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Can Chad Ochocinco Really Play?

March 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL, Soccer

Could Chad Ochocinco  of the Cincinnati Bengals actually make it in the MLS?

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals and Sporting Kansas City is having some trouble adjusting to soccer practices.

Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals and Sporting Kansas City is having some trouble adjusting to soccer practices.

From ESPN

In his four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, enabled by the NFL lockout and instigated by the eccentric player himself, Ochocinco is trying to prove to his buddies and Real Madrid superstars Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo that he could just as well have been a soccer player. In so doing, he might decide a long-standing debate over whether the U.S. would be a better soccer nation if more of its elite athletes played the sport.

The principals involved insist this is no stunt, like when Ochocinco appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” had his own reality television show or raced a thoroughbred horse.

“We went to dinner when he first got here and he told me straight up that he’s dead serious and really wants this,” said the team’s young U.S. national team striker Teal Bunbury. “He doesn’t want to waste anybody’s time.”

Original Photos Yahoo, imageshack

Spain Wins Rough World Cup Final

July 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Soccer

Spain won the 2010 World Cup.

Spain defeated the Netherlands in an often chippy 2010 World Cup Final (katchop)

Spain defeated the Netherlands in an often chippy 2010 World Cup Final (katchop)

From globalpost

For the Dutch, the loss is the third in the finals after two crushing defeats in 1974 and 1978. But while past Dutch failures saddened admirers of the beautiful game worldwide, the current Dutch team is unlikely to garner as much empathy. The Dutch side’s extremely physical style of play shows little resemblance to that of their predecessors.

“It was very tough, very rough,” said Iniesta immediately after the match. “And I think Spain deserved to win this World Cup. It’s something that we will remember. It’s something that we will enjoy and we are very proud.”

Original Photos FoxSports, FoxSports

US Advances With Late Goal

June 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Soccer

Landon Donovan scored the game winning goal for the US in extra time.

Former US President Bill Clinton gets ready to try out his vuvuzela during the US vs Algeria 2010 World Cup match (katchop)

Former US President Bill Clinton gets ready to try out his vuvuzela during the US vs Algeria 2010 World Cup match (katchop)

From washingtonpost.com

Twelve seconds made it their night, 12 seconds to move the ball from one end of Loftus Versfeld Stadium to the other and provide one of the most extraordinary and dramatic endings in the national team’s 94-year history.

Landon Donovan supplied the final touch, a seven-yard stab in the first minute of added time to lift the Americans to a 1-0 triumph before 35,827 spectators, including former president Bill Clinton.

The astounding finish left the U.S. team (1-0-2) atop its group for the first time in the modern era and set up a round-of-16 match against Ghana, the Group D runner-up with a 1-1-1 record, Saturday (2:30 p.m. EDT) in the northern city of Rustenburg.

Original Photos Yahoo, teamausstatter

Maradona Leads Argentina His Way

June 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Soccer

Diego Maradona might be the most interesting person at the World Cup.

Argentina's manager uses a whistle shaped like a crack pipe to get the attention of his players (katchop)

Argentina's manager uses a whistle shaped like a crack pipe to get the attention of his players (katchop)

From guardian.co.uk

I am hoping Argentina go all the way, because I believe Diego has so much more to give. This is a man who, while recovering from addictions and weighing in at around 20 stones, allowed a TV crew to film him being hosed down in Cuba as part of his “treatment”, a man who chose to host a chaotic, off-the-wall TV chat show as part of his recovery. In many ways he is the bastard love child of Bobby Charlton and Russell Harty (kids, ask your dad). Gabby Logan and Gabriel Clarke, you must leave the England camp now. Nobody in there has anything interesting to say. On behalf of the audience back home, we need you both on 24-hour Diego-watch.

Original Photos yahoo, foldemcards

America Gets A Gift

June 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Soccer

The US Soccer team was able to pull out a draw against England in World Cup play.

England's goalkeeper Robert Green developed a case of butter fingers just before he allowed a bad goal that enabled the US to escape with a 1-1 tie (katchop)

England's goalkeeper Robert Green developed a case of butter fingers just before he allowed a bad goal that enabled the US to escape with a 1-1 tie (katchop)

From mercurynews.com

Robert Green wrote his name onto the lengthening list of blundering England goalkeepers. Green let a routine shot from Clint Dempsey slip through his grasp for the Americans’ only goal in their high-profile World Cup opener, a 1-1 draw in Group C.

From David Seaman at the 2002 World Cup and Scott Carson in a Euro 2008 qualifier to several gaffes by David “Calamity” James, England has a growing reputation for producing poor goalkeepers.

Former star keepers such as Gordon Banks, Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton would likely have dealt easily with Dempsey’s low, left-footed drive in the 40th minute at Rustenburg on Saturday.

Green was well-positioned as he went down to stop the ball, but it slipped off his gloves and rolled into the net to make it 1-1. He was visibly deflated after his horrendous mistake, which silenced the thousands of England fans.

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Original Photos Yahoo, thehungrymouse


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