World Cup fashion Statement of the Week: Zooop!

soccerclothesFirst, let me say I have no fashion sense.

And yet, I have the sense not to wear one of these billed as “the ultimate World Cup wardrobe for serious soccer fans.” Seriously?

Especially for $199 apiece.

If you feel differently about this” hooded, footless, unisex ZOOOP made of soft, lightweight cotton and featuring two front pouch pockets and two side zipped pockets” good for the fearless inside or outside the home (or so it’s claimed), click here.

And good luck.

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In Pictures: Soccer jerseys so bad they’re good and soccer jerseys that are just plain bad

We saw both ends of the spectrum in just one week:CARIBOUSThe slightly homoerotic 1970s-era NASL Colorado Caribou get up unearthed by the Colorado Rapids this week as an April fools joke (Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rapids).

On the same day, the U.S. unveiled their new away jerseys that would be worn for the first time Wednesday against Mexico:

Landon Donovan(Associated Press Photo)

Reviews were mixed:


Ah, well. At least we’ve got the stylish (ahem) new U.S. home jerseys, right?
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Watch: Preview David Beckham’s Super Bowl Spot

Former Galaxy midfielder David Beckham may be retired from the soccer field, but he’s still modeling what H&M refers to as “bodyware” in a new spot that will air Sunday during the Super Bowl.

Fans are being asked to vote on what version of the stunt-laden ad (and, yes, I’m told that no body doubles were used) will air. Voting began today here and ends at at midnight Saturday.

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Was the 42 Penalty Kick Heartbreaker Redondo Endured A Record?

Redondo’s Janel De Curtis glumly walks away after missing a game-tying 20th penalty against Great Oak of Temecula Tuesday (Photo by Staff Photographer Robert Casillas).

Hardly.

This occurred in Southern California just last year.

And here are plenty of similar pnealty kick-oriented eyebrow-raising, um, accomplishments.

Still, the South Bay game between Redondo and Great Oak must have been something to see.

And hang in there, Janel.

Someone had to miss.

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Weekend rewind: Who’s the rabbit & more

If you need to get caught up on soccer news after the Easter weekend, you’re in the right place:

*The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan was named MLS Player of the Week today after his brace in Saturday’s win over the Portland Timbers.

*The Galaxy reserves lost on Sunday, however, to the Timbers. (That’s academy products and subs Justin Dhillon replacing Frankie Hejduk and English-born defender Matt Tilley replacing Bryan Jordan in case you were wondering).

Via the Galaxy:

Rancho Santa Margarita resident Dhillon plays for the Galaxy’s U-16’s, where he’s scored seven times in 12 games, while Tilley, who recently joined the Academy program and now lives in Irvine, has scored once in his five games with the U-18’s.

*Chivas USA, meanwhile, saw the senior squad beat the San Jose Earthquakes, but the reserves fall, 3-1.

*Could former Real Madrid star Guti be coming to the Galaxy or Chivas USA? He tweeted this weekend (translated by Google):

“Los angeles, new york to istanbul are my target for the year qque coming but still I have nothing decided in a month will decide all”

*Former Galaxy star Herculez Gomez, the streaky LA native, scored yet again this weekend and now has four goals in four games for Pachuca, which tied Queretaro, 1-1.

*Lawndale’s kei Kamara had two goals in a losing cause as 10-man Sporting Kansas City blew a one-goal lead to lose 3-2 Saturday to the New England Revolution. Chivas USA nearly man Benny Feilhaber had an assist in his first game for the Revs after returning from Europe.

*Torrance’s Shannon Boxx has played on three WPS teams that folded. Now she’s playing for the weirdest team in the league.

*It turns out 19-year-old Loyola Marymount University soccer player David Kucera died in January from a “genetic disease that is the single most common cause of death for young athletes.”

This picture is from Victoria Beckham’s Twitter feed: Wonder who it is?

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Stupid soccer tricks: Of Power Rangers & bored Christian college students in the Deep South running amuck

This has nothing to do with Southern California soccer, but sometimes you just can’t resist stories like this – let alone make something like this up.

I’d like to poke fun at this story, but it’s hard to know where to start.

It’s a serious enough crime they would actually detain college students for doing something like this? In White County in Georgia? Really? Do we all feel safer now?

This is the sort of story that provides proof this country increasingly has no sense of humor and a very short fuse. And that’s the truly weird part.

Read it and weep howl (with laughter):

CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) — Six men wearing costumes — four Power Rangers, a ninja and a Spider-Man — have been arrested and charged with disrupting or interfering with a girls’ high school soccer game in Cleveland, Ga., authorities said.

Players and coaches said they didn’t know what was going on, and were fearful as the men dashed onto the field and surrounded a goalie during Tuesday’s Gainesville vs. White County game.

White County Coach Nathan Adams said it was scary to see the men charge the field.

“It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in a sport event,” he said. “They were completely
covered, masks, all the way down to their feet.”

Gainesville coach Mark Wade now describes the ordeal as a “childish joke” but says he was concerned about his goal keeper during the chaotic scene.

“I was scared for her safety,” Wade told the Gainesville Times. “You immediately start
thinking about the bad things you see on TV.”

After they surrounded the goalie, spectators pursued the men into a wooded area where most were found behind a log cabin.

The men told sheriff’s officials they ran onto the field as a prank and that they were bored, a sheriff’s report stated.

The Gainesville High player who was surrounded wrote in her statement to deputies that one of the men proposed marriage.

“Words said were meant to be funny, but weren’t. ‘May I please take your hand in marriage?’,” she wrote in the report.

Two women were also arrested and accused of dropping off and attempting to pick up the men in a vehicle.

All eight suspects were booked into the White County Detention Center. Authorities say they are students at Truett-McConnell College, a private Christian college in Cleveland, Ga.

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