afootballreport:

The Real Theater of Dreams

When talking about soccer, we all have a tendency to get a bit overwhelmed by transfer budgets, sponsorship contracts and wage allowances. The modern game is one dominated by a never-ending news cycle that’s difficult to avoid; one in which is cynicism has a certain inevitability. But while FIFA officials and fascist fans conspire to drag us down, soccer remains a children’s game; a fact that was made clear in Portland this afternoon.

Teaming up with the Make-A-Wish foundation, the Portland Timbers gave 8-year old Atticus Lane-Dupre, who was diagnosed with Cancer last fall, a moment in the spotlight. Alongside teammates from his local youth soccer side, the Green Machine, Atticus was invited to Jeld-Wen Field for a scrimmage in front of more than 3,000 fans against a group of select players from the Timbers starting eleven.

Backed by flares, signs and a variety of G-rated chants, the Green Machine took down the Timbers 9-8, with four goals coming by way of Atticus himself. Don’t let the television coverage or blogs fool you: the heart of soccer emanated from the Pacific Northwest today.

Check out the photos above (video here) and let me know whether it’s just me, or if AFR headquarters are especially dusty this afternoon. [Posted by Maxi

Truly beautiful. Soccer City USA

Reblogged from A Football Report

afootballreport:

Welcome to Cascadia

Can two teams have a rivalry if they’ve never played before? Ask any of the more than 16,000 fans who attended Sunday’s Portland Thorns match against the Seattle Reign, the NWSL’s first foray into the deep-rooted Cascadia soccer rivalry, and the answer would likely be a resounding yes.

While the United States regularly assembles one of the world’s more talented women’s national teams, success on the international stage has not led to a prosperous domestic league. From the WUSA to the WPS, and the WPSL to the nascent NWSL, women’s soccer in the United States has always struggled to find long-term sustainability.

But if the show of support in the Thorns’ home debut is any indication, there’s good reason to wager on the NWSL’s vision for the future.

Here’s to the Portland Thorns and Seattle Reign, for providing a good day for Cascadia, a good day for women’s soccer in the US, and a good day for the game overall. Oh, and here’s a full replay of the match available for all on YouTube. [Posted by Maxi]

Unreal scenes in Portland this weekend.

Reblogged from A Football Report
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iguessyoucanjustcallmev:

2013 home kits revealed & @chicagoredstars: Chicago starting xi for today’s match: GK McLeod, Wenino, Hemmings, Fowlkes, Vandenbergh, Mautz, Osborne, Sitch, Hoy, Masar, McDonald

iguessyoucanjustcallmev:

2013 home kits revealed & @chicagoredstars: Chicago starting xi for today’s match: GK McLeod, Wenino, Hemmings, Fowlkes, Vandenbergh, Mautz, Osborne, Sitch, Hoy, Masar, McDonald

Reblogged from Fuck Yeah NWSL

kirsten-r:

Clearer pictures of the FC Kansas City kits that I found someone posted on twitter

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lafuriaroja1881:

Rendering of Phoenix FC/ASU soccer stadium setup
Additional details: http://bit.ly/US7UcT

lafuriaroja1881:

Rendering of Phoenix FC/ASU soccer stadium setup

Additional details: http://bit.ly/US7UcT

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fuckyeahnwsl:

Seattle Reign FC’s home kit

Due to the short lead time, NWSL teams had to choose between 2 different styles and a pallet of preexisting colors when “designing” their kits.  Nike will be outfitting the entire league.

fuckyeahnwsl:

Seattle Reign FC’s home kit

Due to the short lead time, NWSL teams had to choose between 2 different styles and a pallet of preexisting colors when “designing” their kits.  Nike will be outfitting the entire league.

Reblogged from Fuck Yeah NWSL
precisemotion:

Tifo at NY v DC game.

precisemotion:

Tifo at NY v DC game.

Reblogged from precisemotion

spoal:

GOAL: Rodney Wallace heads in equalizer | Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers - Major League Soccer

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