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VIDEO: The History and Power of “I Believe” (ESPN)

2014 FIFA World Cup - "I Believe" - ESPN from Nick Aquilino on Vimeo.

It's evolved into American soccer's most iconic chant during this World Cup, but the origins of "I Believe" are incredibly humble. 

Our founder, Dan Wiersema, had the pleasure of speaking with ESPN about the power of positivity of this chant that the U.S. soccer supporters group, the American Outlaws has made a national rallyng cry. 

This originally aired on Monday, June 30th on "World Cup Tonight" and was also featured on SportsCenter.

Tags: American Outlaws, Supporters Groups, USMNT, Video, World Cup

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

We’ve Got History: Major League Soccer’s First Goal

Back then they were the "Clash", those jerseys (!), and there was the 35-yard running shootout. Sometimes babies are ugly.

But it's our baby and we love it. 

Major League Soccer's first goal was scored 18 years ago today by none other than one of the infant league's marquee players, Eric Wynalda. The San Jose Clash hosted D.C. United (who would go on to win the first three MLS Cups) at Spartan Stadium. Wynalda's finish was voted the league's inaugural "Goal of the Year".

Watch highlights from ESPN's broadcast of MLS' first match. Wynalda's goal near the end. 

Tags: Major League Soccer, Video, We've Got History

VIDEO - Monday Morning MLS Skill Check (Week 3)

"Whoop!" - Chris Berman

Tags: Major League Soccer, Video

VIDEO - All the Goals from MLS (Week 2)

G.... G.... Goooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(via Kick TV)

Tags: KickTV, Major League Soccer, Video

VIDEO - Monday Morning Skills Check (Week 2)

MLSSoccer.com's Jason Saghini does his best SportsCenter impression and takes us through some of the sweetest touches, through balls, and juke moves from the second weekend of Major League Soccer.

"Supple foam Nick RImando!" - Craig Kilborn

Tags: Major League Soccer, Video

VIDEO - Every Goal From MLS Week One

 

Meow, meow, meow... please, please score.

Tags: KickTV, Major League Soccer, Video

VIDEO - Monday Morning MLS Skill Check

MLSSoccer.com's Jason Saghini does his best SportsCenter impression and takes us through some of the sweetest touches, through balls, and juke moves from the opening weekend of Major League Soccer.

Think we're going to love this series. There's loads of great goals and saves in MLS, but it's these little things that are really going to propel the league forward. 

"As cool as the other side of the pillow!" - Stuart Scott

 

Tags: Major League Soccer, Video

VIDEO - Thierry Henry’s REAL talk about MLS


Thierry Henry is about to enter his fifth year in Major League Soccer and so then former Arsenal and Barcelona star can consider himself a decent authority on the state of the American soccer league. 

His message? "Don't knock it until you try it".

In an interview with ESPN FC during MLS Media Week the New York Red Bull star sent a strong message that those who don't think MLS is a competitive, high quality league don't know a thing about soccer in the United States. 

Tags: Major League Soccer, Video

VIDEO: “The Hex” - Yanks Qualify for Brazil, El Tri in Crisis (Episode 13)

The biggest match of the USMNT qualification journey is always against Mexico and at home. Columbus, Ohio is home for this crucial game. Just like the three previous incarnatons of U.S.- Mexico it ended "Dos a Cero" for the good guys.

Kick TV has been with the U.S squad every step of the way and this Columbus special is just as amazing as every other piece in the series.

And we're not just saying that because FBM is in most of them....

Tags: KickTV, USMNT, Video

VIDEO - Hilarious MLS All-Star Music Video Channels the Zuba Pants Era (Funny Or Die)

American soccer is really creeping into the mainstream now.

Funny Or Die, the comedy website co-founded by soccer fan Will Farrell, put out this hilarious bad music video with Major League Soccer All-Stars Kyle Beckerman, Graham Zusi, Jack McInernery, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Davis, Chris Wondolowski, and Mike McGee.

Part of why we love MLS so much is that they're willing to do absolutely silly (but not desperate) things like this to help increase their visability.

Who's got the best line in the video? Omar.. hands down.

 

Tags: Major League Soccer, Video

“The Hex” - Yanks Win Third Straight

Editor's Note: If you haven't been following along with Kick TV's "The Hex" series (filmed and produced by One Goal) then you're missing out on an incredible set of videos documenting the United States men's national team.

And we're not just saying that because Free Beer Movement's Dan has made several appearances...

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This episode follows the Nats to Sandy, Utah where they faced down Honduras 1-0 in the latest round of World Cup qualifying.

Watch and enjoy.

 

Tags: KickTV, USMNT, Video

The After Bar: USWNT 4 - South Korea 1

Photo Credit: Zimbio

Abby Wambach crept closer to Mia Hamm's all-time international scoring record as the United States women's national team cruised to a 4-1 win over South Korea in front of 13,000 in Foxborough, Mass.

A 93rd minute penality kick pushed Wambach to within two of Hamm's 158 career goals. FC Kansas City defender Kristie Mewis scored her first international goal while Carli Lloyd and Lauren Cheney pilled on as well for the USWNT.

