Danny Gabbdon of Wales gets a little close for comfort to Scott McDonald of Australia.
words // Nick Engvall
The NBA may be seeing their players show up on public courts to get in some playing time, but no sport does “non-competitive” (yeah, right!) friendly matches like soccer. To say that any professional athlete, or amateur athlete for that matter, can play any kind of sport against another international team and have their natural competitive instincts not show through is comical. Though you might see a laid back approach at times during a week like the last, which was filled with international friendly matches, players are out there playing aggressively (see the above picture for proof), because that’s what they do, and that’s why we love to watch them compete.
This week Team USA and Mexico battled to a 1-1 draw in their latest match. The match was the first with new coach, Jurgen Klinsmann’s at the helm of Team USA. The struggling USA team is hoping that Jurgen can stir things up and bring the best out of a team often referred to as never living up to potential. Ironically it was a player who was not even on the original roster, Robbie Rogers who put in the lone goal for the United States.
Keisuke Honda of Japan wearing Mizuno cleats.
Shinji Kagawa celebrates scoring a goal in the adidas F50 adiZero.
Robbie Rogers of the USA and Gerardo Torrado of Mexico battle for possession wearing Nike soccer cleats.
Pablo Berrera gets some air wearing Nike Mercurial cleats.
Niki Zimling of Denmark wearing the adidas adiPower Predator.
Gareth Bale of Wales wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.
Antonia Cassandra wearing Diadora cleats.
Gianluigi Buffon wearing the Elektro colorway of the PUMA PowerCat.
Camilo Sanvezza of the Vancouver Whitecaps in the F50 heads one on goal at keeper Sean Johnson of the Chicago Fire in the adiPower Predator.