ESPN today released their NEXT 10: a collection of youth athletes from various sports that project to have promising futures.
It’s no surprise that U.S. National Team and FC Dallas standout Kellyn Acosta made the esteemed list. Acosta, who started for the U.S. U17 squad during the World Cup in Mexico, is an athletic and versatile player who can be put anywhere on the field.
His future is likely as a defender but he has shown attacking prowess throughout his career. When we chatted with Acosta back in February, shortly after he made a verbal commitment to Maryland, he spoke about his determination to become a professional.
His presence as the only soccer player on this list clearly shows he’s already in select company.
In a scene straight out of a Hallmark commercial, Dutch midfielder Rogier Meijer was consoled by his adorable daughter following his club De Graafschap’s 1-1 draw that meant they were relegated from the Dutch Eredivisie.
A dejected Meijer sits on the pitch when his daughter runs up wearing his jersey and gives him the old “It’s ok, daddy,” routine. Microphones picked up this exchange from the father and daughter:
“You want some apple juice? (father shaking head) … we can go to Chuck E Cheese …”
Of greater concern, though, who’s watching this little girl? I know daddy had an important soccer match and all, but that’s no excuse for her to just streak the field unsupervised. Who does she think she is, orphan Annie?
Despite the red flags, this was a pretty cute scene.
Carlos Tevez put the nail in the EPL coffin Monday as he celebrated Manchester City’s dramatic title over Man U with one final dig at his English rival.
Tevez held up an ‘R.I.P. Fergie’ sign, which is either a dig at Manchester U’s Sir Alex Ferguson or a swipe at the Black Eyed Peas vocalist and her fleeting solo career. I’m guessing it’s the former, especially considering Ferguson’s comments back in 2009 when he took shots at City for signing Tevez.
Either way, we love a good beef. They can handle it, they’re big boys … and big boys girls don’t cry after the jump.
So let me make sure I have this right: Sweden’s Freddie Ljungberg recently revealed the horror of being groped by women in public following his long stint as an underwear model for Calvin Klein.
Here is Ljungberg’s exact quote, according to yardbarker.com:
“Advertising had unexpected consequences for my personal life. I’d go to a night club, girls would come up and grab (me). Just like that. It was happening everywhere. The worst part was that you could not do a damn thing about it.”
Did you hear that? It was the sound of a million single guys groaning in unison. Tough life you have there, Ljungberg.
In other news – of our rich and famous people problem segment – sometimes Ljungberg’s Lamborghini makes far too much noise and it’s tough for him to concentrate.