June 12, 2015 |
IF YOU WANT to be a cynic, you can look back at what the United States men's soccer team has done in Europe over the past week and diminish things by saying, "Oh, they were just friendlies. " True, a friendly is not the same as a World Cup match, but teams do not schedule friendlies just for the fun of it. They always have a purpose and teams always want to win. Keeping things in their proper context, the United States' 4-3 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam last Friday and a 2-1 win over world champion Germany in Cologne on Wednesday are remarkable achievements, especially as the team prepares for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament this summer, with the championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on July 26. Team USA beat the Dutch for the first time ever and beat Germany in Germany for the first time.
June 5, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Back in 2007, United States women's soccer team midfielder Shannon Boxx found out she had lupus. Despite occasional bouts of extreme fatigue, joint pain and swelling associated with the disease, Boxx went on to represent the United States at the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and won gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Like most athletes, Boxx has had to overcome severe injuries that required rehabilitation. Still, of all the challenges she's overcome to play at a world-class level for 13 years, Boxx said nothing was more difficult than returning to make the 2015 World Cup team after giving birth to her daughter, Zoe, in 2014.
June 3, 2015 |
Jesse Weick isn't surprised by Haddon Heights' success in baseball this season. He can't say the same about his own sensational play. "Before the season, we had a meeting and talked about our objectives and winning the South Jersey title was one of them," Weick said. "We all believed we could do it. " Haddon Heights (18-7) has made good on that preseason promise. The Garnets won the South Jersey Group 1 title on Friday and will face Middlesex (16-16) in the state semifinals Tuesday at Rowan College at Gloucester County.
June 1, 2015 |
Throughout Philadelphia's sports history, soccer has popped up sporadically, an invading virus that the city's natural indifference to the game typically manages to resist. Sometimes, as now with the Union, the outbreak is more severe. But mostly, like the rest of America, we've been immune to the sport that so infects the world. So it was jarring last week when news of a soccer-related scandal was stripped across The Inquirer's front page, even if this story's appeal was amorality and not athletics.
May 29, 2015 |
When a city in the United States would like to host something as large as the Super Bowl or something as relatively modest as the USA Swimming national championships, that city puts together a bid package it hopes will be a winner in the competition against other cities vying to host the same event. The bid contains incentives, which could range from very reasonable accommodation and transportation arrangements during the event, to donations to development programs, to whatever else might make for a successful bid. It would be standard that officials of the organization that controls the event would visit the various bid cities to study the facilities and infrastructure of the bids, and would be treated very well while visiting.
May 29, 2015 |
NEW YORK - There was no point in anyone on the U.S. women's soccer team trying to ignore the elephant in the room. Through the past 15 years and three FIFA Women's World Cups, the pachyderm on the backs of the U.S. women has grown to jumbo size. Fox Sports, which has exclusive coverage of the 2015 World Cup that kicks off June 6 in Canada, has based its marketing campaign around the U.S. team's quest for redemption after it lost the 2011 World Cup final to Japan in a penalty-kick shootout.
April 29, 2015 |
WHEN JIM Murray began his long association with St. Joseph's Prep, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, gas was 23 cents a gallon and James Dean was starring in "Rebel Without a Cause. " Sixty years later, Murray, Class of 1959, is still at 17th and Girard, although after this academic year, he will retire. Well . . . sort of. Murray, 73, will step down as athletic director, a post he's held since 1971, and no longer teach math - which he's done since '69. But he'll stay on as varsity soccer coach.
April 19, 2015 |
Ghanasyam "Sam" Adhikari was an athlete in his youth. At Jadavpur University in his native Calcutta, he excelled in cricket, soccer, and volleyball, and he captained both the soccer and volleyball squads. But there was friction between him and his soccer coach. Though Adhikari hustled on the field, he hated to run. He especially loathed running laps after practice. Little could he have imagined at the time that he would undergo a late-life transformation into a long-distance runner.
April 17, 2015 |
THE NEW YANKEE STADIUM is The House That Derek Jeter Built, not David Villa, and though it might be the temporary or permanent home for New York City FC, it might not be best suited for the playing style of the MLS expansion franchise. Yankee Stadium is an iconic baseball stadium, but for NYC, it actually presents a challenge, because it pushes the limits for a regulation-size soccer pitch, which MLS and FIFA set at a minimum of 110 yards by 70 yards. "They have a mandate for the exact size," said Union manager Jim Curtin, whose squad will play at 7 o'clock tonight against NYC. "They have minimums and maximums.
March 13, 2015 |
YESTERDAY'S NEWS conference at Lincoln Financial Field mainly served to make an official announcement of something that was already well-known: Philadelphia will host the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 26, and the third-place game on July 25. But the event still didn't lack for spectacle. Mayor Nutter joined CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and general secretary Enrique Sanz, Eagles president Don Smolenski, and Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz on stage. The seats in front of them were taken by national team coaches from across the region, including U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann and Mexico's Miguel Herrera.