ASN Morning Read: Unto the Jungle, Dear Friends
Cristiano Ronaldo is going to need more than gold cleats to help him defeat the United States. That's why he has teammates. Slate goes deep on denim. A defender joins Twitter.
Portugal manager Paulo Bento named the 23-man roster that will
May 20, 2014
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defeat the United States fall apart against the United States in the muggy jungle of Manaus. Cristiano Ronaldo, who one hopes is getting distracted from his footballing by his naked modeling career, leads the list. But whatevs: it's not like Eusébio is walking through that door.
Slate talks that famous denim kit: The 1994 World Cup uniform looked as if it had been conjured by a stoned teenager using Microsoft Paint. The jersey featured a denim print, oddly shaped floating white stars, and bright red trim, and it was made of 100 percent polyester. But as outlandish and stonewashed as it appeared, the design did capture the state of soccer in the United States. Unpolished, loud, and with no regard for international tradition, the kit certainly wasn’t dignified. It was uniquely American. “We were like the cowboys of the world,” midfielder Tab Ramos remembers. “Here we were, wearing jeans.”
So hey, this is the coolest thing ever: an ASN community-sourced 23-man roster. If Jurgen Klinsmann listens to the collective us, Terrence Boyd and Timothy Chandler would be on the plane to Brazil. Will he? Go make your own.
Don Garber attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new stadium in Atlanta. The venue will host both kinds of football and have a capacity of 29,000 for MLS matches, although the commissioner has big hopes for at least one game:
Danny Williams is going under the knife after finding out that he didn't make the 30-man preliminary roster. The Reading midfielder had a strong season but faltered toward the end. He's 25 and will return better, faster, stronger but right now "I just have to focus on getting my knee straight over the summer and come back next season."
And now, your quick-hits tweets of the day:
False narratives make the world go round