Thursday, July 28, 2011

2011 MLS All-Star Game

2011 MLS All-star v Manchester United game program
Mehdi Ballouchy - signed card provided by Dick's Sporting Goods...the photo measures 5x7 without the $10. coupon...
Tony Meola - signed 8.5 x 11 photo..the back of the photo features Meola's stats...
Carl Robinson signed All-Star autograph card...This type of card was available for all of the players, some had the players name in place of the word autograph...

2011 MLS All-Star Game

Dane Richards - NY Red Bull, Jamaican National Team

Bouna Coundoul - NY Red Bull, Colorado Rapids, Senegal National Team

Sebastien Le Toux - Philadelphia Union, Lorient, Seattle Sounders

Mehdi Ballouchy - NY Red Bull, Colorado Rapids, Real Salt lake

Carlos Mendes - NY Red Bull

Luke Rodgers - NY Red Bull

Tony Meola - US National Team, MetroStars, Kansas City Wizards, NY Red Bull, NJ Ironmen

Carl Robinson - NY Red Bull, Toronto FC, Wolverhampton Wolves, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Norwich City, Welsh National Team
Lauren Cheney - US National Team
2008 Summer Olympics
2011 FIFA World Cup
Pali Blies - 2009 (W-League)
Boston Breakers - 2010- (WPS)

Ali Krieger - US National Team
2008 Four Nations Cup
2011 FIFA World Cup
Northern Virginia Majestics - 2005 (W-League)
Washington Freedom - 2006-2007 (W-League)
1.FFC Frankfurt - 2007-2011 (Frauen-Bundesliga)
Washington Freedom 2009 (WUSA)

From the pages of Mike's 3rd collection of soccer autographs...all obtained during the 2011 MLS All-Star Fan Fest, Red Bull Stadium, Harrison, NJ 2011.07.27...
All of the MLS players were sponsored by one of the vendors present, Krieger and Cheney were at the game, interviewed by ESPN before the game and brought onto the field during half-time to a round of applause for their efforts in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. We ran into them after their interview in the arena...
Alexi Lalas was also at one of the vendor booths, but since he is not on our list of favorite people after his stint as GM of the MetroStars...
Even though we had previously obtained the autographs of Meola, Richards, Mendes and Robinson, they were added to start off the 3rd book and to stay within the atmosphere of the fan fest....
All of the vendor booths were staffed with great people, the lines were short and the players were very pleasant...

2011 MLS All-Star Game

Volkswagen - The biggest foosball table I have ever seen!

The MLS All-Star game fan fest held outside of Red Bull Arena offered plenty to do, including games of soccer tennis, shooting on targets, being a goalkeeper, X-box games and other activities. The one that Mike enjoyed the most was where I sat in a chair with a water balloon over my head. He gets to kick a soccer ball at a target which would break the balloon and release the water onto my head. Mike hit it on the first shot. The cool water actually felt good as it ran down my back. On my turn I missed all three shots, getting close once.

Pepsi had a street band with street jugglers, Continental tires raffled a signed soccer ball, Allstate gave away jerseys. Several vendors gave away t-shirts, towels, lanyards and photos. I was amazed how many offered a photos - some turned into trading cards, one with the MLS Cup, all with their company logo and the All-Star game logo...


Bouna Coundoul - Red Bull (Colorado Rapids, Senegal National Team)

Sebastien le Toux - Philadelphia Union, Lorient, Seattle Sounders

Carols Mendes - Red Bull

Tony Meola - US National Team, MetroStars, Kansas City Wizards, NY Red Bull, NJ Ironmen

Luke Rodgers - Red Bulls, Notts County, Yeovil Towne

Mehdi Ballouchy - Red Bull, Colorado Rapid, Real Salt Lake

Carl Robinson - Red Bull, Toronto FC, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wonderers, Sunderland AFC, Portsmouth FC, Welsh National Team

Dane Richards - Red Bull, Jamaica National Team

2011 MLS All-Star Game

2011.07.27 MLS All-Stars v Manchester United, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

Wayne Rooney and the Man U team warm-up before the game
Red Bull Air Force makes a dramatic entrance...We witnessed this once before at Giants Stadium when Red Bull took over the Mike said "this does not get old", two parachutists coming onto the field, all the while watching on video from the helicopter and from the stadium perspectives...
The starting line-ups as the MLS All-Stars get ready to meet Manchester United...For the second year in a row Man U got the better of the MLS All-Stars with a 4-0 win at Red Bull Arena, on goals from Anderson, Dimitar Berbatov, Danny Welbeck and Ji-Sung Park. Park was also named MVP of the match...

