“If they want their son to be a professional footballer, they send him out to the street.”

Soccerati’s own Sangyfarha on why Club America fans mean more to US Soccer than American Chelsea fans:

Soccer Weather and the Future of Football Stadiums

It started out as a beautiful day, but by halftime the lightning was cracking and the rain coming down … (kinda like the Chelsea vs. Club America game was going, actually). The extra-wet smoke-break at Cowboys stafium gives Sangyfarha a chance to analyze how weather plays into the 21st Century version of the beautiful game. Guess what – not only will the World Cup be looking at monster American football stadiums like these, but so will the European football leagues, Sang says.

World Football Challenge: Chelsea Win=Bad for Soccer?

Sangyfarha y yo went to the Club America/Chelsea match at the new Cowboys Stadium last week, and for Sang it wasn’t just an international friendly, it was a backwards step for the future of American soccer.

Though surely this has nothing to do with his recent move a week earlier from Addison to South Dallas … in the final minutes of Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Club America, Sang sees a victory that may energize the suburban base, but still doesn’t resonate with the all-important urban demographic that will be necessary for soccer to really take root as a major-major sport in the USA:

European Football (+Mexico) Coming to USA

Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter, and Club America will be playing an exhibition tournament six American cities this July (with several of the games preceded by international friendlies against MLS clubs:

From the NYT:

“It gives us the opportunity to really capitalize on the growing support of the game,” said Peter Kenyon, the chief executive of Chelsea. “It’s utilizing the team — on the back of broadcast — to go and support football development, soccer development, and also allow our fans, who are an ever-growing number, to come and touch the holy grail if you like.”

The teams will play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.; the Georgia Dome in Atlanta; Atlanta’s MT&T Bank Stadium; Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.; Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif.; and the new Cowboys Stadium in Texas. All games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2, as well as the Spanish-language network, ESPN Deportes, and online at ESPN360.com

Thanks, Steve, for the link.

The Super Clubs Are Coming! The Super Clubs Are Coming!

drogba_chelseaChelsea FC, Inter, AC Milan and Club America will be coming to the U.S. this summer for a six-city exhibition tournament called the World Football Challenge. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited (and already have tickets to the July 21st Chelsea vs. Inter game at the Rose Bowl).

Here’s more on the event from SiTV.com