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Closing Up Shop

By Kevin Koczwara

This day has been a long time coming, but I’ve been putting it off because I haven’t had the heart to shut down my baby, this blog. The Soccer Guys has been part of my daily routine since the summer of 2009. This was started by a few friends who graduated from college during the height of the “Great Recession” with possibly the worst degree at that time: Journalism. We needed something to do to keep up busy and keep our writing chops fresh. It started with an email and grew into a site.  There were plans to create a network of sports related sites with our other unemployed journalist friends, but it didn’t happen for one reason or another, mostly because people got jobs, moved away or just fell off the planet.

Since then, we’ve covered the U.S. Men’s National Team, Spain, been featured on the Guardian’s World Cup Coverage, visited bars, covered Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and become regulars for the New England Revolution and Major League Soccer.  Now it’s time for me to close this thing up for good. I’m the last remaining member and have been for sometime, so I can do that.

It’s been a lot of fun. Look out for us in other places.

Here’s an update on where we are now:

Ryan has become a teacher, an Arsenal fan and is still in Grad school. He still lives in Western Mass and drives to Boston almost weekly.

Joe works at some company writing content that is SEO optimized. He moved to Brookline and still lives there without a license. He is now an editor for College Hockey News and writes about the Bruins for one website or another. He is still an Arsenal fan.

Mike wrote for us a few times. He does a lot of driving now. He also lives in Brookline where parking spots are a premium for residents. Don’t ask how he does it, we don’t know.

Brian did most of our design work when he found a few free minutes. Now he designs stuff for a company and does more Internet related things. He lives in Brighton and has plenty of spots in his driveway, which is great for visiting. He still loves Liverpool and has been known to lose days when playing Football Manager.

Melissa wrote for us a bunch and still works for a local television station as a web person for their news program. She now gets to play more soccer and loves that. She’s awesome.  Somehow Joe and Ryan converted her to Arsenal fandom.

Shannon is in grad school with the hopes that she will someday design pretty buildings. She still obsesses about the U.S. Women’s National Team. And is also an Arsenal fan. (See a theme here? Something happened along the way.)

Kevin still covers the New England Revolution. He writes for New England Soccer Today and has had his work featured on KCKRS.com, The Classical, MLSsoccer.com and edits LFC Boston’s blog the Red Letter with a crew of Liverpool fans. He is a news editor for a small newspaper in Massachusetts and writes for the alternative magazine Worcester Mag. He is not an Arsenal fan.

Bill Littlefield: An Interview with the host of Only a Game

Bill Littlefield is the host of WBUR's Only A Game, a weekly sports radio show. (Courtesy WBUR.org)

 By Kevin Koczwara

Bill LiIttlefield has been talking sports on his weekly radio show Only a Game on WBUR and NPR since 1993. Since Only a Game’s inception, Littlefield and his team of producers/reporters have brought a special perspective to sports and sports news and commentary.

Only a Game doesn’t take the easy way out. It doesn’t report on the easy or hot-button stories every week. Instead, Littlefield and company work at finding different angles to over reported and over hyped stories, to finding gems hidden beneath the footprints other journalists leave while forgetting the value of digging deeper and seeing stories in another light. Only a Gamei’s a radio program dedicated to exploring and discovering.

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Looking Back: The Art of Riquelme 15 Years After His Debut

A one of a kind player, Riquelme stood above the rest with talents almost unmatched at times and a stubborn side that alienated him from clubs and managers at other times. (Courtesy http://www.ouyeah.net)

 By Kevin Koczwara

Juan Roman Riquelme made his debut for Boca Juniors 15 years ago. Since then, he has amazed the world with his talent, his creativity, and his homesickness. He’s the kind of creative player who can take over a game and silence crowds and critics alike with one touch of the ball. But he’s also the mysterious genius who wasn’t — for one reason or another — understood. He is a player who almost always seemed to butt heads with managers and directors , but that’s the way of the creative player who sees the game and plays the game differently than those around him.

