Finally, the TRUTH about Hillsborough

September 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The Truth. Finally, after 23 years of blatant lies and cover-ups, the families of the 96 and survivors of the Hillsborough Disaster have the truth. Read more…

Liverpool FC 2011-2012 season review

June 26, 2012 1 comment

To say Liverpool’s campaign in the 2011-2012 season was a strange one is an understatement. It had just about everything: glory, heartbreak, frustration, suspensions, injuries, sackings, woodwork and anything in-between that added up to create the perfect storm of a season gone wrong – yet not without its moments of memorable success. Read more…

Going Forward: Ways Liverpool can improve in the final 10 games

Steven Gerrard’s hat-trick Tuesday night against Everton was special, and Liverpool picked up a much needed and very deserved three points over their Merseyside rivals. But, to be perfectly frank, Liverpool’s form in league play has been nothing short of disappointing.

Given the way the team played under Kenny Dalglish last season, the results this campaign have left a lot to be desired from the Reds – despite putting in a number of good performances. Whether it be the lack of goals, lack of effort in some games, or questionable team selections, there are a lot of issues with the first team.

Here are my suggestions for the rest of the season. Read more…

The Chicago Fire Academy: Developing youth soccer players in a professional setting

March 5, 2012 1 comment

(By Jill Jacoby and Jeremy Mikula)

The Chicago Fire’s Youth Academy looks to produce homegrown talent for the MLS club by fostering local talent in a professional development setting.

Like nearly 17.5 million American children, Victor Pineda, 18, grew up playing soccer in his hometown of Bolingbrook, Ill. While most kids only dream of playing elite soccer, Pineda took his professional aspirations to the Chicago Fire’s youth academy, a part of Major League Soccer’s recent attempt to recruit and train young American talent. Read more…

The Inner-City Debate: Where should youth soccer players be recruited from?

March 5, 2012 1 comment

(By Jill Jacoby and Jeremy Mikula)

As director of the Chicago Fire Academy (CFA), Larry Sunderland’s main job is to scout out and find the best young soccer talent in the Chicagoland area.

One major point of debate when it comes to developing soccer players in the U.S. is where youth players are recruited from. Should teams recruit in suburban areas — where organized club soccer is dominant — or should they scope out the local urban talent? Read more…

Storify | Liverpool 6-1 Brighton: Reds advance in FA Cup

February 19, 2012 Leave a comment

My Storify piece recapping Liverpool’s 6-1 win over Championship side Brighton in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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Harry, Martin lead No. 22 DePaul women’s basketball over Villanova 79-73

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

CHICAGO — It may have been Villanova coach Harry Perretta‘s 1,000th game coaching the Wildcats and Anna Martin‘s 21st birthday, but it was Katherine Harry‘s game that stole the show for the No. 22 DePaul Blue Demons as they capped off a 79-73 Big East win at McGrath-Phillips Arena Wednesday night. Read more…