The Daily Brace 08/24/17

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The Daily Brace 08/24/17:

You’ve probably heard of the tunnel cam: the camera that is allowed access to the player tunnel as teams enter and exit the field. These cameras often catch funny, serious or important moments as players interact in close quarters with their teammates and their opposition on the way to and from the dressing rooms. Well, now for a few fans at Man City, the tunnel cam is obsolete, they have the Tunnel Club.

First up is a piece that explains the new Tunnel Club at Man City: NYT – For a Price, a Chance to Go Beyond a Premier League Curtain.

The reaction to the Tunnel Club has been mixed, and this short piece offers a unique and rather hilarious perspective on the whole thing: The Guardian – Manchester City’s Tunnel Club player aquarium leaves the mind swimming.

What do you think about the Tunnel Club? Please comment below.


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The Daily Brace 08/23/17

The Daily Brace is a weekday feature that spotlights two links to other online content. It is curated by multiple people, on The Brace Phoenix team, each with their own interests and reading/viewing habits.  Check in every weekday to get a quick dose of soccer content before work, at lunch, or whenever.

The Daily Brace 08/23/17:

With the start of American Football (the NFL) only a few weeks away, we wanted to bring the two sports together somehow, and the placekicker (field goal kicker) was obvious common ground. The 2000 movie The Replacements is what introduced us to a soccer style placekicker, but the concept is much older than that!

First, let’s look at a little bit of history about placekickers that use a soccer technique: ABC News – How European soccer-style kickers started a revolution 50 years ago.

Now let’s think about a Premier League superstar joining the NFL in the placekicker position: Business Insider – One of the world’s best soccer players reportedly has plans to become an NFL kicker later in his career.

What do you think?  Will the superstars of European soccer end up in the NFL? Please comment below.


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The Daily Brace 08/22/17

The Daily Brace is a weekday feature that spotlights two links to other online content. It is curated by multiple people, on The Brace Phoenix team, each with their own interests and reading/viewing habits.  Check in every weekday to get a quick dose of soccer content before work, at lunch, or whenever.

 

The Daily Brace 08/22/17:

If you didn’t already know, the MLS recently turned down a 4 billion-dollar media deal, in large part because it would require the league to adopt a promotion/relegation structure. Much of the soccer world utilizes the promotion/regulation structure, but the MLS continues to resist that model. Today, we wanted to provide you with a look at the debate over this issue and show you at least one example of how this debate is escalating.

First up is an article that outlines the case for and against implementing this structure in the MLS: SB Nation – Dirty South Soccer – Promotion and Relegation: the Ultimate Debate.

Now take a look at how this debate is having very real, very legal, implications: Law 360 – US Pro Soccer Structure In Question With CAS Challenge.  FYI, CAS in that title is an acronym for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Where do you land in this debate? Comment below to let us know.


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Portland Timbers v N.Y. Red Bulls

ALWAYS IN ARIZONA TIMES!

Date: Friday, 08/18/17
AZ time:
7:00 PM

Broadcast: FS1
– Cox: 31 or 1031 (HD)
– Directv: 219

Location: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon – home of the Portland Timbers

Club Deportivo Leganés v Deportivo Alavés

ALWAYS IN ARIZONA TIMES!

Date: Friday, 08/18/17
AZ time: 
11:15 AM

Broadcast: beIN SPORTS en Español
– Cox: 437 or 1437 (HD)
– Directv: 467

Location: Estadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganés, Community of Madrid, Spain – home of Club Deportivo Leganés

Curaçao v Mexico

Date: Sunday, 07/16/17
AZ time: 
5:00 PM

Broadcast: Fox Sports 1
– Cox: 31 or 1031 (HD)
– Directv: 219

Basic Info:
Location: San Antonio, TX – Alamodome

Articles to read ahead of the game:
ESPNFC – “Curaçao seeking to make a name for itself at the Gold Cup”

ESPN UK – “Usual suspects Mexico, U.S. and Costa Rica big favorites in Gold Cup”

MLS – “Curaçao 0, Jamaica 2 | 2017 CONCACAF Gold Match Recap”

The San Diego Union Tribune – “Don’t sleep on Curaçao in Gold Cup”

 

Jamaica v El Salvador

ALWAYS IN ARIZONA TIMES!

Date: Sunday, 07/16/17
AZ time:
3:00 PM

Broadcast: Fox Sports 2
– Cox: 341 or 1341 (HD)
– Directv: 618

Basic Info:
Location: San Antonio, TX – Alamodome

Articles to read ahead of the game:
Goal – “Mexico 3 El Salvador 1: Defending Gold Cup champions win opener”

MLS – “Curaçao 0, Jamaica 2 | 2017 CONCACAF Gold Match Recap”

Minnesota United FC v Atlas

ALWAYS IN ARIZONA TIMES!

Date: Saturday, 07/15/17
AZ time:
5:30 PM

Broadcast:
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Basic Info:
Location: Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium (home of the college football team the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and the temporary home of MLS side the Minnesota United FC).

Articles to read ahead of the game:
MLS MNUFC – “Get to know: Atlas FC”