I've decided to start a new series where I'll be looking at cities which I think may be deserving of a professional soccer team (either in the USL or USL D3, although possibly in the MLS as well) based off of their demographic and cultural features as well as existing support of soccer and other professional sports teams. I'm starting with the Southeast.
France vs Croatia ~ 15 July ~ In the semifinals, France defeated Belgium, and Croatia defeated England in added extra time. Croatia is a nation of four and a quarter million people, yet here they stand proudly at the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against all odds. Against England, Croatia conceded within the first few minutes of … Continue reading 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Preview and Prediction
Archery is an Olympic sport, and since prehistoric times it has been one of humanity's main methods of hunting for food. While there certainly won't be any reason to hunt for food, there will still likely be people in space whose home nations extol the sport of archery, and these settlers will bring that tradition … Continue reading Sports in Space (#3): Archery
France vs Belgium ~ 10 July ~ In the quarterfinals, France defeated Uruguay, and Belgium defeated Brazil. France dominated their South American quarterfinal opponent. They held Uruguay to only 39% possession and also significantly disrupted their passing through the midfield. Uruguay had their chances against France, but Hugo Lloris was not going to concede a goal under … Continue reading 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinals Preview and Predictions
Uruguay vs France ~ 6 July ~ In the Round of 16, Uruguay defeated Portugal, and France defeated Argentina. The brilliant performance of France's Mbappé in their last match shows how much relatively unknown talent France has at their disposal, and they will look to replicate that success against Uruguay. As for the South American side, they will look … Continue reading 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals Preview and Predictions
I still remember back to Atlanta United's first-ever match at Bobby Dodd Stadium in March of last year (pictured above). With that first goal from Yamil Asad, there was a feeling that this team was going to transcend Atlanta's other sports teams to become something special.
I mean for this post to be directed mainly towards my fellow Americans since I know that the majority of the United States is largely indifferent to soccer. Despite this, the failure of the United States' Men's National Team to qualify for the ongoing 2018 World Cup in Russia drew national attention. When the Women's … Continue reading Why is the World Cup Such a Big Deal?