Tuesday, February 28, 2006

USA v. Jamaica pre-sale extended to noon Thursday

Triangle Professional Soccer has extended their special offer for USA v. Jamaica tickets to new season ticket holders until noon Thursday. I hear that this drive has netted close to 400 season ticket sales for the new club which is more than at least one other USL First Division team had in 2005! Not bad for a team without a coach or players that won't kick a ball in anger for another 13 months.

-- Jarrett @ 2/28/2006 03:57:00 PM

Rochester Rhinos vs. Atlanta Silverbacks @ SAS Soccer Park, Fri 4/7

As rumored here earlier, to wrap up their pre-season training camp in Cary, the Rochester Raging Rhinos will host fellow USL First Division rivals the Atlanta Silverbacks at SAS Soccer Park on Friday, April 7th. The game will kick off at 7:30pm. Expect a formal announcement and ticket information sometime next week.

-- Jarrett @ 2/28/2006 03:10:00 PM

Local Soccer Correspondents Wanted

This blog has really taken off in the last few months (ironically, the slow season for soccer in the local area) but with Spring seasons starting up and my getting involved in a few new endeavors (e.g., Triangle Soccer Fanatics), I'm looking for a little help on covering soccer in this area. I'd like to find correspondents who would be interested in writing blog entries for TriSoccerFan. You could contribute as much or as little as you like, but my vision is that you'd be assigned a particular beat (e.g., Duke Men's Soccer, CASL Youth Soccer, etc.) that I'd look to you for contributions on. I'm definitely interested in finding contributors for all the local colleges as well as the major youth leagues around here. Also, prep soccer is an area we don't cover enough here so if you have visibility into our high school games, that would be great. Please email me if you're interested in becoming one our bloggers!

-- Jarrett @ 2/28/2006 12:55:00 PM

2006 UNC Women's Soccer Spring Schedule

Sat03/04/06 Duke (SAS Tourney)Cary, N.C.11:30 AM
Florida (SAS Tourney)1:00 PM
Sat 03/25/06 Georgia (UGA Invitational) Athens, Ga. 7:00 PM
UAB (UGA Invitational)TBA
Wed 03/29/06 Russian U-20 National Team Charlotte, N.C. TBA
Sat 04/01/06 ACC Round Robin (Thrre Matches) Cary, N.C.TBA
Sat 04/08/06 Mexican National Team Birmingham, Ala. 3:00 PM
Sat 04/15/06 Florida State Tampa, Fla. TBA

-- Jarrett @ 2/28/2006 11:08:00 AM

Monday, February 27, 2006

2006 UNC Women's Soccer Schedule

Fri08/25/06Texas A&MCollege Station, TX8:00 PM
Sun08/27/06SMUDallas, TX1:00 PM
Tue08/29/06UNC GreensboroChapel Hill7:00 PM
Fri09/01/06Yale (East Coast Invitational)New Haven, CT4:30 PM
Sun09/03/06Connecticut (East Coast Invitational)New Haven, CT11:00 AM
Fri09/08/06Portland (Portland Tournament)Portland, OR4:30 PM
Sun09/10/06Washington (Portland Tournament)Portland, OR1:00 PM
Fri09/15/06Marquette (Duke adidas Classic)Durham, NC5:00 PM
Sun09/17/06Florida (Duke adidas Classic)Durham, NC12:00 PM
Thu09/21/06Florida StateChapel Hill 7:00 PM
Sun09/24/06MiamiChapel Hill 1:00 PM
Thu09/28/06ClemsonClemson, SC7:00 PM
Sat09/30/06MarylandChapel Hill1:00 PM
Thu10/05/06VirginiaCharlottesville, VA7:00 PM
Sun10/08/06DukeDurham, NC6:00 PM
Thu10/12/06Boston CollegeChapel Hill7:00 PM
Sun10/15/06Virginia TechChapel Hill1:00 PM
Thu10/19/06North Carolina StateRaleigh, NC7:00 PM
Fri10/27/06Wake ForestChapel Hill7:00 PM

-- Jarrett @ 2/27/2006 02:20:00 PM

Duke Men's 2006 Spring Schedule

Sun 2/26NCSUDuke Practice Fields2:00pm
Fri 3/3Lees McCrayGreensboro5:45pm
Sun 3/26UNC-CharlotteDuke Practice Fields11:00am
Appalachian St.1:30pm
Sun 4/2UNCCary (SAS)10:30am
Va Tech 1:10pm
Sat 4/8UNC-GreensboroGreensboro4:00pm

-- Jarrett @ 2/27/2006 12:48:00 PM

Sunday, February 26, 2006

UNC Blue-White Scrimmage 2/26 Pictures

Pictures from the UNC Men's Soccer Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage this morning over at the Finley Athletic fields in Chapel Hill. (Does it count as a blue-white scrimmage if both teams wore different shades of blue?) Ben Hunter had a nice goal that he created for himself by dispossessing a defender and then he turned provider for a second goal. We didn't see the whole scrimmage since Max was a bit cold with the 15mph winds that were gusting out there this morning. As always, the photos are on my flickr stream or you can view them as a slideshow.