In the first half the MLS squad played Man U well but could not capitalize on their chances. However Man U would not be stopped, playing a very skilled game, constantly on the attack. We sat near a section of Man U supporters, who did their best to turn the crowd into Man U supporters...

David Beckham served as team captain for the MLS and played all 90 minutes, playing a good game, as Coach Backe used Beckham as a free-roaming midfielder. Red Bull rookie Juan Agudelo came in late in the game receiving a tremendous cheer from the sold-out crowd of 26,760...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Del Piero at Yankee Stadium

photo: Corriere della sport -
Prior to last night's game at Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees meet the Seattle Mariners, Juventus' Alessandro Del Piero met with Yankee captain Derek Jeter. The two players exchanged jerseys by the Yankees Wall of Fame...
Tonight Del Piero moves across town to the Mets' Citi Field as Juventus meets Club america in the World Football Challenge

Friday, July 22, 2011

2011 - DC United v NE Revolution

2011.07.20...Charlie Davies and Chris Pontius greeting the fans..Defend RFK!
Entering RFK Stadium...met a few nice fans prior to the game walking into the stadium and at their pre-game tailgate area, JK Moving Services (kindly let us borrow some shade from his tent)...
Completing warm-ups (temp was 90+) Charlie Davies, Austin de Luz, Kurt Morsink...

Dwayne De Rosario, Josh Wolff, Ethan White, Fred
Hall of Tradition banners...
Revs Matt Reis warming up...

RFK Stadium (Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium in Washington, DC...Opened in 1961, as the District of Columbia Stadium it has been the home of several professional teams...

Soccer - Washington Whips (1967-1968), Washington Darts (1971), Washington Diplomats (1974-1981, 1991), Team America (1983), DC United (1996-present), Washington Freedom (2001-2003; 2009-2011)...
FIFA World Cup 1994

Baseball - Washington Senators (1962-1971), Washington Nationals (2005-2007)

Football - Washington Redskins (1961-1996), Washington Federals (1983-1984)

2011 US Navy

2011.07.20...Jessica Grupp, captain #8, Taylor Batye #13, Anatasia Abid #7, were at the DC United - NE Revolution game to promote the upcoming US Navy Women's soccer season

2011 Navy - Women's soccer schedule...Amanda Serfass

2011 - DC United v NE Revolution

2011.07.20 DC United v NE Revolution RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

We had always spoken of going to DC (4hr drive) to see a United game, but never really had the opportunity. When a change in plans for the travel soccer team left us with planned vacation time with nowhere to go, we booked some days in DC. Luck was on our side as DC was playing a Wednesday night game against the Revolution.

DC features Chris Pontius and Charlie Davies (great to see him back in the game) on most of their promotions around the stadium. We also had the chance to see Dwayne DeRosario, who the Red Bull let go back in June, after picking him up in April!!! On the pro-DC webpage The Viper's Nest the cited they the trade was very-one sided in favor of DC, and that the Red Bull and United are hated-rivals. We wish DeRo luck with DC and a continued great season...

A second half goal from Revolutions Stephen McCarty and the great play of Rev keeper Matt Reis was all the Revolution needed to defeat the DC United 1-0. After the strong first half in which the United constantly tested Reis, the goal from McCarty shocked the crowd and the United. DC continued to play a strong game, but could not put the ball past Reis...

Fred, Brazilian midfielder, played in his final game with DC, moving on to the Australian Melbourne Heart. Fred entered the game as a substitute in the 63rd minute. His final game with DC was scheduled to be the game before, but stayed for one last chance to play in RFK stadium before the home crowd. Best of luck in Australia!

Josh Wolff on the cover of the DC game program...Having spent time with Wolff on various US national teams over the years, Coach Ben Olsen knew that he was getting someone who could contribute on and off the field...Wolf celebrated his first DC goal by leaping into the crowd...
Charlie Davies - DC United pocket schedule...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

2011 Women's World Cup

Congratulations to Japan on your victory! A well played game by both teams, a pleasure to watch!

US scored the first goal when Alex Morgan scored in the 69th minute, only to have Japan's Miyama tie the game in the 81st minute.

Going into overtime it looked like Wambaugh would again pull out a victory. Only a perfect cross from Morgan, Wambaugh headed the ball past the keeper at the 104th minute.
Sawa was able to capitalize on a miscue in the US defense to again tie the game in the 117th minute.

