For those of us in Louisville, your soccer weekend may be trumped by your Forecastle Festival weekend, and that’s okay. It’s not every day you get to see Outkast on the riverfront. BUT for those of us who aren’t into “music, art and activism”, there is SOCCER to be had on TV, the internets, and in person! Here’s your smorgasbord:
Derby City Rovers host Cincinnati Dutch Lions on their LAST MATCH OF THE SEASON at Woehrle Field in Jeffersonville at 7pm tomorrow. Join us in telling a bunch of Ohioans that they’ve contracted scurvy!
The United States Men’s National Team’s loss last night in extra time to Belgium was hard for most of us to stomach. I was pretty sad, myself, and couldn’t really focus on much else afterwards thanks to a misplaced confidence in cheap beer as a comfort blanket. However, given a few hours this morning to reflect on the Yanks’ performance in Brazil this World Cup, a few things have become clear:
1. USMNT was not good enough to beat Germany or Belgium. There is almost a zero percent chance that anyone at a professional club anywhere in the world would trade a player on those two rosters for any US player, with the possible exception of manbeast Tim Howard.
2. The US’s performance, which was viewed by more Americans than any US team ever before, put front and center the issue that has plagued US Soccer for nearly 20 years: the skill gap between the Yanks and the best teams in the world.
WORLD CUP DIARY
Games in Matchday 1: 16
Goals on Matchday 1 / per game average: 49 / 3.06
Yellow Cards on Matchday 1 / per game average: 46 / 2.87
Red Cards on Matchday 1 /average minutes between: 3 / 480
There was a lot of apprehension going into the first day of the World Cup. Deaths, protests, and talk of unfinished facilities have been this season’s fashion for major sporting events — nothing on the scale of Russia or Qatar on offer in Brazil, but it was there nevertheless, with the opening match being the site of the most recent death.
Join us at Fourth Street Live on Sunday, June 22 [RSVP on Facebook & invite friends], to watch the U.S. destroy the fightin’ Ronaldos on the giant screen hanging over Fourth Street. It’s covered, to shield you from rain or sunburn. You can also watch inside at Sports & Social Club if the heat makes you feel like you’re actually on the field in Manaus.
The fallout over Louisville City FC’s initial logo — now subject to replacement through a team-led logo design contest that’s currently underway — is the subject of a front-page story on Deadspin.com today.
From the piece: “Members of the Coopers, a supporters’ group that predates the team’s existence, immediately weighed in with complaints. The purple’s ugly. The font is amateurish. The fleur-de-lis is overused. It’s literally clipart. So on. Owner Wayne Estopinal played down those concerns at the launch the next morning, but supporters were already hard at work demonstrating that even while maintaining some of the same elements, the logo didn’t have to be clownshoes.”
- It rocks that enough people in this town care about Louisville City to make this a big deal.
- It goes to show that as fans, we want and expect a completely professional product.
- The team listened to its fans and showed a willingness to adjust. We hope the team continues to have an honest and open dialogue with all fans.
As fans, we want Louisville City FC to be a massive success. We believe that a club that is focused on becoming a part of the fabric of the community, carries itself professionally in all facets of business, and works with local businesses — including graphic designers to properly develop a brand worthy of Louisville – is a club that will reach that level of success.
Tim and Taylor pester Louisville City FC’s first ever head coach, James O’Connor about his playing career, coaching philosophy, and position on biting as a strategy for winning matches.
Recorded, mixed and produced by Maplex Monk at the Creative Community Studios.
AO Louisville’s Brian Davis is back from Brazil and ready to spill with Tim and Taylor on this episode of Barrel Proof.
Recorded and produced by Maplex Monk at the Creative Community Studios.