Wednesday, May 25, 2011

2009 - Women's Professional Soccer

Amy Rodriguez
US National Team
Nordic CUp U21 - 2005
Algarve Cup - 2005, 2006
Olympics - Gold Medal - 2008
Boston Breakers

Jennifer Nobis
Danmarks IF (Sweden)
Charlton Athletic (England)
UMEA Sodra FF (Sweden) 2008
Boston Breakers

Sue Weber
Long Island Fury (WPSL) 2006
Long Island Rough Riders (W-League) 2007-08
Boston Breakers

Kristin Luckenbill
US National Team - Olympics 2004
Carolina Courage (WUSA) 2001-03
Jitex BK (Sweden) 2006
Boston Breakers

Nancy Augustyniak Goffi
Atlanta Beat (WUSA) 2001-03
Turbine Pottsdam (Germany) 2003
WFL Wolfsburg (Germany) 2004
Stattena FC (Sweden) 2004
FC Indiana (WPSL) 2005
Boston Breakers

Maggie Tomecka
Boston Renegades (W-League) 2000-02
NJ Wildcats (W-League) 2006
New York AC (W-League) 2007
Connecticut Reds (W-League) 2008
Boston Breakers

Tony DiCicco
US National Team 1973

Coach - US National Team (Womens)
World Cup - 1995, 1999
Olympics - Gold Medal 1996
Goodwill Games - Gold Medal 1998
WUSA Commissioner 2002-03
Boston Breaker

From the pages of Mike's autograph book...these were obtained at the first game Sky Blue played at Yurcak Field, Rutgers University, Piscataway against the Boston Breakers 2009.05.31

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

2009 - Women's Professional Soccer

Collette McCallum
Australian National Team
FIFA World Cup - 2007
Pali Blues (W-League) 2008
Perth Glory (Australia) 2008-09
Sky Blue FC

Brazialian National Team
Olympics 2000, 2004, 2008
FIFA World Cup 2003, 2007
Sky Blue FC

Christine Shaner
FC Indiana (WPSL) 2003-2008
Sky Blue FC

Keeley Dowling
Charlotte Lady Eagles (W-Legaue) 2005
Kif Orebro (Sweden) 2006-07
Sky Blue FC

Sarah Walsh
Australian National Team
Olympics 2004
FIFA World Cup 2007
Pali Blues (W-League) 2008
Sydney FC (Australia) 2008-09
Sky Blue FC

Meghan Schnur
New England Mutiny (WPSL) 2004-07
Sky Blue FC

Jen Buczkowski
Chicago Cobras (W-League) 2004
Chicago Gaels (W-League) 2005-08
Sky Blue FC

Karen Bardsley
English National Team
Algarve Cup 2005
Ajax America (WPSL) 2007
Pali blues (W-League) 2008
Sky Blue FC

From the pages of Mike's autograph book....these autographs were obtained on 2009.04.05 TD Bank Stadium, Somerset - NJ, Sky Blue v Los Angeles Sol inaugural game of the WPS...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

2008 Masters of the Game USA tour

2008.07.01 Masters of the Game USA Summer Tour, Soccer Centers, Somerset, NJ

From the pages of Mike's autograph book...these are the Masters of the Game, an international platform which encourages young people to play soccer in the streets, through organized events and freestyle clinics...
This is all about skill, technique and street credibility. The ultimate goal is not only to win but to show how bad you can embarrass your opponent!

The four members of MOTG put on an incredible show, as pat of a 7-week tour through select cities in the US to promote the street culture of soccer, and bringing this culture to the next level...

The MOTG website has excellent videos of the members in action, demonstrating great foot skills...

Edward van Gils - Netherlands
KFC Winterslag - Belgium 1990-93
AZ Alkmaar - Dutch 1993-1995
Hoornsche Veerhuys - Futsal
League of Legends - 2004 EA Sports - FIFA Street

Benito Tam - Netherlands
HFC Haarlem 1990-94
Driftboys Futsal 1998
Adidas Demo Team 2000
Nike Demo Team 2002
EA Sports FIFA Street 2003

Lenny Netteb - Netherlands
Kvsk United - Belgium 2006-07
FC Eindhoven - Dutch 2007-08
AORC Palestra - Futsal 2005-06
League of Legends - 2003, 2004 EA Sports FIFA Street
Nike commercial 2003

Khalid "Gala" Hamdaoui - Morocco
MVV Maastricht - Dutch 2002-05
FC Dundee - Scotland 2006-07
Turkiyemspor - 2007- 08

Saturday, May 21, 2011

2005 KC Wizards - Jimmy Conrad

2005 Kansas City Wizards celebrating their 10 season featured Jimmy Conrad on their game schedule..

Conrad started his profession career with the San Diego Flash (National Premier Soccer League) before joining the San Jose Earthquakes (1999-2000) Lech Poznari (Poland 2000) San Jose Earthquakes (2001-2002) Kansas City Wizards (2003-2010) Chivas USA (2011- )

While with the Wizards, Conrad playing center back scored 4 goals in his first season. In 2004 he helped the Wizard to the US Open Cup and the MLS Cup Final, leading the league's stingiest defense. Conrad would be named to the league's Best XI and finalist for MLS Defender of the Year, an award he would win in 2005...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Tottenham - Gareth Bale Animation

Although this does not related to American Soccer, I had to share this amazing animation from Richard Swarbrick. It shows Tottenham Hotspurs Gareth Bale scoring a hat-trick against FC Internationale in the Champions League, Oct 2010.

This and Swarbrick's other animated video of the match between Barca and Real are beautiful works of art...Enjoy!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Portland Timbers - Alaska Airlines

2011.05.06 Alaska Air introduced its The Portland Timbers "Timber Jet". The Boeing &37-790 paint theme was part of a contest combining two designs created by Paul Wright, Portland Or and John Bode, San Mateo, Ca.. The aircraft features the Portland Timbers name and logo in the team colors with a rising sun across the forward portion of the fuselage. This is the second aircraft to feature the Portland Timbers logo.

Alaska Airlines is the official airline and jersey sponsor of the Portland Timbers
The first Alaska Airlines plane to feature the Portland Timbers logo was unveiled in December 2010...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2002 - MetroStars Autographs

 Bob Bradley
Princeton University (NCAA 1984-1995)
United States U-23 (1996a, 2006-2007)
DC United (MLS 1996-1997a)
Chicago Fire (MLS 1998-2002)
MetroStars (MLS 2003-2005)
Chivas USA (MLS 2006)
United States National Team (2006-2011)
Egypt National Team (2011- )

Clint Mathis
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS 1998-2000, 2010)
MetroStars (MLS 2000-2003)
Hannover 96 (Bundesliga 2004-2005)
Real Salt lake (MLS 2005, 2008-2009)
Colorado Rapids (MLS 2006)
New York Red Bulls (MLS 2007)
Ergotelis (Greece 2008)

United States National Team (1998-2005)
2002 FIFA World Cup

2002 - signed at the MetroStars practice facility at Kean College, Union, NJ Pingry campus. We had been trying to get Clint Mathis all season, so we went to watch the team practice...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

2006 - FC Barcelona Tour

Barcelona...More Than A Club...Valdes, Marquez, Ronaldinho, Puyol, Iniesta...

postcard distributed outside of Giants Stadium during the Red Bull v Barcelona game...The reverse of the postcard features a photo of Ronaldinho and the advertisement...More than a club. More than a postcard. Take this postcard into Niketown New York or Soccer Sport Supply and redeem it for one Limited Edition FC Barcelona gym sack...

2006.08.12 Giants Stadium....FC Barcelona Tour v Red Bull NY...It was clear from the number of jersey sporting the burgundy and royal blue of Barca, that the sold-out crowd were here to see Ronaldinho work his magic.

For the first 20 minutes, so were the Red Bulls, who were star struck and didn't come to life until the 21st minute..Ronaldinho would score the first goal for Barca on a penalty kick, easily sending his shot past Red Bull keeper Tony Meola. Youri Djorkaeff would score the equalizer for the Red Bull before the half.

In the second half Barca would take a commanding lead on goals from Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Javier Saviola for the 4-1 victory...

Admittedly even though we are Red Bull fans, we too came to see Ronaldinho and he did not disappoint the crowd.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

2004 - ManU v AC milan

2004.07.31 Giants stadium...Manchester United v AC Milan...
Our first opportunity to two international powerhouse teams...Andy Shevchenko deflected a free kick in the 90th minute as AC Milan to tie the game at 1-1. AC Milan went on to defeat ManU, 9-8 in penalty kicks...The final penalty kick was taken by former Metrostar and ManU goalkeeper Tim Howard, whose shot would hit off the let post...

Paul Scholes gave ManU the lead in the 33rd minute. Alessandro Nesta tried to knock down David Bellion's cross into the penalty area, but side-footed the ball into the middle, where Scholes ran onto the ball and blasted the shot past Milan keeper Dida.

The game was exciting, the crowd was unruly before the game even started, a great experience at international soccer in New Jersey...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2010 World Cup - Cap America

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The 2010 World Cup - Captain America, feautres Captain America with the Team USA shield in place of his own round shield. Captain America's first shield was similar to the US Soccer shield but had to be changed due to it's similar appearance to the shield carried by The Shield...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2002 - Metrostars v KC Wizards

2002.05.25 Metrostars v KC Wizards..Lockdown, What it takes to be a forwards worst nightmare...When defending is an art, MLS' elite defenders explain how playing in the back involves a lot more than just being big and strong... Ted Chronopoulos, Pablo Mastroeni, Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos...

Metrostars 1 - KC Wizards 1
KC opened the scoring in the 10th minute when midfielder Chris Klein muscled a low shot past Tim Howard at the left post. The play began with a long pass from defender Nick Garcia that found teammate Preki approximately 25 yards from from the goal on the right flank. Preki eluded Metrostars defender Jeff Moore before hitting the streaking Klein as he cut toward goal...
Working up the center of the field Mamadou Diallo scored in the 41st minute. Holding defender Garcia off with his back, Diallo spun to receive a feed from Tab Ramos. Diallo left-footed the ball past KC keeper Oshoniyi into the right corner of the net from 10 yards out...

