Month: May 2009

Wall Street Journal Looks At The English Premier League – Not Pretty!

MAY 28, 2009
English Soccer’s Morning After – Years of Unrestrained Growth Brought Heaps of Glory — and Debt; ‘We Are in Serious Trouble’

As the Premier League vaulted to prominence with a frothy mix of TV money, rising ticket prices and a devoted — and increasingly international — fan base, it became a status symbol for billionaires across the world. They paid huge sums to acquire teams and waged a salary arms race for top players. Corporate sponsors lined up to splash their brands on teams or, in the case of banking giant Barclays PLC, the whole league. Its teams generate an estimated $2.4 billion a year in broadcast fees, tickets, sponsorships and merchandising.

Today, thanks to Britain’s deep recession, the league must spend its off-season grappling with falling ticket prices, ailing corporate sponsors and financially distressed owners. Unlike teams in the NFL, Premier League clubs are almost entirely unregulated: There is no salary cap, players are freely traded, and league administrators have no control over who buys and sells clubs. Given such wide latitude, some owners racked up big debts during the credit boom, both on buying the clubs themselves and recruiting expensive, on-field talent. Analysts fear the owners who spent big will now be whipsawed by the downturn and forced to make deep cuts.

How will your team handle the new realities?

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Missouri High School Girls Soccer: Glendale Heads To State

MO Class 3 Quarterfinal: Glendale Falcons Defeat Jeff City Jays
Glendale Falcons – 2
Jefferson City Jays – 0
The Glendale Lady Falcons achieved their stated goal of reaching the Final 4 today, a realistic goal accomplished as a result of the new District lineups and because the Falcons have the best offense in the region. While most teams relied on one or two options, the Falcon’s have the top 3 with Sprouse, Brewer and Cline always ready to go forward and attack the goal.

Freshman Molly Brewer got the game-winner today when she nailed a header from Emily Jordan’s corner kick in the 62nd, alone at the top of the six-yard box and resolute in the face of the goalkeepers charge (pictured above, you can see bits of her behind the keeper just as she’s nodded the corner kick towards goal, the only red in a sea of white defenders). The final goal came when Emily Cline, freed from the responsibilities of marking the Jay’s Kara Steiner when she was moved from right midfield to forward, found space going forward and volleyed Katie Brewer’s cross in the 69th.

It was never certain, not until the final whistle as the Jay’s continued to fight, but it was not a game with a lot of offensive highlights either. The teams spent most of the first half in the midfield, attempting to establish control of the flow of play in the face of nerves, the highest temperatures of the season, and a pitch that is at it’s peak in the Fall season but offered primarily a dirt surface in the central area.

The Falcon’s midfield – Cline, Katie Brewer, Emily Jordan, Mindy Rose Moffe and Molly Brewer (left to right with Molly Brewer in an attacking position) – went about their responsibilities in a workmanlike fashion while probing for weaknesses. It wasn’t until the 2nd half when they won several corner kicks in succession that they created the pressure they needed to finally break down a Jay’s defense that had gone through the entire playoff period without giving up a goal.

Congratulations to Holly Robinson (Glendale 2004) who won her 1st game as a High School coach.

The Falcons will play the defending state champion Incarnate Word Red Knights at 7:00pm on Friday, June at the AB Center in Fenton. Last year’s Quarterfinal against IWA was a 0-5 loss for the Falcon’s. IWA knocked off Nerinx Hall 1-0 tonight.

Lee’s Summit North has booked a ticket to the Final 4 with their 5-3 win against Liberty (wow!) and they are joined by fellow Public School participant Pattonville who knocked off Cor Jesu 3-2 earlier today. 3 Public School teams, including one from St Louis. What a Final 4 this will be.

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JB Marine Springfield Finish With A Flourish

JB Marine 96The JB Marine teams wrapped up their 2009 tournament season this month with top finishes.

