Written by Jahmal Corner

How did the MLS SuperDraft play out Thursday? Exactly like this:

Noon: MLS commissioner Don Garber takes the stage and asks the crowd not to boo draft picks. Naturally, the crowd boos.

12:10: The New England Revolution takes Andrew Farrell with the top pick. Farrell explains the blond streak in his hair to the 91st Minute: “One of my favorite players is Alex Song. He did this and I like how he plays so I tried to emulate that.” I wonder if Farrell knows that Song does it to emulate Avril Lavigne …

12:15: Chivas USA takes Carlos Alvarez who is happy to be returning home to LA. Chivas immediately phones his mother and begins negotiating his curfew.

12:20: Everyone seems genuinely surprised when Toronto takes Kyle Bekker with the third pick. Reporters ask him every insulting question short of: “So, Kyle, uhh … how did this happen?”

12:25: Toronto calls a five-minute timeout rather than making its pick. This is unofficially known as a “bathroom break.”

12:30: Back from the restroom, Toronto trades its pick to Vancouver who selects Kekuta Manneh. I ask to interview his hair, it politely declines.

12:35: Vancouver uses another pick to take Erik Hurtado. Erik takes the podium and thanks God. The crowd boos emphatically.

12:40: I interview Erik who talks about his passion for the game and says loudly: “I USED TO SLEEP WITH MY BALLS!” An elderly lady does a double take (true story).

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The two team captains: Bryan Ciesiulka and Eric Pothast were joined by fellow teammates Paul Dillon, Dennis Holowaty, Charlie Hoover, Kelmend Islami, and DJ Schillinger as they performed in Marquette University’s talent show.

The reason they decided to participate was to raise awareness about the program Feed My Starving Children. Ciesiulka is one of the minds behind the program that raised more than $20,000 for food to starving childeren in third world countries. Before they started performing Ciesulka asked the audience to join him and the rest of the Marquette men’s team on Sunday, January 20 as they will try to pack 100,000 meals to be sent to children that are in need.



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Written by The 91st

A few hilarious comments surfaced a couple days ago that were reportedly from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and pretty much made fun of Messi and Ronaldo in the funniest way possible. Of course, just as we were starting to really enjoy the statements Ibrahimovic has come out and denied them. Sigh.

Here they are anyway:

“Messi may have four Golden Balls but I don’t have to get on a box to buy a chocolate bar in a vending machine.”

BOOM! But wait, there’s more.

“As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s a privileged spectator, who only watches how Messi receives all his awards. He doesn’t deserve to be in the top three, there are at least ten people better than him.”


Then, of course, Zlatan cleared it all up by saying he never gave an interview insulting the world’s top two players and that he has too much respect for them and the game. THIS is how I feel about that.


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Written by Zev Taublieb

Ronaldo is swapping boots for books. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing the great Brazilian Ronaldo in long blue socks, blue shorts, and the famous gold Brazilian national team uniform, but did you ever think you would see him in a suit with books in his hands?

Ronaldo is moving form warm beach filled Brazil to cold, cloudy, rainy, England in order to study advertising. While it is rare to see a high-class soccer player wishing to pursue a degree but Ronaldo is not the only one. Peter Czech has a degree in law and Juan Mata is studying for degrees in both marketing and sports science. Will Ronaldo succeed as a marketing agent as well as he did for Brazil on the football pitch? Well, at least he’s keeping the weight off. Must be those extra workouts he’s doing.


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Written by The 91st

With the MLS SuperDraft set for Thursday a host of young stars will make the official leap to the pro ranks. The up-and-coming stars first battled it out at the MLS Combine, an event that undoubtedly shaped tomorrow’s player selection.

Get one last look at the performances in these Day Three highlights which feature goals from Ashton Bennett, Blake Smith and Ryan Finley.

The above highlights feature adiPower vs. adiPure with adiZero vs. Prime shown after the jump.

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Written by Travis Clark

U.S. men’s national team player Stuart Holden hasn’t had much luck with injuries lately, but it appears he is finally on the road to recovery. Holden came in as a substitute on Tuesday in Bolton’s 2-0 win over Sunderland in an FA Cup replay, his first appearance since March 19, 2011.

Holden’s brother Euan snapped this photo from the stands as his big bro came in for a 16-minute appearance. Hopefully a sign of things to come.


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Written by Dill Pickle

So a while back Alex Morgan announced that she would be releasing a series of children’s books called “The Kicks.” Yesterday, she revealed the cover art and from the looks of things it’s clear to me that art is imitating life.

Take a look at the cover (pictured right) and see if you can’t identify the characters. Clearly, No. 13 is Alex but the young blonde is a dead ringer for Megan Rapinoe and you can’t tell me the girl lifting Alex isn’t Sydney Leroux. I know that Leroux smile a mile away.


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Written by Jahmal Corner

You want to know what Lionel Messi thinks about diving?

Now that right there is about as close as we’ll ever get to hearing Messi call someone out. What can we say, he’s not exactly a direct player off the field. Fittingly, the comment itself was relayed and didn’t even come directly from him. Oh, well. We’ll take what we can get.


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Written by The 91st

Here’s what we know: members of the Marquette men’s team kicked off their return to campus by competing in a talent show. From the sound of things, they covered Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted” and I don’t believe they won.

Just thought you should know. We’ll continue to search for audio and further details. Stay tuned.

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Written by The 91st

Hey, club presidents are fans too. They may have better seats and more power (and more money, and a better life … and more money) but other than that they’re pretty much just like us.

During a recent match between Italian clubs Nuovo Campobasso and Arzanese, Nuovo president Ferruccio Capone let his inner fan all the way out. Having seen one too many bad calls from the refs he got over the loud speaker and just started yelling stuff. It may not have been so noticeable had their been actual fans in the stadium to make noise and stuff, but there weren’t so … fast forward the video to about 3:10.

Capone was fined €10,000 for this little stunt, but hey, he’s good for it – he’s the frickin’ team president.

[Dirty Tackle]


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