-- Jarrett @ 2/26/2006 01:13:00 PM

Flick to Kick

Jonathan called me last weekend all excited. "Are you watching the Newcastle game? There's a Subbuteo sign board on the side of the pitch! I wonder if they are bringing it back?" For those that aren't familiar with Subbuteo, it's a table soccer game invented in England in 1947 by Peter Adolph. It is somewhat akin to the electric football game I had as a kid in that you could buy all kinds of accessories including custom teams, stadium parts, etc., a real collectors dream. Here's a video from SkySports detailing the 2004 Home Nations Subbuteo championship to give you a flavor for how seriously some folks take their table soccer. Santa gave me a NASL Subbuteo kit when I was about 8 or 9 and I loved it. I hadn't really thought much about Subbuteo until a couple of years ago when my mom was cleaning out her attic and found my old kit. Max and I got it out and played it a little bit but he promptly broke most of my old players. Luckily, Jonathan has a regulation tournament table which he happens to be storing at my house at the moment. He and I have played a few games and we really need to get the table out more. Maybe TSF can sponsor a Subbuteo tournament? From what I can gather, Subbuteo peaked in popularity in the last 70s and the digital entertainment age of the 80s/90s kind of did it in. But Ebay revived the trade among fans in recent years and now it looks like Hasbro UK has re-introduced a new kit in Britain just in time for this summer's World Cup. With a revamped stadium design (complete with pitch tensioners and a working scoreboard) this kit seems to be more focused on the younger set than the serious table soccer "professionals". While I can't find the kit from a US distributor at the moment, it is available for online order from Habro for about £33.50 (or about $58 US, shipping included). UPDATE (2/27): Hasbro UK's online toy store will not ship to the USA! I'm looking for a place that will and will update this post when I find one.

-- Jarrett @ 2/26/2006 08:53:00 AM

Saturday, February 25, 2006

88 TFC Navy vs Greensboro SC Gold Photos

'88 Triangle FC Navy vs. Greensboro SC Gold. February 25, 2006. SAS Soccer Park Field 5 Cary, NC. TFC won the match 3-1. Photos available on my flickr stream or as a slideshow.

-- Jarrett @ 2/25/2006 04:24:00 PM

Duke, NCSU, and UNC all in action Sunday

Looking for something to do on Sunday (2/26)? The UNC men will be having their second intrasquad scrimmage at 10:30am over at the Finley Fields while the Duke and NCSU men square off at 2pm at Duke's practice fields. Finley Fields are located off of Old Mason Road in Chapel Hill, unfortunately, I don't have directions to the Duke practice fields so if you do, leave a comment below! UPDATE: See the comments below for the location of the Duke practice fields.

-- Jarrett @ 2/25/2006 04:14:00 PM

Friday, February 24, 2006

Triangle Professional Soccer Launches Their Website

It looks like things are really starting to hop over at Triangle Professional Soccer. First they announced the US v. Jamaica friendly earlier this week and now they've got their website up and running.

-- Jarrett @ 2/24/2006 10:18:00 AM

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Storey Heads Home to Houston

Former Tarheel Marcus Storey has been traded from Columbus to Houston in return for Houston's natural second-round pick in the 2007 Supplemental Draft.

The 24-year-old Houston, Texas native will return to his hometown after playing in 12 games for Columbus Crew last season. Storey started three games for the Crew and recorded one assist. He was selected in the second round (No. 20 overall) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.

Storey completed his collegiate career at the University of North Carolina, scoring 29 goals and tallying 21 assists in 86 games. The Tar Heel was a two-time first team All-ACC selection (2003 and 2004) and was a member of the UNC's 2001 NCAA championship squad.

-- Jarrett @ 2/22/2006 11:36:00 PM

Raleigh Youth Inivited to National Team Training Camps

Kim Kerns and Nick Millington, both of Raleigh, have been selected to attend the U16 Girls National Team and U15 Boys National Team training camps at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.. Nick is a defender for the '90 CASL Elite while Kim is a keeper at Leesville Road High School.

-- Jarrett @ 2/22/2006 11:05:00 PM

Media Coverage of USA v. Jamaica in Cary

A collection of media coverage of the announcement of the USA v. Jamaica friendly at SAS Soccer Park.

Please note any additions in the comments section and I'll add them to the list.

-- Jarrett @ 2/22/2006 01:01:00 PM

Sam's Army Tickets for USA v. Jamaica

Sam's Army ticket information for the USA v. Jamaica game on April 11th at SAS Soccer Park is now available on the event page at the Triangle Soccer Fanatics website.

-- Jarrett @ 2/22/2006 11:11:00 AM

Marc Connolly Loves SAS Soccer Park

Marc Connolly over at USSoccerPlayers.com has a nice blog post today hailing the decision for the US National Team to play a game in Cary. Marc really hits on all the things I love about the intimacy of SAS Soccer park. Marc writes:

Over the years, I've watched MLS exhibitions, WUSA matches, USL Division I games and an NCAA Final Four in this little high school-like stadium. But it'll surely be an entirely different atmosphere when the U.S. plays down there. With only a two months separating the Jamaica match from the World Cup, one has to expect there will be a sellout crowd that evening. Then again, such a feat shouldn't be that hard. SAS can seat about 7,000 people and allow for a few thousand more with additional stands and standing-room areas along the chain-link fence that surrounds the field. If 10,000 or even 15,000 are able to fit into this tiny stadium, it'll seem like 30,000. Trust me. The fans are right on top of the field. What I like about this venue is how it is basically nestled into the woods. Just one small road leads into the park without too much fanfare. It'd make for an interesting shot from the Blimp. Plus, I'm a sucker for any small stadium that sells delivery pizza out of the box.

-- Jarrett @ 2/22/2006 12:23:00 AM

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Special Opportunity for USA v. Jamaica Tickets for New USL Season Ticket Holders.

There will be a special pre-sale event for the USA v. Jamaica game on April 11th for new season ticket holders of the new Cary-based USL team. Anyone who puts down a $50, non-refundable deposit on season tickets for the 2007 season will have first chance to buy their tickets to the U.S.-Jamaica game.

The tickets will be available at the offices of Triangle Professional Soccer at 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary, NC 27511. Fans can also put down a deposit and purchase tickets by calling (919) 859-KICK (5425) or (919) 859-5445. This pre-sale begins on Wednesday, February 22nd and will conclude on Tuesday, February 28th.

Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Friday, March 3, at10 a.m. ET on-line at ussoccer.com, at all Cary and Raleigh Ticketmaster outlets (including Hecht’s, FYE, and Publix Stores) and by phone at 919-834-4000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling 312-528-1290 beginning Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. ET.

Prices are as follows:

  • On-Field Seats - $125.00
  • Midfield Club Seats - $60.00
  • Sideline Club Seats - $45.00
  • Midfield Seats - $45.00
  • Sidelines - $30.00
  • End Zone Seats - $20.00
NOTE: Sam's Army Ticket information will be released tomorrow (Wednesday)

-- Jarrett @ 2/21/2006 11:03:00 PM

Monday, February 20, 2006

US Men Coming to Cary a Month Earlier Than Expected!


Bruce Arena must love Cary! First, the men trained here in 2002 before the World Cup in Korea/Japan, then they announced their intention to return here in May for the 2006 World Cup training camp, and now US Soccer has announced that Arena is bringing the US Men's team back to SAS Soccer Park a month earlier for one final competitive-match look at his squad before he finalizes his World Cup roster. The US Men's National team is set to take on CONCACAF rival Jamaica in Cary, NC on Tuesday, April 11th. The game against the Reggae Boyz will kickoff at 7pm and will be televised live on ESPN2. Triangle Soccer Fanatics is working with Sam's Army and the USSF to secure a supporters section in the South End. For more information and to sign up to be alerted when ticket/tailgate information is available, please visit our event page at the TSF website. When Chris Economides promised the Triangle some interesting exhibition matches in Cary in 2006 ahead of our new USL 1st Division franchise kicking off in 2007, he wasn't kidding! The chance for Cary to host this match was facilitated by the bonehead decision in Birmingham not to delay the installation of articifical turf in Legion Field where the US had originally wanted to play Honduras on April 11th.

Tickets for the game go on sale starting Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. ET on-line at ussoccer.com, at all Cary and Raleigh Ticketmaster outlets (including Hechts, FYE, and Publix Stores) and by phone at 919-834-4000. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets by calling 312-528-1290 beginning Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. ET.

-- Jarrett @ 2/20/2006 10:34:00 PM

Sunday, February 19, 2006

And Now For Your Moment of Zen...

If your day hasn't been surreal enough, check out this 3 minute video from MLSNet detailing the Maxim photo shoot featuring a bunch of MLS players. First we had Clint "Deuce" Dempsey becoming a cross-over rap star (at least in his own mind) and now we've got Twellman complaining that his "caboose" is too big. Do we really want soccer to go mainstream?

-- Jarrett @ 2/19/2006 05:54:00 PM

Olsen Golazo Sinks Frozen Guatemala

UPDATE (2/21): Looks like all my links to goal clips are now broken. I'll have to update soon. Sorry! Ben Olsen hit a rather sweet 25+ yard volley to start the scoring as the US Men's National Team romped 4-0 over a Guatemalan team that looked as if they'd rather be a few thousand miles closer to the equator. On a day where the gametime temperature was hovering in the mid-20s and the Guatemalan players were borrowing long sleeve T-shirts from the USSF, several American players improved their chances of making the trip to Germany. Chris Klein looked infinitely better in midfield than he did at left back against Japan and his 2 assists and a goal has to leave Arena scratching his head against about the right side of midfield. Eddie Johnson came on in the second half and scored within minutes to prove that he is getting healthy just in time for a run to the World Cup. Once again Conrad and Pope were solid in the back together and Olsen showed a lot tenacity and veteran leadership on the left side of the 4-3-3 the US played today. I thought this may have been his best game for the National team in years. On the other hand, I think time has run out on players like Ching (even though he scored today) and Wolff who have both been terribly inconsistent lately. Rolfe also doesn't look like he's ready for Germany but I do see a lot of potential there. I think he will figure significantly in our next qualifying campaign.

-- Jarrett @ 2/19/2006 03:56:00 PM

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Rhinos Set Preseason Friendlies for Cary

During their preseason training camp here in Cary, the Rochester Raging Rhinos will be squaring off against a variety of USL and collegiate competition to fine tune their skills and fitness ahead of the 2006 season. On today's "Kick This" radio show, Rhinos coach Laurie Calloway related that although a hoped for friendly against MLS's Columbus Crew couldn't be worked out because of a last minute MLS schedule change, the Rhinos will be hosting fellow USL 1st division sides Charleston Battery and Atlanta Silverbacks as well as a game against the UNC Tarheels, a 2006 NCAA quarterfinalist. The UNC game is scheduled for 4/6 at 6pm. No word yet on the dates of the other matches. It is anticipated that all of these games will be open to the public. Stay tuned to this site for more information on match specifics as it is available. In other Rhinos news, Calloway also mentioned that former Duke standout Danny Kramer who was selected in the recent USL draft, has now signed a contract with Rochester subject to his preseason performance.

-- Jarrett @ 2/18/2006 03:30:00 PM

Friday, February 17, 2006

USL adds new Super-20 League

In order to bridge the gap between the Super-Y youth league the PDL, the United Soccer Leagues has added a new U20 league. The new Super-20 League is designed as a graduating youth league for elite players from 17-20 as they advance beyond the traditional youth bracket to the senior professional and amateur development leagues. The league will debut this summer with teams representing all levels of US and Canadian soccer from elite youth clubs to first division professional teams in the US and Canada. Teams such as Ironbound SC (Super Y-League), Brooklyn Knights (Premier Development League), Cleveland Internationals (W-League), Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Second Division), Toronto Lynx (USL First Division) and the MetroStars (MLS) will be fielding USL Super-20 League teams. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, this new league impacts the Raleigh Elite as many of our players have traditionally fallen within this age bracket.

-- Jarrett @ 2/17/2006 08:44:00 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Premier Soccer Opens a Second Triangle Location

Premier Soccer opened its second location in the Triangle on Feb. 15th in the Crossroads shopping Center in Cary. They are located in the area by Toys R' Us and Party City. You'll find the original Triangle location in the Leesville Towne Centre off of I-540 north of the airport.

