U.S. Soccer announces first set of “Best Of” Award Winners


The first set of winners of the 2008 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards was announced on Monday and SBI had the good fortune of being one of the award rcepients.

Winners for Best Soccer Bar, Best Specialty Store, Best Fan Photo and Best Blog were announced, with Globe Pub, Angelo's Soccer Corner, Jeff York and Soccer By Ives taking the honors.

Congrats to all the candidates in all the categories and a special thank you to all the SBI readers who cast their votes for this site.

More winners in the Best of U.S. Soccer series will be announced on Tuesday, with Best Goal: Development Academy, Best assist, Best All-Access Video and Best Performance: Player the next categories to have their winners revealed.

You can keep up to date on the entire Best of U.S. Soccer Awards series on www.ussoccer.com.

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61 Responses to U.S. Soccer announces first set of “Best Of” Award Winners

  1. Danny says:

    Congrats Ives. This is old news to us though. We know you’re the best there is. 😉

  2. Dominghosa says:

    Congrats, again.
    Well deserved.
    It was only a matter of time, Yes i know, i said that already.

  3. Casey C. says:

    Thataboy Ives!

  4. JD says:

    Ives. No small feat. Well played my man. Congrats.

  5. Matt T says:

    Go Ives! This is the best, without a doubt, and deserved the honor. Keep up the great work.

  6. Mike22 says:

    now that you’ve won, you aren’t going to pull a Sigi and sign with the Seattle Sounders Blog are you? 😉 jk, congrats!

  7. Johnny says:

    Congrats Ives. This was a long time coming. No one can beat the amount of content you post. With you it’s not only qauntity but qaulity! Keep up the awesome award winning work!

  8. elmatador says:

    Ives, you Rock!! seriously I don’t know what my life would be like, with out your site!!! you go IVES, Congratulations my Friends, Greetings from Dallas, TX

  9. Gabe says:

    big ups Ives!

  10. Smokedawg says:

    Congrats Ives, well deserved……keep it up…..

  11. Isaac says:

    oh please was there ever any doubt Ives would win.

  12. Tyler says:


  13. Adam says:

    Hell yeah!

  14. Cindy says:

    holla Ives! Congratulations, definitely a deserved award!

  15. Chrös says:

    Congrats Ives. This site and du Nord stand far above others in terms of the information and effort on each — albeit very different formats. This was well deserved and I hope helps get you more publicity and compensation for your hard work. Real information about U.S. soccer comes from these blogs, and it’s good to see you getting due credit.

  16. Chrös says:

    I also kind of think Best Pub is a bad topic, because the vast majority of people have been to one, two or none of these options, so it’d be assumed that wherever there is a big population center would win.

  17. Squard says:

    Congrats Ives. You deserve it.

  18. j1m says:

    Well deserved honor, Ives. You are the best.

  19. bubba says:

    Congrats are in order… Good stuff Ives…

  20. Hincha Tim says:

    I think, fittingly, I could paraphrase my favorite eruditer, Ray Hudson:

    “That is an absolutely Caberet award and Ives is Liza Minnelli!”

    “He’s going disco in a big way after this one. And I mean a big way. This is Barry White disco, this award. And let the music play, Blogosphere. What a scorcher by Ives, brilliant control, this is all deadly technique. This is practice ground writing, but not for Ives Galarcep, because come show time the big man gets up and dances like Fred Astaire…”

  21. Geoff says:

    I can speak for everyone in saying congrats Ives. You truly deserve it mate.

  22. mcadaal says:

    Hey, man…this is my first comment on your site.. but I just wanna stop by and say that:
    You deserve it.

    You are definitely the best reporter of 2008. I hope that you continue your great work. I have been a daily reader of your blog and other blogs but I have found soccerbyives.net to be the most informative and entertaining reads about soccer. That’s why we voted for you.

  23. RedLine55 says:

    THE GLOBE! its the most wonderful place in the world at 7am, watching the prem and wishing you hadn’t drank soooo much the night before!

  24. Dave says:

    Congrats on the W!

  25. Seth says:

    Congratulations, Ives!

  26. kpugs says:

    Well done Big I.

  27. MIDIKW says:

    Hey Ives – congrats and well deserved. The quantity and quality of American based soccer blogs is a great example of the growing popularity of soccer in the USA. Keep it coming!

  28. Erik Abarca says:

    Congrats Ives, u deserve it. I remember telling my brother back in 98-99, that you knew your stuff when it came to talking about soccer, and now u the best in the business. Job well done bro and keep up the great work!!!