The 97 girls team headed to the Capital Soccer Club Spring Season Finale in Jefferson City, May 9-10, with high aspirations. Competing in the U12 8v8 bracket, the 97 girls dominated all their pool games and headed to the final with a perfect 3-0 record. With a balanced attack and a strong defensive front, the 97 girls walked away with the title and gold medal. Way to go ladies!

The 96 girls team (pictured) ended their tournament season in Kansas City at the KC Legends Patriot Cup over Memorial Day weekend. Heading into the weekend, the ladies had to make adjustments to their lineup due to injury, but did not let it disrupt their rhythm posting a 5-0 win in the their first game vs. SSC Fire from Lee’s Summit. Next up was KC Strikers whom the girls had beaten in Springfield last fall. Battling stifling heat and a short field, the 96 girls put up two quick goals and coasted to the win. Sunday morning brought another KC team, the KC United Rangers. With a top defensive showing by the backs and goalkeepers and a very balanced attack up top, the 96 girls overcame the Rangers with a 3-1 win. Gliding into the final with a perfect record and a +8 goal differential, the girls met the KC Strikers for the third time this year. The game was evenly matched with both teams making big defensive stops and dangerous attacks to goal. A KC Striker player got loose in the box and drew a questionable foul that resulted in a penalty kick and goal. The 96 girls fought tooth and nail to the end, having most of the play in the second half, but just could not find the back of the net to even up the game. The final score was 1-0, KC. While feeling a sense of disappointment at the medal ceremony, the girls held their heads high and kept a positive JB spirit knowing that there will be many more finals in their future!

The coaching staff at JB Marine would like to congratulate all their teams for a phenomenal year. All players made a commitment to make a name for themselves and set a standard for competitive soccer from SW Missouri . We believe they did just that! Well done ladies, very well done!japanese escorts dubai

Pulaski United FC Announces Tryouts in Waynesville

pulaskiunited_150The Pulaski United FC (Soccer Club) is conducting competitive soccer tryouts for ages to 8 to 17. The tryouts will be held from June 15 through June 19, 2009 at the Waynesville U-15 soccer field located across the street from the Waynesville City Park. There will be two sessions conducted each evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Please contact Rod Rodriguez at (573) 528-6357 or calexrod@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

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Please find below the schedule for the tryouts to be conducted on the U-15 soccer field across the street from the Waynesville City Park:

June 15 (Monday) 5:30 to 7:00 – U-9 boys and U-9 girls (born between 8-1-00 and 7-31-01 or in the 3rd grade)

June 15 (Monday) 7:00 to 8:30 – U-10 boys and U-10 girls (born between 8-1-99 and 7-31-00 or in the 4th grade)

June 16 (Tuesday) 5:30 to 7:00 – U-11 boys and U-11 girls (born between 8-1-98 and 7-31-99 or in the 5th grade)

June 16 (Tuesday) 7:00 to 8:30 – U-12 boys and U-12 girls (born between 8-1-97 and 7-31-98 or in the 6th grade)

June 17 (Wednesday) 5:30 to 7:00 – U-13 boys and U-13 girls (born between 8-1-96 and 7-31-97 or in the 7th grade)

June 17 (Wednesday) 7:00 to 8:30 – U-14 boys and U-14 girls (born between 8-1-95 and 7-31-96 or in the 8th grade)

June 18 (Thursday) 5:30 to 7:00 – U-15 boys and U-15 girls (born between 8-1-94 and 7-31-95 or in the 9th grade)

June 18 (Thursday) 7:00 to 8:30 – U-16 boys and U-16 girls (born between 8-1-93 and 7-31-94 or in the 10th grade)

June 19 (Friday) 5:30 to 7:00 – U-16 boys and U-16 girls (born between 8-1-92 and 7-31-93 or in the 11th grade)

June 19 (Friday) 7:00 to 8:30 – U-17/U-18 boys and U-17/U-18 girls (born between 8-1-90 and 7-31-92 or in the 12th grade)

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