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Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
 
 
MLS owners, coaches, players, and fans are stunned by the news of their trailblazer commissioner being diagnosed with prostate cancer. 
 
By: Jorge Belon
 
 
On Saturday April 12, MLS announced that the 56-year-old Commissioner Garber was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and that he has begun treatment. 
After going through several tests the Doctors have been able to shed some positive light, by being able to tell that the cancer has not spread. Also that since the cancer has been caught in an early stage; his doctors believe he will fully recover.
“Obviously no one wants to hear that they have cancer,” Garber said in a statement (MLSscoccer).  “However, I am being treated by exceptional doctors at two of the top hospitals in the world and am confident, as are they, that the prostate cancer will be successfully treated, with a full recovery.”  
The Queens, NY native will stay in his home state as he begins his fight against a cancer that has taken 29, 720 Americans lives in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society. 
His treatment will begin at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, and then he will have his surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital; both hospitals are located in New York City, NY. 
Garber will still manage the league while undergoing treatment. As his confidence to beating the prostate cancer is high.
“I plan on keeping a normal schedule and will continue managing the league and Soccer United Marketing during my course of treatment,” said Commissioner Garber in a statement (MLSsoccer). “With the support of my family, friends, colleagues and doctors, I am feeling very strong, energized and extremely focused.”

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

 

 

MLS owners, coaches, players, and fans are stunned by the news of their trailblazer commissioner being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

 

By: Jorge Belon

 

 

On Saturday April 12, MLS announced that the 56-year-old Commissioner Garber was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and that he has begun treatment.

After going through several tests the Doctors have been able to shed some positive light, by being able to tell that the cancer has not spread. Also that since the cancer has been caught in an early stage; his doctors believe he will fully recover.

“Obviously no one wants to hear that they have cancer,” Garber said in a statement (MLSscoccer).  “However, I am being treated by exceptional doctors at two of the top hospitals in the world and am confident, as are they, that the prostate cancer will be successfully treated, with a full recovery.” 

The Queens, NY native will stay in his home state as he begins his fight against a cancer that has taken 29, 720 Americans lives in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society.

His treatment will begin at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, and then he will have his surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital; both hospitals are located in New York City, NY.

Garber will still manage the league while undergoing treatment. As his confidence to beating the prostate cancer is high.

“I plan on keeping a normal schedule and will continue managing the league and Soccer United Marketing during my course of treatment,” said Commissioner Garber in a statement (MLSsoccer). “With the support of my family, friends, colleagues and doctors, I am feeling very strong, energized and extremely focused.

ESPN and the American Outlaws introduce a new promo to get the American people ready and excited for the World Cup that starts on June 12.

The Outlaws is a dedicated fan base for the United States Men’s National Soccer Team. Every game that the Yanks have played in the Outlaws have been there backing them up, since they began in 2007.

Now with 100 chapters from Boston, MA (AO Boston) to San Francisco, CA (AO San Francisco), ESPN has partnered with them to show this pre-world cup commercial of the USMNT.

Video provided by ESPN.

 

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers

 

The World Cup is getting closer with only 90 days left

Its official ninety days till the World Cup starts on Thursday, June 12, with host nation Brazil facing Croatia at San Paulo.

With the World Cup approaching fast and with fans eager to see what greatness will come out of the land of Samba this June and July. Here is a brilliant moment in World Cup history.

Eighteen year old British forward Michael Owen exploded on the international scene in the 1998 World Cup in France.

However, the young speedy forward would score a goal against Argentina in the round of 16 that would display his brilliant footwork and speed as he torched the Argentine defense.

The Chester, England native received a pass right below the middle of the field. Immediately Owen began to sprint with the ball towards the goal.

He shrugged of one Argentinean defender with his strength and eluded another defender with a quick hesitation move, and then suddenly he cut to his right to completely shake off the defender.

While keeping his balance the FC Liverpool striker would finish the play off with a powerful strike to the top left hand corner of the net; leaving Argentinean goalie Carlos Roa hopeless, and giving England and early 2-1 lead at the 16 minute of the first half.

Regardless that England would end up losing the game to Argentina in penalties and get eliminated; Owens goal would give the English fans something to remember from the France 1998 World Cup.

