Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 - MLS - Post Cereals


The back of the cereal box features 4 Major League Soccer players, with four panels available or 16 player cards. the backs of the cards are blank and harken back to the 1950's when Post Cereals featured the best in Major League baseball on trading cards on the back of their cereals.
Kids, ask a grown up to help you cut the cards out of the box!

The other boxes feature: 
Michael Bradley, Diego Valeri, Yangel Herrera, Hector Villalba
Giovani Dos Santos, Wil Trapp, Sebastian Giovinco, Josef Martinez
Alberto Elis, Julian Gressel, Tyler Adams, David Villa

From a news release:
Lakeville, Mn - May 2018 MLS fans and grocery store shoppers alike will be able to get into the game in a big way from coast-to-coast this summer.
Starting in June, limited edition MLS cereal boxes can be found at grocery stores nationwide, featuring collectible Topps MLS player trading card cut-outs

2018 - the best lineup in breakfast cereal has joined forces with America's premier-level soccer league. Together, we've forged a partnership for the sake of bringing awareness to a movement that continues to grow across our nation. Post Consumer Brands and Major League Soccer are committed to introducing and supporting the world's game to kids and parents nationally, while giving those athletes and fans the kind of breakfast that starts the day on the right foot.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

2018 World Cup - NYCFC Viewing Party

Starting June 30, a custom-built soccer pitch has been set up by the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) outside of Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York City. Live broadcasts from Telemundo Deportes will be running from June 30 through July 15

Festivities include viewing parties, tournaments, clinics by NYCFC as well as pick-up games. Some of the NYCFC players will be on hand to greet fans.

A vintage soccer jersey collection will be exhibited, produced in partnership with Classic Football Shirts

Friday, June 29, 2018

Wayne Rooney Joins DC United

June 28 - DC United reached an agreement with Wayne Rooney on permanent transfer. Rooney will play is inaugural DC United match on July 14 against the Vancouver Whitecaps, at Audi Field

Rooney previously played for Everton FC, Manchester United an the England National Team

Saturday, May 19, 2018

David Villa Day - May 19, 2018

The NYC Mayor's Office has announced May 19, 2018 as David Villa Day in New York!
Villa joined an exclusive club becoming the latest striker to score his 400th career goal for club and country.

The first 10,000 fans to arrive at Yankee Stadium will receive a Captain's armband

New York City FC Captain David Villa scored his 400th career goal on Saturday April 28, 2018 against FC Dallas in the 36th minute.

This was Villa's 68th goal in City colors, having scored for six other clubs across the globe, as well as the Spanish National Team.

Villa followed up goal 400 with 401 after half-time to give City a 3-1 win.

Goals by team:
Valencia FC - 129
New York FC - 69
Spanish National - 59
FC Barcelona - 48
Sporting Gijon - 41
Real Zaragoza - 38
Atletico Madrid - 15
Melbourne City - 2

Friday, April 27, 2018

Philadelphia Union - Local Youth Club Jersey and Patch Trade

The Philadelphia Union are collecting old youth soccer jerseys for a future Youth Soccer Night tiff project! Bring your old jersey to the Plaza while at the game on Saturday, April 28 between 1:30 and 3:30pm and we'll trade you a Union branded "Our Fortress" collectors patch!

To be featured in this banner before the game, you can bring your old jerseys to the Toyota Plaza ticketing table and drop them off before any Union home game or send your club's jersey to us at 2501 Seaport Drive, BH 100 Chester Pa 19013

email sent out April 26, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

Atlanta United FC - 2018

Atlanta United FC began play in the MLS in 2017, playing their matches at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team finished in 4th place with a record of 15W-10D-9L in the Eastern Conference. They would be beaten by the Columbus Crew in the first round of the playoffs.

Michael Parkhurst was traded the Atlanta United FC by the Columbus Crew for general allocation money. Hew was named team captain. Previously played for New England Revolution (2005-2008) Nordsjaelland (2008-2012) FC Augsburg (2013-2014) Columbus Crew (2014-2016)
US National Team (2007-2014)

I had written to the team near the end of the first season, and this was received at the start of the 2018 season. 8 x 10" photo and a printed signature on 8.5 x 11" paper.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

2018 USMNT World Cup

2018 US World Cup logo as envisioned by the creators of Howler Magazine.
They offered this patch to anyone who subscribes to the magazine, so they could place this patch on any jersey to create their own nonexistent US Men's World Cup jersey.

The US Men's National Team lost to Trinidad and Tobago, 2-1 in the elimination round that knocked them out of the World Cup. The nUS had their chances, especially in the final minutes, when a Clint Dempsey shot hit the woodwork. A goal that would have tied the game and sent the US to the competition. But it did not happen. A result that is embarrassing to any fan of the USMNT, as the team has shown little improvement over the years.

