Not all of my posts on here have to be self-congratulatory music posts or additions to my professional portfolio. From time to time I’ll add to my “random” category and blog about something unrelated that I care about. Most people that know me personally are aware that I’m a huge sports fan. I think that’s clear with the songs we’ve made for SIU, the Bears, and the Bulls. However, this post will be about my first sport which I still follow as much as any other, Soccer.
2014 is a big year for soccer, but it doesn’t get the same love as the major sports here, so it’s harder to find people to really talk about our teams, debate, and generally be the same kind of fan as you can be for everything else. I mean it’s a World Cup year! Hell, Chelsea just came back against PSG in a nail-biter of a second leg to move on in the Champions League yesterday! Yet around the water cooler I know to stick to the NCAA games and the Bulls upcoming playoff run because NOBODY CARES. So this post is just to show some love to some of the areas I go to to talk soccer, while ESPN spends hours covering LeBron whining about a foul in a meaningless game.
I grew up playing for a traveling team around Chicago called CF Royale, man those were the days. Our coach was friends with a player on the Chicago Fire, and invited him to our practice once. I didn’t really follow them at the time and wish I could remember who it was shooting knuckleballs at our goalie. I do remember my first Fire game though at Soldier Field, when Carlos Valderrama (my favorite player at the time) came to town.
Some Chicago Fire resources and blogs:
- On The Fire – In depth look at Fire game analysis and a lot of other good posts.
- Hot Time in Old Town – SB Nation blog.
- MLS Videos – The MLS does a great job of making videos/highlights very accessible.
Liverpool is coming to Chicago in the summer too! They are playing Olympiakos at Soldier July 27th in the International Champions Cup, and hopefully they will field the star players even just after the WC.
*Edit: I want to add in a site for following American Soccer players that a coworker just informed me of. – http://www.americansoccernow.com/
This ends my first iteration of random soccer blogging. Just wanted to let my fandom be known. Thanks for reading? Now go listen to some Covelli Productions.