23 August 2011
Matthew Spitz (Editor-In-Chief) Twitter: @USfutblog
What does soccer mean to me? Everything. I fell in love with the sport from day one and could never get the game out of my system. I played futbol throughout my childhood in Roslyn, NY for various club programs, which culminated in my All-Conference senior season in High School. I decided then to spend a summer in a little town called La Paz, Costa Rica to learn the beautiful game from a true footballing culture. If you were wondering I did just use soccer, futbol, and football interchangeably, I couldn’t help myself.
Soon I ventured on to Cornell University to study business, but when that wasn’t cutting it, Max and I launched US Futblog. Slowly but surely we have developed the site to the one you follow and appreciate today. We can’t do it without our loyal fans, so we welcome with open arms your thoughts about the site, the articles, or anything else that pops into your soccer mind. Let’s get the ball moving in the right direction and support the US Men’s National Team, the only team that represents every single American fan.
Max Silverstein (Deputy Editor) Twitter: @maxsilve
I am a recent graduate of Indiana University. While at IU, I studied Sports Marketing and Management with a minor in Business. Growing up in the states there are various different avenues a kid can choose in terms of a sports interest, but once I got a taste of soccer I knew this was the sport for me. When playing footy was no longer an option I turned my attention to the media side of things. I have been with US Futblog since its inception in 2009, when Mr. Spitz and myself decided to try our hand at blogging in an attempt to spread the wealth of soccer to the masses. U.S. soccer is growing at a rapid pace and we here at US Futblog are dedicated to bringing you the latest news concerning the US Men’s National Team and its players.
Ramzi BenSaid (Staff Writer: EPL) Twitter: @rsbensaid
I can’t remember a time when soccer hasn’t been an important part of my life. Having a lot of family abroad with little to no English background, soccer has always been a common ground-whether kicking around on the beach or staring in awe at the game’s legends. I’ve suffered too many trophy-less seasons as an Arsenal fan, in Arsene we trust. I played and officiated soccer throughout my youth in New Hampshire and still play club soccer with CU Arsenal (fittingly). I love the game, and love sharing my passion about it with any and everyone who will listen.
I attend Cornell University where I am majoring in Industrial Labor Relations (ILR). I am the Director of Finance of the ILR Sports Management Club, where we produce a magazine, radio show and blog that take a closer look at the business end of sports. Additionally, we try to bring in important figures from the sports world to speak to our members.
Chase Tarantino (Staff Writer: Serie A) Twitter: @ctarantino125
The Beautiful Game has been, is, and always will be my greatest passion. I have been a player, fan, coach and referee. My passion for the sport stems from my Italian heritage - where soccer is an integral part of culture. I am lucky enough to have celebrated success as a player and a fan. In my senior year of high school, I won the NY State Championship. My favorite team, AC Milan, needs no introduction. Having gone to matches across the world, it is impossible to deny that people live for the sport and it is my goal to spread this fervor within the US.
Marc Serber (Staff Writer: MLS) Twitter: @SerberSoccer
Soccer has been a journey that has taken me all over the world. Growing up I played in 10 different countries, which included training with and playing against youth clubs such as AC Milan, Inter, Ajax, and Racing Club de Strasbourg. Although my playing career petered out, my passion never went away. I know cover the game I love by calling matches for Fox Sports International and for other teams such as the Los Angeles Blues (USL) and the Cal State Dominguez Hills soccer teams. In addition to contributing to US Futblog, I also write a column for soccer365.com called Serber's Say.
Matthew Strachman (Marketing VP/Staff Writer: Video of the Week) Twitter: @HisDudenessOfNY
What’s up gang, my name is Matt Strachman. I’m a New Yorker and a soccer fanatic to the core. I have played this beautiful sport since I was a wee-little child and to this day nothing excites me more than an invitation to the pitch. I developed a passion for writing during my college days at Cornell University and I hope to combine that with my love of soccer to help spread the good word at US Futblog.
I am also an incredibly competitive volleyball player and fantasy sports aficionado who ran the now defunct rotodish.com, a fantasy baseball blog with a deadspin/barstool sports twist. You can read more of my work at MetsMerizedOnline