-- Jarrett @ 2/16/2006 09:47:00 PM

Could the Triangle Support an MLS Team?

I know there have been plenty of arguments along this topic but this is the first time I've seen data linked to a conclusion on the topic of whether or not the Triangle could support an MLS team. Bizjournals.com has published a study where they looked at 179 markets in the United States and determined their viability to support additional pro sports franchises. The basic inputs to their model are the Total Personal Income (TPI) available in that market less an adjustment to TPI for any existing pro franchises already in the area. According to the study, Raleigh-Durham-Cary had $79.8 billion in TPI in 2003 but the adjustment for the Carolina Hurricanes brings that down to an Available TPI of $44.1 billion. According to the study, a market requires the following Available TPI in order to support another pro sports franchise:

  • MLB: $89.2 billion
  • NBA: $38.4 billion
  • NHL: $35.7 billion
  • NFL: $33.0 billion
  • MLS: $16.1 billion
Therefore, the $44.1 billion Available TPI is enough for the Triangle to support one additional pro franchise of any of these five sports except professional baseball. Interestingly enough, the Triad area is the best suited NC metro area for a new pro sports franchise with $54.0 billion in both TPI and Available TPI (they currently have no pro franchises) and Charlotte is almost completely saturated with only $3.0 billion in Available TPI after the adjustments for their basketball and football franchises. So where' are the best markets in the USA for MLS expansion? According to Bizjournals.com, it's Philadelphia and Rochester.

-- Jarrett @ 2/16/2006 09:28:00 AM

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Triangle Soccer Fanatics Supporters Club Launches

As an outgrowth of the original mailing list and then later this blog, I'm proud to announce the formation of the Triangle Soccer Fanatics Supporters Club. Although we are forming around the new Cary USL 1st Division team, we plan to support Triangle area soccer of all flavors. Our goal is to create a soccer supporters club here in the Triangle area in the finest traditions of Sam's Army, The Screaming Eagles, Section 8 and other great soccer supporters clubs around the world. Not only do we hope to grow excitement in the stands, but we hope to redirect that energy back into the soccer community through outreach programs. We invite you to join the club and share our passion for the Beautiful Game. And don't wait until the new USL team starts play in 2007! Our 2006 event calendar is full of chances to warm up for the debut of pro soccer in Cary next year. Please visit our new website for more information.

-- Jarrett @ 2/15/2006 09:17:00 PM

2003 UNC Women Honored in NCAA Centennial Celebration

As part of the NCAA's Centennial Celebration, a panel consisting of college and university presidents, athletics directors, NCAA committe members, conference office representatives, SAAC representatives and NCAA staff have determined the 25 Most Defining Moments in NCAA history. The University of North Carolina women's soccer program has been named to this exclusive list, earning inclusion for the 2003 NCAA championship team which won the 18th title for Carolina in the sport over a period of just 23 years.

The 2003 Tar Heel team was won of the most dominant teams in NCAA soccer history as it finished 27-0 and outscored its opponents 32-0 in six NCAA Tournament games. Under the direction of legendary head coach Anson Dorrance, the 2003 Tar Heels rank as the only women's soccer team in NCAA Division I to finish a season unbeaten and untied over the past 12 seasons.

The NCAA Centennial is a yearlong celebration of the student-athlete. The celebration began in January 2006 at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, and will continue throughout the year. NCAA member schools, conferences and communities will play vital roles in the celebration by participating in special events in conjunction with NCAA championships and campus and community events that commemorate 100 years of the student-athlete.

All NCAA members were given the opportunity to nominate significant moments and outstanding student-athletes that are being highlighted in network programming produced by ESPN. The NCAA and ESPN have collaborated on two projects to honor student-athletes during the Centennial year. As part of the Centennial celebration in 2006, ESPN will air two one-hour programs highlighting the 100 Most Influential NCAA Student-Athletes. The network has also produced and aired 25, 30-second vignettes drawing attention to the "greatest moments" in NCAA history.

-- Jarrett @ 2/15/2006 09:28:00 AM

MLS Supporters Shield Becomes More Meaningful

MLS made a few rule changes this week for the good of the game. The best one, in my opinion, was that the winner of the Supporters Shield -- the team with the best regular season record -- now gets a birth in the CONCACAF Champions Cup (beginning in 2007) alongside the MLS Cup Champion. Previously, the two MLS Cup finalists represented MLS in this competition. Should the regular season champion also win the MLS Cup, the Supporters Shield runner-up (not the losing MLS Cup finalist) will be awarded the second birth. This adds prestige and financial incentive for teams to win the regular season, something that was a bit lacking in previous MLS campaigns. In other rule changes:

  • MLS game day rosters now consist of 18 players (previously 20 home, 16 away)
  • The yellow card points system which awarded points based on severity of caution was eliminated. Suspensions now come after 5, 8, and 11 yellow cards...and then every 2 after that.
  • The league also created a technical committee to examine changes for 2007 and the creation of youth development programs

-- Jarrett @ 2/15/2006 07:02:00 AM

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Local Derby

We don't talk much about youth soccer here but I've been tipped off to what should be a nice grudge match on Saturday. 88 Triangle Futbol Club Navy opens up their Spring 2006 NCYSA Classic season against 88 CASL Elite. These Premier division Classic teams represent some of the best youth talent playing today in the Triangle. Our version of the "Old Firm" kicks off Saturday, Feb 18th at 10am on Field 5 over as SAS Soccer Park. And don't forget about the UNC blue-white scrimmage on Sunday 2/19 at 10:30a!

