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Puma evoSPEED Star Indoor Soccer Shoes – Black with Fluo Green

Indoor season is almost upon us and it is time to start looking at some great indoor shoes. Normally, we tend to focus on Nike and Adidas shoes, but today we are going to take a look at a great pair of indoor shoes that Puma is producing: The Puma evoSPEED Star indoor shoes. These shoes are guaranteed to make you stand out on the field or futsal court.

Even though the main color of these shoes is black, they are still bright. The secondary color is neon green and adds style and color to these otherwise plain shoes. These two colors go nicely together and create a visually appealing indoor shoe. Some indoor soccer shoes are not very stylish and cannot be worn anywhere besides the soccer field. That is not the case with the evoSPEED Star. These can be worn casually off the field as well as worn on the field to play.

The upper is made of a monolayer Micro Tec Suede to provide a lightweight upper, but it is also abrasion resistant. The Star has an EVA midsole that is cushioned with IdCell cushioning. The ArchTec midfoot supports help add stability. All of these things combine to make you as comfortable as possible.

The bottom of this shoe features a non-marking EverTrack Rubber sole to provide good grip on both futsal courts and indoor soccer fields. At first glance, you may think these are just casual shoes and not good for soccer, but they feature great cushioning and a low-profile design that makes these perfect for indoor soccer and futsal. They are currently available at SoccerPro.com, so check them out today.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

15 Year Old Aleksandr Litvinenko Scores Rainbow Flick Volley….(Video)

He may only be 15 years old, but this young fellah knows how to score them. as he uses a beautiful rainbow flick to put the ball on his toe and drive it into the top corner of the net…

Pure class…

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

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Nike Mercurial Victory III Indoor Soccer Shoes Review – Retro with Total Orange

Nike is releasing a new color scheme for the Nike Mercurial Victory indoor shoe. The shoe features some interesting colors. According to Nike, this shoe is retro with total orange. In normal terms, this shoe is considered turquoise with orange accents throughout. These two colors go nicely together and are sure to make you stand out on the field.

The upper is made of soft synthetic leather to provide great touch on the ball. This shoe also contours nicely to the shape of your foot to provide great comfort. The contoured sockliner sits on top of a Phylon heel wedge to provide low profile cushioning.

In addition to the great style and comfort of the upper, the outsole provides great traction on indoor fields or futsal courts. The bottom of the shoe has non-marking molded tinted gum rubber. It also has an innovative Vapor traction pattern that is designed for speed on indoor surfaces. The lacing system on this shoe is traditional to give a secure fit.

The combination of style, comfort, and great traction make these great for indoor soccer. The traction will help bring speed to the indoor game while the turquoise and orange help you stand out with style in addition to your stylish play.

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

Romain Alessandrini Scores Wonderous, Transcendental Backheel Flick for Rennes’

Every once in awhile you see a player score a goal that is truly worthy of the Pantheon. This stunning aerial backheel effort from Romain Alessandrini is right up there for me, the shill, the timing, the finish; they’re all perfect. Oh, and look at that he’s wearing the new color of the Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII which we should have a rundown for later today.


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The United States Men’s National Team Faces Must-Win Against Jamaica Tuesday

Worry is beginning to set in following the United States Men’s National team’s defeat against Jamaica on Friday. Remember the rejoicing when the national team appointed Jurgen Klinsmann to manage the team? It seems long ago now. Maybe Bob Bradley wasn’t so bad after all. Bradley went 43-25-12 managing the national team, including winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finishing second in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and leading the team to the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup. Sure, it was aggravating at times watching the side continuously give up early goals and play from behind. The style could also be classified as boring. But sometimes boring gets results, and Bob Bradley got results.

Now Klinsmann leads the team. He was the trendy choice that was going to lead the Americans to victory playing his attacking style. The problem is, the team does not play that much different now than it did under Bradley and the results are not there anymore. The United States is 8-6-3 under Klinsmann. That is not many games to base a decision of whether or not Klinsmann is a failure, but it isn’t looking good for him.

Friday night, the United States lost to Jamaica and now the team’s future is uncertain. Qualifying for the World Cup is no longer a foregone conclusion. They are currently tied with Guatemala on four points and three points behind Jamaica. Only the top two teams in the group advance to the next round of qualifying.

