Saudi Arabia to build 135,000 seat stadium in Iraq

The king of Saudi Arabia is paying to have a 135,000 seat stadium built in Iraq as a result of a 4-1 friendly soccer match between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that saw Iraq as the winner. The game was an upset. Saudi Arabia qualified for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Iraq, like the United States, did not qualify for the World Cup.

The stadium once built will be the largest in the world.

What are they going to do with the stadium once it’s built? The largest soccer stadium currently in Iraq seats a 65,000.

Megan Rapinoe is a sexist, ageist bigot

American soccer player Megan Rapinoe criticized FIFA for including Florida State striker Deyna Castellanos in the group of three candidates for the Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2017 award. Rapinoe never heard of Castellanos before and because of that fact, didn’t deserve to be a finalist.

From ESPN:

Rapinoe, a forward for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Seattle Reign, accused football’s governing body of belittling the women’s game, calling FIFA “old, male and stale.”

How did naming a player Rapinoe had never heard of before belittle the woman’s game? Castellanos reportedly did well at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup last year and because of that, garnered a lot of attention.

Not from Rapinoe. Supposedly she had never heard of Castellanos.

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Deyna Castellanos (@deynac18).

Why is it okay for Rapinoe to use the terms “old” and “male” as a pejorative?

Take it from me, people don’t choose to be old. It happens naturally as they traverse this thing we call life. Time travels in only one direction and everyone, even Rapinioe, gets older every minute.

Speaking of things people don’t choose, people don’t choose their biological sex. Being male or female is not a choice, it’s how you were born. I’m male, but I never chose to be one. It’s who I am. Condemning someone because of their biological sex is sexist and bigoted.

Jealous much?

I think Megan Rapinoe is a bigot, and in regards to Deyna Castellanos, more than a little jealous.

Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem while representing U.S.

Soccer player Megan Rapinoe is funny. At the beginning of last night’s game between the United States and Thailand, she refused to stand for the national anthem with her teammates. Instead, she took a knee to protest against all the injustice and inequality our country represents. Or something.

It wasn’t the first time Megan Rapinoe’s pulled this stunt and disrespected our country. She took a knee earlier this month between the Chicago Red Stars and her Seattle Reign. What makes last night’s stunt noteworthy is that she did it while wearing the U.S. Woman’s National Team uniform. She refused to stand and honor a country while representing that same country.

If that seems hypocritical, that’s because it is.

U.S. Soccer released the following statement on ESPN2:

Representing your country is a privilege and honor for any player or coach that is associated with U.S. Soccer’s National Teams. Therefore, our national anthem has particular significance for U.S. Soccer. In front of national and often global audiences, the playing of our national anthem is an opportunity for our Men’s and Women’s National Team players and coaches to reflect upon the liberties and freedom we all appreciate in this country. As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the National Anthem is played.

I expect U.S. Soccer to suspend Megan Rapinoe. They suspended Hope Solo six months for referring to the Sweden national team as “a bunch of cowards” after a 4-3 loss at the Rio Olympics. U.S. Soccer doesn’t mess around.

How dare the guys at Dropbox try to use a soccer field they reserved

Employees from Dropbox, a San Fransisco-based company that provides a popular file hosting service, reserved a soccer field in a local city park. They paid $27 for an hour of soccer time.

When they showed up to play real football during their allotted time, they found the field already in use by neighborhood youths in a pick-up soccer game. The guys from Dropbox tried to get the pick-up players to leave the field.

One of the youths videoed part of the exchange with the Dropbox guys:


My favorite part of the video is when one of the men refusing to leave the field asks one of the Dropbox guys, in broken English, to see his papers.

How ironic.

The problem is that the neighborhood youths didn’t recognize the concept of reserving the field, even though there’s a sign posted at the park that clearly states permit holders have priority over non-permit holders:

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The guys from Dropbox are being crucified online. They’ve been portrayed as entitled, gentrifying douchebags. I don’t understand how they’re the bad guys. The people refusing to leave the field are the ones who acted entitled. They believed they had a right to something even though they hadn’t paid anything for it, while the people who paid for it, were being denied access.

Like it or not, we live in the world where things cost money. If I were Conor, the guy who paid the city of San Fransisco $27 for the permit, I’d be calling my credit card company and filing a chargeback. A link to the video is all the documentation I’d need.

