— Clint Dempsey (@clint_dempsey) June 16, 2014
Read the incredulous responses here
I’m a sucker for World Cup ads.
Usually made on big budgets and shown around the world with slick graphics, cool music and story-telling slices of snazzy soccer served up in 60 second segments, they are little stories unto themselves.
Check out some of the best of them here.
More stats and numbers on the growth of soccer in the U.S. and the spending power of its fans are here.
The cereal promotion begins this month when boxes featuring Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez and Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan go on sale at um, your favorite Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles outlet.
Here’s more, from the press release:
Since January, Pebbles fans of all ages have been asked to choose their allegiance to Team Fruity or Team Cocoa. Online, fans can share their support for their favorite Pebbles flavor by visiting www.TeamPebbles.com and downloading an interactive app encouraging fans to vote, take photos, and play minigames. By completing simple online challenges and sharing them through Instagram using their team’s hashtag (#TeamFruity or #TeamCocoa), fans become eligible to win prizes such as gift cards, iPads, or Alex Morgan and Omar Gonzalez signed merchandise.
Fun fact, for what it’s worth, from the press release: Omar’s Fruity Pebbles boxes will feature limited edition Kickin’ KaBluey Green flakes.
“Joining Team Fruity is a dream come true for a flavor-seeking fanatic like me,” Gonzalez is quoted as saying, apparently with a straight face. “I’m prepared to go head-to-head with Alex and Team Cocoa with the hope of helping Team Fruity take the lead as the most well-liked Pebbles flavor – even if it means going into extra time!”
Controversy over LA Galaxy sponsor Herbalife has become a recurring theme, but has reached new heights in recent weeks with government agencies seemingly stumbling over each other to investigate the company’s questionable business practices.
The below op-ed piece on the issue was written by retired local public school teacher John Fernandez, a member of the Full Rights for Immigration Coalition and a member of a group that runs a Tumblr blog called StopHerbalLIES:
It’s called the LA Galaxy x Undefeated 2014 Field Collection and is available beginning Friday at StubHub Center and Undefeated.com
Here’s more from the Galaxy press release:
Under the direction of Major League Soccer (MLS), Undefeated reinterpreted the official club logos and emblems of the LA Galaxy, working closely with the league and the club to craft a collection that displays the power and prowess the Galaxy represents and the attention to detail that Undefeated prides itself on.
The collaboration is laced with competition iconography; re-appropriating the team’s hard-won championship stars and the team’s classic shield as a symbol of on-the-field patriotism. From fleece to tees, hats and scarves, the collection pulls from the concept of the warriors through history – from early man to the martial arts, classic military markings to primeval survival insignia. Playing on themes of victory and virtue inherent in the Undefeated brand, the collaboration reflects the personal drive of the Galaxy, a team that has taken home four MLS Cup titles since 2002.
The 240-card MLS set includes Mexican national team stars (yes, I don’t get the connection either other than it’s a World Cup year and they want to sell a lot of cards) and retired MLS greats like the Galaxy’s Cobi Jones, left.
A checklist of all the available cards is here (and wouldn’t you just know a certain former Galaxy player is No. 1).
Also, bad luck on now former Chivas USA defender Carlos Borja, waived last week while in his third stint with the club (his card is No. 9), while the Galaxy’s Jose Villarreal is also included although it’s unclear whether he will return from his year-long loan to Cruz Azul or not, since the Mexican club has an option to purchase him.
A review of the card set is here.
The sports network announced that an average of 779,000 viewers watched Liverpool dismantle once-mighty United 3-0.
NBCSN has had four of the top five most-watched EPL games in cable history in the two years since it began broadcasting.
The game was part of a doubleheader with the north London Arsenal-Spurs derby and an average of 725,000 viewers watched both games, making it the top-viewed cable doubleheader in EPL history.
To put all these figures in perspective, consider that the 37 MLS games on NBCSN in 2013 averaged a puny 112,000 viewers, according to Wikipedia.
And, just to get you ready early for the upcoming slate of games this coming weekend in the EPL, which includes a match between first-place Chelsea and third-place-Arsenal Saturday, check out the comprehensive, stat-packed preview to all the games here.
Well, OK that’s actually “Rise as One,” but I’m guessing my title is pretty apt.
You just know the World Cup is getting close when longtime soccer supporter Budweiser (its products are also featured in the new Galaxy beer garden at StubHub Center this year) releases a new spot: