Happy final Sunday Funday of 2015, Mane Landers. As you debate whether that last little bit of egg nog in the fridge will do the trick in your coffee, and whether your liver can handle any more mimosas, let's get your Sunday started right with some tasty links.
MLS Top Five Rookie Goals
Here's a quick video from MLSSoccer.com, highlighting the top five rookie goals of 2015. Of course, Cyle Larin gets in there... twice. Another great chance to remember how much fun we had last season and to get ready for March 6.
MLS Angry Goalkeepers 2015
Yes, that's right. MLSSoccer.com has put together a compilation video of some of the best (or worst) GK moments from the 2015 season. This is a lot more fun if you are decent at lip reading. I hope Luis Robles doesn't kiss his mother with that mouth.
No Love For American Coaches Abroad
While we are still on the subject of the UK, and vis-à-vis European football, here is a very interesting piece about the perceived discrimination against U.S. coaches making it in the European leagues.
More than three dozen Americans have played in the English Premier League, where five teams also have U.S. owners. Yet the EPL has never had a U.S.-born coach. Ditto the German Bundesliga, home to four players from the last U.S. World Cup team but to no American coaches. Nor have there been any in Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A, France's Ligue 1, Portugal's Primeira Liga or the Dutch Eredivise. - Kevin Baxter, L.A. Times
LA Galaxy's Bruce Arena is heavily quoted about his thoughts on the subject. Despite the rising popularity of U.S. players overseas, coaches have yet to make the same impact, Bob Bradley being the one noted exception, and his career outside of the U.S. has not been at the top flight.
Rating All The Things From 2015
With Christmas behind us, we all know there are just a few short days left in December for us to make lists. We have to get our 2016 New Year's resolutions ready and more importantly, send 2015 off by remembering, rating, and ranking every possible thing we can think of.
USL Goal of the Season 2015
USLSoccer.com is asking for fan input on voting for the Goal of the Season, before the Dec. 30, 3 p.m. deadline. The four and-a-half minute video shows all the goals in order and then you vote for your favorite, easy peasy. Former Orlando City player Aodhan Quinn is up for a picture perfect free kick. A great reminder of the competitive level in USL and a primer for what we can hope to see with OCB starting this spring.
Boxing Day Blowout
Our over-the-pond neighbors in the UK do not mess around with soccer on Boxing Day, in fact, it's a very long-held tradition, as this cute, fun, and informative little video will show you (go watch, really). And since we here at The Mane Land know our audience, we know that yesterday you did two things: 1. Took Austin's really hard quiz, and 2. Watched a whole day of soccer. But just in case your friends and family coaxed you off the couch and out to the mall, here is a recap of the best moments from games you may have missed.
I know Christmas is over, Mane Landers. But I feel that it is never too late to give gifts over the holidays.
For all the Beliebers out there, your boy Justin having a kick about with fans:
Justin's the only idol who plays soccer with his Beliebers.. pic.twitter.com/jyWtyXNOx4— Justin Bieber (@1Kidrauhl_Biebz) December 26, 2015
And for those of you who think it's unnaturally hot this December and are yearning for scenes of sports with snow:
"WHERE'D THE BALL GO!??" pic.twitter.com/Rs0GmJJzSl— Deadspin (@Deadspin) December 26, 2015