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The Pain Behind Soccer

Soccer is the world's most popular sport, but it can also haunt some people's lives. (Photo Courtesy Marlon Dias/ Flickr)

 By Ryan Fleming

When you think of the game where you find yourself besotted, the first images or early childhood memories are those of victory – a beautiful goal, a cup triumph – or something more personal, perhaps. For those growing up in soccer-crazed countries around the world, soccer is a not merely a game, but a way of life; this we know and realize. What’s uncommon and rather rare are the tragedies that happen everyday around the sport that are seemingly lost in the dark.

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Liverpool: What a Difference a Year Makes

By Tim Treacy

The turnaround at Liverpool Football Club over the past year has been remarkable. A comparison between last year and this year is like night and day, oil and water, chalk and cheese, a journey from Hicks and Gillett to Henry and Warner.

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The Dutch Job: Jozy Altidore’s Resurgence with AZ

By Kevin Koczwara

Jozy Altidore’s move from Major League Soccer to Europe looked like a bust a few months ago. The former New York Red Bulls forward moved to La Liga side Villareal on June 4, 2008 for $10 million, making him the most expensive American player ever bought from Major League Soccer, surpassing the $4 million Fulham paid for Clint Dempsey. He was just 18 years old then. The world looked like it was at his feet.

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Keane’s California dream

By Ryan Fleming

There’s been a lot said already in the days that have passed since Robbie Keane’s move to LA Galaxy became official. There have been words of malice spewed at him from every angle.

Claims that the Ireland international has taken the easy way out, that he simply plays for money and not the love of the game, and has come to America where we are a “universe where football is nothing,” is a choice that Keane made simply for his benefit.

I say, obviously.

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World soccer in need of a wake up call

By Kevin Koczwara

The world’s biggest sport is in danger of falling apart, collapsing on itself and losing its global grip because those trusted with the keys to the most luxuries and lucrative sport in the world have failed their fans, players, managers and the owners.

FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, is losing legitimacy one day at a time. News continues to seep out about bribery, voting buying, and in-house who-knows-whats. FIFA president Sepp Blatter won his fourth consecutive term as President of FIFA, but his time in charge keeps creeping closer to becoming a time FIFA would like to forget as more and more news comes out of Zurich.

Blatter’s time in time hasn’t been easy but he certainly hasn’t helped himself either. Blatter has pushed aside any and all opposition with barely any recognition. He’s shuttled men (because no women are apparently allowed to be inside the old men’s club of FIFA) out of their posts because they question him, because someday they may want his lucrative job, maybe. He has preferred to ban and not explain. And best of all, he has decided to present the world with mythical stories of a perfect world inside the FIFA compound when questioned about possible turmoil.

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Feilhaber Making Strides, shows his potential against Manchester United

By Kevin Koczwara

The scoreline in the New England Revolution’s friendly against Manchester United on Wednesday night is misleading, a 4-1 win for United. The Revolution hung in and played some quality soccer against the reigning English Premier League champions, even if in the end the team was undone by United’s dynamic attack.

For the most part, the positives for the Revolution came in the first half — the Revs held United scoreless through the first 45 minutes — when Benny Feilhaber, Shalire Joseph and Pat Phelan were marauding in the center midfield. The three players finally looked comfortable with one another, and Feilhaber finally looked like the kind of player the Revolution were hoping they were signing back in April.

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USWNT make a positive impact on the game at home

By Melissa Turtinen

The success of a team always draws in supporters, no matter the sport. Call them bandwagon fans or fair-weather fans, but it doesn’t matter, teams need those fans and the fans need wins to keep them watching.

The success of the United States Women’s National Team is getting fans to enjoy the sport of soccer, but not just that, women’s sports. It’s about time.

Women’s sports haven’t got the attention that men’s sports have. Teams and players don’t make as much money as their male counterpart because their leagues lack the large fan base the established male leagues enjoy. But Sunday change that.

The U.S.’s win over Brazil showed people what female athletes are capable of. It showed that although women may not play the game the same way, they’re still tough, they play with heart and they can put on one heck of an entertaining match.

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