Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FabJo's Champions League Beauty

Quoth Miles Russell: Hubba hubba!!

Side note: We will also have an Alex De John goal clip in a bit.

- Greg Seltzer

'Tis The Season... And I Love It

A guest on yesterday's Ellen happens to love soccer, the Galaxy, and Gyasi Zardes most of all. So the US forward came on the show as a quick surprise visitor bearing gifts.

- Greg Seltzer

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Last Man Standing

As crazy as it sounds just a few years after we had an American in each Europa League quarterfinal tie, Ethan Horvath is already the last one of us active in the current draw - and it is November. So weird, but the youngster is certainly carrying the flag in fine fashion. I had a chat with the Molde FK netminder a few days before he will try to help the supposed underdogs clinch the top spot in would ordinarily be considered a nasty Group A. 

- Greg Seltzer

Time to spill the beans!

My visa has been approved and received, which means everything is set for my upcoming temporary move to St. Petersburg. Yeah, I am going to Russia in December - a fact that will surely serve my queen well if she ever gets into a "my man loves me more" duel (it's Russia, so chances are pretty good). This is the gift she left me to celebrate only 12 days remaining until my arrival:

We will stay there until some time late in the summer, when we will then go for that American tour I mentioned a while back. It will be her first time over, so we will spend about three months driving around much of the great continental U.S. of A, with some side trips to Canada, Mexico, Hawaii and a sweet Caribbean isle TBD. There was some talk of a couple NSC meet-ups, and actually umm, we very well may turn up in certain places running our own rented food truck for a day (more on that as we put it together). Naturally, I will also be hitting as many killer workshops as I can from all these great American dancers (Kinjaz Dojo, y'all!)

As for how this tangentially relates to work, my MLSS contract is up at the end of the year and it will change in 2016. I will still be providing things like the US player ratings and features, but will be nowhere near the regular presence from the past six years. Theoretically, that means I will have a little more time run my mouth here. I just need to figure out what kind of things I can add to the mix, and the brain is currently occupied with moving stuff. I can say it won't be a return to A Few Things... or any of the other old bits that are now done 27 times over on the interwebs. We shall see.

The point is, next year, NSC should liven back up a decent bit with more of my time free. In Russia. Through the winter. You damn sure know I won't be outside!

- Greg Seltzer

Saturday, November 21, 2015

This is becoming a thing. (updated)

The kind of thing the USMNT could exploit tactically, but we can discuss that later. For now, stand and cheer for Daniel Williams, who just notched his third Championship strike of the season to double the Reading lead over Bolton to 2-0. Ten minutes before halftime, the midfielder stepped into the ball just outside the area to dent the net from 20.

UPDATE: Ka-bam. His goal play starts at about the :48 mark.

- Greg Seltzer

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Jonathan in the Middle

I caught up with Jonathan Spector this morning and the result of that chat is now up at MLSS. Most of the talk was in some way related to his resurgence as a center back. It will be interesting to see if he ever gets a look there during this World Cup cycle.

- Greg Seltzer