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Jon Kerry

Everyone wants to be a baller. John Kerry is no different. Just because he’s the Secretary of State doesn’t mean he wouldn’t trade in his suit and tie for a jersey and cleats … he shouldn’t, though. David Beckham already showed us that soccer isn’t meant to be played in finely tailored threads.

Anyway, Kerry was in Afghanistan to meet with Afghan women members of a U.S.-backed women’s entrepreneurship program, and he thought he’d break the ice with a little soccer. Judging by the completely unnatural pose above, he’s lucky he didn’t break something else.

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Lots of running …

That’s my first impression of the Illinois women’s spring season, but, then, hard work in March will only pay off come September. The Illini gave us a sneak peak into their current training with the above video. For a more general look at college soccer from one of Illinois’ own, check out Nicole Denenberg’s series on How to make it as a College Soccer Player.

 

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Hoffman Donovan

We mentioned earlier that the Galaxy took their championship White House visit today, well look who decided to drop in? Yup, Mr. Landon Donovan, the 2013 answer to Where’s Waldo? Donovan’s been all over the map as of late, but he did make time for Obama.

David Beckham, on the other hand, couldn’t make it. He was too busy getting naked in China.

 

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Torres

Fernando Torres was not selected to represent the Spanish National Team in their World Cup qualifier, and this must have struck him real hard. So hard, that he’s now dressing like Spanish legend Zorro.

Ok, so he’s actually just wearing a protective mask to protect his broken nose from earlier this month, but we can’t help but think he might also be plotting his revenge as a masked man.

Oh, and one other thing: Torres wants you to visit the Spanish salon after the jump.

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Big guys need love too. Hey, we all come in different shapes and sizes and this particular well-shaped man can juggle a little bit. An old video came out yesterday (one that I wish I can show you because dude was pulling off some serious tricks, but has a little too much profanity for our taste) showing this guy, nicknamed ‘Welsh Maradona,’ getting his juggle on while a random camera man lost his mind, and now this second clip is being thrown around.

I guess people are like shocked that a big guy can move and stuff? I don’t totally get it, but if something is going viral I have an obligation to show you. By the way, some kind of solar eclipse happened from the 59-second mark all the way until 2:06 so you won’t see much of anything during that stretch.

 

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Rugg

This time last year Charlie Rugg was struggling to stay awake in French Lit class (Ok, I’m confusing him with my own college career, but you get the point), now he’s hanging out with good friends Landon Donovan and Obama at the White House.

Not a bad turn of events, but that’s what happens when you’re drafted by the defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy who are taking their visit to Obama’s crib today to celebrate their title. Personally, I thought there was such a thing as rookie hazing; you know, where you carry bags and miss out on trips to the White House, but I can’t be mad at Rugg, the former Boston College standout who is living it up in his first year in the league.

It’s all downhill from here, bud.

 

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The U.S. Men’s National Team traveled from Denver to Mexico City and are prepared for today’s FIFA World Cup Qualifier with Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

Here you’ll find Clarence Goodson, Graham Zusi, and Maurice Edu talk about expectations and the challenge of facing El Tri on foreign soil.

 

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Who takes off their shirt in the middle of a class lecture? Yup, David Beckham does. And with that, this little speaking engagement quickly turned into a shrieking engagement.

Becks is touring China where he’s apparently showing off his body and lack of balance. Here he’s seen at Beijing University where a simple question about a tattoo turned into Becks asking: Do you want me to take my clothes off!? (loose translation.) Of course we do, Becks. Of course we do.

 

 

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Abby Wambach

Last week, FIFA announced the location of the women’s 2015 World Cup final in Vancouver, Canada. B.C. Place Stadium contains 55,000 seats and a retractable roof that will help maximize the amount of fans that come to the game. While this may seem like a smart choice by FIFA, there is only one problem: the field is artificial turf.

This is the first time a championship game will ever be played on turf and the members and fans of the USWNT are in an uproar on Twitter.

Wambach, the ringleader of the Twitter protest, believes turf changes the nature of the game.  Not only are players more injury-prone on turf, but they lose their consistency changing from grass to turf. Wambach has even mentioned petitioning FIFA:

Other players, both current and former, have backed Wambach in her efforts to sort the issue.

Michelle Akers, former USWNT legend replied, “Do it!!!  That’s how we got women’s soccer into the Olympics.  We petitioned the hell out of USOC.  Let me know how I can help.”

The battle for grass in the women’s 2015 World Cup is just under way but there is plenty of time to pull out the victory.  One thing is for sure, these women are not going down without a fight.

 

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