US Soccer & The Written Word

It is fairly well known that the best analysis and discussion on soccer, and particularly the USMNT, isn’t coming from big sports websites like, Yahoo! Sports or even Fox Sports / Fox Soccer Channel. Rather, for in-depth conversation and unique angles, soccer fans take to the online publications, blogs and message boards.


It's more of a question than a statement...for now.

Matthew and I hope that TSG has been able to provide just that — interesting commentary and a forum for high quality discussion for USMNT fans and beyond.

We learned today, via the American Outlaws, that US Soccer actually has an award for Best Soccer Blog. Honestly, we didn’t even know it existed. While TSG has only been around for a five months we think we provide some of the most complete coverage of the USMNT.

We highly doubt we have a shot at winning (this year), but it’d be great for TSG and our readers if TSG got a little exposure by being a “finalist”…assuming that is a big deal. Either way, for an upstart publication such as ourselves getting some acknowledgment for our work by US Soccer would be pretty cool.

So if you like what we do, please head over to US and nominate The Shin Guardian for Best Soccer Blog. (Please note, you don’t need to log-in to nominate.) Also, if you are so inclined, please send the link around to your fellow fans and friends.

(And if you don’t like what we do or have ideas on how we can be better, please email us at shinguardian[at]gmail[dot]com.)

Over at you’ll also have the opportunity to submit nominees for Best Soccer Bar, Best Soccer Fan Photo (TSG nominated Matt Mathai’s photo from The 9th Minute Salute) and Best Soccer Specialty Store. The remainder of the 12 total “Best of” awards will be announced on 11/23 along with the list of finalists for the four aforementioned awards.

Thanks so much for your support and being part of the TSG community.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Berg on 2009/11/04 at 10:31 AM

    Done and done. Time to stuff the ballot box (Chicago style).


  2. Posted by kaya on 2009/11/04 at 11:08 AM



  3. Posted by Timmy on 2009/11/04 at 11:19 AM

    Also done.


  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/11/04 at 11:46 AM

    Hey thanks so much everyone — it’s been my turn to travel for work and it’s great logging on and seeing the support.

    Thank you.


  5. Posted by Antonio H. on 2009/11/04 at 7:59 PM



  6. Posted by Kevin U. on 2009/11/04 at 9:20 PM

    Love the site…its the first thing I check everyday, even before facebook


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