7 Fun Facts About the St Vincent and the Grenadines Soccer Team

The U.S. Men's National Team starts its World Cup Qualifying run vs St Vincent and the Grenadines tonight. Who the heck is the the St Vincent and the Grenadines soccer team? Well, here are some fun facts. 1) The island is here. 2) The country has 109,373 people. That is approximately 321,905,480 less people than there are in the U.S. For pers…

How Bad Will the 2022 Qatar World Cup Team Be?

The 2022 World Cup has been a controversial subject for a few years now, and will only become more so as more people call upon FIFA to change the location from Qatar. But here's a sub-topic that came up in discussion last night, and I haven't seen too much on it yet. As host country, Qatar gets an automatic bid to the tournament, the same way Br…

Soccer Supporters Groups Could Affect The 2022 World Cup – If They Cared Enough

Sports fans across the globe generally share a single problem - they really can't affect any change in the leagues or even their teams. ¬†Seattle Mariners fans may universally despise management for 10 straight years without making the playoffs, but they don't have a way to remove the CEO. Some people may hate the way Roger Goodell runs his footbal…

Willkommen Jurgen Klinsmann

At last count, there have been roughly 32,342 signings in the NFL in the last 3 days. ¬†However, in the soccer community, there was just one signing - and it was bigger than all of those combined. Why the magnitude? While these NFL signings are all designed to make a team better this year, and maybe next year, the USA just put pen to paper on a …

U.S. and England Lose World Cup Bids – What Went Wrong?

Ok, I've had 24 hours to be mad about about this.  It's easy to say, "The vote was rigged.  Qatar and Russia bought the Cups."  And while that's probably true, I don't think you can just end the conversation there. For one thing, we're a country in which college alumni will pay $200k to have a 20 year old quarterback come play for th…

World Cup Announcement Tomorrow

If you are downtown tomorrow morning at 6:30am, I suggest you swing by FX McCrory's.  There, Mick will be serving breakfast and hosting a live viewing of the selection of the host countries of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.  RSVP here.  This should be exciting and slightly nerve-wracking for everyone hoping the U.S. is chosen for 2022…

And Now Back to Marketing Stuff…World Cup Ratings Soar

Well the U.S. World Cup team is out.  Sad day last Saturday.   But thankfully, a combination of high drama, strong ESPN/ABC coverage and a Saturday afternoon match provides a nice segue from soccer stories back into the world of marketing. According to TVBytheNumbers.com: The 2010 NBA Playoffs averaged a 3.6 U.S. rating and 5.7 million vi…

World Cup Review, Round 2

32 games in.  Everyone has 2 matches under their belt.  A few teams are already thru, a few teams are already out.  So let's look at how each region has done. 1) Europe The proud home of former World Cup Champions such as Italy, Germany, France and England.  Plus Spain, Portugal, and others.  The group with the most teams a…

World Cup Review, Round 1

So according to the stats form my web host, the more I talk about soccer, the fewer readers I have.  So, I guess every 4 years I'll just have to deal with a dip in traffic. For those folks who aren't International soccer buffs, here's a quick overview of what has transpired over the first 5 days of the World Cup, and what it means.  (Reme…

Guest Post – UK Reaction to the 1-1 Draw

Here's reaction to the USA v England World Cup Match, from London, thanks to Lisa Miguez. Two things happened last Friday that many Londoners did not expect. First, the Global Naked Bike Ride came to town, weaving in all its naked glory by Trafalgar Square and Big Ben. The tourists were a happy lot Second, England tied with the USA. The locals were…