CSKA Sofia. Brochure 21ème titre (1981).
It was a huge year for Americans playing abroad in Europe as American footballers took another big step forward in proving they can compete among the best in the world…
In the 2nd installment of Soccer Movies Yanks Should Watch, I’m choosing The Damn United.
The reason why I think its a great flick for American soccer fans is because it gives fans like me (I’m kinda a Euro snob when it comes to soccer) who don’t know much about this era of English football some insight. The movie is based off the popular book of the same name and while I won’t go into details about the film, I will share that it’s a fictional piece based off of real historical facts.
It focuses on Brian Clough, one of the best to ever manage English football who also happens to have quite the personality from the looks of it. You can find it on Netflix (DVD only, used to be streaming. Blah) or places like iTunes.
I’m confident that you’ll enjoy it.
Aston Villa vs Sunderland FA Cup Final - 120,000 watching at Crystal Palace’s ground on April 19th 1913, as Villa won the final 1-0. In comparison, there was 23,294 at Palace’s home Championship play-off semi-final vs Brighton tonight.
Keepers: Howard, Guzan, & MLS medley (Johnson, Hamid, Hall, & Rimando)
Defenders: Beasley (according to US Soccer, not me), Besler, Gonzalez, Cameron, Castillo, Johnson, Goodson, Parkhurst
Midfielders: Bradley, Shea, Corona, Davis, Edu, Holden, Kljestan, Williams, Zusi, Jones
Forwards: Dempsey, Altidore, Boyd, Gomez, Johnson
- Calling up Williams, Parkhurst, & Shea are interesting considering that they’re not playing much.
- Donovan, Torres, & Cherundolo are the biggest omissions for me.
- Glad to see Stu Holden get a look. He’ll be a great addition if he can get back to where he was.