Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Winners

Timbers VS The Crew MLS Cup  Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Winners,

after beating the Columbus Crew 2-1

in an exciting end to end battle for the cup.

The Timbers almost didn’t make the playoffs

this year, but an end of year push put their

15-11-8 record into the top 6 of the West

 

and into a head on collision course with the Columbus Crew who also finished 15-11-8. Only difference,

goal differential, Crew had a plus 5 and the Timbers only had a plus 2. The Crew have second highest

MLS goal scorer in Kei Kamara, but the Timbers have Diego Valeri, who put in the fastest MLS cup

goal at only 27 seconds into the match. Stage set, Timber dominate the first 15 minutes. At the 6:30

minute mark Lucas Melano picks out Rodney Wallace for a diving header to put Timbers up 2-0 with

less than 7 minutes gone by. Crew shell shocked, gather themselves by the 17th minute, when

pressure on the Timbers Goalie Adam Kwarasey puts the defense into a bad spot and the top

goal scorer for the Crew steps up and pulls one back with a turn around goal putting the match

at 2-1 now. From 18th minute till the 95th minute it was back and forth defensive battle with

Nat Borchers, Adam Ridgewell, Alvas Powell, and Jorge Villafana holding the Crew scoreless

in front of Kwarasey. Coach Caleb Porter had them all playing at top notch championship level

for the last 11 matches, hats off to da coach.

The Timbers pressed all game, 60th minute, corner kick to Wallace, almost goal, 70th minute,

Adi header, almost goal, 80th minute Borchers header, almost goal within inches. The 3D midfielders

Darlington, and the two Diego’s (Chara and Valeri) for the Timbers moved the ball from box to box

setting up the consent pressure on the Crew. What a great year for Will Johnson, Jack Jewsbury,

Fanendo Adi, Max Urruti, and the whole Timbers players and staff for a huge first time MLS Cup win.

The Crew had a great year knocking off the Supporter Sheild winners NY Red Bulls to advance to the

final, so heads high great footballers Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Jack McInerney, Will Trapp,

Tony Tchani, Justin Meram and the whole Crew team, next year can be your year.

Catch Kei Kamara and Nat Borchers phone interview on Men in Blazers podcast Dec 3rd by Roger Bennett 3 days before the Final

Portland Timbers 2015 MLS Cup Winners



Chelsea Win English Premier League 2014-15

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Chelsea win English Premier League 2014-15 and Sergio Kun Aguero of  last years champs

Manchester City hauls in the Barclays Golden Boot award. Kun Aguero tried hard to keep Man City

close to the high power Blue team from Chelsea, but even his 26 goals this season couldn’t keep the

light blue Etihad Airlines wearing squad up to Mourinho’s pace. Chelsea had control of this table

almost for three quarters of this 2014-2015 season. Even though the Chelsea faithful called the manger

out for the “Not Sexy Football” style of play, the defensive / ball control minded Jose Mourinho brought

the Blues another title making that Five since 1954. Mourinho wins everywhere he goes, as unsexy as

it is, it’s still winning football and hopefully the fans of Chelsea see the end result of focused effort of a

52 year old genius placed with a well matched club of winning players. John Terry, one of the three top

defenders in the EPL again keep the opponents at bay as Eden Hazard (midfielder) played a huge part

in keeping in some of the biggest matches of 2015. Mourinho’s defensive minded squad would lull you

asleep and Hazard and Diego Costa would strike thru tucking away the goals to get those 3 points to

move on. Man City and Arsenal pushed Chelsea for most the season and even Manchester City showed

some promise to challenge the Blue squad, but even with some injuries Chelsea, the other squads

inconsistencies left the Red and Light Blue in the top 4. Individual success this year finds a new

Tottenham Hotspur hero in the form of one Harry Kane. The new young striker put in 21 goals this

year just one more than Diego Costa of Chelsea, who was out for five matches this season only to

come back in the last two matches to finish the season strong. South Hampton, Swansea City, and

Stoke City all had a decent year this 2015, making it up to the top 9 of the table, looking to improve

more next year and challenge in 2016. A warm good-bye to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and

equal legend Frank Lampard(West Ham, Swansea, Chelsea, Man City) both a goals in their last

matches as they walk away from EPL to head over the pond to the MLS and help Americans see two

of England’s greats up close in NY and LA. Hull City, Burnley, and Queen Park Rangers struggled at

the end of the 2015 season and will hit relegation to the second league as Aston Villa and Sunderland

breathe a sye of relief, another off season to get better. New Castle made it interesting towards the end,

only to get enough goals to keep the black n white in the premier league, hopefully John Carver

can regroup the squad over the break. Chelsea win English Premier League 2014-15, and next year

looks like a tough team to beat, but EPL changes every year.  Enjoy the winners of 2014-2015