Enjoy watching the video of Owens goal against Argentina.

The countdown to Brazil carries on, as June 12 gets closer by every second that passes.   

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers 

Vancouver stuns the defending Supporter Shield winners Red Bulls, 4-1

 

Vancouver at home and with Scottish international Kenny Miller leading the way with two goals, the Whitecaps start the 19 MLS season with a shocking 4-1 victory over New York.

It all started with a penalty kick. At the 34 minute of the first half, Miller stepped up to take a penalty. The experience forward did not mess around, as he sent the ball into bottom right hand corner of the net; giving the Whitecaps the early 1-0 lead.

Vancouver offense was firing in the first half, but in the second half their attack was much more accurate.

Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles was kept busy for the entire 90 minutes; he was forced to make six saves in the match.

At the 48 minute of the second half, the new Uruguayan midfielder Sebastian Fernandez would open his goal scoring account for Vancouver with a powerful shot that flew into the top right hand corner of the net. His goal would make the score 2-0.

Vancouver new designated player Pedro Morales came into the game at the 75 minute, and he immediately impacted the game.

The defense of New York was having troubles dealing with the speed and the creativity of the Whitecaps attack. And in the 77 minute, that would again prove to be costly for the Red Bulls.

The Chilean Morales controlled the ball from a clearance of his own defender. Morales would show composure with the ball as he pulled back, and found a cutting Miller on the other side of the field.  

Morales would then blast a 20 plus yard pass to Miller. The Scottish forward would take a few dribbles with the ball, and then gracefully chip the ball over Robles to make the score line 3-0.

The South American midfielder was not done yet after assisting Miller’s goal. At the 89 minute, Morales would make a darting run into the center of the penalty box, and he received a low crisp pass from English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.

The Chilean would not hesitate, as he one timed hit the ball into the bottom left hand corner to give the Whitecaps a 4-0 lead.

The Red Bulls would score a consolation goal right before the game ended, with British forward Bradley Wright-Phillips heading the ball over Vancouver’s goalie David Ousted, to end the game at 4-1.

The highlights to this match can be seen on the video above. The video was provided by www.mlssoccer.com.

 

Goals:  

VAN: Kenny Miller (Penalty Kick, 34 minute)

VAN: Sebastian Fernandez (Assisted by Darren Mattocks, 48 minute)

VAN: Kenny Miller (Assisted by Pedro Morales, 77 minute)

VAN: Pedro Morales (Assisted by Nigel Reo-Coker, 89 minute)

NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Assisted by Lloyd Sam, 90+1 minutes)

 

Vancouver next match will be on the road against Chivas USA on Sunday. As for the Red Bulls, they will be hosting the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

 

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers.   

Columbus thrash DC United at RFK Stadium

 

The Crew starts the new season off with a 3-0 road victory, and with Argentinean playmaker Federico Higuain leading the way with two goals on a Saturday afternoon.

“[Higuain] is a guy that has that ability,” Columbus Head Coach Gregg Berhalter told Soccer By Ives. “It was great to get him started quickly.”

However, it would be Costa Rican international Jairo Arrieta who would get the ball rolling for Columbus in this match, with a goal in the 18 minute.  

Arrieta received a low curving cross from defender Josh Williams. The Costa Rican would meet the ball and slot the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

The Crew was able to build some insurance on their lead, when Columbus was awarded a penalty kick at the 25 minute.

“I think it was a decision that was made too quick,” D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid told Soccer By Ives. “At first glance I didn’t think it was a foul. I thought that was normal tug and touch and feel in the box; that happens on every set piece and every corner kick. But, [the referee] saw it differently.”

Regardless of the DC players complains and protest of the call from the referee, the call stood and Higuain steeped up to the spot, and buried the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.

The Argentinean had given Columbus a 2-0 lead on the road by the 27 minute mark.

However, DC would fail to make any serious threats to come back. United took 11 shots in the match, but only one shot was on target; Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark made that save within the first five minutes of the first half.

The Crew right before the game ended, Higuain would get his second goal and Columbus third goal to seal the deal.

