Hey American Youth Soccer Organization, Kids Don’t Need Sugar To Play

It’s difficult to overstate just how aggressively the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) allows to Nesquik push chocolate milk on their young players.

The reason why is simple. In 2014, AYSO partnered with Nesquik and named it, “the official “Chocolate Milk” of AYSO.

Nesquik’s AYSO enabled health washing centres around the supposedly “ideal ratio” in chocolate milk of carbohydrates to protein that “can help refuel and restore exhausted muscles“.

Exhausted muscles“?

I did a straw poll on Twitter of parents whose kids play soccer.

94% of the 269 respondents reports their kids as actually moving for less than 60 minutes per soccer outing, with vast majority of respondents reporting less then 30 minutes of movement.

Those poll results correspond nicely with those found by objective measures and published in Pediatric Exercise Science whereby accelerometers revealed that kids only spend 17 minutes of a 50 minute soccer match engaging in moderate-to-vigorous activity.

Now putting aside the discussion of ratios and whether chocolate milk has a special role in “refueling“, it’s difficult for me to imagine that anyone would suggest that kids moving for less than 30 minutes at a stretch (or even an hour), have “exhausted muscles” that need any special attention.

But I’d be wrong, because Registered Dietitian Tara Collingwood is out there for Nesquik to tell parents that chocolate milk is a healthy, perhaps even necessary, choice.

I know this because a close friend of mine and father of recently AYSO soccer enrolled twin 8 year olds and a 5 year old, has been been sending me the signed by Collingwood promotional materials that arrive courtesy of AYSO in his inbox.

Here are Collingwood’s “Hydration Guidelines” that recommend not only post game chocolate milk, but also suggest kids quaff 4-8oz of a sports drink for every 15 minutes played.

Here’s Collingwood’s post game snacks handout which of course includes chocolate milk.

Here’s Collingwood’s grocery list that includes chocolate milk (with its nearly double the per drop calories of Coca-Cola along with 2.5 teaspoons of added sugar per cup) in her list of “best foods

Here’s Collingwood’s game day recommendations, which if my calculations are remotely accurate, would provide my friend’s barely moving 5 and 8 year olds with somewhere between 400-600 game based calories, and more than a day’s worth of added sugar (especially if drinking sport drinks ever 15 minutes as she recommends) apiece.

And here’s Collingwood touting chocolate milk as one of 5 “must-have” foods alongside spinach, salmon, bananas, and whole wheat wraps.

And please don’t think that AYSO cares enough about your kids to not allow Nesquik to target them directly with marketing either.

Nesquik has also paid Latina Mommy Bloggers to spread the word about the miraculous marriage of soccer and sugar-sweetened milk.

Here’s another

And another

And another

In fact there are many, many, more.

AYSO, if you honestly cared about kids’ health and sports nutrition, you’d put an end to this partnership, as Collingwood’s love of chocolate syrup notwithstanding, it’s nutritionally indefensible.

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Five Things: Klopp defenceless at Liverpool, testing time for Man Utd, Arsenal star shows his class

Five Things: Klopp defenceless at Liverpool, testing time for Man Utd, Arsenal star shows his class – originally posted on Sportslens.com

It’s been another week of drama in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s shambolic defensive display at Wembley against Tottenham, Man Utd’s shock defeat at Huddersfield and Mesut Ozil’s perfect response to his critics were amongst the points widely discussed over the weekend.

Sportlens takes a look at five top talking points from the latest round of games.

No defence for Liverpool’s performance

Jurgen Klopp argued during September that signing “one player” wouldn’t solve Liverpool’s defensive problems.

He wasn’t wrong – he needs at least four. And a goalkeeper.

Week after week Liverpool make the same mistakes at the back and Klopp has been unable to improve the situation.

Dejan Lovren’s pitiful attempts at defending saw him rightly substituted after 30 minutes, but things didn’t improve much afterwards.

Simon Mignolet’s flap for the fourth goal was embarrassing and Klopp has a big job on his hands to sort things out. The problem for Liverpool is that he’s not the right man for that job.

Don’t believe your own hype

Manchester United received plenty of praise for their start to the season, but they’ve come unstuck over the last couple of games.

Last week’s 0-0 draw at Liverpool saw manager Jose Mourinho criticised for being too cautious, while Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town was United’s worst display of the season.

The home side made the most of the difficult conditions to produce an ‘in-your-face’ performance that United never looked like dealing with.

With games against Tottenham and Chelsea to come we’ll soon find out whether United have what it takes to keep pace with Manchester City in the title race.

