USMNT: Top 10 Tweets of the Week (Vol. 3)
What do you do when you're young, gifted and famous? You open a Twitter account and tell the world your business, of course.
Musicians, actors or athletes...everyone needs to let off a little steam now and then. For those of us who cover U.S. soccer, we're just happy that so many of the players choose to do it so publicly.
This week, we've got new haircuts, earthquakes and an oddly noteworthy trip to The Cheesecake Factory.
Welcome to Vol. 3 of the Top 10 Tweets of the Week from the player pool of the U.S. National Team.
No. 10: Stuart Holden Has a Hot Girlfriend
I'm a lowly sportswriter, and Stuart Holden is an internationally famous athlete. So, I really shouldn't begrudge him his smoking hot girlfriend—or his public efforts to make sure he keeps his smoking hot girlfriend. From @stuholden:
"Happy birthday to the GF @KaralynWest ! Hope u have an amazzzzzzing day! #fajitas"
That's right, he's famous, pretty and his girl is hotter than yours. He's also a really nice guy. It's hard to hate him.
But I'm still trying.
No. 9: Benny Feilhaber Shows off His New Accessory
Benny Feilhaber hurt his ankle against Sporting Kansas City last weekend. Word was it wasn't too serious. Then he went and posted this picture of himself wearing a protective boot. But don't worry. From @b_feilhaber22:
"Das boot!! Hopefully won't be in this too long, only precautionary!!
Ever since news reporters started tweeting pictures of their own surgeries, I'm fascinated by this kind of thing—especially since this is an athlete with a relevant injury as opposed to an overweight news anchor having hernia surgery.
No. 8: Bill Hamid Keeping Busy During Cuba Match
In case anyone missed it, the U-23s beat the stuffing out of Cuba on Thursday night. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid jumped on Twitter to give his teammates their props. From @billhamid28:
"The guys in front of me had a wonderful game.. Hats off to them.. On to Canada"
I thought it was a little disrespectful to pull out his mobile and start tweeting during the game, although Cuba didn't manage to fire a shot off in complaint.
But I don't care what anyone says, having the pizza delivered to his goal in the second half was over the line.
No. 7: DaMarcus Beasley Shakes Things Up
Unless you're from California, earthquakes don't play a major role in Americans' lives. So, you can understand DaMarcus Beasley sending several tweets out after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook his home up in Mexico this week. From @damarcusbeasley:
"My second earthquake today since being in Puebla.. These are freaky!! Was in my car and the ground was shakin my car side to side! Crazy!!!"
Of course, DaMarcus didn't find out about the earthquake until he got home and saw it on the news. He'd just assumed that angry Puebla supporters had caught up to him in traffic with their side sitting third from bottom in the table.
No. 6: Heath Pearce Trades One Crush for Another
We all use social media to make our crushes public. For my part, if Rosario Dawson is reading she should stop whatever she's doing and call me immediately so we can kick this relationship into gear. But I digress.
Heath Pearce put himself out there this week. From @HeathGPearce:
"Someone tell Belen Mozo that I love her! I don't love Lolo anymore I've been forced to move on."
Belen Mozo is a golfer. Lolo is track star Lolo Jones. Do a google search people! I can't keep hand-feeding you this stuff.
Pearce leaves out why he's been forced to move on. I'm going with restraining order, but that's just a hunch.
No. 5: Sebastian Lletget Digs Deep
He wasn't called up for Olympic qualifying with the U-23s, so Sebastian Lletget spent the week getting in some serious introspection and pondering the bigger picture. I
think you'll be impressed with the depth he came up with. From @slletget:
"Mann! I wanna call a girl shawty without sounding like a complete idiot."
Don't we all Sebastian. Don't we all.
No. 4: Brek Shea Gets so Fresh and so Clean
It's not every day that you get to see professional athletes looking like New Jersey housewives in to touch up their roots.
It might not have been today either if Juan Agudelo hadn't sold Brek Shea out during a coloring session before the U-23s game against Cuba. From @juanagudelo17:
"@brekshea gettin his hawk freshened for qualies, #teammohawk lifestyle"
I don't care if they never win another game. This set of U-23s are rocking the mohawk like none before them.
Can a balding 30-something pull that look off? I want to join the team.
No. 3: Juan Agudelo Outs Reading Disorders on Team USA
Sometimes people have problems. Learning disorders are nothing to joke about. I can only assume Jurgen Klinsmann and Caleb Porter are going to discipline Juan Agudelo seriously for this tweet. From @juanagudelo17:
Not cool Juan. Not cool.
Wait a minute, my editor's running this way yelling something about slanderous irresponsible journalists. She must be talking to someone else.
No. 2: U-23s Go Crazy for Some Cheesecake
City beat Chelsea, Mexican earthquakes and Real Madrid dropped more points, but a trip to The Cheesecake Factory was easily the most tweeted about event in the national team universe this week. No fewer than five guys posted pictures and messages about it.
Either the Virgin Mary appeared in cheesecake form, or this was the most brilliant guerrilla marketing campaign I've ever seen.
No. 1: Brek Shea Handicaps the Hunger Games
For those who have lived under a rock for the past few years, The Hunger Games is an insanely popular series of books by Suzanne Collins.
The first movie in the trilogy came out this week. Brek Shea thinks he'd do pretty well. From @brekshea:
"I would dominate the Hunger Games."
Between me and you, I think Katniss Everdeen would put up more of a fight than the Cuban U-23s could muster against Shea and company.