Yesterday we didn’t have any WPS games to cover… and the sun was shining bright… so in lieu of spending every waking hour in front of my computer, my friends and I hopped about the Kronos for some serious yachting action. (Stay tuned for more pics.) We’re talking about a 2-bedroom/2-bathroom 50-foot yacht complete with a salt water filtration system, satellite TV, full kitchen, a Jet Ski that Ethan swears is the fastest water craft he’s ever driven, exotic beverages, cheese & fruit plate, homemade pasta salad (yum Paigey), sunshine, bikinis, dice games, and more. I seriously don’t know why anybody wouldn’t want to live in California.
Laying out in the sunshine is oh so terribly exhausting… so today when I turned on the TV and realized I had 3 straight soccer games to watch… I immediately propped my feet up on the coffee table and got busy.
2. WATCHING SOCCER
Ok, so it may seem a bit counter-intuitive as the #2 thing to do when you’re not working soccer, but sadly, I’m addicted.
Anyhow – first up, on Fox Soccer Channel, US Men’s National Team vs. Haiti in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. A 92nd minute equalizer by Stuart Holden helped the U.S. to a 2-2 tie with Haiti and the top spot in Group B. Read more about the game on the US Soccer Website: http://www.ussoccer.com/teams/mens/cgc/index.jsp.html
Now, I’m on to some serious WPS Action. Game #1 of two on Fox Soccer Channel (and webcast) is Boston Breakers hosting Sky Blue FC. In the first half, Sky Blue FC forward Natasha Kai headed home a long shot over the head of Breakers goalkeeper Allison Lipsher. A few minutes later, Kai dummied a Heather O’Reilly ball and Rosana spun around to her backside and put the ball in the far post, putting her team up 2-0. We’ll see what happens in the second half. After the game, you can find the full match report at womensprosoccer.com.
Coming up a bit later, the Chicago Red Stars host FC Gold Pride on Comcast Sports Net (Televised here in the Bay Area!!! Today is brilliant.) In the battle of my two local teams (I lived in Chicago for 6 months while working for the Chicago Red Stars, and now I’m in the Bay Area working for the WPS league office), which of these two teams will finish on top? They’re both at the bottom of the League table so this match is a biggee for both teams for a chance to advance to the playoffs.
I’m starting to get a bit antsy here on the couch though, I think I may hit up my local pub, the Chieftan, to watch the Red Stars/FC Gold Pride game. About to send a text to all my friends if they want to come watch it with me. If you’re watching the games today as well… HAVE FUN!!!