Play on, boys
“As a team on the inside, we talked about it beforehand. Not knowing what the game would be like, how the conditions would be, but the thing that had to be there was the commitment, the mentality, the determination, the willingness of every guy to fight for the guy next to him. So I think on a night like tonight, that’s what carried us through.” - Michael Bradley
On a night where parkas would have been preferable to long sleeve jerseys, the US Men’s National Team managed to come away with an important win against Costa Rica on Friday night in their quest for a spot in Brazil next year. But while the US came away with the points, the fans were the real winners.
Here’s to the United States and Costa Rica for battling through and giving us all a night to remember. [Posted by Maxi]
Youngsters gunning for disability legacy at Arsenal
Young people from three London schools and players from Arsenal’s visually impaired and deaf football teams helped kick off a drive to get more disabled people playing sport yesterday.
The 2012 Disability Sports Summit, held at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, aims to pick up on the momentum created by the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and brought together sports bodies, charities and local authorities to discuss how sport can become more inclusive.
But pride of place went to youngsters from Islington, Haringey and Hackney who took part in a penalty shoot-out on the Emirates pitch: sending out a clear message that sport - and legacy - should be for everyone.
They were joined by members of the Paralympics GB Blind Football and Volleyball Teams, and by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who announced new funding to improve access to disability sport.
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