-- Jarrett @ 2/14/2006 04:27:00 PM

An Interview with Francisco Marcos, USL Founder & President

Kristian Dyer over at NYNJSoccer sat down with with United Soccer Leagues Founder and President Francisco Marcos for a very interesting "State of the League" interview. The part of the interview that I found most interesting was toward the end where Marcos details his vision for the ultimate USL club -- citing the Rochester Rhinos as the model: "I have to say that five years ago, my mantra was soccer-specific stadiums, the churches, chapels and cathedrals. That has caught on. Now, it is club and player development. All three are part of the pyramids needed in soccer - the bricks and mortar. The pyramid is the house that is home to everything top to bottom. The same Rhinos we discussed earlier are actually now heading toward a full pyramid, putting the political reasons aside that held them back before. The ironic thing about the Rhinos is they are now beginning to look like my club back home in Portugal, Sporting. With their stake in men's and women's soccer, lacrosse and hockey, they are truly an athletic club like many European clubs are, something many American fans may not realize. The process of becoming a Soccer Nation is about all of that. Building clubs is critical because as the club grows, so does its connection and involvement in the community, which in the end may help lead to that all-important stadium." So here in Cary, we've got Economides' experience in Rochester and the soccer-specific stadium in place so we've got a head start -- time to focus on club and player development!

-- Jarrett @ 2/14/2006 11:03:00 AM

Minor update to 2006 SAS Soccer Schedule

The guys over at SAS Soccer Park have made a couple of minor changes to their 2006 schedule. It looks like they were just fixing typos but in case you'd already marked your calendar, please note that the US Women's National Team game is now showing a tenative date of Sat, Aug 6 (originally shown as the 8th). and the ACC Women's Championships are the first weekend in November, not October.

-- Jarrett @ 2/14/2006 06:33:00 AM

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Former Tarheels Help USA Dominate Japan Early, Hold on Late For Victory

Former Tarheel standout Eddie Pope scored his second goal in as many games and fellow alum Kerry Zavagnin played a key role in breaking up the short passing game of a crowded midfield as the USA dominated Japan early, then held on late for a 3-2 victory over their fellow World Cup Finalists Friday night in San Francisco. The final score line does little to detail how dominate the domestic-based US squad was for much of the night. After Pope opened the scoring and Taylor Twellman added 2 assists and a goal for the US who hardly had allowed Japan a shot on goal for 65 minutes, the flow of the game was broken up by a flurry of substitutions from both coaches. After a few tactical changes by Japan, the Blue Samurais pulled back 2 late goals to save some face before a crowd of 37,365 at SBC Park.

-- Jarrett @ 2/11/2006 12:09:00 PM

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

King Traded Rapid-ly

Aaron King, who was selected as the last pick of the MLS Super Draft by Los Angeles has been traded to the Colorado Rapids. King, who is originally from the Denver area, was NC State's leading goal scorer for each of the past four seasons. "Though we would have enjoyed seeing Aaron play for the Galaxy, we realize that having him play close to his home will give him the best chance to start and develop his career," Galaxy president and general manager Doug Hamilton said.

-- Jarrett @ 2/08/2006 10:37:00 PM

Furman Taps Local Talent

Furman coach Doug Allison has swooped in for some of our local Triangle talent among his 7 new signings for 2006. The program that produced upcoming MLSers and US National team members Clint Dempsey and Ricardo Clark adds Jordan Howard and Connor McNeely to their roster next year. Howard, a 5-foot-10 midfielder, prepped at Southeast Raleigh High School. A member of the North Carolina ODP squad, Howard earned all-conference and 2005 all-state accolades. McNeely, a 6-foot-2 goalkeeper, led Apex High School to a 24-0-1 record, Tri-7 Conference title and 2005 AAAA State Championship this past season. The Region III ODP team member earned all-conference and North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-State honors. McNeely plays club soccer for the `86 CASL Elite.

-- Jarrett @ 2/08/2006 09:19:00 PM

2006 Soccer Schedules

-- Jarrett @ 2/08/2006 07:14:00 PM

NCSU Women's 2006 Spring Schedule

Fri 2/24 UNC-GreensboroGreensboro7:00pm
Fri 3/17 CampbellBuies Creek, NC 6:00pm
Sat 3/25CharlotteRaleigh (Method Rd) 2:00pm
Sat 4/1ACC Spring Tournament Cary (SAS)TBA
Sat 4/8South Carolina Raleigh (Method Rd) 2:00pm

-- Jarrett @ 2/08/2006 07:02:00 PM

Duke Women's 2006 Spring Schedule

Sat 3/4FloridaDurhamTBA
Sat 3/25MichiganDurhamTBA
UNC Greensboro DurhamTBA
Sat 3/29U17 Boys Club Team DurhamTBA
Sat 4/1ACC Spring Tournament Cary (SAS)TBA
Sun 4/9Mexican Women's National Team Birmingham, AL TBA

-- Jarrett @ 2/08/2006 05:42:00 PM

Lady Wolfpack 2006 Signings

NC State head coach Laura Kerrigan has announced the 2006 Wolfpack women's soccer signing class. Next season, nine newcomers will suit up in Wolfpack red and white. The 2006 class includes three local players, including one each from Raleigh, Garner and Cary, two from neighboring Virginia, two from New Jersey, and the remaining two hail from Texas and Canada.

