My unexpected meeting with Messi

Messi joined our Google Hangout for a few minutes Wednesday morning. All images courtesy of KICKTV

Messi joined our Google Hangout for a few minutes Wednesday morning. All images courtesy of KICKTV

I had no idea what to expect when I was asked to join KICKTV’s inaugural Champion’s League trivia challenge set for this morning.

Once my attendance was confirmed last night, I hit the books (Wikipedia) for a solid two hours, ignoring trivial things such as: work, eating, and sleeping.

I woke up at 3:50 a.m. PST and thought: “what an odd time to hold a trivia challenge. I know that they’re in New York, but will people even be up this early?”

After a few last minutes of cramming before I was due to join the Google Hangout at 4:15, I felt ready.

If I had studied this hard in college, then I probably would have actually gotten good grades.

My goal was to not embarrass myself in front of Jimmy Conrad, who would be hosting the event.

Instead, I ended up embarrassing myself in front of Jimmy Conrad AND Lionel Messi.

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Leaked: Are These the New Sacramento Republic FC Jerseys?

By Evan Ream

While exploring the possibility of starting a blog covering Sacramento Republic FC, I have come across what looks to be the final designs for the jerseys for next year’s USL-Pro expansion team.

I cannot confirm that these are the exact jerseys that will be used, and my source who provided the images wished to remain anonymous due to their intimate nature with the team.

If these are the jerseys, then it looks like UC Davis Children’s Hospital will serve as a sponsor for the team.

The team, who have yet to confirm where they will play their home games next year, recently shared their aspirations to join MLS, setting 2016 as a target date.

The Cal Expo Fairgrounds have been rumored for some time as a probable venue.

A team spokesperson denied to comment on the matter.

UPDATE: The official jersey unavailing will take place Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the UC Davis Children’s hospital in Sacramento.

Soccer Has Ruined Other Pro Sporting Experiences for Me, And I’m Okay With It

By Evan Ream

Creative displays like this 1906 Ultras tifo generally do not occur at mainstream sporting events. Evan Ream/findingxavi.com

Creative displays like this 1906 Ultras tifo generally do not occur at mainstream sporting events. Evan Ream/findingxavi.com

On Friday night I broke a world record.

It’s true, I was one of a reported 17,317 fans in attendance at Sleep Train Arena where we set the record for the loudest indoor arena at 124.9 decibels (later bested again to 126).

It happened during a timeout.

During the first timeout of the game, the game-day host, a preppy man in his late twenties or early thirties wearing grey slacks with a matching vest, told us that we were going to break the record during the following timeout.

The following timeout it happened. An ESPN audience watched as the fans in Sacramento, along with my light clapping, raised the deafening blast that was the crowd to within .1 decibels of the pain threshold.

And then the game started again and the arena went quiet until prompted by the PA system.

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Southern Oregon University Club Soccer: For the Love of the Game

By Evan Ream

Club captain Josh Hill makes a save in the first half of a 4-0 win vs. Western Oregon University. Evan Ream/findingxavi.com

Club captain Josh Hill makes a save in the first half of a 4-0 win vs. Western Oregon University. Evan Ream/findingxavi.com

Southern Oregon Men’s Club Soccer team captain Josh Hill arrives at U.S. Cellular Park in Medford for his team’s game one hour early, just as he always does.

He gets out of his Dodge Ram 1500 and walks to the field. His license plate reads “I KEEP.”

Blessed with a tall, slender physique and quick reflexes, Hill is the type of athlete that wouldn’t look out of place on a Division-1 soccer field.

The goalkeeper warms up with a variety of exercises to prepare for their Cascade Collegiate Soccer First Division League game against WesternOregonUniversity.

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Adam Jahn is Returning to Where it All Started

By Evan Ream

Courtesy of Erica Jahn.

Courtesy of Erica Jahn.

San Jose Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn will return to the place where he learned to play soccer Sunday when he will sign autographs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Davis Swim & Fitness.

Jahn, an MLS Rookie of the Year candidate, will also be involved in a reunion with his youth club team: Davis Gunners (now Davis Legacy).

“Adam is excited to come home and greet the community he grew up in,” says Erica Jahn, Adam’s older sister. “Davis is a unique community and was a fantastic place to support and nurture his talent.”

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Finally the Mainstream Media is Paying Attention to NorCal

By Evan Ream

The front page of today’s Sacramento Bee sports section. Evan Ream/findingxavi.com

After years of ignoring the stories of local stars like Adam Jahn, Jalil Anibaba, and Amobi Okugo, as well as ignoring the San Jose Earthquakes, the mainstream media in Northern California has finally realized that they’re living in the 21st century.

All it took was a pro team to call their own.

Today the Sacramento Bee published not one, but two articles regarding the new USL Pro team in Sacramento.

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