On Tuesday, the United States will take the field against Jamaica again, but this time on home soil. If this isn’t a must-win game for the United States and Klinsmann, then I do not know what is. If they fail to win, and worse yet lose again, they run the risk of Guatemala overtaking them for second place in the group with only two games remaining. That would heap pressure on the team.

If Klinsmann is the coach we all thought he would be, he needs to gather his team and get their confidence back up before tomorrow’s game. Failure to qualify for the World Cup would certainly result in the resignation or firing of Klinsmann, especially considering Bradley was fired after reaching the Round of 16 in the World Cup. No matter what happens against Jamaica on Tuesday, the question still lingers: Are we better off with Klinsmann leading the team than when Bradley lead the team?

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

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EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 Now Available for Pre-Order on SoccerPro.com

So its that time of year again, when EA Sports trot out their latest incarnation of their popular FIFA franchise to the expecting world. Now we haven’t had a chance to test out this sweet new edition of the game yet, but from the trailers is looks cool, and has some new technology that makes it interesting. Now I love FIFA, and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this game, so I’m thrilled that you can now pre-order this game at SoccerPro.com. These new features are:

Attacking Intelligence – The new positioning artificial intelligence that allows for better attacking style.

FIFA 13 Complete Dribbling – Be more creative with the ball especially in 1v1 situations.

Player Impact Engine – 2nd generation collision analysis and giving defenders more options to win the ball back.

Tactical Free Kicks

Over 500 licensed clubs and 15,000 players

Now I’m not sure about the mechanics or game play, as again we haven’t tested it yet, but the idea of having over 500 teams to choose from is a wonderful thought, and its well worth reservin a copy early as the first run of these games tend to sell quickly. You can pre-order your own copy of FIFA 13 here, at SoccerPro.com

Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com

Nike Mercurial Glide III Seaweed Video Review

One of the most popular soccer shoes this season that won’t break the bank is the the Nike Mercurial Glide III, and Lindsay is here to give you a run down on what makes these shoes special. The Nike Mercurial Glide III is designed to be a workhorse of a shoe that will work for any player from the topflight of the EPL down to the local rec league player. These particular Mercurial Glides feature a sweet seaweed and volt colorway with silo-based decals on the back of the heel. The Teijin synthetic leather upper on the boots offers great touch and light weight so no matter how hard you play you won’t fee like your boots are slowing you down.

Remeber, you’ll need to wear these shoes in at least two practices to break them in and make them fit perfectly. Once you do they’ll be comfortable and offer a unique fit that make you mourn the day you finally have to get a new pair. The sockliners also offer decent comfort, and the bladed cleats will also work well on any surface. One caveat, watch out when you’re playing on turf as these firm ground soccer shoes aren’t meant for the heat and abrasion artificial grass delivers. If you are playing mostly on turf, you’ll want to pick up the Nike Mercurial Victory TF which are designed for turf surfaces. At only $89.99 you can’t go wrong with this sharp pair of Mercurial strikers’ boots, and make sure you check them out at SoccerPro.com.

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Preview: Arsenal vs. Liverpool

Liverpool and Arsenal have failed to start the new Premier League season on a good note. Neither team has won a game during the first two weeks of the season. Both teams will be looking to get their first win this weekend at the other’s expense as they face off on Sunday.

It has been an interesting summer for Arsenal. They gained Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla, and Lukas Podolski, but also lost their leading scorer, Robin Van Persie, and Alex Song. So far, Robin Van Persie has outscored his former team and he only has one goal this season. That is not a good sign for the men in Arsenal jerseys.

On a positive note, Arsenal has yet to concede a goal either. So if you are an Arsenal fan, you can take some comfort in the fact that you have yet to score, but were still able to draw both games. If the team is finally able to get a few goals, they should start to make their way back up the table. I believe, given a little time to adjust to the Premier League, that Giroud will be a good player for Arsenal. Giroud scored 21 goals and had nine assists in 36 Ligue 1 games last season. That is not a bad strike rate. He won’t be able to replace Van Persie right away, but by mid-season, I see him scoring plenty of goals for the Gunners. The main question is where are the goals going to come from if it does take Giroud time to settle in?

