Happy New Year!
I'm hoping many of you don't mind how late you're receiving your daily links dose because you were celebrating into the wee hours. I know I was. Here's to another great year of Seattle soccer (and arguing about it in the comments).
US Women's soccer is turning the page to 2016 after a successful and controversial 'victory tour' post World Cup. Jill Ellis talks about the "next chapter" and integrating younger players. Hope Solo will be in camp, though of course many other big names have retired or are recovering from injury.
Canada had a big soccer year in 2015, hosting a World Cup and seeing some young players get top recognition. Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani does a little Q and A with MLS as a year in review on the ups and downs of soccer in the frozen north.
The Bay Area also had an eventful year, and SF Gate's Beautiful Blog considers all that has happened in 2015, including the Earthquakes new stadium, a new supporter-owned team, and the prospect of a new MLS team in Sacramento (eventually).
One the other hand, a judge has ruled that the NFL can indeed take over some poor youths' soccer fields to make a parking lot for the Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium. Not a great start to 2016 for Bay Area soccer (but that's what happens when you are up against the Super Bowl).
Leicester City's odds to win the Premier League have gone from 5000-1 to 14-1 since the start of the season. Chelsea's, it's fair to say, have plummeted. Here's a look at how the odds have changed at the halfway point in this crazy year in England.
Making New Years resolutions? Good plan. Why don't we add some soccer-style resolutions while we're at it. Conor Dowley has us covered. My personal favorite, and the one I think will be the hardest: Stop overreacting to three-match runs of form.
Definitely don't forget to check out the Seattle Reign's best moments of 2015.
The Philadelphia Flyers got bored of ice and started trying out for the Philadelphia soccering team (don't be shocked to hear Jakub Voracek has been signed as the new Union keeper next week).
Cheers! Please determine who best celebrated the New Year in the comments below.