FIFA 13: NCAA Edition

Written by Jahmal Corner

Wouldn’t this be amazing? Come on EA Sports! We know college soccer isn’t quite college football, but we could make something happen.

If an NCAA soccer game came out it’d be a game-changer, and my head is exploding thinking about the possibilities.

First of all, though, let’s give a shout out to North Carolina’s Mikey Lopez, Connecticut’s Carlos Alvarez and Akron’s Will Trapp for making our simulated game cover (and just so you know, a cover jinx can only occur when it’s a REAL cover. I looked it up).

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

You might know Chandler Hoffman as the former UCLA star and current Philadelphia Union striker, or, you might know him as Jordan Pruitt’s ex-boyfriend. Either way, Hoffman is forever linked to the Disney starlet and singer.

That’s why we couldn’t help but think of Hoffman last night when Pruitt auditioned for The Voice by covering Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away”. Hmmm …

Hoffman and Pruitt are no longer together for reasons that are speculated about online, but both have successfully moved on with their lives. Pruitt impressed Christina Aguilera last night (which is hard to do considering “You gotta rub her the right way” … since she’s a genie in a bottle and everything) but one has to wonder what Hoffman thought of the performance … and, assuming he saw it, why a grown man watches The Voice at all.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Ever heard of Vincenzo Bernardo?

The American-Italian soccer player, and former U.S. Youth international has had his share of clubs over the years.

A Morristown, New Jersey native, he looked to be headed the path of Giuseppe Rossi, moving to Napoli’s youth system in Serie A back in 2008. But that didn’t work out, and after a stint in Austria with FC Hochst, Bernardo returned to the States to give MLS a shot. When he didn’t land a deal there, he played for Harrisburg City Islanders in the USL in 2011.

This year, Bernardo decided to head to Central America, where he’s landed with Deportivo Guastatoya, a team in the second division in Guatemala. That’s where we find him in this ten-minute video, a definite must-watch for all aspiring pros and U.S. Soccer fans alike.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

FIFA 13 threw its official launch party last night and the only thing that makes us feel better about not being invited is knowing that neither were you.

Looks like we both missed out. The guest list included New York Giant Victor Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Argentina great Mario Kempes, Red Bull New York’s Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez, Tim Cahill and those random but attractive girls above with Snoop Lion (still can’t get used to saying that).

There are more pictures of famous people after the jump so we can both drool with envy.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Jenny Chiu (No. 10 in the above picture), who has earned her stripes while training in the U.S. Soccer program through the years, is now on the opposite side for the current U17 Women’s World Cup.

Chiu, who has committed to North Carolina for 2013, is starring for Mexico after being named the team captain prior to the CONCACAF qualifying tournament this past spring. That means she’s standing in the way of many U.S. starlets that she’s used to playing alongside.

Mexico won its opener against New Zealand 1-0 on Sunday and will next take on Brazil Wednesday.

Best of luck to our very own Chiu as well as the lively U17s.

 

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NYRB Fans – Win Tix + Swag!

Written by Seth Burleigh

Red Bull fans! Now is your chance to win two (2) field tour passes, two (2) GA tickets and two (2) scarves to the September 29th game vs. Toronto FC.

And all you have to do is tweet this post using @newyorkredbulls and #RBNY (both must be used) and leave your name in the comments below with your Twitter handle (so we can contact you if you win).

We will select one lucky winner by 5 PM PT on Thursday 9/27.

**Please note that the winner must live in New York and provide their own transportation to Red Bull Arena.**

 

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

FIFA 13 drops tomorrow ya’ll. Get excited.

And just in case you’re not already, check out this trailer of some of the in-game celebrations. This is good stuff: Michael Jackson moonwalks, Mario Balotelli doing the “Hulk” … the only thing missing here is Gangnam style.

We shouldn’t rule it out though as this trailer is just a preview. We’ll get the real thing tomorrow. I don’t know about you, but I feel a sore throat coming on. May have to stay home tomorrow.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

John Terry just pulled a John Terry. He took a bad situation and somehow made it worse. With the ongoing charges that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand, Terry did what only he (and Lance Armstrong) would: he took his ball and went home.

Want to dog me with these accusations? Fine, I won’t play for England anymore. Nana-na-na-na-naaa!

He thinks he’s making a statement. And he is, it says: I’m an idiot.

Of course, we already knew that. But we also know that Terry has enjoyed a GREAT career which allows him the luxury of being an idiot.

Terry says that the FA has made his position with England ‘untenable’ which is silly considering he’s dealing with an incident that happened for Chelsea.

“I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision. I want to wish Roy and the team every success for the future.”

(Eye roll) Same to you, Terry. Same to you.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

The US U17 Women’s World Cup team didn’t play its best soccer but still managed a 0-0 draw in the opener against France this weekend. Here’s how we scored it.

Hear how the team feels about the result and their plan moving forward in the tournament.

 

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Real Talk went LIVE at Friday’s UCLA-UCSB showdown as host Reshad Bahadori learned what it means to be a “Gauchos Fanatic”. There are no rules here, only tortilla throwing, dancing mascots (Gangnam Style, baby!) and full body paint. Real Talk! Let’s Go!

 

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