We spent a long time talking about Sergio Ramos on the new Total Soccer Show, and how everyone only seems to remember his mistakes. Our basic thesis is that Ramos takes risks and gets to the ball first, but everyone only remembers the rare moments when he misses, because they look like horrible errors. The above video highlights the number of times Ramos gets it right.
It’s Koke’s individual highlights versus Chelsea from the 2013-4 Champions League semi-final.
Around the 6:40 mark of the new show, Taylor took a moment to overly explain a reference to “Sergio!”, the saxophone-sporting, suspender-wearing dynamo played by Jon Hamm. Here he is in all his glory!
The TSS podcast review of the game is on the way, but here are the highlights in case you need to catch up.
As mentioned on the latest pod, cartoon Bart Simpson is funny, mascot Bart Simpson is dead-eyed and scary. Image is from Bart Simpson’s ceremonial signing with Zenit Saint Petersburg.
When the US plays the Czech Republic on Wednesday, they’ll very likely be up against Watford (and former West Brom) striker Matej Vydra. These highlights suggest Vydra is a) fast, and b) very fast. Expect Vydra to keep John Brooks on his toes.
Utrecht’s 18-year-old attacker Rubio Rubin has been named to the USMNT roster for the game against the Czech Republic. We found these highlights of Rubin in action for the US U-17 team while doing research to preview the game.
Highlights of FC Kansas City’s 2-1 win over Seattle Reign, as discussed on the upcoming Total Soccer Show podcast.
Taylor (red shirt) and Daryl (white shirt) worked the beer truck at the USA vs Portugal RVA watch party on Sunday. It as the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the busiest of times. Man in the middle, in the blue shirt, is Grant, aka Lord Grantham, the TSS 11-a-side team midfielder who did a heroic double-shift to help lubricate the public soccer viewing in downtown Richmond.
Final crowd has been estimated at 5,000-ish, which makes the event an official success. Two thumbs up for the Richmond Kickers, SportsBackers, Venture Richmond and, last but certainly not least, the American Outlaws — Richmond Chapter for putting the event together.
If you had to change one law of the game, what would it be?