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Location: Raleigh, NC
Gender: Man
Member since: March 25, 2005
Last visit: April 04, 2022

Ricardo has posted 8 links and 401 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 8 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Teams to watch: US Soccer teams (M & F) San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Braves Liverpool FC Boston Celtics Carolina Railhawks University of Virginia (football & soccer) Most memorable sporting event: almost 80,000 fans packed into Giants Stadium to see Juventus play Manchester United. Forlan misses a sitter from 3 yards with the keeper on the ground behind him. Almost most memorable sporting event: My uncle worked for Doubleday (who used to own the Mets) in the 80's and he got 4 tickets to Game 6 of the World Series that year. It was supposed to be me and my dad and him and my cousin. At the last minute he sold the other two tickets and off he and my dad went into baseball history. you haven't suffered until you've held season tickets to Virginia football

Recent Links

Password change: Asked about this a while back ... was it ever added anywhere?

posted by Ricardo to other at 02:45 PM on November 04, 2013 - 1 comment

Robbie Rogers comes out as gay: US Soccer player Robbie Rogers has stated on his blog that he is gay and will be taking a break from soccer to concentrate on life.

posted by Ricardo to soccer at 02:53 PM on February 15, 2013 - 9 comments

Password Change: Where can I change my password? I cant find anywhere on the site to do so.

posted by Ricardo to feature requests at 11:02 AM on September 26, 2012 - 2 comments

Liverpool Football Club board agree sale: The board of Liverpool has agreed to sell the club to the US owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team despite protests from owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

posted by Ricardo to soccer at 06:15 AM on October 06, 2010 - 24 comments

Heartbreak for women's US soccer team.: As Brazil head to the World Cup final with Germany.

posted by Ricardo to soccer at 10:04 AM on September 27, 2007 - 52 comments

Recent Comments

World Cup 2022 Draw

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posted by Ricardo at 11:50 PM on April 04, 2022

World Cup 2022 Draw

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posted by Ricardo at 11:50 PM on April 04, 2022

World Cup 2022 Draw

If Wales wins through their play-in, group B will be the only group with no teams outside the top 25 (regardless of who wins the other play-ins). Every other group will have at least one lower than 25 and a couple groups will have two lower than 25. I'd say B is the group of death if Wales can make it. I hope they don't.

posted by Ricardo at 11:50 PM on April 04, 2022

What the USMNT Need to Qualify

The U.S. has never won in Mexico's great soccer cathedral.

We did. In a 2012 friendly.

posted by Ricardo at 04:07 PM on February 04, 2022

Hail to the Washington Commanders

I'm still amazed that the team agreed to leave the old name behind without any sort of contingency plan except just calling themselves the Football Team.

I was amazed also. But being more of a soccer fan, I liked it and wish they had kept it. I had naively hoped it would start a trend in America. I don't hate the new name, but find Washington's color scheme of red and gold an odd bedfellow of the military theme.

posted by Ricardo at 01:31 PM on February 02, 2022

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

This does away with home teams playing overly defensively in the first leg

Home team plays overly defensive, not away team.

posted by Ricardo at 08:18 PM on June 26, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

Away goals>Penalties

While that might be true, it isn't a case of one or the other. Getting rid of away goals gives the teams thirty minutes to try to decide it on the field.

extra time > away goals > penalties

With that, you either take the middle position or you take the two outer options being possibilities. I wonder what the percentage of games are that get decided in the extra time as opposed to having to go to penalties.

posted by Ricardo at 10:29 AM on June 26, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

This does away with home teams playing overly defensively in the first leg creating more exciting matches. I much prefer extra time to settle it.

posted by Ricardo at 01:17 AM on June 25, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews

I don't know that either side was really in the wrong here. The tour rightly asks players take interviews and a player should rightly decline if that's weighing on them in such a negative fashion.

It sounds like she said the right things when she withdrew (when I'm ready, I want to have the discussion on how to make this better for players, press and fans) and it sounds like all four majors are now saying the right things (mental health is a real issue and needs to be addressed, we'll work on finding how to make sure all stakeholders do their job to the best of their ability, without impacting player health).

posted by Ricardo at 03:23 PM on June 01, 2021

Will a 'Super League' blow up global soccer? Here's what we know after bombshell announcement

I think they're trying to create an alternative to the Champions League as opposed to La Liga. And a better move is to work to make those countries have more than a couple dominant teams. It shouldn't be necessary to cross borders to create a competitive national league.

posted by Ricardo at 04:14 PM on April 21, 2021

Will a 'Super League' blow up global soccer? Here's what we know after bombshell announcement

As a long time fan of the beautiful game, one of the things that made it beautiful for me was the very antithesis of American sports. There are few meaningless games towards the end of the season with teams fighting for spots at either end of the table, whether it be for the title or a spot in the Champions League or a team fighting relegation. The romance of the little guy being able to fight through to achieve something special as Leicester did a few seasons ago. This just feels like an Americanization of something that was much better beforehand and hopefully it doesn't come to fruition. This is the first time in 15 years as a Liverpool supporter I'm ashamed to be so.

posted by Ricardo at 07:53 PM on April 19, 2021

Liverpool win Premier League: Reds' 30-year wait for top-flight title ends

I've worn a different Liverpool shirt every day since the Chelsea/City match. It would feel more like dreamland if we didn't have several months to brace for it and had already been running away with it to begin with. Still seems a bit surreal. Time to design my next tattoo. UP THE REDS!!!

posted by Ricardo at 03:17 PM on June 29, 2020

U.S. Soccer President Resigns Over Sexist Legal Strategy

Wow! Cindy Parlow Cone has been named President in Cordeiro's place. This will get interesting I suspect.

posted by Ricardo at 12:24 AM on March 14, 2020

U.S. Soccer President Resigns Over Sexist Legal Strategy

Within each team, an argument can be made for different pay scales. You can pay each male the same as each other male or you can pay them based on their individual skills (e.g. the best male makes more than the worst male).

Revenue should play into it, but country is slightly different than club. At a club, you can shop your skills around to the highest bidder. You cannot do that for your country (for the most part). That gives the USSF (and other federations) an unfair bargaining chip.

If a federation is going to pay the worst male the same as the best male, then each female's pay should be very close to that same amount, with some allowance being made for the difference in revenue whether it be in the favor of the men or women.

posted by Ricardo at 05:59 PM on March 13, 2020


The USNSTPA is a labor union for the men's team. I think they're using this as a springboard for their own CBA negotiations as opposed to being outright supporting of the USWNT. They've not voiced these concerns until now when there is no CBA in place for the men and it benefits them to paint USSF as greedy (probably correctly).

While the women are most likely woefully underpaid, I also don't understand why anyone thinks their pay should be commiserate with any other group, male or female. Sports are revenue based and players, all players, should be paid based off that.

If the women generate more revenue (wouldn't surprise me), then they should get MORE pay than the men. There's zero logic to it being the same either way.

posted by Ricardo at 02:14 PM on February 13, 2020