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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.

Faithful readers,

I will be taking a bit of a break from The Soccer Guys for the next few weeks to write about the Euros for Bleacher Report. As you can tell already, content has been sparse in the past few weeks because I’ve been put up against the wall with work and getting myself well versed in every team fighting to be crowned champions of Europe.

That does not mean this site is dead. Far from it. I will be writing here as soon as I can. I will have some New England Revolution and Major League Soccer stories coming soon. I have one I have been working on since February when I had a beer with someone American soccer fans and ESPN watchers know all to well.

For now, check out what I’m doing on Bleacher Report for the Euros. As soon as that great tournament, which might be better than the World Cup, is over I will return to this full-time with vengeance.

For now, can Jurgen Klinsmann please find the answer to a cohesive midfield three and a solid center back pairing?

That is all.

See you on the flip side,

Kevin Koczwara

Content Update: Writing about Euro 2012