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UniMás’ broadcast of the MLS Cup Final which aired from 4 p.m. to 7:29 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, delivered an average of 514,000 Total Viewers and 245,000 Adults 18-49, out-delivering ESPN’s coverage of the same match by +14% with Total Viewers and by +7% with Adults 18-49.

UniMás aired 23 MLS regular season games which delivered an average of 223,000 Total Viewers and 121,000 Adults 18-49, outperforming ESPN2 and NBCSN’s broadcast of regular season games. ESPN2 delivered an average of 181,000 Total Viewers and 96,000 Adults 18-49 and NBCSN delivered an average of 104,000 Total Viewers and 55,000 Adults 18-49, respectively.

Spanish-speaking soccer fans saving USA’s soccer league by keeping it relevant via ratings, support. You’re welcome, USA.

Soccer is not ingrained in the main culture. It is still a sub culture sport in the USA

Project 2010 (Winning the World Cup by 2010: Soccer’s Equivalent to the Apollo XI Moon Landing)

Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students.

Cadets who attend the publicly-funded academy near Colorado Springs must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to do just that: Informants are told to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while snapping photos, wearing recording devices and filing secret reports.

For one former academy student, becoming a covert government operative meant not only betraying the values he vowed to uphold, it meant being thrown out of the academy as punishment for doing the things the Air Force secretly told him to do.

meninblazers:

If you are a hardcore USMNT Von Trapps fan, this is the book for you. 100 Years of Soccer In America has landed on MiB’s Coffee Table and it is a must-have. The official book of US Soccer’s Centenary has been collated with love and care, covering the evolution of the game in this country, from the days of Pennsylvania’s barnstorming powerhouse, Bethlehem Steel, to the current cacophony propelled by The American Outlaws.  The images make this tome a work of beauty.  See Marcelo Balboa’s Mustache in all its athletic glory.  Marvel at Joe Gaetjens’ magical moment.  Relive Michelle Akers’ pomp. Get hold of a copy now. 

Poster, scarf for USA vs. Mexico qualifer released

foxsoccer:

The latest pair in the U.S. Soccer series of game-specific posters and scarves for the final round of World Cup qualifying has been released.

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Image courtesy of U.S. Soccer.

The U.S. will face Mexico on September 9th in Columbus, where they could potentially qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

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Image courtesy of U.S. Soccer.

Of course, the U.S. could also qualify for Brazil in Costa Rica first, as the team will travel to San Jose to play there on September 6th, and three points could seal their spot in the 2014 World Cup. If they win, and the other results end in their favor, early qualification is possible.

However, the U.S. has never won a World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica, so it’s a tough challenge that Jurgen Klinsmann says the team is up for.

“We want to get three points. We want to qualify as soon as possible for the World Cup in Brazil,” Klinsmann told ussoccer.com. “We have to be extremely disciplined with eight or nine players being on yellow cards to prepare also for the game against Mexico in Columbus, so going into Costa Rica we really need to be on top of our game.”

The U.S. sit atop the Hex standings heading into these qualifiers:

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The roster Klinsmann has called in for these two matches:

Goalkeepers Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando

Defenders DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Edgar Castillo, Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Michael Orozco

Midfielders Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Mix Diskerud, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi

Forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Aron Johannsson, Eddie Johnson

How do I get my hands on that poster?

renard-the-anarchist:

kropotkitten:

The Syrian revolution is a revolution that began as a struggle for self-determination. The Syrian people demanded to determine their own destiny. And, for more than two years, against all odds, and in the face of massive repression and destruction from the Assad regime, they persevered.  In the course of the revolutionary process, many other actors have also appeared on the scene to work against the struggle for self-determination. Iran and its militias, with the backing of Russia, came to the aid of the regime, to ensure the Syrian people would not be given this right. The jihadis of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham and others, under the guise of “fighting the Assad regime,” worked against this right as well. And I feel the same way about any Western intervention.

Some would argue that we have come a long way from that, that it isn’t even about self-determination anymore, but rather, simply stopping the killing. This is a position I cannot support. If it was simply about stopping the killing, then I would’ve supported the jihadis when they came in, because, no one can deny, they were the best armed and the best equipped to challenge the Assad regime. But I didn’t, and many others didn’t, because we knew that despite their ability to challenge the regime, that they did not share the goals of the Syrian people. They wanted to control the Syrian people, and stifle their ability to determine their own destiny. Because of this, they were counter-revolutionaries, even if they were fighting against the regime.

And now in the face of a possible Western intervention in Syria, I hold the same position. Many would say I’m being ideological, and that I should just focus on stopping the killing; but those people are ignoring that, even on pragmatic terms and within their own line of reasoning, their argument holds no sway, after repeated US insistence that “these will only be punitive strikes” and they “do not intend to topple the regime.” What indication is there that these strikes will do anything to stop the killing, or “solve” the Syrian crisis?

I don’t care about sovereignty. Syria has become a land for everyone but Syrians nowadays. The myth of Syrian sovereignty is not why I oppose Western intervention. Neither is the prospect of the destruction of Syria, for it has already been destroyed by this criminal regime. I oppose Western intervention because it will work against the struggle for self-determination, that is, against the Syrian revolution.

Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. I have no doubt about this. And this could have been prevented if the Syrian resistance was actually given weapons that could have tilted the balance against the regime. But foreign powers sat on their hands, not wanting Assad to win, but not wanting the resistance to win either. They couldn’t give weapons to the Syrian people to defend themselves, they said, who knows whose hands they might end up in? They might accidentally end up in, say, the hands of Syrians who wanted to determine their own destiny despite foreign interests!

So we’ve come full circle. No one armed the Syrian resistance, so they were killed by the regime, or forced to put up with jihadi infiltration. So Assad used chemical weapons against the Syrians, and the West wants to respond to teach Assad a lesson, a response that still guarantees that Syrians have no say in the matter of their future. And the regime will probably live through any “punitive” Western intervention, and the killing will probably not stop.

But despite all that, the Syrian revolution, and, at its heart, the Syrian people’s struggle for liberation and to determine their own destiny, will live on.

WORDS: Darth Nader, from http://darthnader.net

This is the most true, logical and accurate article I read against the Western intervention or Western war-to-come in Syria since the beginning of the debate about it! Thanks to Kropotkitten for bringing it to my dashboard and for the link to darthnader.net, I am going to share this one everywhere.

Yes, 100 years!

iwillfuckingwreckyou:

This is brilliant. 

iwillfuckingwreckyou:

This is brilliant.