The Soccer Junkies

I have been aorund soccer all my life – writing for Tom Leiss’s The Soccer Junkies blog allowed me to stay with the game.

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NPSL PLAYOFFS: Chattanooga and NYRB U23s Set to Meet With National Championship at Stake
By CHRIS WEBER
Email: christopher.weber18@gmail.com
Twitter: @ChrisWeber18

Having eased past the semi-final round, Chattanooga FC (12-1-2) and the New York Red Bulls Under-23 (15-0-0) squad meet in the National Premier Soccer League’s (NPSL) final Saturday night, held at Red Bull Arena.

The championship will follow the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution regular season Major League Soccer (MLS) match, allowing fans the chance to take in two games for the price of one.

While neither side has won the title, Chattanooga’s appearance marks it’s third over the last six seasons. The Tennessee-based side advanced 4-1 over the Sacramento Gold July 26, continuing a season keyed by consistency.

More: http://thesoccerjunkies.blogspot.com/2014/07/npsl-playoffs-chattanooga-and-nyrb-u23s.html

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NPSL PLAYOFFS: N.Y. Red Bulls U23s Host First-year Lansing United in National Semifinals
By CHRIS WEBER
Email: christopher.weber18@gmail.com
Twitter: @ChrisWeber18

Sunday’s National Premier Soccer League semi-final features an undefeated New York Red Bulls U23 (14-0-0) side and first-year expansion team Lansing United (10-2-4).

What the two squads lack in NPSL post-season experience–the game marks both sides first semi-final appearance–they make-up with strong seasons and conference titles.

New York culminated an impressive conference campaign with a 4-0 victory over Greater Birmingham FC July 19. The win secured home-field advantage for the Major League Soccer affiliated side, which will host Sunday’s semi-final at the Red Bulls Training Facility in Whippany, N.J.

More: http://thesoccerjunkies.blogspot.com/2014/07/npsl-playoffs-ny-red-bulls-u23s-host.html

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WORLD CUP: U.S. Soccer enjoys growing following, coverage
By CHRIS WEBER
Email: christopher.weber18@gmail.com
Twitter: @chrisweber18

Jurgen Klinsmann and his roster proved sheer determination, physicality and athleticism were enough to advance from the World Cup’s so-called “Group of Death.” While a pair of late overtime goals vs Belgium made America’s lagging talent painfully clear, there was no denying the systematic improvememt of the U.S. Men’s National Team from just four years ago. Failing to outperform the 2010 effort in South Africa, at least in terms of advancement, U.S. Soccer nonetheless managed to overhaul its image and created something rare in America: a passionate, perhaps crazed, appetite for soccer.

Social media campaigns seamlessly merged with chants heard at bars and World Cup stadiums alike. #1N1T became a badge of allegiance and Teddy Goalsevelt front page news on ESPN.com. Athletes and celebrities voiced their support. Tim Lincecum, fresh off after throwing a no-hitter in San Francisco, donned a U.S. jersey. Comedian Will Ferrell addressed a crowd in the same jersey, promising to fill in for injured forward Jozy Altidore and, alluding to Luis Suareź’s incident vs Italy, vowed to bite any U.S. opponent.

More: http://thesoccerjunkies.blogspot.com/2014/07/world-cup-us-soccer-enjoys-growing.html

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SOCCER – World Cup: 10 and 10: Top Missing Players and Top Players to Watch For in Brazil
By CHRIS WEBER
Email: christopher.weber18@gmail.com
Twitter: @chrisweber18

Brazil promises excitement, passion and high-caliber soccer, but, for most, the memories will be limited. The average viewer won’t remember every score or game-changing tackle. Those electrifying moments of unbridled joy or sinking defeat, though, will remain.

As much as fans invest in the World Cup, its the athletes that drive the interest. Injuries, cuts and failures to qualify have left a number of top-class players at home. Others have made the trip to Brazil, eager to prove themselves.

To that end, here are the top-ten missing players and top-ten athletes to watch.

More: http://thesoccerjunkies.blogspot.com/2014/06/soccer-world-cup-10-and-10-top-missing.html

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SOCCER – Preview: RVA FC Set to Face Richmond Kickers in U.S. Open Cup
By Chris Weber
Twitter: @chrisweber18
Email: christopher.weber18@gmail.com

National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) programs rarely face opponents from the United Soccer Leagues Professional Division (USL PRO), let alone opponents from the same city. Wednesday’s second-round U.S. Open Cup action features just that, however, as NPSL’s RVA Football Club plays host to USL PRO’s Richmond Kickers at Sports Backers Stadium.

The game will mark the first time the two Richmond-based programs face each other. Dubbed the “Richmond Derby,” the match has drummed up contention.

More: http://thesoccerjunkies.blogspot.com/2014/05/soccer-preview-rva-fc-set-to-face.html

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