Landon Donovan needs to shut up

Landon Donovan spoke after the LA Galaxy’s training session Wednesday morning, a day after the heartbreaking loss at the World Cup to Belgium in overtime, and took some shots at coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Here is some of what he had to say:

I think we’re all disappointed in what happened yesterday. I think the most disappointing is we didn’t seem like we gave it a real effort, from a tactical standpoint. I thought the guys did everything they could, they did everything that was asked of them, but I don’t think we were set up to succeed yesterday, and that was tough to watch.

Not set up to succeed? It’s not like they lost 6-0. They lost 2-1 in overtime. It took 121 minutes for Belgium to beat them.

He went on to say:

It’s a results-oriented business, and so, results-wise, you can hold your head high. If you really look at the performances, there were some good performances by guys, some not-so-good performances by guys. As a whole, I think tactically, the team was not set up to succeed.

I wonder if the players for Belgium agree that the United States was not set up to succeed. If Chris Wondolowski had made an open, point-blank shot in front of the net at the end of regulation, the United States would have won. I’m in no way trying to suggest that Wondo is the reason the United States lost, I’m just trying to point out how close we came to winning the game.

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Landon Donovan is a bitter, pathetic little man. He needs to just shut up. He thought he was so important to the United States Men’s National Team, that he could take a four-month sabbatical during the final round of qualifying for the World Cup and not face any repercussions. Guess what? He thought wrong. Klinsmann cut him from the final roster and even though at the time I disagreed with the decision, I now couldn’t agree more.

I am so done with Landon Donovan. When he admitted to rooting against the United States in the World Cup, he became dead to me. I was a Landon Donovan fan. Not anymore. I can’t even watch the LA Galaxy now.

Every time Landon Donovan opens his mouth and says something negative about the United States team or its coach, I hate him just a little more. I wish he would just shut up. My Landon Donovan hate bucket is already pretty full.

Jurgen Klinsmann cutting Landon Donovan may have been personal

Landon Donovan’s personal relationship with manager Jurgen Klinsmann, not his perceived inability to still play soccer at the international level, may have been the driving reason he was cut from the 23-man squad going to the World Cup. The two men have had a relationship going back to 2009 when Donovan was brought over on loan to German powerhouse Bayern Munich. Klinsmann was the manager of the team, and it was at his instance that the team acquire Donovan.

It didn’t work out. Donovan played in six games and never really did anything. He was allowed to go back to the Los Angeles Galaxy after the loan period, and Bayern Munich fired Klinsmann shortly after.

Some say Klinsmann was fired because he put so much faith in Donovan, insisting to his Munich bosses that of all the players in the world available at the transfer window, Donovan was the player he wanted most. In retrospect, it made him look stupid.

And then there’s the who sabbatical thing. After the 2012 MLS season and his Galaxy winning its second consecutive championship, Donovan announced he was taking a break, and he then traveled around Asia like a weirdo. There are photos of him playing a pickup game with teenage boys, shirtless, in Cambodia. What kind of single man in his early thirties travels to Cambodia alone? I’m not suggesting that Donovan is some sort of sex pervert, a boy-lover, but you’ve got to admit: the whole thing sounds like a bad premise for an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Donovan ended up missing the first two months of the MLS season and missed time with the national team, including some World Cup qualifying matches.

I wonder what was said about Donovan in the Klinsmann home. Shortly after the announcement that Donovan was being cut from the national team, Klinsmann’s 17-year-old son, Jonathan Klinsmann, took to Twitter and tweeted, “HHAHAHAHAHAHAH DONAVAN HAHAHAHAA I DIDNT EVEN NOTICE UNTIL PHONE NOTIFIED ME HAHA”

He didn’t even bother to spell Donovan’s name right, which is really strange considering that the elder Klinsmann, when apologizing for his son Twitter tweet, claimed that his son is a fan of Donovan and even has his jersey hanging in his room. If he had Donovan’s jersey hanging in his room, why didn’t he know how to spell his name? It’s printed in big, bold letters right on the jersey.

The tweet was removed and Jonathan’s Twitter account was deleted.

If Klinsmann has a personal problem with Donovan, I guess it could be understood. In the end, I don’t think it matters if Donovan is going to the World Cup or not. Not really. The United States doesn’t have a chance of getting out of the first round. They play Germany, Portugal, and Ghana. Luke Skywalker had a better chance of destroying the Death Star without using The Force than the United States has in getting out of Group G, the so-called “Group of Death.”