in their underdog fight against the Three Lions, I’d be remiss not to chime in a little more substantially on the game.

And by the game I, of course, mean everything but the game.

After finding a tip on a popular Toronto website, Grant and I headed to an establishment called Elephant and Castle, in the hopes of finding ourselves in the midst of a USA viewing party. Well thanks a fucking lot, BlogTO, that “viewing party” allegedly organized by the US consulate consisted of exactly zero people. As Richard Whittall later suggested, it’s possible that the consulate’s Bush-era appointees intentionally sought to mislead the sort of hippie communist homosexuals who’d want to watch soccer.

But in any event, the place was about as full of England supporters as a British-style pub (that sits at the intersection of Yonge and Gerrard — Gerrard, for God’s sakes) could be expected to be. Thankfully I didn’t get the impression that anyone was in the mood to stab non-Brit fans (which is the vibe I’d surely have gotten had I ventured to Scallys for this match). Continue reading

The Reserve Squad: Some Canadian Guys to Extend Bar Hours During World Cup

Posted in The Reserve Squad, U.S. soccer, World Cup on June 9, 2010 by Jamie

In a move that mirrors the Ontario government’s decision to extend bar licensing hours during the world cup, Some Canadian Guys have formalised plans to extend their own bar hours during the month-long tournament.

“The World Cup is the premiere event in the soccer calendar,” said Some Canadian Guys’ own Grant, in a formal statement. “We would be sadly remiss if we were not to respect the spirit of the tournament by spending more time at the bar than we do in the normal run of our lives as soccer fans.”

While the move does not technically represent a partnership with the government of Ontario, it’s understood that SCGs watched Queens Park’s moves carefully before making the announcement. “The government is prepared to let us drink earlier and for longer while watching soccer,” said Squizz. “We’d never forgive ourselves for not taking advantage of that.”

The news comes as a boon to midtown Toronto bars, who have experienced a notable loss of revenues ever since Jamie moved to another part of town. Area bar owners are, however, aware that the news comes with a certain element of risk. By giving a public – and very likely drunken and uncouth – face to their well-documented support of the US national side, Jamie, Grant and Squizz risk running afoul of absolutely everyone within earshot. They three are said to be bracing themselves for the inevitable drunken debates, arguments and pummellings from rival supporters and locals offended by any pro-American stance.

SCG’s girlfriends could not be reached for comment, but are understood to be considering punitive measures to take effect immediately after the World Cup finishes on July 11th.

The MLS season will start on time.

Posted in MLS, U.S. soccer, USL with tags , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2010 by squizz

So as to avoid confusion, let me clarify off the top: my assertion that the Major League Soccer season will start on time is based on nothing other than my own opinion. Though if you’d like to repost and tweet it as if it’s infallible fact, go right ahead.

Now then. We seem to be getting down to the wire in collective bargaining agreement negotiations, with January 31 being the date that the current CBA expires. Though both sides have been relatively quiet, vaguely optimistic sentiments have trickled out here and there from both the league and the players‘ sides. In fact, the players have been advised by the union to report to training camp this week, Steve Goff is reporting.

Even so, the rift between the two sides is still gaping, with the critical issues being guaranteed contracts, free agency and an increase in the salary cap. Jason Davis over at Match Fit USA breaks down the whole hubbub very well in his much-beloved Super Fun Guide to the MLS CBA. To summarize his summary: the players want more control, the owners want to keep the control they have. Despite today’s encouraging news, there’s still a real chance the MLS season won’t be played, right?

No. There’s not. Continue reading