  • Nadia Aboulhosn (Midfielder/Raleigh, N.C./Triangle Football Club)
  • Gia Cipollini (Forward/Cary, N.C./CASL)
  • Briana Cunningham (Forward/Missouri City, Texas/Texas Eclipse)
  • Chantelle Dugas (Forward/Ontario, Canada/Dixie Dominators Club)
  • Kelly Estes (Defender/Midlothian, Va./Richmond Strikers)
  • Kendall Irby (Midfielder/Woodbridge, Va./PWSI Cardinals)
  • Sydney Little (Goalkeeper/Garner, N.C./Triangle Football Club)
  • Meredith Parilla (Wyckoff, N.J./Parsippany)
  • Katie Ruiz (Forward-Defender/Seaville, N.J./Match Fit Dolphins)

-- Jarrett @ 2/08/2006 05:34:00 PM

Major League Soccer 2006 Schedule

The 2006 MLS schedule and national broadcast schedule has been released. Each of the 12 MLS teams again will play 32 matches; about 84 percent of those games will take place on weekends (including Friday nights) or holidays. ABC and ESPN2 will combine to air 23 regular season games live nationally beginning with the ABC broadcast of the League's season opener on April 1 and a primetime ESPN2 game - the New England Revolution at Los Angeles Galaxy (11 p.m. ET). ESPN2 will show 23 games and three MLS Cup Playoff games, while ABC will also broadcast the 2006 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game in July as well as MLS Cup 2006 on Sunday, November 12 at Pizza Hut Park. Details on other broadcast outlets (FSC, HDNet, DirectKick) have yet to be announced.

-- Jarrett @ 2/08/2006 03:56:00 PM

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Triangle Pro Soccer Ticket Prices

Triangle Professional Soccer has announced their ticket prices for the 2007 season. All season ticket prices are based on an anticipated 18 game season.

AreaAdvanceDay of GameSeason Ticket
Club (blue)$20.00$22.00$350.00*
Premium (red)$15.00$17.00$225.00
Endzone (yellow)$10.00$12.00$140.00
Kids (12 & under)$8.00$8.00 --
* Includes VIP Parking - one pass per two seats Endzone Family Four Pack (2 Adults, 2 Kids) -- $450.00 Parking Passes -- $80.00 Inaugural Season Bonding Incentive -- The first 500 season ticket holders receive:
  • Priority seating
  • Commemorative Autographed Team Soccer Ball
  • Private reception with team to kick off 2007 season
  • Commemorative Plaque with all 500 Season Ticket Holder names permanently displayed at the stadium
To order call Triangle Professional Soccer at (919) 859-KICK. Please tell them you saw it on the TriSoccerFan website!

-- Jarrett @ 2/07/2006 10:14:00 PM

Town Council Makes USL Soccer Official

Obviously this passed, or we would have heard about it by now, but for the record, the meeting minutes of the Cary Town Council meeting detail the final form of the lease modification for SAS Soccer Park in order to allow Triangle Pro Soccer to bring a team to Cary. Not suprisingly, the motion passed unanimously.

-- Jarrett @ 2/07/2006 11:48:00 AM

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Sports Heaven Includes Tarheels Soccer

According to the Super Bowl commercial for ESPN Mobile, apparently Sports Heaven includes Tarheels soccer! Of course, if it was truly my Sports Heaven, there would have been a few more soccer teams featured in the commercial.

-- Jarrett @ 2/05/2006 07:30:00 PM

A Soccer Fan's Primer

I was having lunch the other day with someone who asked me the question: "What can I read and what can I watch that will give me more information on soccer and fan culture around the world?" Here's a short list of some books and movies that I recommend for the budding the soccer fan. Books I've Read and Recommend:

  • Fever Pitch (Nick Hornby) - This was the first soccer book I ever read and the one that truly introduced me to the passion of soccer fandom. FP is Nick Hornby's memoir of his lifelong obsession with Arsenal Football Club. Hornby is an excellent writer (one of my favorites these days) and the way he tells the story of his life by which Arsenal match occurred that week really resonated with me.
  • My Favourite Year (edited by Nick Hornby) - obviously inspired by Fever Pitch, My Favourite Year is a collection of short essays by European football writers recounting their most memorable year of supporting their local or international side. Each one of the essays is someone's own personal Fever Pitch. The main reason I recommend this book for the budding soccer fan is it truly delves into the local nature of soccer as well as the whole promotion/relegation structure which is foreign to most American sports fan.
  • Miracle of Castel di Sangro (Joe McGinniss) - Established American author McGinniss spends an entire season chronicling the trials and tribulations of the tiny calcio team from Castel di Sangro who somehow miraculous have won promotion to Serie B (the Italian second division). Again, this book gives tremendous insight to the local nature of soccer and how much the success and failures of the local team reflect on the community at large. (Available at Wake Co. Library)
  • Shit Ground, No Fans (Jim Bremner) - The hymnal of the terraces, SGNF is a collection of songs and chants from British supporters, organized by club or national team. The book does a great job of capturing the wit and passion of supporters that makes soccer such a fun sport to experience in person.
  • Captain For Life (John Harkes) - This is the autobiography of the first American to score in the famed Wembley Stadium and a pivotal figure in both the genesis of MLS and the mid-90's revival of the US National Team. The book gives fans a good look at the contemporary era of the US's international soccer scene. Harkes' unceremonious dismissal from his "Captain For Life" position with the US National Team when he was dumped by coach Steve Sampson in the run-up to World Cup '98 is widely attributed by many as the straw that broke the camel's back for a horrible team spirit that lead the US to finish dead last at the 98 Finals. In this book, Harkes tells his side of that story as well as recounts his early career in England in which he (along with Kasey Keller) really paved the way for future Americans like Brian McBride, Brad Friedel, and Tim Howard to succeed in England's top flight leagues. The story of the day Keller's Millwall supporters chased them from the field is worth the price of the entire book.
  • The Rough Guide to English Football / European Football: A Fan's Handbook - Two books compiled by the famous Rough Guide travel book company give detailed historical backgrounds on many of the clubs in England and Europe and lends practical advice for fans making a pilgrimmage to see football played in its native environment.
  • Ultra Nippon (Jonathan Birchall) - BBC Tokyo reporter Birchall follows the development of the J-League during the run up to the 2002 World Cup. It is a very interesting study of Japanese society as the book looks at how the Japanese adopted many elements of South American and European football traditions and molded a professional league which was undeniably Japanese in nature.
Books On My Reading List That Sound Promising: Films I've Seen and Recommend:
  • Green Street Hooligans (Now playing in limited release) - An excellent film set in the ultra-violent culture of English football firms which explores a lonely man's desire to belong to a group, even if it flies in the face of everything he believes. (My full review)
  • Goal! (USA release May 12th) - One of the best shot soccer movies I've seen (capturing the action is always the problem in sports films) follows a young Mexican-American immigrant as he gets a chance to make a name for himself in the English Premier League. Fans of the English Premier League are going to love this film. (My full review)
  • A Shot at Glory (DVD@Netflix) - An enjoyable film starring Robert Duvall and Scottish Footballer Ally McCoist as the the manager of Kilnockie, a small Scottish second division side, and it's improbable shot at glory if they can knock off Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Cup. (Bonus Trivia: Claudio Reyna played for Rangers during the filming of this movie and is creditted as one of the Rangers players appearing in the movie, although I don't recall seeing him in the final cut of the film).
  • Phörpa (aka The Cup) - An inspiring film about Tibetan refugees living in exile at monastery in India who refuse to let the contemplative, reverent spirit of their surroundings dampen their World Cup Fever. Their quest to figure out a way to watch the Final of France '98 absolutely captures the passion of soccer perfectly.
  • Victory (DVD@Netflix) - Dampened only slightly by the poor soccer skills of Sylvester Stallone as goalkeeper, this film stars some of the greatest soccer players of all time (Pelé, Moore, Ardiles, to name a few) as a group of WWII Prisoners of War who play a friendly (I use the word loosely) against their German captors in occupied France.
  • Our Way / Journey to Germany - Two documentary DVDs produced US Soccer which give a behind-the-scenes look at the USA's run through World Cup 2002 and their 2006 qualifying campaign, respectively. This is a great primer to bring a new US soccer fan up to speed with the present national team.
  • The Other Final - A documentary detailing a match played between Montserrat and Bhutan, who at the time were the two lowest ranked teams in FIFA's International Rankings, played on the same day as the 2002 World Cup Final in Tokyo. The film is an interesting exploration of how sport bonds communities together and how it breaks down cultural barriers between folks who share only the common language of football.
Films on My Watch List That Sound Promising: I'd love to hear your recommendations for further reading/viewing or your reviews of any of these selections in the comments section.