At least we can still poke a little fun at ourselves...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 - MLS

March 12, 2017 Minneapolis, Mn
Inaugural commemorative

The 2017 MLS season opened with 2 new teams: Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United FC. Atlanta opened their inaugural season at home, Bobby Dodd Stadium, on March 5 against the Red Bulls. Atlanta would lose the game 2-1.

Minnesota opened their season with a 5-1 loss to the Portland Timber in Portland's Providence Park. Minnesota would have their inaugural home game at TFC Stadium, Minneapolis against Atlanta United with a 6-1 loss.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Johann Cruyff

"Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring"

Johan Cruyff (1947-2016), made a name for himself as one of the most respected footballers in the world, with his concept of Total Football, in which any player can take over the role of any other player, thereby leaving no vacant openings on the field of play. The Netherlands National team demonstrated this concept during the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

Cruyff played in the Eredivise for Ajax (1964-1973) and Feyenoord (1983-1984). He played in La Liga for FC Barcelona (1973-1978) and played in the North American Soccer League for the Los Angeles Aztecs (1979) and the Washington Diplomats (1980-1981).

Cruyff played for the Netherlands National team from 1966-1977.

During his career he won 8 Eredivisie titles, 3 European titles, 1 International Cup, 1 La Liga title.
He was named European Footballer of the Year 1973. He was voted European Player of the Century in 1999 and placed 2nd behind Pele in the World Player of the Century poll..  In 2004 he was named to the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

His managerial career included stints at Ajax, FC Barcelona and Catalonia.

I obtain the above sketch of Cruyff from comic book artist and Geordie, Mike McKone. instead of his providing a sketch of Batman, which we determined was not original, we moved our discussion to football, his native Newcastle United and the challenge for himself to step outside of the traditional comic book sketch.  Thanks Mike, very much appreciated!!!
2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Thursday, August 4, 2016

2016 - Kellogg's Corn Flakes - Julie Johnston

A regular promotion of the Olympics are cereal boxes with the athletes attending the games. This year Kellogg's features 5 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls: Julie Johnston (soccer), Simone Biles (gymnastics), Tom Shields (swimming), Natalie Bieule (Discus) and Ajee' Wilson (track)

Julie Johnston appears on the Special Edition Corn Flakes and Special K with Red Berries boxes..
Image from Business Insider.. Johnston and the other Olympic hopefuls along with retired Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres showcased their skills and promoted the Kellogg's Olympic promotion in Union Square, New York City (April 2016) 

Johnston plays for the Chicago Red Stars NWSL and has been on the US National Team since 2013, appearing in the 2104 International Tournament of Brasilia, 2015 Algarve Cup, 2015 FIFA World Cup...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

2016 MLS - Topps Now

At the start of the 2016 baseball season, Topps produced it's Now series, which featured a card produced for an event that happened that day. Each card was priced at $9.99 and would only be available for purchase until the next afternoon.  Each card would have a print run that was dictated by the number of cards purchased.

Topps followed this series with cards for the AMC television series Preacher.

NOW! Topps has produced it's first MLS Now card celebrating Fabian Castillo for his goal scored on July 16, with a print run of 132 cards.  additional cards followed for Diego Valeri (#2 - 88 cards printed), Jack Harrison (#3 - 100 cards printed), MLS All-Star game (#4 - 90 cards, #5 - 81 cards, #6 - 84 cards)

MLS Topps Now

Saturday, May 14, 2016

2015 New York Cosmos bobbleheads

Besides the Pele bobblehead offered by the New York Cosmos during the 2015 season, they also honored several other players:
Sept 12, 2015 - Giorgio Chinaglia

Marcos Senna


Danny Szetela

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 - Cosmos Star Wars Night

2016.04 Match Poster - From Tatooine to Hoth, everyone in galaxies near and far is talking about this Sunday's Star Wars Night matchup with Jacksonville Armada FC at Shuart Stadium..

I wish it wasn't such in pain to get to Hofstra from New jersey, or I would be at every Cosmos game...

Poster by Paul Simundich (Twitter: @paulsimundich | Instagram: @dontweaken).

Saturday, April 2, 2016

2016 Philadelphia Union - April Fool

email announcement:
Join us July 9th when we don the colors of the Union and #StandForBlue as we defend our home versus visiting D.C. United. The Union partnered with Adidas to bring a piece of history to the pitch with these special edition kits that will be worn for one match only to celebrate our country in the nations first capitol.

Click Here for more information!
revealed the following message:

Monday, March 21, 2016

1999 - Fantastic Four - Mia Hamm

From the pages of Marvel Comics - Fantastic Four vol3 #24 December 1999
Valeria Richards (the younger sister of Franklin who traveled through time and is now older than her older brother and Franklin - comicbook logic) and Franklin relaxing by playing soccer.
I like the text "I learned these moves from Mia Hamm herself....before she coached the Gold-Medal winning U.S. Olympic Soccer Team!
- written by Chris Claremont art by Salvador Larroca -