NCAA College Championship Soccer Programs

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NCAA college championship soccer programs all

start with three things, dedication, hard work, and

team work at the highest level. You would have thought

gone were the years of one program dominating all of

the other teams like St. Louis University Billikens did

from 1959 to 1973 with winning 10 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships, but now the Virginia Cavaliers

have just won their 7th NCAA title after being unstoppable in the early 90’s and now possibly starting

another run. Only Indiana University has one more Men’s title with 8 championships behind their run

in late 90’s thru 2004 and then adding one more in 2012. Notre Dame picked up their first title in 2013

and UCLA, Maryland and North Carolina always seem to be in the mix for being in the top 10 NCAA

challengers for the men’s championship. Notre Dame had a great year in 2013 and one of the greatest

quotes Coach Bobby Clark ever gave his team was just before the championship match when he said,

“fellas I got a text from an old coaching friend I have, who has won a few championships in his time”.

He said, “Go Play The Game, Not The Occasion”, that text was from Sir Alex Ferguson,

one the highest winning percentages of any coach/manager alive today. What great class for any coach

or player, keep your emotions in check and just go play the game. There is a reason you are there, and

be grateful you even have the chance, most don’t. There will be bumps in the road, and its next man up

for those who get injured, that’s what team is all about in a championship run. When it comes to

championship dominance in NCAA soccer the North Carolina Women’s team holds no competitors.

From 1982 to 2012 the lady Tar Heels have claimed “21 Titles” and are almost always in the mix for

top ten in the nation every year. However two clubs claimed the title in the last two years with growing

quality soccer programs, UCLA ladies took the title in 2013 and last year the Florida State Seminoles

brought home the hard wear with a 1-0 stunner over a tough Virginia Cavaliers squad. Funny how the

hottest teams in NCAA soccer both women’s and men’s right now are Virginia, UCLA, and North

Carolina, success is contagious. Watch some videos below of NCAA college championship soccer programs, and always play til the last whistle.




The Best Top 10 International Goal Scorers

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The best top 10 international goal scorers and some great video

footage of just a few of their massive amount of goals scored

in international play. This black and white photo is of the greatest,

Josef “Pipi” Bican, back in the 1930’s he was the Pele/Messi

of football. Great goal scorers know, no matter how the ball gets

in the back of the net or how fast it gets there, it’s still worth only one point, not two points for being really fast or really fancy, just one point.

Efficiency, angle, and touch are the three things that a goal scorer thinks about. The ball only has to

travel completely over the line not have to rip the net from the goal posts. That’s the difference between

a goal scorer and a flash in the pan fad player who scores one goal and misses 100 others.

Consistency and awareness of the moment is the difference between these two players and the

realization most of the time it’s just passing the ball to the back of the net, a quick flick of the

foot to play keep away in a six yard area. It doesn’t have to be fancy to win a game, funny thing

about it, the simpler the harder it is to do in the heat of a split second, that’s the difference between great goal scorer and just another miss.

Here are the Top 10 International Goal Scorers In History:

#10.  James McGrory Celtic Striker from 1920 to 1930’s scored 550 goals

#9.  Eusebio  from Portugal from the 1950’s to 1980 scored over 552 goals

#8.  Ernest Willimowski scored 4 goals in one World Cup match and from 1930 to 1950’s scored 554 times

#7.  Uwe Seeler scored in 4 Fifa final matches and from 1940 to 1960’s scored 575 goals

#6.  Ferenc Deak this Hungarian striker played from 1940’s to 1950’s and bagged over 576 goals

#5.  Gerd Muller the German striker with over 735 goals from 1960’s to the 1980’s

#4.  Ferenc Puskas this Hungarian was playing with Deak and from the 40’s to 60’s scored 746 times

#3.  PELE, maybe the greatest, this Brazilian played from 1950’s to mid 1977 scoring over 767 goals

#2.  Romario another Brazilian, at 772 goals from 1980 to 2010 this quite thunder was always there to score

#1.  Josef “Pipi” Bican, this Austrian-Czech was footballs greatest goal scorer, at over 805 goals

spanning a career from the 1920’s to the 1950’s, this striker was that era’s Pele, Messi, Ronaldo, Maradona, and Binder all rolled up into one super striker. Wiki says he had over 1468 goals with a 1.59 ratio of goals to matches, making him the best ever.

Please enjoy the video below and the best top 10 international goal scorers list above.




Start Of MLS 2015 And Goal Highlights

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Start of MLS 2015 and goal highlights excite the fans after a close call with the start of the new season.