-- Jarrett @ 2/05/2006 09:14:00 AM

Friday, February 03, 2006

2006 World Cup TV Schedule

I wouldn't set your TiVo quite yet as schedules are subject to change, but in case you're curious, here's a preliminary schedule for ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 coverage of the 2006 World Cup.

NetworkDateTime (EDT)Description
ESPNJun-0901:40World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-0911:55Germany vs. Costa Rica
ESPN-2Jun-0914:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-0914:55Poland vs. Ecuador
ESPNJun-1000:00World Cup 2Night
ABCJun-1008:55England vs. Paraguay
ABCJun-1011:55Trinidad & Tobago vs. Sweden
ESPN-2Jun-1014:55Argentina vs. Ivory Coast
ESPNJun-1100:30World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1108:55Serbia & Montenegro vs. Netherlands
ABCJun-1111:55Mexico vs. Iran
ESPN-2Jun-1114:55Angola vs. Portugal
ESPNJun-1200:30World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1208:55Australia vs. Japan
ESPN-2Jun-1211:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1211:55United States vs. Czech Republic
ESPN-2Jun-1214:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1214:55Italy vs. Ghana
ESPN-2Jun-1222:00United States vs. Czech Republic
ESPNJun-1300:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1308:55South Korea vs. Togo
ESPN-2Jun-1311:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1311:55France vs. Switzerland
ESPN-2Jun-1314:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1314:55Brazil vs. Croatia
ESPNJun-1401:40World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1408:55Spain vs. Ukraine
ESPN-2Jun-1411:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1411:55Tunisia vs. Saudi Arabia
ESPN-2Jun-1414:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1414:55Germany vs. Poland
ESPNJun-1500:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1508:55Ecuador vs. Costa Rica
ESPN-2Jun-1511:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1511:55England vs. Trinidad & Tobago
ESPN-2Jun-1514:00World Cup 2Night
ESPNJun-1514:55Sweden vs. Paraguay
ESPNJun-1601:40World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1608:55Argentina vs. Serbia & Montenegro
ESPN-2Jun-1611:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1611:55Netherlands vs. Ivory Coast
ESPNJun-1614:55Mexico vs. Angola
ESPNJun-1700:00World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-1708:55Portugal vs. Iran
ESPNJun-1800:20World Cup 2Night
ABCJun-1711:55Czech Republic vs. Ghana
ABCJun-172:55PMItaly vs. United States
ESPNJun-1803:00Italy vs. United States (Replay)
ESPNJun-1900:30World Cup 2Night
ABCJun-1808:55Japan vs. Croatia
ABCJun-1811:55Brazil vs. Australia
ABCJun-1814:55France vs. Korea
ESPN-2Jun-1908:55Togo vs. Switzerland
ESPN-2Jun-1911:55Saudi Arabia vs. Ukraine
ESPN-2Jun-1914:55Spain vs. Tunisia
ESPNJun-2000:00World Cup 2Night
ESPNJun-2009:55Ecuador vs. Germany
ESPN-2Jun-2009:55Costa Rica vs. Poland
ESPNJun-2014:55Sweden vs. England
ESPN-2Jun-2014:55Paraguay vs. Trinidad & Tobago
ESPNJun-2101:40World Cup 2Night
ESPNJun-2109:55Portugal vs. Mexico
ESPN-2Jun-2109:55Iran vs. Angola
ESPNJun-2114:55Netherlands vs. Argentina
ESPN-2Jun-2114:55Ivory Coast vs. Serbia & Montenegro
ESPNJun-2209:55Ghana vs. United States
ESPN-2Jun-2209:55Czech Republic vs. Italy
ESPNJun-2214:55Japan vs. Brazil
ESPN-2Jun-2214:55Croatia vs. Australia
ESPNJun-2301:10World Cup 2Night
ESPN-2Jun-2301:30Ghana vs. United States (Replay)
ESPNJun-2309:55Saudi Arabia vs. Spain
ESPN-2Jun-2309:55Ukraine vs. Tunisia
ESPNJun-2314:55Togo vs. France
ESPN-2Jun-2314:55Switzerland vs. South Korea
ESPNJun-2400:00World Cup 2Night
ABCJun-2410:552006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16
ESPNJun-2414:552006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16
ESPNJun-2500:00World Cup 2Night
ESPNJun-2503:002006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 (Replay)
ABCJun-2510:552006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16
ESPNJun-2514:552006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16
ESPNJun-2600:30World Cup 2Night
ESPNJun-2610:552006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16
ESPNJun-2614:552006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16
ESPNJun-2700:00World Cup 2Night
ESPNJun-2710:552006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16
ESPNJun-2714:552006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16
ESPNJun-2800:00World Cup 2Night
ESPNJun-2901:00World Cup 2Night
ESPNJun-3000:00World Cup 2Night
ESPNJun-3010:552006 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals
ESPN-2Jun-3014:552006 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals
ABCJul-0110:552006 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals
ABCJul-0114:552006 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals
ABCJul-0414:552006 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals
ABCJul-0514:552006 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals
ABCJul-0814:552006 FIFA World Cup Third-Place Match
ABCJul-0914:552006 FIFA World Cup Final
Please note this schedule is based on preliminary schedule information from ESPN International and the assumption that all games not covered on ESPN/ESPN-2 will be available live on ABC. If you prefer your fútbol en español, then Univision's got you covered.