The highlights for this match can be seen on the video above. The video was provided by www.mlssoccer.com

 

Goals:

CLB: Jairo Arrieta (Assisted by Josh Williams, 18 minute)

CLB: Federico Higuain (Penalties, 27 minute)

CLB: Federico Higuain (Assisted by Justin Meram, 90 minute)

 

Columbus and DC United next match will be on Saturday, March 22. The Crew will host the Philadelphia Union, and United next match will be on the road against England international Jermaine Defoe and Toronto FC.

 

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers.

Seattle starts the new Major League Soccer season with a home victory against Sporting

 

Substitute forward Chad Barrett, was the most unlikely of heroes for the Sounders on Saturday, in his first game with Seattle, he delivered the game winning goal in stoppage time in front of a sold out Century Link Field.

“I was excited to just be on the bench, you know,” Barrett told Soccer By Ives. “The pregame festivities and just to see the crowd and the Emerald City Supporters’ section just yelling the entire game, it’s so loud, and then when I scored I couldn’t even hear myself screaming. I’m pretty sure I was screaming or I was going through puberty, one of the two. I couldn’t hear myself scream. I was telling the guys that I haven’t scored here yet that it’s just an unbelievable feeling, especially with all 40,000 people staying until the very end.”

The game was less than 60 seconds away from ending in a scoreless draw. Seattle last attack started with a cross from another substitute forward Sean Okoli, his pass found USMNT forward Clint Dempsey in the heart of the penalty box.

Dempsey connected with the ball, but his header would hit the crossbar. The Texan native did not give up on the play, as he attempted to score the winning goal acrobatically. His contact with the ball was not a clean kick, but Barrett would be there to toe poke the loose ball into the back of the net to give the Sounders the victory in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time. (The video above shows the highlights for the entire match, between Seattle and Kansas City. The video was provided by www.mlssoccer.com.)  

However, Sporting Kansas City started the game on the right foot. In the first half they dominated the match, as they took six shots, and forced Seattle new goalkeeper Stefan Frei to make three saves.

In the second half, both teams were attacking. Seattle attack had more venom in the final third of the field. As they produced nine shots and forced Sporting goalie Eric Kronberg to make four saves.

In the end Seattle relentless attack would pull through, and the Sounders would kick of MLS 19 season on with a home victory, in front of nearly 40,000 fans.

“I thought we played very well,” Sporting Kansas City Head Coach Peter Vermes told Soccer By Ives. “Coming in here, this is not an easy place to play being the first game of the season and their home opener. I thought we played very well for 93 minutes and 43 seconds. We did a really good job on both sides. Defensively we were very disciplined. We had one lapse in our defensive shape overall, and that was in the last 17 seconds. It’s unfortunate.”

 

Goal:

SEA: Chad Barett (Assisted by Clint Dempsey, 90 +4 minutes)

 

Seattle next game will be against USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley and Toronto FC at Century Link Field on Saturday.

As for Sporting Kansas City, they will first host Mexican club Cruz Azul in the CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday; and then Saturday they will be welcoming FC Dallas to Sporting Park.   

Hey folks,

Here is a great video of the UMSNT training in Frankfurt, Germany right before they leave to Cyprus to face Ukraine on March 5.

This video will make most U.S. fans giddy because Bayern Munich prospect Julian Green is with the yanks training, and he seems to be enjoying himself.

Well enjoy the video; which was provided by U.S. Soccer

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers 

Friendly match USA versus Ukraine still on
 
MONDAY- Fans that were worried about not seeing the USMNT in action on Wednesday, March 5 at Larnaca, Cyprus can breathe easier now, knowing that the Yanks will be facing Ukraine after all.
 “The Football Federation of Ukraine confirmed,” USSF said in a statement about the U.S. versus Ukraine friendly. “That their team will travel to Cyprus and the match will proceed as scheduled.”
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced just hours after the Football Federation of Ukraine announced the game would be cancelled. U.S. Soccer released a statement that the game is still on and that Ukraine has confirmed.
 

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers  

Friendly match USA versus Ukraine still on

 

MONDAY- Fans that were worried about not seeing the USMNT in action on Wednesday, March 5 at Larnaca, Cyprus can breathe easier now, knowing that the Yanks will be facing Ukraine after all.