The players union and the owners were up to the 11th hour before finally signing the new CBA so play

could start on March 6th. The 2014 Champs LA Galaxy took on the rebuilding Chicago Fire to start the

new season without the retired Landon Donavon. Again Robbie Keane leads the Galaxy and the new

look returning champs. Two new clubs join the MLS, welcome Orlando City FC and New York City FC.

Great first match in front of over 62,000 in the Orange Bowl in Florida March 7th. Back n forth contest,

watching Kaka the Brazilian, Real Madrid, Milan transfer to the purple of Orlando City, along with Brek

Shea playing attacking left wing defender. Mix Diskerud runs the midfield of New York City FC and

started off the season with a well placed angled shot to put the light blue up 1-0 in the 76th minute,

only to have Kaka saved the day for the home team in added time with a deflected goal to split the

points on the first match. Jozy Altidore joins Michael Bradley in Toronto FC to make the big red team

in the north one to watch this MLS and possible final four team this year. Seattle Sounders look very

focused to be the top west team after winning the supporters shield last year, be the MLS Cup needs to

be in Seattle’s 12th man’s hands. Watch out MLS fans, two big names coming in July from English

Premier League, Liverpool All World Steven Gerrard is coming over for 18 months to play with the

LA Galaxy. Also, New York City FC landed Frank Lampard, the Chelsea and Man City Super Star and

will eat the MLS midfielders as both are retiring soon. Glad to see all the great stars from the world

scene coming to American to bless our fans with some help to bring in more fan base. MLS fantasy

youtube personalities Andrew Wiebe and Jason Saghini talk about the start of MLS 2015 and goal highlights. See Video Of Orlando City vs NY City Below In The Link

Orlando City VS. NY City Video Highlights In This Link

10 Fastest Hat-Tricks And Men In Blazers Highlights

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10 fastest hat-tricks and Men in Blazers highlights what a way to put a smile on your face in February.

Shake those winter blues with 10 players who would not be denied on the mission of scoring goals

quickly. Of these top 10 records most were scored between 3 to 7 minutes of time which is amazing

in and by itself. However, two stories of this feat stand out, in 2004, playing for Bournemouth,

James Hayter scored 3 goals in only 140 seconds of time in a division two match with Wexham.

Hayter was celebrating his new son being born just days before the match and turn into a

record-breaking day. Then a second story came out in 2013 about a Sheffield Sunday player,

Alex Torr, got his hat trick in just 70 seconds of game time play, which seems unimaginable but

others have confirmed it. Also a 17 year old in 2012 scored 3 in under 3 minutes in a Finnish Premier

League match and that feat went to wonderkid Joel Pohjanpalo. Recently in the English Premier

League, Sadio Mane from Southhampton FC vs Ashton Villa in May of 2015, he knocked in 3 within

2 minutes 56 seconds. Some videos are below and the other

7 names and player can be found on Bleacher Report article link here. Men in Blazers continues to

rip up the football world with hilarious insights to EPL matches and fantastic awards of great American

footballers, with the recent award of the Golden Blazer to the great Julie Foudy. After an amazing hall

of fame career, US All Star, World Cup Winner, Olympic Gold Winner, amazing announcer on ABC and

ESPN amongst others gigs for US soccer, just a class above the rest. After following in the foot steps

of the great Bob Ley as the 2014 Golden Blazer winner last year from Rog and Davo, Foudy will surely

carry that torch in 2015. Congrads Julie, you deserve that great honor.

Watch 10 fastest hat-tricks and Men in Blazers highlights, and enjoy your football.


US National Soccer Hall of Fame And Great Goals In 2015

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US National Soccer Hall of Fame and great goals in 2015 go together like bread n butter.

The three new inductees into the US Soccer hall of fame in 2015 will be Kristine Lilly, Brian McBride,

and Coach Bob Bradley. All three set big goals for the soccer careers, but probably not one them ever

dreamed to be in the hall of fame through out all their years of playing and coaching. However setting

goals from year to year is the ear mark for great players and individuals. Kristine said it was to enjoy

and have fun with the game, Brian said it was for his teammates and coach Bob said it was for the

success of the whole team is why they worked so hard for all of those years. Kristine goes into the hall

with over 352 international competition appearances, also called caps, 130 goals scored, two Olympic

Gold Medals and two World Cup Championships. Brian McBride, the Chicago boy from Buffalo Grove IL,

the St. Louis University superstar, after over a 18 year pro career and teams in England, Europe,

and MLS all had the pleasure to see this work horse at his best. 101 International caps and 30 goals for

the US team, 137 goals in the pro’s, MVP awards and Captain of many of the teams he played for,

