Written by Reshad Bahadori

The crew from Kick TV, led by Jimmy Conrad, had a chance to interview Jozy Altidore recently. The AZ Alkmaar and USMNT striker answers questions about his recent goal scoring streak with AZ, racial abuse and struggles with the MNT. It was refreshing to hear someone talk to Jozy about his drama with Klinsmann. The one surprising answer came during the rapid fire questions when Jozy said that his favorite player to play with was Freddy Adu. Jozy will have a chance to answer all his critics when the USMNT plays Costa Rica on March 22.

 

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Written by The 91st

Apparently, the USWNT had a lot of down time at the Algarve Cup. During one such instance, Tobin Heath and Yael Averbuch found creative ways to duel in soccer tennis even without the use of a net.

Who needs a net when you can use a hotel front desk?

 

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Written by The 91st

Mitts

Former Florida standout and USWNT staple Heather Mitts has retired from professional soccer. Mitts made the announcement today via her Facebook page.

The 34-year-old Mitts is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the true pioneers of women’s soccer. You’ll be missed young lady, congratulations on a stellar career!

You can read her announcement in its entirety HERE.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

There is no denying that Leo Messi is one of the world’s greatest to ever play the game. There is also no denying that Diego Maradona was also one of the greatest to ever play the game. The two men have a lot in common. Both are from Argentina, great with their left foot, and in Barcelona’s amazing Champions League comeback win over AC Milan on Tuesday, they gained yet another thing in common – an almost identical goal.

 

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Written by The 91st

In the third and final video journal from the 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour, the players attend FC Barcelona’s La Liga match against Deportivo de La Coruna at L’Estadi Camp Nou, notch a 6-1 victory over Girona FC Infantil A and give their final thoughts on the visit to Spain before returning home.

 

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Written by The 91st

Ethan Sonis is a player on the rise. The defensive midfielder for Central Conference-leading FC Dallas is an Argentinian-American player with great poise and pace. He shows off both during highlights vs. Classic Elite (above) as well as Texas Rush after the jump.

Enjoy.

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Messi’s Reaction GIF

Written by Reshad Bahadori

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Written by The 91st

The next time we’re celebrating the Football Association’s 150th anniversary, we might want to consider someone who can read. We’re kidding, of course, but Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did have his share of troubles as he read the commemorative voice over.

He invented words like “futbol feven” and struggled to get the right tone. Now, I can tell you from firsthand experience that voice over is tough. I actually auditioned for Mufasa in the Lion King but they went with some other old guy.

With a little practice, Chamberlain can improve just like the kid after the jump.

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While most fans and players are gearing up for the World Cup in 2014, another world cup is being overlooked.

This one doesn’t happen every four years; instead, fans and players practice and prepare for an annual tournament held in a different location around the world every year. These players train to represent their countries and fans support their players, born and raised on the streets of their cities.

The “Homeless World Cup” was founded in Cape Town 12 years ago by Mel Young and Harald Schmied who believed that this could birth a change in the lives of the homeless all around the world. In 2001, the first event was held in Graz, Austria.

Soccer isn’t just a sport; it’s a way of communicating through language barriers, instilling hope and bringing change. The “Homeless World Cup” shows that it doesn’t matter where you come from, that who you know doesn’t set anything in stone and sometimes all you need to survive is a little hope and a ball.

The tournament creates an environment for the players participating that can inspire and influence them to make life changes. From ex-drug users, to those born into a life on the street, everyone has a story. Mexico’s captain, 21-year old Erick Sandate, puts his story into perspective (above) from the violent streets in Juarez.

For those who are looking to participate in changing our world, looking for something that actually matters: soccer actually matters. With creativity and organization, it can actually make a difference.

To volunteer, fundraise or promote, the visit HERE.

This year’s “Homeless World Cup” will be held in Poznan, Poland, hosting 64 countries on the 10th through the 18th of August.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

Lionel Messi and Barcelona weren’t the only team to overturn a deficit in Champions League on Tuesday.

The Seattle Sounders hosted the second leg of its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matchup against Tigres. Things went from bad to worse when the Mexican club scored a first half goal to extend the deficit to 2-0.

But cue the come back- first former Akron Zip DeAndre Yedlin scored a peach of a volley (check it out after the jump) and center back Djimi Traore scored a sensational volley (above) to tie things up, setting the stage for an Eddie Johnson winner.

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