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13Aug/13Off

The passionate about the beatiful game Live Breathe Futbol

First and foremost make sure you head over to Live Breathe Futbol's website and see what they are doing then come back here and read the rest of my post.

I have always been a big fan of soccer ever since I started playing it as a young boy, probably about 8 or 9, and even though I have not always played soccer I have followed from a distance gradually getting closer and closer as technology and media broadcasting got better. That is until about 2009 when I picked it back up and not only playing but also coaching my oldest son who is now 9 years old. Now obviously there was a World Cup in 2010 in South Africa and was probably one of the biggest ever for television viewing. Shortly after that my local professional team having been named the Kansas City Wizards decided to re-brand themselves into what is now Sporting Kansas City. About this time I started blogging more and more and picking up more on social media to include following one group named Live Breathe Futbol who where trying to break into the apparel business by creating unique soccer specific clothing.

Now I'm sure they have had their ups and downs that they most likely didn't publicize or let known to the masses, because that isn't the best of publicity but most likely fought through adversity, but eventually gained more popularity. LBF has gone to a more of a season by season line and changing it up each season. Recently they released their fall/winter line for 2012/13. During this time they were able to relocate from their normal stomping grounds of Philadelphia to Seattle and hooking up with Golazo, who is another product that is more of a soccer specific product, for a few months and while there, in my opinion, gained even more popularity as they were working on all sorts of projects.

More recently they have not only released their newest line in the Rebel collection, which features past generations (40 years) of the game's rebels to include George Best (1960s-1970s) and as recently as Mario Balotelli. LBF have also released the Stay True collection which is exclusively designed by Sporting KCs (and Orlando City loanee) CJ Sapong who has put focus on staying true to your heritage and to the game and although CJ is an American he has deep connections to his heritage of Ghana, which is obviously a big soccer country as well. LBF being Live Breathe Futbol don't just release something without making a party out of it took the opportunity during the MLS Allstar week, being in Kansas City, to have their Stay True collection release with CJ being their.

Now I've been following LBF for quite a while obviously and have had several connections to them but have never been able to actually meet them, granted that isn't that uncommon in the retail world as it's not like I've ever met Sam Walton, but I had to leap at this opportunity to finally meet somebody that I have followed and have enjoyed what they put out, even if I don't have much of their stuff and what better time to purchase more of their items let allow almost local specific stuff, and so I went to the release party to see CJ again as I have talked to him several time but to also finally meet the crew of Live Breathe Futbol.

Now let me just say that every one of these guys are a class act and I am so glad that I got to finally meet them and I am now an even bigger fan of LBF and will be looking to help them out even further and hopefully in the near future. Now I realize that I am just a personal blogger and most of my stuff that I post most likely goes unnoticed/unread but this is fun for me to blog and write personal thoughts and opinions. So if you're reading this then it most likely means you stumbled upon it, or you are a friend who is reading this which is most likely. I am working on other things currently that if I'm lucky will boost my popularity but in a different format. Regardless this was a fun post to write and I really hope to do more post like this in the near future and hopefully on more groups like Live Breathe Futbol. I must also say that some of the stuff that I may have written might be a little off or some of the details not 100% accurate but I did my best and I hope that is ok by LBF as I am putting my thoughts and opinions out there for all to read.

And to top it off LBF released a recap video just before I was getting ready to post this. Check it out

1Aug/13Off

MLS All Stars don’t seem to be much of a match against Serie A AS Roma

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Well I had originally thought that, and judging from last years MLS game against Chelsea, the MLS All-Stars would be able to pull out an exciting victory over Serie A team AS Roma. AS Roma is not an AC Milan, Inter Milan or a team quite like that but they do hold their own over the last couple seasons and after this match appear to be making a push for higher positioning.

As soon as the game started you could tell that AS Roma was on a mission and judging from how the game ended it was kind of suprising to me that it didn't end 5-0 in favor of AS Roma. The Italian team just seemed bigger, faster, stronger and by far more technical then just about anybody on the MLS All Star squad. They were attacking the ball very well and maintaining possession of the ball with ease and scoring pretty early in the 4th minute. MLS was able to eventually settle down and maintain a little bit of possesion and get the ball down towards AS Roma's goal but couldn't ever quite get anything solid going and really pose a threat until later in the game and then were not able to net a goal until stoppage time in the second half but the damage from AS Roma had already been done as they had been able to score three goals to the MLS's lone goal.

All in all it was a fun and exciting game to watch even if it was quite the beat down at the hands of AS Roma, but I almost got the impression that they were not going to play lately and came out looking to do exactly what they did. The last couple of MLS All Star matches have been against Chelsea from the EPL and most people pretty much know how they will do each season but it could be interesting to see how this AS Roma team does in the upcoming season.

28Oct/11Off

Two and Two: Rapids – Crew (Playoffs Edition)

The MLS playoffs are underway and two matches have already been played in what is being called the play-in/Wild Card round. NY Redbulls defeated FC Dallas pretty handedly and now Colorado Rapids will be playing Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the next round on Sunday in Colorado, then they will play again on Wednesday night in Kansas City. Colorado was able to move on with a 1-0 defeat of Columbus Crew who appeared very out of sync and just didn’t seem in the game at all, but at least gave it a couple late game shots to see if they could possibly get an equalizer, but just came up short.

RAPIDS
- Seem to have a plan and stuck to it. Came out started very slow but it appeared by design to focus on maintaining possession of the ball and strikes just befor the half time whistle. They came out in the second half looking to just keep possession and for the most part did just that. Columbus wasn’t able to get much going so Colorado was good with just scoring one goal and moving on.

- Did just enough to win. Obviously they were able to get the victory but Columbus could of very well had this game as Colorado literally did just enough to get the victory. It seemed like after Colorado scored they were happy with just trying to hold onto the 1-0 victory and lucked out despite Columbus’s late attempts to tie it up were able to hold on.

CREW
- Good late drives. It just happened to be a little to late for any sort of a comeback though. Of course those good drives were also desperation attempts, but with the way Colorado played in the second half I think that if Columbus would of scored then the game would of completely changed and it would of then been a game worth watching.

- Just couldn’t seem to get anything fully developed. Besides those few late attempts Columbus just couldn’t seem to get anything going on their end of the ball. Much of the game was completely controlled by Colorado who seemingly knew that Columbus didn’t have anything and just held onto the ball as much as they could with a few shots here and there to keep Columbus from going into full attack mode and possibly getting the late equalizer to possibly send the game into extra time.