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The Lowry Lowdown: On Playing With Cuauhtémoc Blanco

The Lowry Lowdown: On Playing With Cuauhtémoc Blanco

For those of you who weren’t aware, Cuauhtémoc Blanco is perhaps the most recognizable Hispanic athlete in the world. His stardom is on par with the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Oscar De La Hoya.  A few years ago when Blanco and I were both with the Chicago Fire, I was able to fully grasp [...]

By October 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers: Live Match Day Commentary with Peter Lowry

Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers: Live Match Day Commentary with Peter Lowry

This weekend features one of the biggest, if not the biggest, rivalry in Major League Soccer in the form of the Seattle Sounders hosting the Portland Timbers. The Timbers are just one point away from clinching the Cascadia Cup, but the Seattle Sounders and their passionate fans will be sure to make it incredibly difficult. [...]

Locker Room Jams: A DOOP inspired Philly Union Playlist

Locker Room Jams: A DOOP inspired Philly Union Playlist

After Yael Averbuch revealed songs the top women in the world of football listen to on the regular, SWOL decided to bring that investigative curiosity to the men’s side. SWOL called me (current Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Lahoud) and sent me on a mission to score the Philly Union’s locker playlist. Below we take a look [...]

Yael Like a Girl: Lindsey Horan discusses breaking the mold of US Women in soccer

Yael Like a Girl: Lindsey Horan discusses breaking the mold of US Women in soccer

This summer, when 18-year-old Lindsey Horan signed a three-year deal at Paris Saint Germain, she became the first female American player to “go pro” straight out of high school. With a full scholarship offer from dynasty program UNC and the opportunity to represent her country at the U20 World Championship, she opted to head to [...]

The Lowry Lowdown: The Wild Story of my First MLS Start

The Lowry Lowdown: The Wild Story of my First MLS Start

After a seemingly prolific youth career and bountiful collegiate accolades, I found myself vying for a roster spot on a very good Chicago Fire team. With midfielders like Justin Mapp, Chris Rolfe, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Logan Pause, John Thorrington, Patrick Nyarko, Steve King and other hungry young pro’s all vying for starting roles, it was always [...]

By September 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Lowry Lowdown: A Scandalous Portland Timbers Story

The Lowry Lowdown: A Scandalous Portland Timbers Story

We all had reason to celebrate after the Portland Timber’s first MLS home game last season at Jeld-WEN field. The win was a first ever MLS franchise victory and home opening win against my former team the Chicago Fire. It was a momentis occasion for the organization and soccer in Portland. The day after the [...]

By September 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Gringo in Bahia – Brazilian Players Beauty Contest

The Gringo in Bahia – Brazilian Players Beauty Contest

Since Bahia started the second round of the Campeonato Brasileiro, our team has had some very impressive results. After victories over Santos and Sao Paulo, we drew with the then league leaders and team of Ronaldinho, Atletico Mineiro. Next we beat Vasco da Gama by the score of 4-0 and most recently we drew Sport [...]

By September 16, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Lowry Lowdown: The 10 Hardest Players I Ever Played Against

The Lowry Lowdown: The 10 Hardest Players I Ever Played Against

There are players you look forward to playing and others you hate to match up against. During my career I have been privileged to play against some of the best competition in the world. Here is a list of the 10 toughest guys I played against and the teams they were on. [slideshow auto="undefined" thumbs="on"] [...]

By September 14, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Yael like a Girl: Female Football Stars Playlist

Yael like a Girl: Female Football Stars Playlist

Ever wonder what Alex Morgan has playing on her iPod? Or what Megan Rapinoe dances to in the locker room? How about what the Swedish National Team Captain, Caroline Seger, is blasting in her headphones? Or what the five-time FIFA world player of the year, Marta, sings along to in the car on the way [...]

The Lowry Lowdown: Partying in MLS

The Lowry Lowdown: Partying in MLS

Going out and partying as a professional athlete has its perks and its pitfalls. As an athlete your job is your body: what you put into it and how much you can get out of it. We tend to fall into a monotonous routine of eating, sleeping and playing until we get an occasional night [...]

By September 7, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Gringo in Bahia: Battling Neymar

The Gringo in Bahia: Battling Neymar

There are few teams in the world with a better pedigree than Brazil’s Santos FC. And there are even fewer players with as much name recognition as their forward Neymar. In our 3-1 road win against Santos last week, the starlet was generous enough to leave me a souvenir: unfortunately it was a black eye. The [...]

By September 6, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Yael Like a Girl: The Times They Are A-Changin Once Again

Yael Like a Girl: The Times They Are A-Changin Once Again

In late 2007, the US Women’s National Team sat in a hotel meeting room skeptically eyeing their new leader and anticipating some words of wisdom. The Swede pulled out a guitar from next to her at the table and began to sing Bob Dylan’s ’The Times They Are A-Changin.’ Despite awkward giggles and shocked facial expressions, [...]

The (Other) UEFA Champions League

The (Other) UEFA Champions League

There was great hype in the football world surrounding the Champions League draw on August 30th. Twitter immediately exploded with not only groups, but personal commentary. Gossip and hash-tags about who was unfortunate enough to find themselves in the group of death, who escaped that misfortune and who may have the easiest route to the [...]

The Lowry Lowdown: MLS WAGS

The Lowry Lowdown: MLS WAGS

For those of you who don’t know, WAGS means wives and girlfriends, and you have to be crazy to be one in MLS. Most Major League Soccer players aren’t millionaires. The vast majority of us don’t get paid enough to spoil you like WAGS in Europe, where contracts are guaranteed and wages are much higher. [...]

By August 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Gringo in Bahia: Beauty of Salvador

The Gringo in Bahia: Beauty of Salvador

In April 2011, I arrived at Esporte Clube Bahia to find a club that was restructuring itself after a few years of playing in the lower leagues of the Brazilian Championship. I encountered a group of players, staff and directors that, with hard work, are returning to the team back to greatness. For most of [...]

The Lowry Lowdown: Playing Against David Beckham

The Lowry Lowdown: Playing Against David Beckham

One of the most common questions people ask me is if David Beckham is as good as people say he is. My reply is always a resounding, “Yes!” He can put the ball on a freckle from fifty yards away if he wants to. If you upset him, he will take over a game and create more chances [...]

By August 24, 2012 2 Comments Read More →