• Last week saw more of the Major League Soccer (MLS) 2021 playoff picture come into focus. Ben Dudley and Troy Ready's Portland Timbers took down my own Colorado Rapids on Thanksgiving Day. It was a heartbreaking loss as Colorado fans packed out the stadium in hopes of seeing the #1 seed in the West advance. But it wasn't to be with a 90th minute scramble in the box and a Timbers team that displayed the urgency to come away with the win. Billy Cerveny's Nashville SC took down Orlando City FC but fell in penalty kicks (2-0) on Sunday to the Philadelphia Union after a 1-1 draw. Beyond following Portland, most teams will now scatter for the season. Some players

    Nov 30,
  • A few weeks ago, my friends, Dr Chad Carlson of Hope College and Dr Brian Bolt of Calvin University on their podcast Sport.Faith.Life ask the question, Would Jesus Play...Soccer? It's part of a new series whereby they are looking at some of the different sports that Jesus would have participated in back in his day and what about that sport Jesus might have liked and what he would not have liked. Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I look at each of the reasons that Chad and Brian offer and then I offer a few of my own — on why I believe Jesus would have played soccer. And I can definitely say that I think Jesus would have.

    Nov 24,
  • The next few weeks equate to the off-season for most of soccer here in the United States. And with the off-season come a number of opportunities to contribute and help Soccer Chaplains United. Giving Tuesday - Nov 30Monthly giving optionsColorado Gives - Dec 7 Next Tuesday, November 30, is Giving Tuesday, a national day set aside to make gifts and contributions that are vital for non-profits as we approach the end of the calendar year. Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday began in New York City at the 92nd Street YMCA. It has grown into an independent and global movement to inspire generosity. Just one week, later, Tuesday, December 7 is Colorado Gives Day — this state-specific day of philanthropy which began

    Nov 23,
  • Less than a month ago, a hefty majority of Soccer Chaplains United chaplains found that their teams were headed for playoffs in their perspective leagues. Hopes were high, but several teams stumbled in spite of achieving this pivotal milestone for a long season of soccer. Of the teams that remain in the playoff hunt, Major League Soccer (MLS), Ben Dudley and Troy Ready's Portland Timbers won against Minnesota United FC, 3-1. They will face my own Colorado Rapids this Thursday, on Thanksgiving Day in an MLS first — a national, televised match on Thanksgiving. Billy Cerveny's Nashville SC play a home game this Tuesday night at 4:00 pm Eastern against Orlando City FC in a game televised on FS1 and

    Nov 22,
  • This December 26th, a team of 19 high school students from Valor Christian High School will travel to Guatemala for 16 days. The team will spend a majority of ministry time working with the community that lives around the city dump in Zacapa, Guatemala. Children in Guatemala play with a makeshift goal Soccer will be a significant part of the team's ministry as they hold soccer camps and outreach projects in the community. With all that has gone on in the pas couple of years, this community has great need and not only does the Valor team hope to provide ministry to them while there, but also leave behind some gear that would enrich their lives. Other projects include building

    Nov 18,