Holy shiTwitter.

21 03 2009

I love the use of technology. When it comes to soccer in the United States, a large part of it has lived on the internet. The rise of the US Womens and Mens National teams along with professional leagues since the early 90s has parralleled this amazingly powerful and cheap way for soccer coverage and discussion to live and grow. BigSoccer, Facebook, Youtube, blogs, streaming matches, I used them or still do use them quite frequently to follow soccer both home and abroad. I was extremely excited to hear that MLS would be doubling the quality of their online streamings of games. But when I heard that the WPS was going to have in-game tweets from players, I felt uneasy. I knew the first place I had to go is Amanda Vandervort’s blog, where of course the top post was a collection of all the people and players that could be followed on Twitter.
Amanda is a no doubt a up to speed tech guru, and I see the sense in having certain people of WPS having blogs and twittering, but I do not like top executives, coaches twittering, nor do I like the idea of players twittering during games.
First, Twitter is for a small quick snippet on the go. For me, if an executive or coach has something to say it should be thought out and have a certain amount of depth to it. Not a 140 byte length snippet. In my opinion, those people should use blogs.
Players could and should use it. I can see it being a useful thing to have players post tweets throughout the week like “ankle is still sore, saturday is still a maybe” or “very positive in training to day, ready for Sunday”. It could even be a personal message like “tonight is a pasta night”. I am totally against (until proven wrong I guess) the idea of players tweeting for the sidelines of a match. I think is not where the focus of the players should be, and it opens up a whole can of worms for what they could say, how it would be interpreted, what kind of statements would you get from bench players, and why would you follow thoughts of a bench player when the game is going on.
I enjoy twitter, and have signed up to the WPS feed, and probably to others, but not all of them. What do you think?


Sinclair hopeful for now and later, Canada and FC Gold Pride.

21 03 2009

Christine Sinclair is ready to build on her success.

Christine Sinclair is ready to build on her success.

Christine Sinclair has interconnected hopes for soccer in North America. The most imminent would be her WPS opener with her team FC Gold Pride taking on Boston Breakers on April 5th. Perhaps the most personal would be her chance to score her 100th goal in Canada’s friendly against Japan come May 25th. Sinclair holds hopes for the distant future in what Women’s Pro Soccer can do for aspiring players and the Canadian soccer. “I think this league needs to survive just so young players out there in college, and younger than that, know that there’s somewhere to play if you don’t happen to make a national team,” she said Friday during a conference call. “For some people it’s hard to move overseas to continue your soccer career. So to have a league here in the U.S. – and hopefully it can branch out to Canada soon – it’s hugely important.” Read more from The Canadian Press

*If you are interested in the Canada v. Japan match up at BMO Field, tickets have gone on sale.

FC Gold Pride vs. LA Sol scrimmage highlights

18 03 2009

Can’t wait to see some WPS action? This should help curb your hunger until the season kicks off. Looks like WPS coverage is going to live primarily on the internet and youtube accounts are being set up to post WPS videos, so I’ll try to track those and post good ones that I find.

Philidelphia Expansion Official

17 03 2009

While it was assumed but now it is official.

US Women’s NT to Salt Lake City

16 03 2009

Rio Tinto Stadium - Salt Lake City, Utah

Rio Tinto Stadium - Salt Lake City, Utah

The USA Women’s National Team will take on Olympic semi-finalists Japan at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 23. Tickets start at $18, get on it if you’re going to be in the area.

2009 Algarve Cup Recap

13 03 2009

You can catch the highlights of the match in the youtube clip above. You certainly be impressed with some of Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe’s skills displayed, as well as probably wanting to hang your head after you see the first goal the USA gives up. Sweden did create dangerous moments though, as did the US team. The standings finished as such:
1. Sweden
2. USA
3. Denmark
4. Germany
5. China
6. Iceland
7. Finland
8. Portugal
9. Norway
10. Austria
11. Poland
12. Wales

St. Louis gets Soccer Park

12 03 2009

Anheiser-Busch is practically donating the 35 acre soccer park including 6,000 seat stadium to Jeff Cooper, head of the WPS Athletica ownership group. Great news for that WPS team, ties to their MLS franchise bid and Collinsville stadium/development plans make the future a little nebulous- but great news none the less. More on this later.