So I suppose it’s tempting fate to write a column about the busy summer of soccer that lies ahead and then elevate the wrong team to the final four of the UEFA CL (not that the two alert Barcelona fans who noticed really minded).
Before the actual Copa America tournament this summer comes the trophy tour:
- 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Intaktics, 1214 254th Street for the LAFC futsal tournament.
- 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday at The Greyhound, 5570 N. Figueroa St., for the LA Spurs Tottenham-Manchester United watch party.
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 1739 Public House, 1739 N. Vermont Ave., for the American Outlaws USWNT-Colombia watch party.
- 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Stubhub Center for the Galaxy-Portland Timbers game
U.S. Soccer unveiled its new crest Monday with the help of a fancy virtual reality video and social media swag boxes. This is the first major rebranding effort since 1995. Players and celebrities helped push the new crest out on social media, showing off the new official scarf.
USWNT striker Christen Press has become the first active athlete to contribute to FOX Sports’ @TheBuzzer, the network’s digital sports series.
“Working with such a cool digital series like @TheBuzzer was such an attractive opportunity for me and I am so thrilled to be a part of it,” Press said. “It’s great that I get to talk about the sport that I love, being on the other side of the camera, and help it grow in a new and different way.”.
From the Fox Sports press release:
Press makes her @TheBuzzer debut as an embedded correspondent with the American Outlaws in Pasadena leading up to kickoff of the CONCACAF CUP between Mexico and the United States on Saturday. She also joins forces with Pilar Perez from FOX Deportes to set the scene on the field prior to the historic showdown as the rivals prepare to battle for a spot in the prestigious 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, and is part of FS1’s special 90-minute pregame show live from the sold-out Rose Bowl beginning at 5 p.m.
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) August 17, 2015
Notable: Whitney Engen’s goal meant exactly half the USWNT goals were scored by Palos Verdes Peninsla Products; she grew up in Rolling Hills Estates, Christen Press was raised in neighboring Palos Verdes Estates.
Notable: Through their first 100 games, Keane’s 66 goals only trails Carlos Ruiz (67) and Roy Lassiter (71) in MLS history.
The parade starts at 8 a.m. Pacific and can be seen on FOX Sports 1, ESPN3 and streamed on the the official YouTube page of the NYC Mayor’s Office.
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) July 10, 2015
Overnight TV ratings for USWNT’s win easily highest in Women’s World Cup history http://t.co/yIIaAmnGX1
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) July 6, 2015
— Sochi 2014 (@sochitweets2014) July 6, 2015
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 4, 2015
— American Outlaws LA (@ao_losangeles) July 4, 2015
— Alpine Village (@alpinevillageca) July 3, 2015
— Copa América 2015 (@ca2015_en) July 4, 2015
The Copa America final kicks off at 12:50 p.m. Saturday.
Watched by 8.4 million television viewers, only the USA-China 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17.9 million) and the Japan-USA 2011 Women’s World Cup final (13.5 million) were seen by more in the U.S.
From the Fox Soccer press release:
The six USA matches on FOX and FOX Sports 1 have averaged 5.3 million viewers, +121% better than the 2011 tournament average through the semifinals (2.4 million) on ESPN.
Makes you wonder just how many people in this country will watch Sunday’s final, which features the U.S. against either Japan or England and kicks off at 4 p.m.