Going to penalty kicks, the US ran out of luck, and the determination of the Japanese team helped them rise above the world to take the 2011 Cup.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tim Howard

After seeing the Tim Howard Allstate commercial, during the US-Brazil semi-final game, we had to see what Tim would look like with long blonde hair (classic Farah)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

MLS - International Competitions

It's summer time in the states and the European teams are coming over again to warm-up for the upcoming seasons and compete in a few friendlies and tournaments.

July 12 - San Jose Earthquakes (2) v West Bromwich Albion (1)
July 13 - New England Revolution (1) v Manchester United (4) *
July 14 - FC Tampa - NASL (1) v Bolton Wanderers (0)
July 16 - Club America (0) v Manchester City (2) *
July 16 - LA Galaxy (1) v Real Madrid (4) *
July 18 - Vancouver Whitecaps (1) v Manchester City (2) *
July 20 - CD Guadalajara (0) v Real Madrid (3) *
July 20 - Houston Dynamo (0) v Bolton Wanderers (2)
July 20 - Portland Timbers (2) v West Bromwich Albion (3)
July 20 - Philadelphia Union (1) v Everton (0)
July 20 - Sporting KC (0) v Newcastle United (0)
July 20 - Seattle Sounders (0) v Manchester United (7)
July 23 - DC United (1) v Everton (3)
July 23 - Chicago Fire (1) v Manchester United (3) *
July 23 - Philadelphia Union (1) v Real Madrid (2) *
July 24 - LA Galaxy (1) v Manchester City (1) -PKs *
July 26 - Columbus Crew (0) v Newcastle (3)
(Kevin enjoy the game!)
July 26 - Juventus FC (1) v Club America (0) *
July 27 - MLS All-stars (0) v Manchester United (4)
July 28 - Juventus FC (1) v CD Guadalajara (0) *
July 30 -FC Barcelona (1) v Manchester United (2) *
Aug 3 - FC Barcelona (1) v CD Guadalajara (4) *
Aug 6 - FC Barcelona (2) v Club America (0) *

Real Madrid wins the World Football Challenge over Manchester United on goal differential (+1), both teams were undefeated with 17 points..Christian Rinaldo was the top goal scorer with 4 goals

In an interview with, Wayne Rooney commented on the current state of US professional soccer, "I think the league is definitely on the rise and I'm sure in the next 5, 10 years, it'll be one of the major leagues in football.
American players who played in the Premier League have done very well. When you look at the MLS, they work hard. They're physical. They've got quality."

Manchester United plays three games this summer in the US to help them get ready for the upcoming Premiership season.

* World Football Challenge - is an exhibition international club football competition featuring clubs from Europe and North America. This is the first WFC that MLS teams have participated in. The WFC's inaugural competition took place in 2009, featured AC Milan, Inter Milan, Chelsea FC and Club America, playing a round-robin format tournament in the United States. In 2010 the competition was not held due to the 2010 World Cup...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

2001 - DC United Schedule

DC United's long time star player Jaime Moreno was featured on the 2001 pocket schedule.
Moreno began his soccer career in his native Bolivia before moving to the Columbian league's Indpendiente Santa Fe, in 1994. He then became the first Bolivian to play in the English Premiership playing for Middlesborough FC, 1994-1996.

Signing with the MLS in 1996, Moreno was allocated to DC United, where he would play from 1996-2002, 2004-2010, with a short stay with the MetroStars 2003.

MOreno scored 109 goals in his MLS career and is the first MLS player to reach the 100 goal and 100 assist mark...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

2005 - Metrostars

Michael Ueltschey
Spent 1 season each with the MetorStars 2005, Columbus Crew and Colorado Rapid, did not play any games in the MLS
Jason Hernandez - Youri Djorkaeff
Hernandez played 3 games for the MetroStars in 2005 before moving on to Chivas USA and SJ Earthquakes

2005 MetroStars fan club stickers...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mia Hamm - 2002 Twizzlers

Mia Hamm card #1

Mia Hamm card #2

After producing a couple of baseball card premiums, Twizzlers (Hershey Candy Co) produced a set that included 2 cards of each athlete from a variety of sports, they included Mia Hamm - soccer; Nomar Garciaparra - baseball; Alonzo Mourning - basketball; Ken Harvick - auto racing; Donovan McNabb - football..