  29. Jonny says:

    A young male minority steps up and beats an old-time white Washington insider. It’s like Obama-McCain all over again, and the right guy one yet again.

    SBI- Change You Can Believe In

  30. Al17 says:

    I also kind of think Best Pub is a bad topic, because the vast majority of people have been to one, two or none of these options, so it’d be assumed that wherever there is a big population center would win.

    I strongly disagree with you.
    If this were won by a place in a small town, many on these boards would be screaming every which way you can. The Globe is actually known throughout the world as “The Soccer Pub” in Chicago and that says a hell of alot since there are 10 solid pubs in the city alone and at least 5 very good ones in the surrounding burbs. I could rattle off a list of names that have stopped into the pub based on referrals that would make your head spin. They’ve earned this title and deservedly so and hopefully other pubs in this country will become better for it. The video shown of the pub does it no justice. Hell, Ives as well as a number of other posters not from Chicago have visitted the Globe and most will have nothing but good things to say about it.

  31. Greg says:

    Congratulations! You are a great source of information. You almost always seem to get the scoop! I enjoy reading your blog. : )

  32. Joamiq says:

    Ah, how far SBI has come since its inception – and yet, it’s grown so fast and still has so much more ahead. Congrats, man – this is obviously well deserved, and THANK YOU for all that you do.

  33. Simona says:

    Whooo! Way to go Ives.

  34. RSF says:

    I happen to be the “award-winning” Jeff York, haha.

    Thanks to everyone that voted for me and congrats Ives on the win as well.

  35. Tim F. says:

    Congrats Ives (In fact you deserved it last year as well)!!!

    Goff and du Nord do a great job as well; they should have different blog award categories … so that all of these blogs get recognized. Soccer blogs deserve a lot of credit in the US given how poorly traditional primary media channels — TV, radio and print publications with heavy viewership/listeners/readership — cover the sport.

    But if there is only one blog award, you deserve to be the recipient of it!!!

  36. Louis says:

    Congrats Ives! Your blog has been a essential tool in keeping me plugged in to the world of soccer

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  38. AltiCooper says:

    Alright Ives! Congrats my friend

  39. Zachy T says:

    congratulations ives! you had my vote.
    Now public confirmation that the site I check multiple times a day is the real deal. I’ve known all along.

  40. m_____s says:

    congrats. you deserve it, ives.

  41. vipero says:

    mitico! (that’s what Mr Simpson say in Italian)

  42. beckster says:

    Congratulations Ives – this has really become the best soccer blog out there and I know that all your readers voted!

    And thanks to the bloggers here – everyone is civil, respectful and makes visiting this site and blogging an enjoyable experience.

    Great job and well deserved!

  43. ManicMessiah says:

    Definitely deserved, Ives.

  44. WTF says:


    Whats with the freaky pioneer background music??

  45. Fireball says:

    Congratulations Ives. Finally getting the recognition from US Soccer you deserve.

    Kind of like Kenny Cooper.

    (Sorry.) :)

  46. Tim says:


    Congrats! I’m not a big poster, but I read everyday and appreciate your efforts. Keep up the good work!

  47. ag nirgin says:

    Kudos and Mazel Tov Ives! BTW I voted for you early and often:) Good to see Goff take second this year… Hope you can pour on the blog bragging rights to Steve!

  48. john says:


  49. john in atl says:

    Way to go Ives, well deserved! Keep it up!

    Hincha Tim — you really made me LOL with your Ray Hudson impersonation. What a fitting tribute. :)

  50. Il Consigliere says:

    Congrats on the award. It is well deserved.

  51. Dominick says:

    Hincha Tim, that was a genius post–I completely read it in Hudson’s voice.

    Congrats to Ives as well, I stop by here every day–thanks!

  52. CPTKevin says:

    who da’ man? U da’ man!

  53. rednow.red4ever says:

    Congrats Ives and congrats Globe! Great blog and great pub….both of which I am lucky to patronize regularly!

  54. DavidJ says:

    Congratulations, Ives. Well deserved.

  55. eric says:

    I thought Kenny Cooper should have won, but congrats anyways!

  56. Scott A says:

    Congrats Ives

  57. Aguinaga says:

    Felicidades mi pana. No te olvides que tu tambien eres del pueblo my fren :) Saludos.

  58. metrostar 4 life says:

    Congrats Ive you deserved it

  59. Jared Montz says:

    Congrats on your blog of the year! Well deserved and keep up the good work on keeping the internet public up to date with the news we find most valuable; soccer news!!!