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 -

Saturday, March 19, 2016

2016 - NYCFC

2016.03.13 Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Home Opener, 30,315 attendance

NYCFC and Toronto drew 2-2 in a good game that almost got away from NYCFC, when MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco fired a shot in the final minutes of the game that Josh Saunders pounced on to keep the game tied at 2-2.

David Villa earned Man of the Match honors for his 2-goal effort, scoring on a penalty kick in the 24 min and again at 28 mins.
Toronto put on pressure with a goal from Damien Perquis at 45+2. Giovinco netted the game tying goal at 76 mins

We got a break on the tickets, since Mike knows someone who works for NYCFC, however my options were a mobile ticket or to print my own...some days I hate technology... the above generic paper printed ticket was what we used to enter the game..

The bottom ticket is someone's discard..which I will keep with my collection..

For a home opener the event offered nothing more than a good game, good crowd and a great atmosphere. I am not  totally happy watching a match in the spacious Yankee Stadium, but the crowd backing the NYCFC is passionate, which helps... 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

2015 MLS digital cards

Howler magazine and Topps have designed digital trading cards for the 2015 MLS All-Star Game to be played in Denver on July 29.. The series of digital trading card become available on Sunday July 26 on iTunes and Goggle Play. The cards feature the artwork of Meen Choi, Chris Moran and Kyle Stecker...

These cards will also be available in physical form and are being distributed by Howler at the MLS All-Satr Game in Denver...

Topps Kick ASG checklist
Benny Feilhaber
Clint Dempsey
David Villa
Frank Lampard
Matt Besler
Michael Bradley
Omar Gonzalez
Steven Gerrard

updated 2016.07.22

Saturday, July 11, 2015

1999 - Kristine Lilly - Adidas promo card

reverse of the 5x7 card features a grey-tone photo with biographical information. In the lower left hand corner it shows 2 white square with the wording "1999 US Women's World Cup Team, place this card 2nd in the position shown"..

Looks like there might be at least 6 cards issued by Adidas, but I have not seen any others with this design...

Friday, July 10, 2015

1994 Zealot - Collector's Sportslook

Collector's Sportslook was a sport card magazine published by Wizard Entertainment, publishers of Wizard Guide to Comic, ToyFare, and other titles as well as producing Wizard World conventions...

Wizard Guide to Comics usually featured a comic/entertainment related promo card, and they continued the feature with Collector's Sportslook.. Three cards were produced for the magazine featuring Savage Dragon boxing, Spawn playing ice hockey ( a beautiful card) and Zealot playing soccer...

Zealot is a member of the team WildC.A.T.S. created by Jim Lee and Brandon Choi

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

2015 Pele Bobblehead - Cosmos

May 23, 2015 the Cosmos offered a Pele bobble-head during a game against the San Antonio Scorpions at Shuart Stadium...  I have seen a few of these on ebay for under $50.00...