 “The Football Federation of Ukraine confirmed,” USSF said in a statement about the U.S. versus Ukraine friendly. “That their team will travel to Cyprus and the match will proceed as scheduled.”

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced just hours after the Football Federation of Ukraine announced the game would be cancelled. U.S. Soccer released a statement that the game is still on and that Ukraine has confirmed.

 

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers  

USMNT will now be playing Ukraine in the island nation of Cyprus
 
Due to the ongoing political unrest in the nation of Ukraine, the friendly match that was suppose to take place in Kharkiv, Ukraine was forced to be moved due to safety concerns. 
The Football Federation of Ukraine and the United States Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday that the game has been moved to Cyprus. The final destination of where the game will be played in the little island nation has not yet been decided. 
“After discussions with the Ukrainian Football Federation, we have decided not to play in Ukraine on March 5 and are planning to move the match to a city in Cyprus,” read the statement from US Soccer. “We are in the final stages of discussions with Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association to determine the location and kickoff time. We hope to have confirmation on all the match details by Wednesday.”
The date of the game has not been changed, so US fans can still circle in Wednesday, March 5 to watch the Yanks play. 
 
Stay tune for more news on the friendly between the United States and Ukraine.

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers

USMNT will now be playing Ukraine in the island nation of Cyprus

 

Due to the ongoing political unrest in the nation of Ukraine, the friendly match that was suppose to take place in Kharkiv, Ukraine was forced to be moved due to safety concerns.

The Football Federation of Ukraine and the United States Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday that the game has been moved to Cyprus. The final destination of where the game will be played in the little island nation has not yet been decided.

“After discussions with the Ukrainian Football Federation, we have decided not to play in Ukraine on March 5 and are planning to move the match to a city in Cyprus,” read the statement from US Soccer. “We are in the final stages of discussions with Ukraine and the Cyprus Football Association to determine the location and kickoff time. We hope to have confirmation on all the match details by Wednesday.”

The date of the game has not been changed, so US fans can still circle in Wednesday, March 5 to watch the Yanks play.

 

Stay tune for more news on the friendly between the United States and Ukraine.

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers

FC Dallas signs former Colombian youth international Andres Ramiro Escobar on season loan
 
The 22-year-old Escobar will be leaving the Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev and heading to the lone star state to play for FC Dallas. 
The hoops announced on Friday, Feb. 14, that they will have the option to buy Escobar from Dynamo Kiev after the Major League Soccer season finishes this year. 
The speedy Colombian will be rejoining his former under- 20 national team member Fabián Castillo. Both players will bring explosive speed and creativity to the hoops attack. 
Dallas Technical Director Fernardo Clavijo is excited to see the two Colombian wingers running down the flanks.   
 “You’re talking about two wingers coming at you with speed in Fabián and Andrés,” said Clavijo in a conference call (Major League Soccer). “I just don’t want to be a defender on the other team.”
The signing of Escobar also solves the problem of replacing the Brazilian right winger Jackson Goncalves; FCD traded him to Toronto FC this season. 
“I expect Escobar will fill the void created by the loss of Jackson on the right flank.” Said Clavijo (Soccer By Ives),
 

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers 

FC Dallas signs former Colombian youth international Andres Ramiro Escobar on season loan

 

The 22-year-old Escobar will be leaving the Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev and heading to the lone star state to play for FC Dallas.

The hoops announced on Friday, Feb. 14, that they will have the option to buy Escobar from Dynamo Kiev after the Major League Soccer season finishes this year.

The speedy Colombian will be rejoining his former under- 20 national team member Fabián Castillo. Both players will bring explosive speed and creativity to the hoops attack.

Dallas Technical Director Fernardo Clavijo is excited to see the two Colombian wingers running down the flanks.   

 “You’re talking about two wingers coming at you with speed in Fabián and Andrés,” said Clavijo in a conference call (Major League Soccer). “I just don’t want to be a defender on the other team.”

The signing of Escobar also solves the problem of replacing the Brazilian right winger Jackson Goncalves; FCD traded him to Toronto FC this season.

I expect Escobar will fill the void created by the loss of Jackson on the right flank.” Said Clavijo (Soccer By Ives),

 

Till next time my fellow soccer lovers