The match was game one of two against South Korea. The second to be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Thursday, June 20th at 6:30pm CT on NBC Sports Network.

Highlights:

 

Reaction:

 

Recap and analysis from women's soccer's best writers/sites:

Equalizer Soccer - "US women roll over Korea Republic; Wambach scores"

Jeff Kassouf (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "Wambach inches closer, US women upend Korea Republic"

ESPNW - "Abby Wambach, U.S. Top South Korea"

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT, Video

“The Hex” - Yanks Pummel Panama in Seattle

If you haven't been following along with Kick TV's "The Hex" series (filmed and produced by One Goal) then you're missing out on an incredible set of videos documenting the United States men's national team.
 
And we're not just saying that because Free Beer Movement's Dan has made several appearances...
 
Their episode from Seattle is about as close as one can come to capturing the "epic" atmosphere of last Tuesday's match.
 

 

Tags: American Outlaws, USMNT, Video

VIDEO - Germans Love the Free Beer Movement

Photo Credit: The Guardian (UK)

It's not surprising that some of the world's greatest fans of beer are, of course, going to be fans of the Free Beer Movement. On our old site the evidence of the Germany-FBM alliance was overwhelming and we continue gathering more and more stories of "FBM in Action" in Deutchland.

Today it comes from German fans road-tripping to London for the Champions League Final between two German sides, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. As expected these fans have their priorities straight packing the luggage compartment of their tour bus with beer and not, well, luggage. That's how you spread the free beer love and soccer for sure.

Quite a turn-a-round for Bayern who we featured in 2009 as "FBM in Action" when they gave away 7,000 liters of beer to fans as an apology for their worst start to the club season in 43 years.

(h/t to "The Original Winger" for this find)

Tags: Beer, Champion League, Video

We’ve Got History - “Dear U.S Open Cup: Happy 100th Birthday”

For many critics of the American game (among a plethora of other complaints) they cite a lack of history of the sport in the United States. But contrary to popular belief, the beautiful game was established here for much longer than most realize.

It goes past 1996 and the foundation of Major League Soccer. Past the 1960s and 70s of the New York Cosmos and the North American Soccer League. Even past Joe Gaetjens and the 1950 "Miracle on Grass". American soccer history is long and storied; nearly as old as it's European foundations.

We've got history. It's time to tell those tales.

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Say what you want about "SoccerReform", the American soccer (anti-collectivist) crusader... he's got a deep affinity for the U.S. Open Cup.

We're not here to get into a debate about the merits of the current setup of U.S. Soccer (hear that Ted!), but this video paying tribute to American soccer's longest-running, most under-appreciated cup competition is spot on.

For the last 100 years, the U.S Open Cup has featured some of American soccer's greatest players and teams, many of them lost to the dusty shelves of libraries or buried in microfiche drawers, and they deserve credit in helping sustain American soccer in its darkest days.

Tags: Video, We've Got History

VIDEO - Cascadia Supporters Group Beers Face Off

Emerald City Supporters members, Seattle Sounders player Roger Levesque, and Sounders announcer Ross Fletcher taste test Redhook Brewing Company's No Equal" Amber Lager (made for the Emerald City Supporters SG)) and Widmer Brother's Brewing Company's "Green & Gold" Kolsch (made for the Timbers Army SG).

Think they might have been a little biased?

Now we've tried both "No Equal" and "Green & Gold" and while the Sounders are having fun and games with propping up te ECS beer and burning of the TA beer they're both very well-crafted brews. 

Beer Advocate and Rate Beer both give solid ratings for ECS' amber while the TA kolsch doesn't have enough ratings to aggregate a score yet on either BA or RB they early reviews are just as positive as their Cascadia competitor.

We've always stressed at the Free Beer Movement that its completely fine to hate your opponent for those 90 minutes on the field just as long as you can share a brew before or after the match. 

Both "No Equal" and "Green & Gold" should be brews that either a Sounders fan or Timbers fan can share, and appreciate, when their beer is in the others' glass

Tags: Beer, Major League Soccer, Through The Drinking Glass, Video

VIDEO - Every Goal from MLS Week 6

If it's Monday than it's all the goals and glory from  this past weekend's Major League Soccer action from Kick TV.

Tags: KickTV, Major League Soccer, Video

The After Bar - USWNT 3 - Germany 3

The United States women's nation team kicked off their European tour with a barn-buring 3-3 draw against Germany. The match coincided with U.S. Soccer's 100th anniversary as well. Germany fought back twice (down 1-0 and 3-1) to earn a share of the result in a battle between women's soccer's number one and number two teams.

Abby Wambach scored her 155th career goal (just three shy of Mia Hamm's total mark) while Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan also made the scoresheet with great goals.

The USWNT will face the Netherlands Tuesday afternoon at 12pm CT. The match will stream for free on ESPNW.com and ESPN3.com

Highlights and Player Reaction/Breakdown:

Reaction:

 

Analysis from some of women's soccer's best writers:

Jeff Kassouf (Equalizer Soccer) - "Late surge sees Germany end level with USWNT"

 

 

Tags: The After Bar, USWNT, Video

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