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CONTEST - Win the New U.S. Away Jersey from Soccer Pro and FBM

"Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and for?"

Yup... the ice cream truck is around the corner with some Bomb Pops!

In this case the ice cream man is actually Soccer Pro and they're giving away one of the new USMNT (or USWNT) away jerseys for our followers on Twitter.

How can you win?

Follow the Free Beer Movement and Soccer Pro on Twitter and then tweet the following:

"I want @FreeBeerMovemnt and @SoccerPro to hook me up with the new #USMNT away jersey. #FBMContest"

We'll pick a winner on Thursday and announce on Friday who will be sporting the new shirt in the stands (or chasing the ice cream truck!).

Good luck!

Tags: contest, DrinkWear, USMNT, USWNT

The Open Bar - Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Sample Pack

Editor's Note: Another semi-regular feature starting up here. "The Open Bar" will focus on all the wonderful drinking options FBMers should avail themselves of.

This spring Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will release their twelve-pack sampler "Beer Camp". This year, however will be a bit different. 

The Chico, California brewery invited some of America's best breweries to join them and collaborate on twelve individual beers that highlighted each's best qualities. 

The result was "Beer Camp Across America", one of the most innovative and amazing sampler packs ever. Those in the SA distribution network (which includes most of the U.S.) will have to chance to sample many breweries that were once only obtainable via trade or long roadtrip. The project is the perfect symbol of the anti-competitive, pro-collaboration world of craft beer. 

The list of breweries and beers they made for "Beer Camp":

Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME - Belgian-Style Pale Ale 
Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA - India Pale Lager
Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI - Imperial Dark Ale
Cigar City Brewing, LLC, Tampa, FL - Tropical Mai Bock
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA - Hoppy Pilsner
New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI - English Style Bitter
Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, OR - Coffee Milk Stout
Oskar Blues Brewing Company, Longmont, CO - Rye Bock
Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA - Beligan-Style Blonde
Three Floyds Brewing, LLC, Munster, IN - Pale Ale
Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA - Altbier
Local brewing community in Asheville, NC - Scottish Ale

Sierra Nevada has partnered with a dozen exceptional craft breweries to create 12 different beers for one mixed 12-pack – including 10 bottles and two cans – another first in the craft beer world. The Beer Camp Across America 12-pack will be available throughout the U.S. this summer.

More information about the process, a beer festival in seven U.S. cities, and details for each beer can be found at: http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/.

Tags: Beer, The Open Bar

The Big Pitcher - Atlanta: MLS’ Next, Hard Step

Editor's Note: Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but It bends toward justice”. Sometimes we American soccer fans get wrapped up in the day-to-day, Monday morning quarterbacking (or centerbacking), knee-jerk reactions and miss out on the big picture. This weekly column will focus on picking out the larger themes and issues of Major League Soccer and the American game.

By Eric Betts / Senior Crystal Ball Correspondent

I was an Atlanta resident once, for four years during college. In no way did this experience provide me with the insight to speculate on the prospects or necessity of an MLS franchise in Atlanta.

I was also a baseball-crazed adolescent boy growing up three hours southwest of the Georgia capitol, and that, in its own limited way, does. I watched nearly every non-West Coast game, thanks to the team's increasingly bizarre national broadcast deal with TBS. Every relative knew some random, $15 Braves trinket was a solid birthday or Christmas option. I grew up wanting to be Greg Maddux. I still want to be Greg Maddux.

What I didn't do was actually attend Braves games. My family and I went once a year if I was lucky, usually around my birthday.

Much has been made of MLS pushing to expand its footprint in the Southeast, some of which wrongly assumes that Orlando and Miami count. Growing up, the closest MLS team to my tiny Alabama hometown was the Mutiny around six hours away, but at no point did this ever occur to me. The Mutiny may as well have been playing in the Bay of Fundy for all I cared; my sense of geography just didn't extend to Florida. By the time I thought to look for the closest MLS team, it was in Columbus, which...no.

It's understandable that everyone feels they have to dip the city and its nascent franchise into their own personal litmus test to determine its potential. Will a cavernous NFL stadium suffocate the atmosphere? Will a vibrant supporter culture spring up out of the sprawl? Will anyone want to play on its turf? Will they just shut the team down when college football season starts?

I have no idea how successful an Atlanta team will be out of the gate in 2017. What I do know is the league needs a team in Atlanta. That footprint that's been such a focus in the run-up to Wednesday's announcement matters. The MLS model of hopping from safe zone to safe zone has been an unqualified success during the last decade of post-contraction rebirth, which is why it's freaking everyone out a little that the league is starting to disregard some of those rules in the cases of Atlanta, Miami and NYCFC.

At some point the league is going to have to blaze its own path. If Atlanta isn't ready for an MLS franchise, then there's no better place start that process, not just for the metro area itself, but for the thousands of little me's scattered throughout the region starting to think they might be interested in this soccer thing. They don't matter much on paper in terms of the metrics most of us look at when we judge soccer markets: They won't buy season tickets or write new and clever chants for 2017.

But in the more stable position MLS finds itself in, it can afford to take a flyer on developing some of these youth prospects, and the long-term growth potential the Atlanta market represents.

Tags: Big Pitcher, Eric Betts, Major League Soccer

VIDEO - Monday MLS Skill Check

"Do you wanna play with fire, scarecrow?" - Dan Patrick

Tags: Major League Soccer, Video

VIDEO - Every Goal From MLS (Week 5)

 

Cue Max Bretos (circa 2002).... "YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!"

(Via Kick TV)

 

Tags: KickTV, Major League Soccer, Video