After watching from afar as Jimmy Conrad and Kick TV cavort around Poland enjoying Euro 2012, I'm pretty much at a loss for words.
Life isn't fair, that much is clear to me now. Of course, that sentiment is also coming from someone who has watched all but one game of the tournament, so I'm sure there isn't going to be much sympathy coming my way.
Still, the tournament looks like a blast apart from a few scattered incidents, and fortunately Conrad has been kind enough (it's his job after all) to send back regular reports from the front lines, where Zywiec flows freely from the taps, song crops up around every corner and faces rarely go unpainted.
If you haven't been paying attention for the past few days, check out Jimmy's horse-drawn carriage interview with Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl and his afternoon of revelry with Croatian fans. Let's just say he seizes the day in Poznan.
Habrán perdido 2-1 ante México, pero la pasión de la gente de El Salvador hacia sus jugadores es admirable, especialmente hacia el defensa de los Portland Timbers, Steve Purdy.
El espigado salvadoreño-estadounidense tuvo una gran actuación ante los jugadores aztecas, logrando cumplir la difícil misión de marcar a Giovani Dos Santos y Javier “Chicharito” Hernández. La afición cuscatleca se hizo notar en Twitter, donde una y otra vez elogiaron el trabajo del jugador de los Timbers.
Estos son algunos de los mejores tweets:
@spurdy25 gran partidazo Steve! te recompensaron con unas 3 pupusas y chocolate por lo menos! jejeje SOS GRANDE! y el Cusca te quedo GENIAL!
— Mauricio Ventura (@MauVenturaE) June 14, 2012
@spurdy25 gracias purdy por jugar pArA el salvador sos grande anulaste al chicharito ayer DIOS TE BENDIGA #grandePurdy
— Henry Alexander (@Henry_ramirez92) June 13, 2012
No s x nada pro @spurdy25 Jugaste un gran partido anulaste a Gio y Chicharo Q diferencia cuando jugas necesitamos +Purdys en @LaSelecta_ESA
— Marvin Henriquez (@Marvinfrances) June 14, 2012
@spurdy25 Diste los mejor en el partido vs México, todo El Salvador te apoya.
— Amilcar (@Psicodelic0_) June 14, 2012
@spurdy25 Thank u for being a source of inspiration. That above all is what our country needs. May u be blessed and stay healthy. Be well
— La Selecta (@laselectadotcom) June 14, 2012
A sus 27 años, Purdy se encuentra jugando su segunda temporada con los Timbers y aunque ha tenido tiempo limitado en el campo (3 partidos como titular), dejó demostrado ante México que es lo que El Salvador justamente necesita para afrontar las difíciles eliminatorias mundialistas.
*A previous version of this story claimed 500,000 Salvadorans welcomed Mexico at their hotel. After further review, the original article states around 1,500 were in attendance. Use online translation services with extreme caution.
You probably thought the US would have it bad in Guatemala City, what with the normal torments experienced by American sides venturing down to Central America.
But that appears to be strictly child's play when compared to the reception Mexico is getting in El Salvador. According to MedioTiempo.com, somewhere around 1,500 Salvadorans* gathered at El Tri's hotel on Monday night in San Salvador to make sure the team that arrives at Estadio Cuscatlán on Tuesday is running on as little sleep as possible. Google Translate tells me that the crowd banged drums, sang songs inapproriate for this space and set off rockets throughout the night, while also killing time by "jiggling" the cars that had the unfortune to turn up the wrong street.
You know, a normal Monday night with Mexico in town.
Now, I'm not entirely sure I buy the claim that the gathering drew 500,000 people – essentially a fifth of the city's metro population – but The video and photos paint a pretty clear picture. The Salvadoran fans mean business, and Mexico haven't even walked out of the tunnel yet.
But now he gets to go to Poland and Ukraine for EURO2012?
Now, I've been to a World Cup, a Confederations Cup, a Gold Cup, and an Africa Cup of Nations. But I've never been to a Euro tournament. They say it's the best of them all, at least on the field. All those great, highly paid Europeans doing what they do best.
But come on, Jimmy. Do you need to go over there and drive around and watch soccer and hang out with fans in Warsaw and Kiev and Gdansk? And someone else is footing the bill? Really?
Yes, Jimmy, I am jealous. Very jealous.
At least bring back some real kielbasa. That's the least you could do.
The UEFA Champions League final will never be forgotten by Chelsea fans around the world, including in New York City.
And, courtesy of Kick TV, you'll see many of them in the video below as they react to Chelsea's PK shootout victory over Bayern Munich in Saturday's final outside of Legends, a Chelsea fan bar in New York.
We'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
This week, Red Bulls defender on the turntables, Fox Soccer anchors working far too hard, and LA's trip to the White House see's some familiar faces pop up.
Red Bulls defender Solli has kept his love for music no secret in the past. Listen to his new mix, it's very, very good. Can we get #SolliFistPump trending?!
Some smooth and powerful tracks in my latest promo. Good Energy!! ;) May Promo Mix By Solli http://soundcloud.com/jan-gunnar-solli/may-promo-mix-by-solli on #SoundCloud
— Jan Gunnar Solli (@JanGunnarSolli) May 10, 2012
After helping D.C. to a shutout win over Colorado, Hamid was pumped to see some NHL stars waiting for him in the locker room. Scratch that, Bill was super pumped!
