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2014 Phantom National Team Boardshorts

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Written by Will Parchman

Last weekend, the Austin Vandegrift girls soccer team won the Texas Class 4A state title with a 1-0 win over Wylie East. It was the first time a team from Austin won a state title in soccer since the UIL sanctioned the sport 32 years ago, so its fans were understandably excited after the game. So, naturally, they rushed the field.

One police officer didn’t take kindly to the behavior. He was caught on tape pushing, kicking and violently tripping Vandegrift fans rushing the field, and as KXAN is reporting, the guy (this took place at the Georgetown ISD stadium, roughly a half hour north of Austin on I-35) is already under investigation.

How weird is this? This guy must be a blast at parties.

 

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The day is here. The first episode of TopDrawerSoccer.com’s newest podcast – The Young Professionals – drops today, featuring host Travis Clark alongside J.R. Eskilson and Will Parchman. The internet’s (newest) preeminent soccer podcast on the next big thing in American soccer is here. In this episode, we cover the new U21 side, the recent U20 showing at the Dallas Cup and young MLS stars impressing early in the season.

So without further ado, let’s get to it.

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David Moyes is now gone from Manchester United, thrown onto the club’s trash heap alongside Anderson and that guy in Des Moines who accidentally bought and wore a Manchester City jersey to the pub because he didn’t know the difference yet.

But that also means a fantastic amount of parody videos are washing over the web, and this is one of the best. Moyes singing ‘Moyes Way’ set to Sinatra? Fantastic.

 

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The stakes are invariably higher for keepers, meaning their successes and (inevitable) failures are magnified. Always. So when a keeper does something cosmically stupid, it makes the sequence that much more watchable.

Ah, yes, Mindaugas Malinauskas, didn’t see you there. Welcome to the party.

This comes from Lithuania, where Atlantas keeper Malinauskas rushed out to greet a relatively harmless long ball, only to wash himself in the rivers of degradation and “oops.” If you get my drift. Atlantas ended up drawing this game because Malinauskas is still figuring out this whole spacial awareness thing.

 

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GHOST. Maybe? Maybe.

Either way, this is beyond weird. In last weeks Copa Libertadores match between Bolivia’s The Strongest and Uruguay’s Defensor Sporting, this ghostly apparition appeared in the stands in the 90th minute and was caught by Fox’s live camera moving unnaturally fast through people. Also, props to the editor who opted to put X-Files music on a news broadcast. Give this person all the awards.

Hoax? I’m going to say probably because it’s the internet, but to appease the ghosts I’m not really going to believe it.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

What’s happening in this ad? Unless you’re Hunter S. Thompson or his attorney (anyone? anyone?), it’s impossible to decipher. So here’s a quick breakdown of how Heineken is assaulting your senses.

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I profiled the end of the Dallas Cup (which you can find here), and within that recap I came across a bike from FC Dallas Gold’s Dominick Faletto. But, resigned to throwing this on the heap of history, I couldn’t find visual evidence… until now.

Faletto (who was kind enough to drop a line on Twitter) biked in FCD Gold’s second in the U17 Dallas Cup final, which Gold ended up winning 3-2 over FC Dallas Premier. Heck of an effort. Goal of the tournament? Arguments.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

For at least 15 minutes a day, Jack Brown juggles a soccer ball. Jack started on April 1, and within a few days he hit 253 juggles in a row. Over the course of the next few weeks, he broke his record five times, and his new benchmark is 429. Jack just turned 8 years old.

This is Jack’s story - using uncommon skill to raise awareness for a cause. In this case, that’s Charity Ball, an organization founded by youngster Ethan King you’ve also read about on The 91st Minute. It provides balls to underprivelaged youth around the world, and Jack is using his juggle journal to help the cause.

If Jack becomes the American Messi as a side effect of the journey? No complaints here.

 

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This comes to us from the Belgian Pro League, where Zulte Waregem’s Theo Bongonda clicked a spinning move past his marker over the weekend before coolly finishing low for a wondrous goal. Beautiful. Now someone wake up the commentator.

 

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