Liverpool is another team that seems to be on their way towards positive results in the Premier League. Their first game was a disaster. They conceded a penalty and were reduced to 10-men. It was a bad result, but the men in Liverpool jerseys made up for it with their performance in their second game. They tied the reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City, and deserved to win. If it weren’t for a careless mistake by Martin Skrtel, Liverpool would have won the game (To be fair, Skrtel scored a goal for Liverpool as well so he cancelled out for the day).

Brendan Rodgers has a plan for Liverpool and is trying to get the team to play his high-pressure, slick-passing game that will win the team games with style. Liverpool did miss out on signing Clint Dempsey in the transfer market today, but I think that could be a good thing for the team. Dempsey is an older player who, in my opinion, values himself higher than what his actual talent level is. I know he scored 17 goals in the Premier League last season. Before that season, how many people actually cared about Clint Dempsey, if it were not for the fact that he was an American that played fairly well for a Premier League team?

Liverpool is still a work in progress but they are heading in the right direction. Last season, the match-up between Arsenal and Liverpool would not have interested me as much as it does this weekend. I am curious how well Liverpool is able to respond after their draw against Manchester City. I am also curious to see if Arsenal is able to break through and get a goal.

Both of these teams used to be regular top-four teams. Liverpool have struggled the past few seasons and failed to reach the top-four. Arsenal has also been struggling, but always seem to finish in the top-four. With the dominance that Manchester United has shown in recent seasons, Manchester City winning the Premier League last season, and Chelsea winning the Champions League last season and starting off the new season brightly, will these two teams be able to make it in the top-four or compete to be Premier League champions this season?

Written By: Eric Stoyanov, Contributing Writer, soccerprose.com

The Road to the College Cup: Pre-season Favorites

With little to no focus in the world of soccer going to the collegiate level of the game, I
feel that it is time to start taking notice of the main pipeline for the increasingly successful
league that is Major League Soccer. Considering that the entirety of players entering the
professional level via the SuperDraft mostly ply their trade at the Division I level in college, we
have decided to chronicle the upcoming season until it culminates with the season ending
College Cup. We will go all the way from the current state of pre-season and end with us
actually being in attendance for the semi-finals and final of the Div. I championship.

Although we are about four months away from the Championship final (which I will
actually be attending (hope you can join me)), the pre-season poll has already been released and
it is a long list of the “usual suspects.” Then top ten teams only have one new entrant (Akron
moved from the 11th spot to the 10th spot) and the top 25 only sees one new team getting into the
ranking that had not been there before (Furman). The top five sees the return of last season’s
champion North Carolina at the top, followed by UCLA at number two- both teams still being
able to field impressive teams despite both teams losing two players in the first round of last
year’s SuperDraft.

The remaining three teams are Creighton (3rd), Connecticut (4th), and South Florida (5th).
Creighton has the easiest path to the title as their early season fixture against Akron seems to be
the only road block on their way to having a very successful season. While the other teams may
be more talented and come from bigger schools, their schedules may lead to them beating each
other up and causing them to miss out on the big dance in December. North Carolina will have
to deal with the behemoth that is the ACC (Atlantic Coastal Conference) on their way to a repeat
of last year’s success and ULCA will have to deal with the massive wealth of talent that can be
found within California and the nearby states and schools.

Connecticut and South Florida both still face daunting schedules despite not being in as
impressive a conference as the ACC. Connecticut will face several teams that will inevitably
find themselves bouncing in and out of the top 25 and teams that will always find themselves on
the fringes of a berth into the end of season tournament. South Florida has scheduled several top
25 teams, including Akron, St. John’s, and Louisville, all while still keeping their schedule
relatively high profile. As mentioned earlier, only Creighton seems to have their schedule
packed with mediocre opposition for the majority of it, and I am sure that they will suffer greatly
in the rankings if they lose too many of these games.

The college game is one that has long been dominated by the same few teams and it will
be interesting to see if we get the same storyline this year. One thing is certain; we will certainly
be enjoying the thrills and pitfalls of teams until the bitter end.

Written by: Andrew McCole, Soccerprose.com