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Hello my fellow patriots! This week I would like to begin the blog on a serious note and briefly touch upon the attacks on Brussels. All of us at US Soccer Talk are deeply saddened by these malicious attacks and we send our thoughts and prayers to the family's that have been affected by these attacks and to all the families that have been affected by any type of terrorism. We hope that all of this hate and acts of violence will be extinct in the very near future and once again our thoughts and prayers with everyone affected by ISIS.
Now on to a more lax and stress free topics: the USMNT's new jerseys and the return of the Secretary of Defense, Timothy Matthew Howard. First let's talk about the new crest. Personally I love this new crest. It looks and feels more American than the previous crest which looked like a 7 year old blind child using finger paint belched up a design for a crest. The little whooshing soccer ball in between the US was a little too childish for me. The stripes were the wrong color and it just didn't flow. Now remember this is my opinion and if you disagree, good for you, it's America. Feel free to say and express what you want! I won't block off roads and attack you for what you say! But I will say that you're wrong and you should probably shut up, but by all means speak your mind! To be fair, the old crest was better than the French crest. They've got a damn chicken on their crest, and I'm sure everyone knows why the chicken is on there (Read Last Weeks Blog). The new US Soccer crest however is a work of pure genius. It looks like Old Glory herself! 13 stripes with 7 red and 6 white, and the American Blue lettering gives you the feel of the stars with the blue background. And the addition of the A to the crest may be small to you but it just looks beautiful to me to see the entire acronym for this amazing country.
The new crest is appearing on our new Jerseys that Nike so graciously thought of overnight after watching a marathon of cops. I'm not saying that I hate these jerseys, but I'm not saying that I'll have second thoughts about returning the jersey while I'm waiting at the checkout line. The home jerseys I will say look better than the Where's Waldo jerseys, but I just don't feel the American spirit from these. The light blue for the sleeves and upper back isn't the traditional blue that you'd expect to see accompany the US but it's not bad looking. If I had to rate the home jersey from 1-10 I'd give it a 6. So basically this jersey in relation to a Hollywood actress is a young Katherine Heigl, which means it's also a young Megyn Kelly (please google search these two and you will see what I'm saying, they're freaking twins). So now let's move on to the cop uniforms that the team will wear on away games. Personally I like them. Basically it's saying, to quote the great Doctor Venkman; "We came, we saw, we kicked it's ass". The Women's team is the most authoritative team on this planet, and when a call of indecent soccer exposure breaks loose, they arrive at the scene (pitch) and they get the job done. Just like the World Cup, and the She Believes Cup. This uniform lets the world know who's number 1 and who's here to keep civil order. Alex Morgan will now look the part of the Judge, Jury and Executioner. The blue and red on the sleeves looks like the siren lights that you hate to see in your rear view and the black jersey looks intimidating. To rate the away jersey from 1-10 I'm giving this one a solid 9, in contrast to last year’s jerseys which I give a perfect score of 10. To compare the away jersey's to a Hollywood actress I would have to say they are definitely comparable to Scarlett Johansson, whilst last year’s jerseys are comparable to David Beckham.
Now that we've gone over the fashion portion of this blog, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of what you're actually here for... My ramblings of how much every other team sucks and my love for the US team. Coming into this WC qualifying match, we currently have the 30th ranked team in the world and Guatemala has the 95th. Now I'm not one to guarantee victory, unless it's in a game of "What's the best country in the World" but this match coming up should be a solid warm up to see how good this team looks. Klinsmann's named his 26 players, which you can see on our website at the following link "http://www.ussoccertalk.com/usmnt/usmnt-roster-named-for-wc-qualifying" in case you're wondering. This team looks solid, and I love that the Secretary of Defense is on the roster. When you, the reader, have a chance please make sure to welcome Tim Howard back to the US! He's back home in the MLS playing for Colorado and I couldn't be happier to have this beast stateside. I'm sure we'll put a nice beat down on Guatemala in both games and we'll be one step closer to the World Cup. And to continue the weekly quote of the week, this week brought to you by who I consider the most powerful Jedi of all time Yoda, "Do. Or do not. There is no try".