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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.

26Oct/11Off

Man of the Match: DC United – Sporting

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I have chosen Jimmy Nielsen as my Man of the Match for the Sporting KC 1-0 defeat over DC United. Nielsen didn't have to do much in the second half, but had to make more then a whole game, maybe even two, worth of saves in the first half and most of those he really put himself out on the line and could of, and almost did, take a potentially serious injury. Jimmy probably made more saves in the first half of this game then he did the last few games before this one combined. So simply for his performance in the first half I award Jimmy with the Man of the Match.






I know that it has been a little while before getting this post up, but I had a crazy weekend. It all started Thursday night when I was coming home from my youth soccer team practice when I decided to play tag with a deer using my car. I then had a youth rec soccer tournament for my oldest son's team, that they had to play in 2 games Saturday and then 2 games Sunday because they made the championship game, which was a tough 4-1 loss but they played awesome and exactly the way I would expect them to and much to the way that Sporting plays. I was lucky to be able to watch the game, and made sure to get my Two and Two blog post out Sunday evening after that tournament was done. Well Monday came around and I had to get back to work and was kind of busy and had Cub Scouts that night. Tuesday I ended up taking off work early because I had to take my wife to the hospital because she is having some issues so I had to take care of her. So we come to Wednesday where I don't have cable, so no FSC which means no watching most of the MLS playoffs for me unless I go somewhere but I'm taking care of my wife. Luckily she is awesome and supportive of me doing this and I had some other things to do to the website and has thus allowed me to sit down for a few minutes and get my Man of the Match blog post done. I am more grateful that this is my website that I run and control, and recently a few friends have joined to help write other post to hopefully bring more traffic to the site, and allows me to be able to go off and do something like I just did at the end of a simple Man of the Match blog post. Kind of a weird way of doing things but anybody that knows me, knows that I am not normal and I tend to do things way differently then most people.

23Oct/11Off

Two and Two: DC United – Sporting

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- Played a very so-so game. United didn't really seem to have much to play for and seemingly played that way for the most part and was just kind of going through the motions. Not to say that they didn't try, because it would be kind of obvious if they didn't try and all. I think they could of played better, but maybe Sporting is just starting to be that dominate of a team?

- Didn't have a lot to play for, but still tried to bring it. Kind of goes against my previous statement, but DC did seem to come out and at least give it a go in the first half and try to help Dwayne De Rosario's possible MVP status but just feel short. They could of easily been up 3-0 at halftime, but Sporting was able to just hold on and with some amazing saves by Sporting keeper Jimmy Nielsen went into half time 0-0 and just seemed to be defeated already.




SPORTING
- Nielsen had too make too many saves in the first half. Nielsen probably had to make more saves in the first half alone then he has probably had to make in the last three or four games totally combined. Not to say he didn't have some amazing saves, but probably way to many. Guess he can just chalk it up as good practice for the post season.

- Locked it up after scoring. Sporting had a couple missteps early on and let DC have a few too many shots, but once they got on the score board it was all over and my Man of the Match due to his play in the first half of Jimmy Nielsen could of possibly taken a nap in the second half because the defense was on top of everything and I don't think they let a single ball really get by them. Even the couple free kicks that DC had late in the game were lackluster and didn't even get past the wall that Sporting made because the free kicks were close to the penalty box. It was a decent last regular match for Sporting with a great result that put Sporting on top of the Eastern Conference which allows them to not have to play in the Wildcard game and as long as they keep winning they will keep getting to play at home, except for the possibly final which is in LA.