-- Jarrett @ 2/03/2006 07:14:00 PM

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Don't Tread on Deuce

Well, it's not "Refrigerator" Perry doing the Super Bowl Shuffle but it looks like Clint "Deuce" Dempsey has found his calling should that Right Midfielder position not work out for him this World Cup cycle. Honestly, I'm not sure what to make of this...

-- Jarrett @ 2/01/2006 10:52:00 PM

UNC Men's 2006 Spring Schedule

Sun 2/19Blue-White Scrimmage #1Chapel Hill (Finley Fields)10:30am
Sun 2/26Blue-White Scrimmage #2Chapel Hill (Finley Fields)10:30am
Sat 3/4Blue-White Scrimmage #3Chapel Hill (Finley Fields)10:30am
Sat 3/25Old DominionNorfolk, VA2:00pm
Hampton Roads (USL)Virginia Beach, VA5:00pm
Tue 3/28Irish University SelectChapel Hill (Finley Fields)4:00pm
Sun 4/2DukeCary (SAS)10:30am
Belmont AbbeyCary (SAS)1:00pm
Wake ForestCary (SAS)2:30pm
Thu 4/6Rochester (USL)Cary (SAS)6:00pm
CASL U18sCary (SAS)8:00pm
Fri 4/14US U17sCountryside, FL7:00pm
Sat 4/15St. LeoSt. Leo, FL10:00am
South FloridaCountryside, FL7:00pm
Fri 4/21Gardner-WebbGreensboro, NC5:00pm
UNC-GreensboroGreensboro, NC7:30pm

-- Jarrett @ 2/01/2006 03:14:00 PM

USL Cary Supporter's Club

In the finest traditions of Sam's Army, Section 8, the Screaming Eagles, and other soccer fans' organizations, we are putting together an independent supporters club for the new USL 1st Division team in Cary. We hope to grow our group into a solid supporters club complete with our own section at SAS Soccer Park, pre-game tailgates, road trip events, etc. We would also serve as the local "Triangle Brigade" of Sam's Army for any potential US National Team events. Presently, we have formed an organizing committee and are starting to work out the details of the club. In the meantime, I would like to start surveying local interest in joining the club so we have an idea of how many folks would be interested. If you would like to be notified once we officially launch the club and open membership, please send an email to trisoccerfan@gmail.com so we can get you on the distribution list. If you would be interested in volunteering to be a part of the organizing committee, please send an email directly to me ASAP.

-- Jarrett @ 2/01/2006 11:37:00 AM

2006 SAS Soccer Park Schedule

From What's Happening at SAS Soccer Park and updated periodically as new events are announced:

  • Fuquay-Varina (FVAA) Presidential Classic Youth Soccer Tournament February 11 & 12
  • Rochester Rhinos Spring Team Combine Professional Soccer March 23-25
  • Rochester Rhinos Spring Training Camp Professional Soccer March 28-April 8
  • ACC Spring Soccer Championships Men's and Women's College Soccer April 1& 2
  • US Men's National Team vs. Jamaica International Friendly April 11
  • North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) U11 & U12 Festival Youth Soccer April 29 & 30
  • U.S. Soccer Men's National Team Training Camp National Team Soccer May 9-21
  • North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Championships High School Women's Soccer May 25 & 26
  • Festival de las Americas La Conexion Newspaper Tournament June 3 & 4
  • North Carolina Amateur Sports State Games Amateur Soccer Tournament June 16-18 and June 23-25
  • Kick-It 3V3 Soccer Shootout Youth Soccer Tournament July 21-23
  • U.S. Soccer Women's National Team Game vs. TBA National Team Soccer August 6 (tentative)
  • N.C. State Wolfpack Classic Men's College Soccer August 26 & 27
  • ACC Women's Soccer Championships Women's College Soccer November 1, 3 & 5
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 2006 Women's College Cup Women's College Soccer December 1 & 3

-- Jarrett @ 2/01/2006 08:27:00 AM