01 March 2006


Okay, so looking at the schedule, I've picked dates for Operation: Deflower. This should make this a nice week long event, though I had to use a few Wednesday games to make it happen. If this doesn't work for you, go ahead and let me know when it is feasible.

Again, the rules are simple.

  1. This is open to all bloggers out there, not even just soccer bloggers.
  2. Find someone who has not seen a professional soccer game in the US. Buy them a ticket to the game.
  3. While at game, ensure that guest partakes of tasty beverage
  4. Write a blog post describing the experience and your guest's reaction
  5. I will link to all Operation: Deflower posts so that you can see how other people reacted.
USL fans, just let me know if there's any time around here that works for you.

MLS East
Chicago Fire: Satuday, 8/12/2006, vs CD Chivas USA
DC United: Satuday, 8/19/2006, vs Coloardo Rapids
Columbus Crew: Saturday, 8/19/2006, vs MetroStars
Kansas City Wizards: Satuday, 8/12/2006, vs Columbus Crew
New Jersey: Wednesday, 8/16/2006, vs DC United
New England Revolution: Satuday, 8/19/2006, vs Chicago Fire

MLS West
CD Chivas USA: Saturday, 8/19/2006, vs. Kansas City Wizards
Colorado Rapids: Saturday, 8/12/2006, vs. LA Galaxy
FC Dallas: Wednesday, 8/16/2006, vs CD Chivas USA
Houston: Saturday, 8/12/2006, vs FC Dallas
LA Galaxy: Sunday, 8/20/2006, vs FC Dallas
Real Salt Lake: Saturday, 8/19/2006, vs Houston


Think of this as just an excuse to do your part for the Free Beer Movement. Current participants are:

-Kali from Real Salt Lake Blog

-John from Pseudo Corner Kick

-Joe from We Call it Soccer

-Oscar from Record as I Am

-Mr. Fish from The Kin of Fish

-Mig from DuNord

I'll add new participants as I hear of them (go ahead and volunteer in the comments). This post will also be permanent linked in the blogroll soon, and I'll be issuing updates as they are warranted.

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At 01 March, 2006 16:59, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question-- not to throw a wrench into planning, but why so late (August) for the deflowering? If the deflowering works and the person becomes a fan of soccer that's months of lost soccer time. Wouldn't a season-starting deflowering make sense?

Are non-bloggers also encouraged to report on deflowering in the comments section?

I think this is a great, viral marketing effort. Good work.

At 01 March, 2006 17:17, Blogger D said...

August was chosen very early in floating this idea because it would have post-World cup momentum. Plus, if they become a soccer fan, then they'll have less time before playoff positioning kicks in, and the games become fairly important. Makes it easier to sustain interest.

Non bloggers are definately encouraged to report once we establish the results post. Please, by all means.

At 01 March, 2006 18:07, Anonymous tom said...

Not a good date for the DC United deflowering...remember how hot it was for the match against Chivas last August which also started at 4PM? 119 degrees on the field!! Not the best advertisement for the beautiful game in those conditions. Better to do it the next Saturday against the Galaxy.

At 01 March, 2006 21:28, Blogger Yuda said...

I'm mildly embarassed to say I've never seen a professional soccer game in the U.S.

I *have* seen DC United play foreign teams, though. Does that count?

At 02 March, 2006 08:07, Blogger scaryice said...

Hey d, check your sitemeter (on the left where it says referrals) and post here:


At 02 March, 2006 08:27, Blogger Matt W said...

I'm definitely up for this. The biggest misconception American sports fans have about soccer is that it's boring. There's no humanly way possible you can stand with a club's supporters singing and chanting and groaning and cheering and yelling for a couple hours and come away thinking the game is boring. Especially with beer involved. No way no how.

At 03 March, 2006 11:46, Blogger Kinney said...

I'm not a soccer blogger but I am in as soon as we pick a date.

At 25 June, 2006 21:23, Blogger DCSportsChick said...

Hey, I think I'm in for the DC United game- just got someone to agree to it.

At 27 August, 2006 09:32, Blogger Thomas Shawn said...

August is not too late, just in time for the EPL, England's Championship League, Le Champoinnat in France, La Lige in spain.

I have created a circle in work and now there's fout of that regularly discuss football (real footbal, not rugby played wearing ABS plastic.)

At 28 August, 2006 11:49, Blogger Michael Briggs said...

Operation Deflower: Update: 2 non-MLS fans attended the Saturday 8/26/96 game. Great game, no? See best team in MLS defeated by worst team in MLS (no longer worst)? A write-up has been completed and posted on my blog. Mostly a recap of the game, with pictures in-between each paragraph. So, if interested in see photos, check it out, otherwise . . ..

I will say, or repeat what I said near the end of my blog entry - Will I attend another MLS game? Not sure, I will watch the rest of the season on TV and might attend the only regular season game not televised (referring to last group of games).

Interesting, 6 yellow cards, two goals scored by players on own team. Oh, and something I forgot to mention in my blog - I expected more fancy foot work. More faking out opponent and going around him, less straight passes (there was some fancy foot work, just expected more).


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