- To all Springfield soccer fans. Man U and Arsenal play tomorrow morning at 10. I am watching if anyone wants to join me. /via @ZackLarsen #
Congratulations to Brian Fogle, pictured with his wife and daughters, who was named the 2010 Springfieldian of the Year Friday evening by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Brian is a soccer dad, who was always in attendance at his daughter Betsy’s Parkview Vikings games (Betsy is 2nd from right, with a bigger smile than her Dad) despite a list of public commitments that stretched across two slides at the award presentation.
The crowd response, as they immediately rose to their feet in applause with the announcement, and the many stories heard following the meeting about how Brian had touched a particular individual or group, pointed to the extent of Brian’s effort and generosity. I’ve personally felt his grace and commitment when he signed on early as a sponsor of the Film Festival in 2006 when he worked for Great Southern Bank. It made a major difference for our group and he always recognized and acknowledged me from that first meeting.
The award is always a surprise for the winner and Brian’s graciousness and breadth were on display in his impromptu acceptance speech. He noted that when he is in a ‘defensive mode’ he falls back on quotes. He offered two, including Oscar Wilde:
“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing – For me, I know the value of family, friends and my community.”
and a more contemporary source, Elvis Costello, noting a song title as a message he also values:
According to his long time friends, from his time as an Aurora Houn’Dawg and later at Ole’ Miss, Rolling Stone magazine and rock and roll have been his long time companions. If you haven’t had a chance to meet Brian, I’d highly recommend it. As Executive Vice President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, he continues his legacy of working for the benefit of the community. Quite a soccer dad in my opinion.
The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fulfilled its goal of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by virtue of a 2-1 semifinal victory against Costa Rica on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Second half goals from Kristie Mewis and Teresa Noyola put the team ahead before Costa Rica’s Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño pulled one back for the Ticas.
The U.S. U-20 Women will take on Mexico in the tournament final at 4:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Jan. 30. The match will be televised live on Fox Sports en Español, streamed live on CONCACAF.com and fans can also follow along live on ussocccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The final will also be shown on tape delay at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 31, on Fox Soccer Channel. incall dubai escort
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the six coaches participating at the 2010 USL Men’s Showcase being held in Charleston, SC at Blackbaud Stadium February 4-6. Managing the professional prospects will be Premier Development League coaches Paul Baber, Dave Dixon, Tony Glavin, Chris Hanlon, Mark Spooner and Armen Toniase.
“We are thrilled to have these six coaches actively involved in presenting the talented players at the USL Men’s Showcase,” said PDL Director of Operations Lee Cohen. “As PDL coaches, they will have a good working knowledge of many of the players’ best abilities and will be able to provide insight into how to present themselves on the field as well as accentuate their best attributes during the event. As USL PDL coaches, they spend every day working on creating an environment that will help develop players and send them to the next level, and the USL Men’s Showcase is an extension of those efforts.”
Returning from last year’s USL Men’s Showcase as coaches are Tony Glavin of the St Louis Lions and the Springfield Demize duo of Chris Hanlon and Armen Toniase.
“This year’s mix of coaches will be great for the event,” added Cohen. “Having three coaches familiar with the event will help everyone in their preparations, while having three fresh faces will provide new philosophies and ideas.”