Summer of Soccer: Copa America Centenario Preview

Welcome to the summer of soccer. With the European Championship starting in a few weeks, it is time to preview the other big tournament of the summer: the Copa America Centenario. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of its inception, and as a result, more teams were able to qualify for the special edition of the South American giant. This means more

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15 Minute Football

Off the Woodwork’s Michael Beiermeister and Grant Becker break down a big weekend in the Premier League. They discuss what happened in the first four UCL Round of 16 matchups and preview the next four. They also answer a big question: If you have to sell one of Messi, Neymar or Suarez, who is it? Off the Woodwork’s Michael Beiermeister

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The magic of the FA Cup

It was one of the sports biggest upsets ever. Last year, Premier League champions Chelsea lost to a third tier team in Bradford City at Stamford Bridge. At first glance, this result may make one think it was a game of EA Sports’ FIFA. Nope. This was the FA Cup. It is basically England’s version of March Madness, but on steroids. Every

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Amateurism in college athletics is still the answer

The debate over whether college athletes should be paid by their universities or if the current amateurism system should continue to be used is a very recent issue that has caused a large uproar. NCAA football and basketball video games are no longer in production because of a lawsuit filed by a former college athlete, who sued the NCAA for

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Leicester’s Legend: the story of Jamie Vardy

Ten years ago, Jamie Vardy was as far away from soccer stardom as humanly possible. Wearing an electronic brace for assaulting someone outside a pub, he was placed on house arrest. He was later granted probation and worked a factory day job making splints. Today, he is the Premier League leader in goals, and has scored in a record-breaking 11

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MLS Cup 2015 Preview

Sunday’s MLS Cup between Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers was the final that fans really were not expecting. But nonetheless, these two made it through and now it’s time to show who is the best in MLS. Let’s break it down by positions. Goalkeepers: Columbus Crew’s keeper, Steve Clark, has not been tested too much in the playoffs, until the

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Better MLS doesn’t mean better USMNT

Over the last six or seven years, Major League Soccer has gradually gained in popularity and put out a better product. Unlike the MLS, the US Men’s National Team grew exponentially more in skill, popularity, and reputation in that same time period. Tim Howard (The US Secretary of Defense), Clint Dempsey, the prime years of Landon Donovan and the rise

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Euro Qualifiers: Predictions and Analysis

Soccer’s second most important tournament is happening next summer. Eight teams are fighting for its final four spots in order to book a ticket to France. It’s a pretty big deal, so much so that the Premier League is off this week, and it’s all happening this weekend. Let’s take a look at the match-ups. Norway vs Hungary The last

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MLS playoff update

Major League Soccer playoffs are upon us and there has been more drama in what has already been a ground-breaking season. Western Conference Knockout Round For starters, Sigi Schmid and Clint Dempsey’s Seattle Sounders finally hurdled the LA Galaxy in a stunning 3-2 upset which a star-studded lineup consisting of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, Giovani dos Santos, and Gyasi Zardes. That

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American sports model: take notes

In the current American sports model, there are different tiers of professional athletics. For this, let’s focus primarily on basketball and baseball because of their established tier systems; in baseball it is the MLB, AAA, AA, and A leagues and in basketball it is the NBA and then the D-League. These leagues that are below the major league level are

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