I’ll readily admit I don’t watch much college soccer throughout the course of the regular season, but I do vividly recall watching last year’s NCAA College Cup. In particular, I remember being wowed by UCLA’s second goal in a 2-2 draw (and subsequent penalty shootout loss) to the eventual national champion North Carolina Tar Heels in one of the semifinals.
A dynamic sophomore midfielder named Kelyn Rowe played a one-two at the top of the box with forward Chandler Hoffman before slicing through the UNC defense and deftly chipping the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper. Analyst Taylor Twellman called it “a special goal from a special player.”
Immediately I thought, “That kid’s good.”
One month later I found myself interviewing “that kid” after the Revs drafted him with the third overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Of course, Rowe went on to become a regular in the Revolution’s lineup during his rookie season, notching three goals and a team-leading five assists in 30 appearances. Safe to say he’ll be an integral part of New England’s young core heading into 2013.
Players like Rowe are why you should be watching when the 2012 NCAA College Cup unfolds this weekend in Hoover, Ala. The semifinals kick off on Friday, Dec. 7, with No. 2 Maryland taking on No. 3 Georgetown at 5 p.m. ET, followed by No. 12 Creighton and No. 16 Indiana at 7:30 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised on ESPNU.
Friday’s winners will meet in the National Championship on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. ET, also on ESPNU. What were you going to do on Sunday afternoon? Watch American football? Come on.
Once again the Revs are slated to pick early in the SuperDraft as they currently hold the fourth overall selection in the 2013 edition, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, in Indianapolis, Ind. They also hold three picks in the second round, so there’s a decent chance someone on the field in Alabama this weekend could end up wearing a Revolution jersey come January.
As a side note, I know many of you will be unable to watch Friday’s games live as the Midnight Riders are hosting their second annual FIFA Tournament at The Greatest Bar in Boston. In fact, I’ll be in that same boat. That’s why they invented DVR.
I’ll leave you with a clip of Rowe’s goal from last year’s NCAA College Cup …
So, who do we want to lose more? The team who beat us twice in previous MLS Cup Finals or the team who...um...oh yeah, nevermind. Since they both can't lose no matter how hard we wish, I guess if I had to pick one I'd take Houston, simply to see Steve Ralston earn a ring. In any case, I'll be watching (ESPN, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1). Will you?
Get an inside look at Revolution defender A.J. Soares.
Revolution supporters and staff alike are thrilled that Andy Dorman has re-signed with the team after a four-year absence, and we're just as thrilled to have Andy calling in to this week's podcast. Jeff Lemieux had plenty of questions for Andy, and we asked some of your Twitter submitted questions as well.
No, these guys are not contestants in a Tom Selleck look-a-like contest, they are the Revolution front office participants in Movember, to raise awareness for men's cancer research. There are still four days left in this great month of facial hair growth, and the guys could use some more donations. If you would like to donate or just want to learn more, please visit their page here.
When Brad Feldman declared that Lee Nguyen's goal on May 12 against this former team was "goal of the year stuff," he wasn't just putting on a show. Lee's goal is a finalist for the AT&T MLS Goal of the Year, and Lee needs your votes!
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Which goals stood above the rest in 2012? Vote now for your favorites!
There aren't many sweeter moments in soccer than a well-hit golazo!
Just like last year, the AT&T Goal of the Year competition will be decided from a field of 64 goals. After three rounds of voting lasting nearly a month, the field has been whittled down to four finalists, whose names you can find below. The top vote-getter in the final round will be the AT&T Goal of the Year winner!
In addition to online voting, you can also vote for your favorite goals in the final round via text message. To do so, text the keyword 'GOTY' to 22442. You will receive a text message with a URL to the group video and the directions to text your vote (e.g., G1, G2, G3, G4).
- Please vote for only one goal.
- Voting for the final round open until 11:59 pm PT, Tuesday, November 27.
- The 2012 AT&T Goal of the Year winner will be announced on Thursday, November 29.
WATCH: Final Group
Just in time for Thanksgiving - Matt Reis and his wife Nicole join Liz Bramwell on The Cooking Show at the Rustic Kitchen.
NOTE: Xfinity subscribers can watch this OnDemand, under Get Local/Entertainment/For Foodies.
When the youth schedule was first released earlier this year, the young Revs had no idea that their trip to Brooklyn, N.Y., would be just weeks after a devastating storm. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the east coast at the end of October, with New York and New Jersey especially suffering significant damage.
I could write a witty little blurb about today's podcast in this space, but I think I'll just let the audio speak for itself today. Have a good weekend and Thanksgiving Holiday, everyone!
This morning's U.S. MNT friendly against Russia had quite the finish, as Mix Diskerud scored the equalizer for the U.S. deep into stoppage time, earning the U.S. a 2-2 draw. Michael Bradley scored the other U.S. goal with a spectacular volley from just outside the box in the 76th minute. Check out the goals and a few notes on today's match below.
- The goal was Diskerud's first in his Men's National Team career.
- It was Diskerud's third appearance for the USA
- This was Bradley's second goal of 2012. His first (a volley against Scotland) was equally spectacular
- It was Bradley's 11th-career goal for the U.S. MNT
- Juan Agudelo had the assist, his third for the U.S. Men's National Team