Thursday, March 27, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Official Movie Trailer Launched

I grew up with four heroes: Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Rafael.  From the first movie to Secret of the Ooze and all the cartoons in between, I love the turtles.

This love makes me nervous about this summer's release of a new, live-action, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  Produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Leibsman (Battle Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans), it certainly will look good, but will it tell a good story.

The biggest worry when you have a team of great stylists is that the script gets glossed over.  The results are generally atrocious (Transformers 2, anybody?).  The hope is that the writers can use the beloved source material and use today's technology to make it another classic for this generation.  I'm optimistic.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jonathan Bornstein Only US Player Called Up for USA vs Mexico

Earlier today, Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer announced the roster for the upcoming friendly against Mexico.  In a surprising move, the only player called into the camp is current Tigres UANL player (on loan to Atlante) Jonathan Bornstein.  Bornstein is expected to play every position on the field.

"We have been scouting Jonathan very much in the last two years," Klinsmann said, with a wry smile, "He is the secret weapon we have been hiding.  We're very excited to bring him in and see what he's capable of against a very good Mexico team."

When asked what kind of tactics the team would employ in the game, Klinsmann gave a charming chuckle and said, "I can't give you guys everything.  Needless to say, Jonathan will play a key role."

Bornstein was shocked by the news.  Having been left off of the USA squad since 2011, he figured his international career was over.

"Honestly, I was chillin' with some of my teammates in this dive bar when my phone goes off.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Michael Bradley is a Confirmed Cyborg

Finally, photos have surfaced of US Soccer and Toronto FC star Michael Bradley that prove he is, in fact, half man half machine.  See the evidence below:

You can clearly see the exposed metal plating and some wires there underneath the beautiful and very realistic head skin.  Hopefully FIFA doesn't take notice.  Not sure how they feel about National Teams using performance-enhancing robots.

MLS Meme of the Week - Michael Bradley's Head Staples

In case you missed it, Michael Bradley of Toronto FC was in a collision that left him with a bloddy gash on the side of his head.  Normally, this kind of wound would be wrapped up and covered and never seen again, but Michael Bradley has one of the more famous bald heads in all of US Soccer.  Here's a pic snapped in the locker room after the game:

Nobody questions Bradley's commitment and toughness anymore after years of out-running and out-muscling nearly everybody he's played against.  So, to you Mr. Bradley, this meme of the week is dedicated:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What We Want to See - The Lighter Side of MLS Week 3

Every week, we'll be posting a few things we're looking forward to during the weekend of MLS play.  But, it's not going to be stuff that everybody else is looking for.  We hope to see something special.

The Goonies Will Actually Say "Die"

After a heartbreaking loss on Wednesday night to Toluca in the Concacaf Champions League, the San Jose Earthquakes will go to Kansas City to face an equally heartbroken Sporting side.  I'd love to see Sporting go up a few goals early then Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon start tearing off their jerseys, 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Will an MLS Team Win CCL Before it Reaches 24 Teams?

With the LA Galaxy bowing out of CCL last night at the hands of Tijuana, two more MLS teams have a chance to continue on to the next round of Champions League.  Sporting and San Jose both play tonight and are MLS' last chance at this year's continental title.

It all begs the question: When will an MLS team take the title?  This year looks highly unlikely, with SKC having the best chance to move on and a rough road through Tijuana if they do.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Meme of the Week - Unpopular MLS Puffin

After two weeks of comparing the mornings' EPL matches with MLS in the afternoon/evening, this is how I feel:

Late Challenge Is Back!

Late Challenge is coming back, folks!

LC will be home to a new weekly video/podcast series discussing all things MLS leading up to each matchday.  It's going to be fun, quirky, entertaining and I promise we won't take ourselves too seriously.

The new video series will be debuting in May, but until then, keep checking in for more updates, information, and news.

In the meantime, subscribe to the youtube and facebook channels to stay up to date on all of the fun things we're doing.

Thank you!