Author: Ben Rosener

Born and raised in the Seattle area, Ben Rosener is an avid Seahawks, Sonics, Detroit Tigers and Juventus FC fan. He is a high school senior who is also the editor and founder of http://www.kingdomeofseattlesports.com/ and http://knowhitter.com/. Ben loves the city of Seattle and will cover the city’s sports teams throughout his professional life. In addition to loving Seattle and its teams, Ben also is a staunch supporter of Adam Silver, or for that matter, anyone who isn’t David Stern running the NBA. He doesn’t always refer to himself in the third person.

Why Juventus must not sell Paulo Dybala

Juventus experienced a significant amount of change in the most recent summer transfer window as a number of key players departed. Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman and others left Turin. However, the biggest loss may have been that of Carlos Tevez. The forward was a tour de force for the Serie A heavyweights, with 27 goals and eight assists in 45 appearances across all competitions. His ability to create goals, both as a scorer and a distributor, was extremely important to the Bianconeri, as it gave the team another creative presence to pair with Pirlo and other playmakers, like ... Read more

Future is bright in Turin for reigning champions Juventus

Juventus faced Barcelona in the Champions League final with what can definitively be called a veteran team. The Old Lady started Gianluigi Buffon, Patrice Evra, Andrea Barzagli, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez, all of whom are over 30 years of age. With Pirlo and Tevez departing, the Bianconeri took the opportunity to make the squad much younger in an effort to once again reach the Champions League final – and this time win it. This will be no easy task seeing as in the last five years only one losing finalist (Bayern Munich) has made it back to ... Read more

Does AS Roma need to purchase a new goalkeeper?

Rebounding from a year when the club yet again failed to reclaim the Serie A title from Juventus, Roma will no doubt look to better their northern rivals during the upcoming season.  One of the capital club’s biggest strengths is its depth. The Romans have a well-stocked midfield at present with vice-captain Danielle De Rossi leading a group that includes Radja Nainggolan, Kevin Strootman, Miralem Pjanic, Alessandro Florenzi and Seydou Keita among others. Further up the pitch, living legend Francesco Totti is supported by the likes of Gervinho and Adem Ljajic as well as bounce-back candidates Juan Iturbe and Seydou ... Read more

Carlos Bacca reaches agreement with AC Milan

A.C. Milan is about to add some more firepower to help Jeremy Menez up front. Menez, the club’s only double-digit goal scorer, will soon be joined by prolific striker Carlos Bacca. Sure, attacking midfielders like Giacomo Bonaventura and Keisuke Honda chipped in with goals (seven and four respectively), but the forward line was clearly lacking. Giampaolo Pazzini wasn’t up to snuff, which then prompted the arrival of Mattia Destro on loan. The on-loan Roma man failed to deliver as well. Menez seemed to do much of the heavy lifting himself, contributing 16 goals with a further four assists. He’ll be ... Read more

Juventus’ signings cement team’s place amongst European elite

Juventus made enormous strides last season in terms of reclaiming its place amongst Europe’s best. After years of dominating domestically, the Bianconeri finally broke through in the UEFA Champions League. The Old Lady beat the likes of Real Madrid, Monaco and Borussia Dortmund on the way to reaching the final in Berlin. In the end, they fought tooth and nail, but weren’t up to beating Barcelona. With a veteran team, the decision makers in Turin likely know they don’t have the biggest window to compete. Because of this, the team has taken steps to cement its place at the big ... Read more

MLS is growing at an exceptional rate and bringing it closer to the world’s elite leagues

Major League Soccer is constantly being lambasted as a retirement league – a comfy setting where older players in the twilights of their careers can earn good paychecks, while experiencing famous cities like Seattle, New York and Los Angeles (no bias there, just a Pacific Northwest native writing about football). Franck Ribery once said that if he played in the United States he, “wouldn’t count that as part of my real career”. For Major League Soccer to change this perception, and bring itself on par with the elite leagues across the world, it must start targeting younger players of a ... Read more

FC Barcelona announces USA/Mexico summer tour

Barcelona is coming to America. Or, rather the Americas, as the Catalan club announced they will tour the United States and Mexico this summer. The Blaugrana have been down this road before with preseason trips across the Atlantic in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2011, visiting the likes of Seattle, Monterrey, Los Angeles, Miami and Boston. With recent preseason expeditions to Asia and other European locales, visiting America and Mexico should provide a nice change of pace. No dates have been confirmed. However, MLS is still looking for an opponent to play against its All Star team on July 29 near Denver, ... Read more

Where Are They Now: Previous Winners of Soccer’s Golden Boy Trophy

Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling is Europe’s latest recipient of the “Golden Boy” award. The award has been given since 2003 to the continent’s finest player under 21-years-old. Sterling inserted himself as a regular presence in both the Liverpool squad and the England team, earning a spot on the team that manager Roy Hodgson took to Brazil in 2014. Last season, his attacking antics helped his Merseyside club exceed expectations and finish second in the Premier League, while qualifying for the Champions League in the process. Some past winners include Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Sterling’s Liverpool teammate Mario Balotelli. Going ... Read more