Will Dyche ever stop moaning?

Rarely a week goes by with Burnley boss Sean Dyche bleating about something or other.

From whining about English managers not getting jobs at top clubs to his almost weekly gripes about diving, Dyche would win gold at the Olympics if moaning was a sport.

He was at it again on Saturday, blasting Bernardo Silva for diving for the penalty for Man City’s opening goal.

Referee Roger East was spot on with his decision and Dyche’s ‘cheating bloody foreigners’ act is beginning to wear a little thin.

Doucoure set for bigger things

Watford could face a difficult job hanging on to Abdoulaye Doucoure next summer.

The former France U21 international dominated the midfield against Chelsea on Saturday and was unlucky to finish on the losing side.

Doucoure scored Watford’s equaliser just before half-time to make it four goals this season and the 24-year-old will attract plenty of attention if he continues his excellent form.

Ozil shows his class

Mesut Ozil answered his critics in style with his best performance of the season at Everton on Sunday.

The German was handed his first start since early September by Arsene Wenger and made the most of it, scoring Arsenal’s third, setting up eight chances for his teammates including Alexandre Lacazette’s goal and collecting the man of the match award.

In this sort of form it’s easy to see why Wenger rates Ozil so highly. Playing like this on a consistent basis is the playmaker’s next big challenge.

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On This Day in Football: England beat the World

On This Day in Football: England beat the World – originally posted on Sportslens.com

On this day in 1963, the Football Association celebrated its centenary by staging an England vs Rest of the World XI match at the Wembley Stadium. England won the game 2-1.

This was the first time in football history that an assembled team of global superstars played against a single nation. It was a sold out as 100,000 eager fans filled the Wembley seats to watch the spectacle. The match-day programme boldly proclaimed that it was the ‘greatest match ever to be staged’.

The two teams were as follows:

  1. England: Gordon Banks (Leicester C); Jimmy Armfield (c) (Blackpool); Ray Wilson (Huddersfield T); Gordon Milne (Liverpool); Maurice Norman (Spurs); Bobby Moore (West Ham); Terry Paine (Southampton); Jimmy Greaves (Spurs); Bobby Smith (Spurs); George Eastham (Arsenal); Bobby Charlton (Man Utd)
  2. Rest of the World XI: Lev Yashin (USSR); Djalma Santos (Brazil); Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (West Germany); Svatopluk Pluskal (Czechoslovakia); Jan Popluhar (Czechoslovakia); Josef Masopust (Czechoslovakia); Raymond Kopa (France); Dennis Law (Scotland); Alfredo di Stefano (c) (Spain); Eusebio (Portugal); Francisco Gento (Spain)

Jimmy Greaves, arguably English football’s greatest goal scorer, started the game in menacing fashion but Lev Yashin, arguably the game’s greatest ever goalkeeper, was up to the challenge and made a series of saves to deny the 23-year-old Greaves from scoring. However, that soon changed when Yashin was replaced by Partizan Belgrade and Yugoslavia custodian Milutin Šoškić.

This possibly turned the tide of the game a bit as the Three Lions took the lead in the 66th minute. A lofted pass from the deep found Greaves who being surrounded by defenders, failed to control it. But the ball somehow found its way to the left foot of Southampton legend Terry Paine who put the ball in the back of the net.

The Rest of the World team, led by the frightening strike force of Law, di Stefano and Eusebio, continued to threaten but Gordon Banks made a number of decent saves to protect England’s lead. The equaliser finally came through Law who went past Banks with a lovely piece of footwork before slotting the ball in.

England’s saviour came in the form of Greaves just three minutes before the final whistle. Bobby Charlton, on one of his trademark surging runs inside the box, hammered one powerful shot towards Šoškić who failed to grasp it. Greaves capitalised on the situation by putting the loose ball past him.

Wembley erupted as England beat the best players on the planet.

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Jose Mourinho has already identified Victor Lindelof replacement with £60m centre-back

Jose Mourinho has already identified Victor Lindelof replacement with £60m centre-back – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to the Express, Manchester United have already identified a replacement for Victor Lindelof, with Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez believed to be on Jose Mourinho’s wishlist.

The 22-year-old was a target for United in the summer but ended up signing a new deal with Benfica, inserting a £60m release clause into his contract. Atleti were also hit with a transfer ban which meant they were unlikely to part with any players, due to their inability to bring anyone in.

But with Lindelof struggling for form and playing time after his £31m move from Benfica, Mourinho is reportedly renewing his interest in the La Liga defender and could make an approach in January – after the transfer ban will be lifted.

