This is exactly the type of story the Anchorage Daily News used to run about soccer. If it was scandelous AND included a nil-nil score, the sports editor was ecstatic! But, jk3, you are falling behind the times, because even the Anchorage Daily News has realized something: Soccer is the most popular youth sport in the U.S. (watch out England), and it has been the most popular for over seven years now. In fact, the U.S. Youth Soccer Association is the largest youth membership organization in the world!
former Anchorage District Commissioner, Alaska Youth Soccer
former board member of Anchorage District Soccer Federation
former president of Northern Lights Soccer Club
former head coach for NLSC Dynamo '87,(1997-2003)
former head coach for various Boys & Girls Club teams
current videographer for West High girls/boys varsity
current soccer has-been
fan of the world's most popular sport
No need. What Gene said. People enjoy what they like, and it changes obviously, like you not being into the N.Y. Rangers this past decade as you were back in the 80s, and now suddenly the Champions League burns in your veins. I'm not into Nascar, and I'm not gonna be converted really, but the sport is growing. Kids I first coached in soccer at 8 or 9 are now 21. It's the echo boom, so there's a pretty big demographic of 25-14 year olds who grew up on the game. Lots of 'em probably prefer American Idle or other stuff to watching soccer on TV, but the high school kids who play talk about the sport and enjoy it. We get groups of 15-18 year olds at our house watching Champions League or EPL matches on our TiVo.
I may check out the U.S. Census Bureau some time to see what the U.S. birthrate has been estimated to be over the past 25-30 years.
I shall ignore that comment with the contempt that it deserves.
> > Soccer is the most popular youth sport in the U.S.
Excellent! Maybe there'll be a top class league there soon too, and their best players will have a choice of home or overseas.
I'm eligible for a ticket for the Euro Cup final at £86 having attended all 7 home matches, but with flights &c to Turkey, the cost will almost £600. Each. I'm not going to be able to afford the £1,200 for my son and I to have a day trip to Istanbul. :-(
>I'm not going to be able to afford the £1,200 for my son and I to have a day trip to Istanbul.
We have tickets!
I knew you wouldn't let it slip away--the chance of a lifetime for you and your son to share this big day!
I started this thread by predicting that AC Milan would take the CL trophy, but I get the feeling that Liverpool is not to be denied. My prediction: 2-1 win for Liverpool FC! I admire AC Milan and how they can play, but I'm cheering for LFC all the way! The Reds have the talent and the heart!
It's not exactly the chance of a lifetime as I could have gone to any of the five Champions Cup finals in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 1985. I was at the UEFA Cup finals of 1973 and 1976, but had to work on the night of the 2001 UEFA cup final. My mum said I was too young to go to the 1966 Cup-winners final in Glasgow, but I did see the home matches at Anfield.
> > I admire AC Milan and how they can play,
AC Milan are taking it very seriously too:
We've got seats at the North End of the upper balcony of the East Stand - Block 310.
Yes, the match day programmes are on sale in the City Centre already.
I've washed my red Carlsberg shirt and getting ready to leave tomorrow night just after midnight. Our flight leaves at 0700 BST from Luton and arrives in Istanbul about 1240 EET. So we'll have few hours to check out the local sights like Taksim Square before boarding the bus to the Stadium.
We leave Istanbul at 0400 EET, arrive back at Luton about 0600 BST, and with a bit of luck I'll not be too late for work!
I'm taking a pocket digital camera, so let's hope there's some good photos.
>Liverpool have won the matches that mattered, and this is why the team many claimed were least likely to progress in the Champions League are now in the final.
So if the Reds win, they will have won ALL the matches that matter to become Europe's best. Two of Europe's most storied clubs, with 14 appearances in the final between them, and tomorrow they meet in the European Final for the first time.
Exactly wrong. They WON when it mattered. The teams they played against LOST when it mattered.
I heard Chuck Conners on the radio once years ago (the actor from "The Rifleman" way back when) and he said the reason he was so sad not to have made it in major league baseball is because, unlike acting for TV or movies, you only get one try on any pitch or play in the field, and there are no retakes. You either do it when it matters, or you fail. Liverpool advanced from group play, and they have yet to lose in the knockout rounds. They did "hit" it, and their opponents "missed" it, so you could say it is "hit and miss", but not the way you mean it!
But then, you are just trying to get me to rise to the bait, so I guess YOU win!
That was an incredible match - Liverpool 3-0 down at half time (that's a big margin in soccer, for those who don't follow it, you're pretty much dead in the water). Championship gone, playing for pride.They pulled one back, then another and another at the beginning of the second half. Still 3-3 at full time, half an hour of extra time, still 3-3, Liverpool won on penalties. I'm almost as worn out as if I'd played :) Don't expect any sense out of John for a while!
>ISTANBUL, Turkey May 25, 2005 Liverpool won the European Champions Cup for the first time since 1984, overcoming a three-goal deficit to beat AC Milan 3-2 on penalty kicks following a 3-3 tie Wednesday night in the greatest comeback in the tournament's history.
Now I understand, penalty kicks... What ever happend to playing the game. :-(