Jun 16, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT
KIEV, Ukraine — Okay, so it wasn’t Landon Donovan and it wasn’t the new uniforms, but I spotted a Donovan jersey on the street near the Fan Zone earlier today. A small child wore the item in question. He was discussing the proper way to say “Euro 2012″ with his equally small, American friend, presumably so they could impress their friends upon their arrival back in the States. I was tempted to ask them what they were doing, but their mom was close and no one wants to be the creepy, unshaven older dude asking a pair of nine year olds why they are half a world away. I also didn’t take a picture for exactly the same reason. But trust me: The Stars and Stripes are well represented on the Kiev streets.
The Fan Zone itself is remarkably sterile. I guess that’s not surprising, but adidas, Carlsberg, and the rest of the Euro 2012 sponsors have managed to remove any aspects of Ukrainian culture that might seep into the area. While this isn’t bad — it’s a fun place with three massive screens showing games and highlights, constant action, plenty of food and beverage options, and a bride and groom celebrating their wedding (seriously) — it could be in any city in the world.
And I guess that’s the point: There are similar Fan Zones in seven other cities. The one in Kiev is bigger (capacity: 70,000) but I’m sure the ones in Lviv, Gdansk, etc. look exactly the same. Tonight we’re watching the games in a Ukrainian bar. We gotta get a little culture before we depart tomorrow.
May 21, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
Well, phooey! Didn’t Dempsey just go through a summer of transfer instability?
May 21, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT
This and that as the U.S. contingent preps to gather in Cleveland ahead of five matches over the next few weeks:
May 21, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
The updated ordering in ProSoccerTalk’s ranking of Major League Soccer teams following 12 rounds of play:
Officials from MLS, Yankees, Manchester City and NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak tomorrow on expansion news
May 21, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
How very convenient that Manchester City just happens to be in the States for a brief two-game tour.
May 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
It’s really about two things, and not much else:
May 21, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
By forming NYC FC, City and the Yankees have created a ‘sister-club’ relationship – an innovative bond between a Premiership and MLS club.
May 21, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT
Early thoughts on the facility and the ripples of today’s big announcement on the 20th MLS franchise:
May 21, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
By swapping Dzeko for Cavani, City can hamstring Manchester United and Chelsea, as both are rumored to be seeking a world-class striker.
It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team.
May 21, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT
The league’s 20th franchise will begin play in 2015:
May 21, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT
During his Premiership tenure Toure has proven himself a leader, captaining both the Gunners and the Citizens, as well as Cote d’Ivoire.
May 21, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT
Has Daniel Levy already forgotten about what happened when he tried to pin Luka Modric down with this ‘no sale’ line of bull?
May 20, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT
Expect this one to get worked out.
May 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT
If Real Madrid’s going to shake things up, Higuaín could do worse than land at The Emirates.
May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT
Four players were on the original list. None of them may end up at Stamford Bridge.
May 20, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT
Our sympathy continues to grow for a man in a bad spot.
May 20, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT
MLS will not have arrived until it has a high-profile feces incident.
May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
It probably won’t happen this summer, and if it does … I’m sure we’ll run that into the ground, too.
May 20, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT
For a moment, it looked like Milan had fired their coaching staff … via an open letter from a television show.
May 20, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT
Real Madrid would have been in line for an eight-digit payday had they sold Mourinho to Chelsea.
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