Brian deserves this award and honor. Coach Bob Bradley, after over 30 years in coaching both college

and pro’s all over the world, and helped the US Mens Soccer team get to higher ground in International

play during the early 2000’s to bring US soccer to the top 16 team in the world. With MLS, Gold Cup

and  US Open Cup championships under his belt, coach Bob has been there for the growth of US

soccer for over 20 years now. Congrads to all and all were very deserving.. Watch some great videos

below and look up the US National Soccer Hall of Fame and great goals in 2015. [Read more…]

Men In Blazers NBC And Best Goals 2014

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Men in Blazers NBC and best goals 2014 what a fun way to end this year. Want to have

a good laugh and just look at the lighter side of football? Just pull up Michael Davies and Roger

Bennett on NBC online and watch the witty banter between these two hard core football lovers of the

game. You will get insights to the players, coaches, managers and fans of this great sport. It’ll make

you laugh even if you are a Crystal Palace fan. Wayne Ronney’s hair to wearing sun glasses at a

match to fighting amongst the players which always looks like just a bunch of pushin’ around. Funny

commentary about just about anything, to even eating a meat pie to predict the out come of matches

and table standings. Great fun to enjoy their podcast and relax for a bit. Thanks for 2014 Rog n DavO,

can’t wait for 2015 brings in. Best goals of 2014 are all over the internet, here are some favorites from The English Premier League [Read more…]

Youth Soccer Players Watch MLS Cup

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Youth soccer players watch MLS Cup looking for hopes and dreams to be a pro player someday.

Both MLS players Gyasi Zardes of the LA Galaxy and Chris Tierney of the New England Rev’s, watched

as young players hoping to play in this big of a match someday, and that day was now Dec 7th. Both

teams ready after highly contested playoff matches with slight edge in goals scored to make 2014

MLS Cup one to remember. Robbie Keane becomes the Galaxy savior with an extra time strike that

put the StubHub center into a fevered pitch, then to hoist the cup for the fifth time after a 2-1 Galaxy win.

Robbie Rogers had a great shot under two minutes into the match but the Rev’s cleaned up an early

mistake to keep it 0-0 into the 52nd minute mark. Then Zardes took a great cross into the six yard

line box area and tucked away a beautiful shot to put the Galaxy up and Landon Donovan only 68

minutes away another Cup trophy. However the Rev’s were not out of it, many great chances and

alot of pressure on LA ‘s goalie Jaime Penedo, finally Chris Tierney broke the shut out with an amazing

touch to send the Rev fans into great relief tied at 1-1, 78th minute. Many more chances both sides for

the next 12 minutes, Lee Nguyen gets so bad leg cramps has to go off, Jermaine Jones probably

couldn’t play much better, and Patrick Mullins all had a great match for the Rev’s but it wasn’t enough

to stop Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane from completing their magical year of playing the come

back kids. Keane’s strike in the 111th minute showed why consider him the most dangerous big

game scorer in the MLS for the last 4 years. Rev’s played great, Bobby Shuttleworth the Rev’s keeper

played amazing, it just seemed like the LA Galaxy quest to send off Donovan with an amazing finish

to a great career was the energy needed by the TEAM to win it all. Good luck Landon Donovan in your

next adventure, your team gave you a proper send off, no than the US Men’s team did. For any youth

soccer players watching MLS Cup, watch Dovovan, he is a class act and good role model.

Best Goals Of 2014 And The MLS Cup

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Best goals of 2014 and the MLS Cup are hot topics in early December of every year.

Get your game face on Galaxy and Rev fans !!! You are days away from crowning the 2014 champ.

Will Landon Donovan go out with another title or the Rev’s winning their first ever MLS Cup after

five final appearances? It will be a great match at 3pm EST on Dec. the 7th at the StubHub Center,

too bad for NE Rev’s but that will be a home town crowd for the Galaxy. Tough track for both teams

though the playoffs after 2013 Champs Sporting KC and 2014 Supporters Shield winners Seattle

Sounders were eliminated, only 2 stand for this championship match. What a year for all of the teams

in the MLS, and many fantastic goals were scored. With great rookie year like Harry Shipp from the

Chicago Fire to the news Thierry Henry played his last game as a New York Red Bull. Many records

broken / tied like Bradley Wright Phillips, Dom Dwyer, and Landon Donovan all hit milestones.

Here are some video and links for the amazing goals of 2014

Top 40 YouTube MLS Goals   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcj4z4KsbIoXl5mNBxDS4bXMGh1ZzM661

Best Four Under 24
33 Goals for the week in MLS list http://www.mlssoccer.com/gotw/2014 

Kyle Beckerman wins most nominees

Final 4 of Goal Of The Year 2014

Hope You Enjoyed Best Goals Of 2014 And The MLS Cup Final This Sunday Dec 7th