I am not a soccer snob. I hate phrases like “England are a better side.” I avoid the word “nil” when I mean “zip,” “zero” or “nothing.” I won’t insist on “match” when I mean “game,” and I’m offended by Major League Soccer’s pretentious use of words like “United” and “Real” in its team names. (Since when was Salt Lake City “royal?”) Read More
Facebook status-updating my way through the sports world:
Bob Frantz ...
... is proud that the United States still doesn’t seem to be very good at soccer. Let the socialized European and Third World nations around the world have their bicycle kicks and their headers. When NFL training camps open late next month, we’ll call them all and ask how they’re doing with their little yellow and red cards — and we’ll laugh ourselves silly. Read More
I discovered “the beautiful game” by chance. During a junior high gym class, my Israel-born P.E. teacher needed a volunteer goalkeeper.
When a hard shot somehow found its way into my mid-section, I had the thrill of making my first save.
Following a senior-season recruiting phone call from Hall of Fame coach Joe Morrone, I played two unspectacular seasons for him at the University of Connecticut. Talk about intense and committed. Read More
Wow! I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure if I can handle this anymore! I don’t know if my heart can take it! If I were to be granted just one wish, I’d wish for them to slow things down a bit in South Africa so I can catch my breath!
I mean, there’s nothing quite like a worldwide tournament of International Keep-Away to quicken the pulse and lift the spirit, but there’s only so much excitement we can handle! Read More
Fresh off his victory in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, Mayor Gavin Newsom will kick off a World Cup soccer celebration Wednesday.
The mayor will be joined by players from the Bay Area’s two soccer teams — FC Gold Pride’s Marta Vieira da Silva and the San Jose Earthquakes’ Ikenna “Ike” Opara — in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony at the Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza in the Civic Center Plaza. Read More
Fresh off of a 10-day training trip to London, the San Jose Earthquakes will begin their 2010 MLS schedule with a exhibition game against the Houston Dynamo today at Kezar Stadium at 7 p.m. Read More
Kevin Giaga, 6, blocks a ball Tuesday during soccer practice for the SSF Dynamos at Orange Park in South San Francisco. Sunny skies are expected to prevail this weekend on the Peninsula, according to the National Weather Service, with daytime temperatures ranging from the low 60s along the coast to the low 70s in cities along the Bay. Read More
Freshman Nicole Moore is proving she has a major impact on the USF women’s soccer team. The forward scored both goals for the Dons in a 2-1 victory over San Jose State on Thursday night, lifting USF over .500 on the season at 4-3-1. Moore scored her second and third goals for the season, both off corner kicks. The Dons return to action on Sunday at 5 p.m. when they host the University of the Pacific. Read More
For the first time this season, the San Francisco State women’s soccer team finds itself ranked in the top 10 in the NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division II West Regional rankings. The Gators are ranked No. 8 in this week’s poll after going 2-0-1 in three home games last week, including a win over then-No. 3 UC San Diego, to improve to 3-2-1 this season. The Gators return to action on Friday, when they hit the road to take on Sonoma State at 1:30 p.m. Read More