Gimenez made just 17 league appearances for Atleti last season, and has racked up just 384 minutes of playing time in La Liga this time round. The Spanish giants might be open to selling him for the right price as a result of his failure to get into the starting lineup, but he won’t come cheap.

The centre-back’s £60m clause might prove to be a stumbling block for Manchester United, given they’ve already spent nearly £150m this season. Lindelof’s error-strewn performance against Huddersfield, coupled with injuries to Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly, could force United to spend in January to bolster the backline.

Mourinho is interested in Gimenez, but it’s unknown if that will translate into an official approach in the coming months.

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Everton vs Arsenal Confirmed Lineups: Last minute blow for Koeman, key star picks up injury

Everton vs Arsenal Confirmed Lineups: Last minute blow for Koeman, key star picks up injury – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton host Arsenal in the Premier League this afternoon and Ronald Koeman will be hoping to get rid of some pressure with a win.

On the other hand, Arsenal were beaten by Watford in their last league game and Arsene Wenger will want to celebrate his 68th birthday by getting back to winning ways.

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The visitors will be without Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Danny Welbeck, David Ospina and Santi Cazorla for this one. Meanwhile, Everton will be without some of their key players as well. The likes of Yannick Bolasie, Ross Barkley, Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are all ruled out.

Arsenal have a fantastic record against Everton and they will be determined to secure the three points here. The Gunners are undefeated in 20 of their last 22 matches against Everton in all competitions. Furthermore, they have the better team on paper as well.

Everton are lacking in confidence and form right now and their poor form is likely to continue.

Paul Joyce has confirmed that Everton have suffered a late injury blow.


Everton vs Arsenal Confirmed Starting Lineups




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Opposition criticism is a cheap tactic; this manager knows he’s under pressure

Opposition criticism is a cheap tactic; this manager knows he’s under pressure – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Mark Hughes and Stoke City. Do either of those names immediately make you think of light and fluffy football purity? Thought not.

During his playing career Hughes wasn’t exactly known for his softly-softly, let’s play by the rules approach, often battering his way though opposition defences to get to where he wanted to be.

His managerial career has run along similar lines, with many of the teams he’s been in charge of mirroring his own belligerent win-at-all-costs nature.

All of which makes his criticism of Bournemouth’s time-wasting tactics after they beat his Stoke City side 2-1 on Saturday very hypocritical.

“Second half, obviously with the wind on our backs, we made a lot better use of the ball and got some decent balls in from good areas but we couldn’t find those final touches that we needed,” he told Sky Sports.

“Bournemouth, as is their want – and they did exactly the same last year – they just killed the game and wasted time. Unfortunately when you go behind it is difficult and as an away team why wouldn’t they do that?

“In the second-half we were the team that was really trying to force the issue whereas Bournemouth were just trying to keep us at bay, but the damage was done in the first half unfortunately.”

Boo-hoo. Hughes has effectively criticised Bournemouth for doing what Stoke have been doing to opposition teams for years.

Pointing the finger at your opponents for your own team’s shortcomings is a classic managerial tactic, but Hughes is kidding himself if he thinks Bournemouth’s ‘time-wasting’ cost his team victory.

20 goals conceded in nine league games tells its own story, and Hughes’ attempts to deflect attention elsewhere smack of a manager who knows his position is under threat.

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Victory ends Championship blip, 7/2 to win promotion looks value, Wolves far too short

Victory ends Championship blip, 7/2 to win promotion looks value, Wolves far too short – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United’s deserved 3-0 victory at Bristol City on Saturday showed that this season’s Championship promotion race still a long way to go.

Three defeats in a row left many pundits questioning Leeds’ promotion credentials, but Thomas Christiansen’s side answered their critics in emphatic fashion at Ashton Gate.

Goals by Samu Saiz (2) and Pierre-Michel Lasogga took Leeds up to fourth in the table, six points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“I was very happy with the performance of the team,” Christiansen told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It is the same players who put us in the position we were in going into the match and today the difference was the intensity of our play.

“We knew we were up against a good side and that probably helped. We needed to be brave and believe in ourselves.

“The early goals were important and today we took our chances, whereas in other games we should have been ahead, but failed to score when we might have.”

Bookmakers reacted to the result by cutting Leeds’ odds for winning promotion to 7/2.

Wolves are currently Evens to win the title, but that looks an extremely short price with just over a quarter of the season played.

Leeds looked back to their best against Bristol City and backing them to secure either a top two finish or go up via the play-offs looks better value than wagering on Wolves to finish top.

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