They might not have gotten the naked Hope Solo cover treatment from 2011, but props to Carlos Bocanegra and Abby Wambach for being asked to get filthy (at least in Boca’s case) for the 2012 ESPN Body Issue. Go USMWNT! (US Men’s & Women’s Naked Team, natch.) Continue reading →
It’s a shame that ‘SMNTers Maurice Edu, Carlos Bocanegra and Alejandro Bedoya might not get the chance to wear these jobbies (or anybody above the Scottish third tier for that matter), because to my eye, they’re pretty smooth. Umbro strikes again. [Via kitnerd]
Some behind-the-scenes footage, apparently, of ‘SMNTers Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra at a Pepsi Max photo shoot. Not to get all fanboy on you, but two things I picked up on: one, why are Carlos Bocanegra’s jeans so baggy? and two, Mo Edu is quite photogenic. Either way, a strangely entertaining corpo-marketing vid. [Via KCKRS]
Rangers defender and USA captain Carlos Bocanegra was feted by the Scottish home fans during Rangers’ 2-1 win over Inverness with a Captain America banner bearing his likeness — it’s the wee one in the upper right corner. Boca Boca repaid the honor by scoring a “cute finish” that was “far from straightforward”, according to the Guardian. Then he drove home on his motorcycle, drank some whiskey and spent the rest of the day cursing at his Red Skull bobblehead. (Most excellent banner created by @brandonledrew.)
A hearty congratulations to US captain Carlos Bocanegra for joining the 100 cap club Tuesday in the Yanks 3-2 win over Slovenia. He received a commemorative Slovenia jersey with that nice round three digit number front and center before the match, as seen above.
Cobi Jones, Jeff Agoos, Landon Donovan, Marcelo Balboa, Claudio Reyna, Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda, Kasey Keller, Earnie Stewart, Tony Meola and Joe-Max Moore.
In addition to being a mainstay in the US defense for nearly 10 years, Bocanegra has also been a force going forward. Since 2003, he’s registering 12 goals (mostly with his head on set pieces), which is good enough for a tie for 12th on the all-time US Soccer goals list. The only defender with more is Marcelo Balboa. He scored 13.
Rarely flashy, Bocanegra’s solid contributions over the years have often been overlooked. But as all those numbers indicate, Bocanegra has secured his legacy as one of the best defenders to ever play for his country.
A video retrospective of all his goals and a US Soccer “Bocagrahic” after the jump.
The future of the US men’s national team is the subject of endless debate. Can Jurgen Klinsmann make the US an elite soccer power? Will we ever win a World Cup? The answers to those questions are uncertain, but one thing we can be certain of is that all players will age — and get slower past a certain age. That’s not a knock on the US’s aging back line; it’s just a fact of life. We are all getting older — often fatter, grayer.
Former Denim Kit-er Alexi Lalas tweeted recently, “What I could have looked like as a old man,” with a link to a picture. I clicked through expecting a cautionary tale photo of what the road-weary rock n’ roll life can do to the human body. I was disappointed; it was just a Halloween mask.
My disappointment soon gave way to curiosity. What would Lalas look like as an old man? Heck, what would other American soccer heroes look like. Well, thanks to modern technology, we don’t have to wait for nature to take its course. There’s an app for that (see above).
Here’s a look at what some US internationals, past and present, might look like in the distant future, with a little help from an app called Aging Booth.
This is not Santa Claus. This is FIFA executive committee member and CONCACAF whistleblower Chuck Blazer dressed up for Halloween. Blazer, a Halloween enthusiast for years, took the easy way out this year, utilizing the most obvious costume to accompany his Santa-esqe beard. Judging from his Twitter account though, Blazer hasn’t lost his passion for Halloween, he’s just a little under the weather.
The best of other soccer in the USA Halloween costumes spotted across the world wide web after the click.
Falkirk upset heavily-favored Rangers, 3-2, in the third round of the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday. The match-winner was scored in dramatic fashion in injury time, as evidenced by the audio call above of the BBC’s Peter Martin, who seems to lose control in entertaining fashion. Martin either barks out “Touchdown!” or “Touched in!” just as the ball hits the back of the net. If Martin did use the Americanism, it would’ve been sadly fitting, as US internationals Alejandro Bedoya and Carlos Bocanegra were in Rangers’ starting 11 for the upset loss. Maurice Edu was given the day off as the match came on the heels of Rangers’ triumph over Celtic. [Via]
ESPN UK caught up with Captain Carlos to talk about his ideal epic meal. A little highbrow, a little lowbrow from Mr. Bocanegra here. This California boy has been living in Europe since ’04, but he’s still an All-American dude.
It’s no a secret that EBay is teeming with awesome retro soccer junk. But you might not know the soccer wonders of crafty-vintage online emporium Etsy. Mixed in with the bedazzled soccer mom shirts and soccer ball braclets are some original and classic soccer gems. Here are some personal favs.
It feels like a Super Bowl Sunday for soccer fans, waiting around all day for the big game to start; except, it’s Saturday of course, not Sunday, and there aren’t endless hours of pre-game coverage to watch. Instead, we do have another edition of Behind the Crest to watch. In this Gold Cup final edition, Clint Dempsey hugs it out with the enemy, Landon Donovan reveals he used to be selfish, and more incisive observations for Bob Bradley (the Rose Bowl field is big).
We get even farther behind the crest as the US prepares for their match against Panama in Tampa Saturday night. The last time the Yanks played at Raymond James stadium was March 25, 2007, when they defeated Ecuador 3-1. Landon Donovan struck for an impressive hat trick, notching his first goal just 35 seconds into the match and adding two fantastic goals in the second half
Sure, you follow all the USMNT players on Twitter. But Twitter has all those characters, all those words. If your love for U.S. Soccer goes beyond words, you should turn to Tumblr. There’s no 140 character limit on this microblogging platform, but the words are at a premium and the photos are aplenty. So if you need a U.S. soccer photo fix — and can stomach a few F-bombs — here’s a guide to some Tumblelogs dedicated to U.S. national teamers.