Who Should be 1st Pick in NWSL?
Earlier this week we spoke to Lesle Gallimore (Washington Head Coach), Jon Lipsitz (Kentucky Head Coach), and Randy Waldrum (Notre Dame Head Coach), about the return of women's professional soccer and how it will help with development for future players. Next we asked who they would select with the first pick in Friday's NWSL College Draft. All three gave different answers, which makes the upcoming draft even more fun to follow. When asked the coaches did not know which players were allocated or which team would have the first choice. Follow all three coaches on twitter: @CoachGallimore, @UKCoachLipsitz, & @NDCoachWaldrum.
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Bayern Munich Lands Pep
An announcement that has the football world in awe was as predictable as English football fans disagreeing with my recent article about the Bundesliga being stronger than the Premier League. Pep Guardiola will take over as manager of Bayern Munich next season. But why is everyone so surprised? You simply needed some common sense, you needed to stay on top of what was happening in the football world, and you just needed to flip a coin to figure out this was going to happen. Continue Reading
Soccer Night in Newtown
The tragic and senseless acts that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday December 14th were unimaginable and will follow me forever. As I sat in my office with my eyes glued to the TV I felt helpless, angry, and sad. The news reports were confusing and many outlets were falsely or prematurely reporting information. As it unfolded we began to understand the unthinkable violence that had taken place. The targets were children. Purity and innocence lost along with life. In total 20 young children and 6 adults had their lives taken from them, all too early, all too senselessly, and all too violently. Continue Reading
MLS Combine Review
The MLS Combine concluded this week in Fort Lauderdale and as the coach of the AdiPure team I was able to get a close–up look at the talented youngsters on display. Initial impressions were that this was a very forward-heavy pool and that, unlike last year's Combine, there was a tendency towards big, powerful strikers. As always there were some talented midfielders on display and a couple of good goalkeepers who could be solid professional prospects. Continue Reading
Bundesliga: Best in World
Walk around the CFC Arena in Hamden, CT on any given Sunday during the Winter months, and much like most indoor football arenas in the Northeast, it’s packed with young football players. Now, ask these boys, and even girls, what team they support and nine out of ten kids will either name one of two teams from La Liga or one of a handful of teams from the English Premier League. Continue Reading
NCAA Coaches Discuss NWSL
After the demise of WPS in 2012, many were uncertain if women's professional soccer would return to the United States. Fortunately for players, coaches, and fans, we didn't have to wait too long. In mid December, NWSL was officially launched with 8 teams and games set to kick off in April 2013. What does the return of NWSL mean for women's soccer in America? Soccer Banter spoke to a few of the leading women's college soccer coaches to get their take on the importance of a professional league in the United States. Lesle Gallimore just completed her 19th season as Head Coach at the University of Washington, leading the Huskies to their 12th NCAA tournament appearance. This past Fall as Head Coach of the University of Kentucky, Jon Lipsitz, led the Wildcats to the school's first ever NCAA Tournament win. Randy Waldrum has won two NCAA National Championships as Head Coach at Notre Dame and is currently doing double duty as Head Coach for the USA Women's U23 team. Follow all three coaches on twitter: @CoachGallimore, @UKCoachLipsitz, & @NDCoachWaldrum.
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EPL: And the Winner is...
Who will win the Premier League? Who will finish in the top four and secure a coveted spot in the Champions League? Which teams will be playing in the Europa League next season? Dave Clarke takes a look at the top half of the table and breaks down each club with their strengths, weaknesses, transfer needs, and key games. Lastly, and most importantly, he gives his prediction for the top seven spots. Continue Reading
I Love the Premier League
Messi and Ronaldo may grace La Liga every week, but the English Premier League has always been, and still is, my favorite league to watch. The passion of the fans, the excitement of the games, and the characters in every team have all led to millions of people, including myself, tuning in to the games every week. Add Sky Sports News 24/7 coverage around the training grounds and stadiums and you feel as if you are inside some of these clubs. The Premier League is box office soccer – no doubt about it. However, I believe there are three factors that separate it from any other league in the world. Continue Reading
Third Time's A Charm
“This is a league we have to build from the bottom up and we have a group of dedicated owners and talented support staff at U.S. Soccer to keep this process moving in a positive direction while slowly growing the brand.” -Cheryl Bailey, NWSL Executive Director (December 15, 2012)
The Necessity of NWSL
In order to remain a dominant force in the world of women’s national teams, the U.S. needs a domestic professional league. Europe seems to be doing it right. With youth teams feeding into the top division women’s league, other countries are developing their younger, future national team players. And their mainstay national team players are maintaining their level of play. Continue Reading
EPL: Going Down
verb (used with object), rel·e·gat·ed, rel·e·gat·ing.
to send or consign to an inferior position, place, or condition
A terminology that is rarely used in sports in America is closely creeping up in the EPL/BPL or the good old League (for those that grew up with it). The cost of relegation from the Premier League can be around $40million (that was 2 years ago). Add another $10-15million nowadays and you are missing a heavy chunk of change. The prestige of playing in the EPL is probably the most important thing to fans, but to businessmen it’s all about the Benjamins. Continue Reading
2012 Soccer Banter Review
Another year in the books for soccer with many new, but also old stories emerging. Chelsea fired managers, but also won the Champions League. Barcelona didn't win La Liga, but Messi scored 91 goals in all competitions for club and country. The last day of the 2012 Premier League season will always be remembered for Manchester City securing an injury time victory against QPR and winning the Premiership for the first time since 1968. Closer to home, the United States Women's National Team won the Olympics, while the men sputtered through to the final round of World Cup Qualifying. David Beckham played his final MLS game, but lifted his second straight MLS Cup with the Los Angeles Galaxy. As Soccer Banter has tried to keep up with the world of soccer in 2012, below are the top five viewed articles. Take a look back at the stories that helped define our site.
Mocking The Beautiful Game - Andrew McConville
The Football Sartorialist - Allan Lewis
Happy Father's Day - Brendan Faherty
Ireland: Time to Move On - Eoin O'Callaghan
Newtown: An Empty Field of Dreams - Dave Clarke