2002 - MetroStars Autographs

 Daniel Hernandez
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS 1998-1999)
Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS 1999-2000)
MetroStars (MLS 2000-2002)
New England Revolution (MLS 2002-2003, 2005-2007)
Necaxa (Mexico 2003-2005, 2009)
Puebla (Mexico 2007)
Jaguares de Chiapas (Mexico 2008)
FC Dallas (MLS 2009-2011)

 Diego Serna
Independiente Medellin (Colombia 1996-1997)
Miami Fusion (MLS 1998-2001)
MetroStars (2002)
New England Revolution (MLS 2002-2003)
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS 2003)
Once Caldas (Colombia 2004-2005)
Deportes Quindio (Colombia 2005)
Colorado Rapids (MLS 2005)
Macara (Ecuador 2006)
National Fast Clube (Brazil 2007-2008)

 Tab Ramos
Figueres (Spain 1990-1992)
Real Betis (Spain 1992-1995)
UANL Tigres (Mexico 1995-1996)
MetroStars (MLS 1996-2002)

US National Team (1988-2000)
US National Soccer Hall of Fame 2005

 Mike Petke
MetroStars (MLS 1998-2002)
DC United (MLS 2003-2005)
Colorado Rapids (MLS 2005-2008)
NY Red Bulls (MLS 2008-2010)

US National Team (2001-2003)

 Paul Grafer
Colorado Rapids (MLS 1996-1998)
MetroStars (MLS 2000-2003)

 Joe Addo
VfB Stuttgart (Bundesliga 1993-1996)
Sparta Rotterdam (Eredivise 1996)
FSV Frankfurt (Bundesliga 1997)
Belenenses (Portugal 1997-1998)
Ethnikos Piraeus (Greece 1998)
Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS 1999-2001)
MetroStars (2001)

Ghana National Team (1990-2000)
1992 Olympics Bronze Medal
 Mamadou Diallo "Big Mama"
Sorta FC (1988-1991)
Port Autonome (Senegal 1991-1993)
Kawkab Marrackech (Morocco 1993-1995
St Gallen (Switzerland 1995-1996)
Zeytinburnuspor (Turkey 1996-1997)
Lillestrom (Norway 1997-1999)
MSV Duisburg (Bundesliga 1999)
Valerenga (Norway 1999)
Tampa Bay Mutiny (MLS 2000-2001)
New England Revolution (MLS 2002)
MetroStars (MLS 2002)
Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia 2002)
IFK Goteborg (Sweden 2003)
Pahang (Malaysia 2004_2005)
Djoliba AC (Mali 2006-2007)

Sengal National Team (1994-2000)
Birahim Diop
US Rail (Senegal 1999-2000)
ASC Jeanne d'Arc (Senegal 2000-2001)
MetroStars (MLS 2001-2002)
Deportivo Pereira (Colombia 2003-2005)
CS Tiligul-Tiras Tirspol (Moldovia 2006-2008)
Sporting Kansas City (MLS 2010-2012)

Big event for Mike finally getting to meet and have his photo taken with Tab Ramos. He also had his photo taken with Diallo, who bent over to be in the picture. Diallo's coming to the MetroStars was not warmly received. Daillo had been remembered as having broken MetroStars' goalie Mike Amman's ribs, puncturing his lung and ending his career in an collision in 2000. Many felt the contact between the 2 players was intentional on Diallo's part. Diallo would play well for the Metros scoring 11 goals in 17 games including a 4-goal game against the LA Galaxy, his second game with the Metros...

Monday, May 9, 2011

2002 - MetroStars Autographs

Octavio Zambrano
Los Angeles Lazer (MISL 1982-1983)

Head Coach
East Los Angeles Cobras (USISL 1992-1994)
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS 1997-1999)
MetroStars (MLS 2000-2002)
Tiligul-Tirgas Tiraspol (Moldovia 2006-2008)
Tatbanya (Hungary 2008-2009)
Deportivo Pereira (Colombia 2012 - )

Martin Klinger
MetroStars (MLS 2001-2002)

2002.04.20 Giants Stadium

2002 - MetroStars v Chicago Fire

Brian McBride -Columbus Crew
2002.04.20 Giants Stadium - MetroStars v Chicago Fire

Chicago rookie Kelly Gray one-timed a hard shot past Tim Howard in the 26th minute to give the Fire a 1-0 led, assisted by Chris Armas and Ante Razov...

Chicago midfielder Demarcus Beasley scored the insurance goal in the 80th minute, assisted by Dema Kovalenko, leading the Fire to a 2-0 victory...

For the MetorStars, Clint Mathis played in 100th career MLS game, while Tab Ra,os was ejected in the 34th minute and Steve Jolley saw his team-record consecutive minutes played streak end at 5,238 (58 games) due to a hamstring injury in the 9th minute...