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New Year’s Day Thoughts on SBI’s Birthday

Good evening folks and Happy New Year to all of you. Along with this being the first day of the new year, today also marks the first birthday of the new Soccer by Ives.

These 12 months have just flown by and as much fun as it was, I'm hoping 2009 will be even better. I do have some changes in store for the site, but none that I will share now. I will say that the look of the site will change and the content will hopefully increase. No, SBI will never get to a point where it regurgitates every soccer story that emerges anywhere in the world, but we will continue to work hard to bring you the most important and most interesting soccer stories, both American and international, and provide you with some perspective and insight into the stories that matter most.

The new year is promising to be an even more exciting one for the American soccer fan than 2008, what with Hexagonal Round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on the horizon as well as the Confederations Cup, the arrival of the Seattle Sounders to MLS, the next Under-20 World Cup, CONCACAF Champions League and the 2009 MLS season. That's not to mention all the great international soccer news that will emerge in the year before the 2010 World Cup.

I haven't done it in a while, but I feel it is time to once again ask SBI readers what they would like to see more of and less off on the site. What additions would you like to see made to SBI? What aspects of the site can you do without?

Share your thoughts below and be sure to check in on Friday as I return with the latest SBI MLS Mock Draft and hopefully the first completed portion of the latest Q&A.


  1. Soccer by Ives has been great! Please keep up all the great work, we need more quality soccer reporting in the US, covering US and WW professional soccer. SBI contributes well to the greater cause.

    MLS, US players overseas, International stories… all great. Happy new year!


  2. Ives,

    A bit late to this thread… Great site, keep it up. I guess you need to decide if you want to do a few things well or a lot of things mediocre. As you know, it’s hard, if not impossible to everything well. For me I get what I need here – USMNT! Keep it up and keep it simple is my vote.

  3. JLoome, I easily won our debate, but the pool did turn out in your favor (though it’s an unscientific poll and was probably infiltrated by Eurosnob hackers. LOL)

  4. Happy birthday, dude.(And I’m at least three debates up on you now, thanks to the lovely poll on who should get the title!)


  5. Please keep the focus on the US football experience in the MLS, in international club and national team competitions, and players abroad. This is the value-added core of your appeal. Please try to do more coverage of USL-1. Thanks for a great site.


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