Too sick!! The Washington capitals players in our lockerroom after the game.. #MadRespect
— Bill Hamid (@BillHamid28) May 16, 2012
So Heath Pearce obviously knew a trade to the New York Red Bulls was on the cards. But he suffered from something we can only describe as premature tweeting, as he announced his official move from Chivas USA.... more than 3 hours before it actually became official.
Heath Pearce has officially been traded to the new York red bulls. Thanks Chivas fans for your love during my time here...
— Heath Pearce (@HeathGPearce) May 17, 2012
The guys at Fox Soccer have been working hard lately, what with the climax to the EPL season and the Champions League Final just around the corner. Anchor Rob Stone claims they've been in overdrive....the pic suggests otherwise!
Nobody, and I mean nobody works harder on the road then @Wynalda11 and myself. Nobody. http://pic.twitter.com/WQzlO9PG
— Rob Stone(@RobStoneONFOX) May 17, 2012
Galaxy striker Chad Barrett enjoyed his trip to the White House to meet President Obama. He also enjoyed meeting this guy, well, sort of.
The Legend and I http://pic.twitter.com/qNAdeGJy
— Chad Barrett(@CBarrett19) May 15, 2012
If you see a soccer tweet that should be included in our top five, be sure to send it to the @MLS_Insider!
So MSNBC host Chuck Todd may not be the biggest fan of MLS, or soccer in general. But is that really a reason to make snide comments about the LA Galaxy’s trip to see President Obama at the White House to be congratulated for their 2011 MLS Cup triumph on Tuesday?
As Todd read out the President’s daily schedule during The Daily Rundown, he quipped in a slightly bemused tone:
“As you can see, he… welcomes the Major League Soccer champions? All you LA Galaxy fans out there– does this mean Beckham shows up? I’m not sure. Is he really a member of the Galaxy or not?”
Todd went on to say, “No more soccer references. I promise.”
Fernando Fiore, host of the most popular sports show on Univisión (República Deportiva), took Todd’s comments to heart and reached out to Twitter to air his distain at the comments.
@chucktodd @dailyrundown If you do NOT know anything about SOCCER, @LAGalaxy and David Beckham, investigate and THEN make a comment.Gracias
— Fernando Fiore (@FernandoFiore) May 15, 2012
Fiore also tweeted in Spanish , “I am watching MSNBC and the commentary from a Mr. Chuck Todd over the LA Galaxy White House visit is deprecating. Why? Ignorance.”
You be the judge regarding Todd’s comments. For now it seems the beef is brewing between Mr. Todd and Señor Fiore.
Stay tuned, this could get meaty.
(Video courtesy of Mediaite.com)
Branden Steineckert plays drums for Rancid. That, by definition, rocks. That he is an avid soccer fan and a passionate Real Salt Lake supporter rocks even harder.
But the fact that he's such a geniune, cool, down-to-earth guy who wants to encourage people to express themselves, that's punk.
I met Branden when I was in Salt Lake City a few months ago. He was sitting in the back of a town-hall meeting between the supporter groups and RSL brass. At some point, the supporters brought up their dislike of the song played at Rio Tinto Stadium whenever the home side scores. "It's lame," one person said.
Naturally, everyone in the room eventually turned to the guy in the back who tours the world as a musician.
Steineckert didn't hesitate to give his opinion. But he didn't opine on the music. He didn't say the current goal song was bad or that another song would be better. No, instead, he challenged his fellow RSL supporters.
"Let's come up with something of our own," he said.
La MLS nous gratifie régulièrement de superbes buts (pensez d’ailleurs à voter pour le but de la semaine). Ô joie, quand c’est votre équipe qui le marque ! Mais quand c’est l’adversaire, comment réagissez-vous ?
De mon côté, tout dépend de l’importance du match, et de l’influence du but sur le résultat. Concrètement, ça se manifeste soit par le silence complet qui ne prend pas en considération la beauté du but (voire quelques mots marquant un certain enragement), soit par un « magnifique » ou des applaudissements polis contrastant parfois avec un visage qui trahit ma déception.
Samedi à Montréal, David Beckham a été hué pendant tout le match. Mais quand il a égalisé d’un sublime coup franc, des supporters de l’Impact ont célébré comme si leurs favoris avaient marqué. Une réaction qui n’a pas plu à tout le monde.
Pretty upset to see people with impact jerseys and scarves cheering after Beckham scored.....
— Zarek Valentin (@DubbZV) Mai 13, 2012
Sur les réseaux sociaux, de nombreux fidèles du club ont trouvé ça « désolant »… comme certains joueurs apparemment, à l’image de Zarek Valentin qui s’est offusqué sur Twitter, se disant assez contrarié de voir des gens avec des maillots et des écharpes de l’Impact fêter de la sorte après le but de Beckham.
Qu’en pensez-vous ? Et comment saluez-vous les splendides buts inscrits par l’adversaire ?
Ok, so I don't actually know where to start with this. Other than to say, this is amazingly awkward and I loved every single second of it.
Hermes, a former capo for the Portland Timbers, will have you in tears with his deadpan wit in this great new series “Off Pitch with Hermes.”
Above is Episode 3, but you can watch all the episodes on the Timbers website by clicking here.
I think Hermes says it best, when he states “do not be afraid of your own greatness!” Well, Hermes, we think your pretty great, so ummm....don’t be afraid.