Author Archives: Jon

Minnesota Update: Mukwelle Akale leads USA U-18 team to tournament victory

Minneapolis native Akale, who signed with Villareal earlier this year, was named Player of the Tournament and scored the only goal in the championship game.

Hopeless United steal point against ten-man Cosmos

Minnesota had a man advantage for all but the first few minutes of the game, yet were dominated by the New York Cosmos, who was unlucky not to come away with a win instead of a 1-1 draw.

The Sportive, Episode 69: Dave is back

Local Gopher football expert / Minnesota sports cynic / brother Dave Marthaler was back on the podcast this week. We talked Gopher football for an hour. This, after I’d failed to record about half an hour of talking.

The Sportive, Episode 68: Five Men and a Baby

This week on the podcast, old friends Michael Rand and Rocket stopped by Sportive HQ. Brandon was there. Stu showed up too. Eventually we had five people around the table, a new record; only Clarence missed out. We recorded a podcast while we were there.

Watch Christian Ramirez score perhaps the NASL’s goal of the season

Minnesota beat Indy 5-1, but all anyone could talk about after the match was Christian Ramirez’s bicycle-kick goal.

Minnesota, San Antonio, and New York begin to separate from the NASL pack

The standings at the season’s midpoint show what we already knew from the teams’ ambitions – three teams are playing a different game in the NASL.

Cricket: George powers Florida to comfortable win over Florida Southeast

Former USA international cricketer Bhim George was the star in Florida’s four-wicket win over Florida Southeast in the ACF Champions League.

United 3, Edmonton 2: Three points, but nobody’s happy

Minnesota won again – but a few glaring defensive mistakes ensured that neither the coach nor the players were entirely happy with their performance.

RandBall: Games of the week

Here’s your games of the week.

Your guide to the 2014-15 European soccer season

Most European soccer leagues kick off this week or later this month. Here’s your quick guide to the season.