Welcome to the new Soccer By Ives

Hello everybody. What better day than New Year’s Day to tell you all about the changes to Soccer By Ives and changes for yours truly. If you are reading this then you have found your way to the new version of Soccer By Ives. The changes go well beyond the design and web address of the site you’ve come to know as SBI.

I am leaving the Herald News after 10 years at the paper in order to devote myself to launching and running a soccer news website that readers from all over the country, and American soccer fans all over the world, can come to for the best mix of news and analysis around. My plan is to make SBI a one-stop shop for all your soccer news needs. Curious about European transfers? Wondering who the next coaching hire will be? Dying to know about a rumored trade? Interested in hearing other people’s opinions on the big news of the day? You will find all of these elements on SBI.

The new SBI will also broaden its focus to provide more news from around the country. My New Jersey roots will always assure that there will be a strong New York/New Jersey component to the site, but you can rest assured that there will be more news and insight on all the teams in Major League Soccer. Breaking news in other markets was already an element of SBI, but now I will make a concerted effort to cater to fans throughout the nation.

This new venture may sound like a risky one to some, but the growth of the original SBI, and the support of its readers, gave me the confidence and desire to give this a chance. There is a strong and growing army of soccer fans in this country who are hungry for information and analysis about the sport they love, but who struggle to find that in the mainstream American media. My goal is to have SBI help fill that void.

The site will officially go live on January 2 so make sure to bookmark the new web address and check back in soon for the latest from the world of soccer.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on the new site, and anything else, below in the comments section.

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102 Responses to Welcome to the new Soccer By Ives

  1. ahelms10 says:

    Congratulations Ives. Best of luck

  2. Bryan says:

    Good luck with the new site, Ives. I like the new look.

    One thing I was wondering, though:

    I follow your blog through the RSS feed, do you think you could set it up so it shows the full post you make? Right now it shows about five lines of your posts and then cuts off. The feed from the Herald News showed the entirety of your posts.

  3. Charlie N.. says:

    Wishing you all the best with your new site. Always wondered how you had the time to have another job besides the blog anyway. The info you provide is second to none, so thanks again and God speed

  4. Andrew says:

    congrats on the new site, love keeping up with your blog

  5. Ives says:

    Hey Bryan, thanks for pointing out the RSS feed issue. I have fixed it.

  6. Matt says:

    Congratulations Ives, I will try to come to the site rather than just reading the RSS feed. I know y’all will probably make some of your $ through ads, or at least I hope you will and that you won’t be going subscription.

    Also, my first read of your tagline at the top of the page was a little scary… especially since I got your update via e-mail. I read it as “Spaming the world of soccer with an American voice and a Jersey flavor”

  7. Jay says:

    Best of luck with your new venture, Ives. It is a daring step, but I think you can pull it off.

  8. Stan says:

    Ahhhhh. Much more intuitive URL, thanks!

  9. Pete says:

    Congrats Ives,
    you deserve it

  10. A Diddy says:

    Congrats, Ives! Best of luck!

  11. Moibus says:

    Wow! Very exciting stuff. I’ve changed the bookmark. Best of luck.

  12. Kris says:

    Whew.. no more narrow column and red-orange :). Congrats, Ives! Here’s to a great 2008!

  13. Dannyc58 says:

    Ives, congratulations. This is an impressive site, and a big move by you.

    Really excited to see what you can do!

  14. Murf says:

    Congratulations on the ballsy move. Leaving a regularly paying gig with benefits for the longshot possibility of making equal bank with a soccer blog is definitely ballsy. Good luck and I’ll be reading.

  15. Michael F. says:

    Ives,

    I couldn’t be happier for you. Best of luck.

  16. Nando says:

    Congrats Ives!
    Wish You the Best n Happy New Year!

  17. Erik Abarca says:

    Congrats Ives, your time has come, you deserve it. Just keep doing what you doing. God bless!

  18. dcpohl says:

    Ives-
    This is simply awesome.

  19. mikemc says:

    Ives, simply…well deserved! Here’s to an exciting ’08 with you and the rest of the SBI community.

  20. Patrick says:

    Good Luck Ives.
    This blog is must read, has been since I first found it. Looking forward to the new website.
    Patrick

  21. Bryan says:

    Thanks for the quick fix, Ives!

  22. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Awesome news. I hope this is a huge success!

    I look forward to checking in frequently.

  23. NewFoundMadness says:

    Did you wear yellow today? I saw on Travel Channel last night that wearing yellow on New Years day is done for good luck in Peru, so I thought that would be appropriate…

    Best of luck on your new venture, Ives!

  24. MDC says:

    Congrats Ives.

    Definitely looking forward to it. All the best in 2008.

  25. derek says:

    Congrats and best of luck Ives. Here’s to a great transfer season and new year.

  26. Andrew Winner says:

    Ives, the site looks great. I like the three-column layout. Best of luck in the new year with your new enterprise.

  27. JAT says:

    Congratulations, Ives, and best of luck with the new site!

  28. Eric F says:

    Congrats Ives! Exciting times for you and the US Soccer community. I admire that you are following your passion.

  29. D Argumedo says:

    Count me in! Best of luck!

  30. Hincha Tim says:

    Ives,
    Best of luck! Don’t forget South American Soccer, which tended to be a little overlooked in your former blog site.

  31. Zeppo says:

    Dude! Great news, great move, and I hope it turns out for the best, as I’m sure it will. SBI was already my first stop for general footy related news and info, and especially Metro/RB/MLS stuff, so this move makes perfect sense to me!

  32. Cathy says:

    Ives,

    So glad I got my picture with you at the NYRB vs LA(Beckham) game. With all the sure success you’re going to have, it will be like trying to snag a pic w/JPA or Jozy now!! Best of luck.

  33. Aaron says:

    Cheers, Ives.

    Best of luck with the new venture. Your blog is always my first stop. I appreciate your commitment and faith in your readership.

  34. Adam says:

    Best of luck Ives. I really enjoy your blogs.

    MLS to St. Louis!

  35. Juan says:

    Looks Great! Congrats!

  36. kpugs says:

    Obviously I think this is awesome, but I keep getting flagged for comment spam. I don’t get it.

  37. Ives says:

    Hey KPugs, sorry about that. I don’t have any control over that but you can rest assured that if you have a comment flagged as spam I can unflag it so that it shows up. In other words, you won’t have to write the same post three or four times.

  38. josh says:

    go ives!

  39. Reed says:

    Finally a URL I can remember! No really though, congratulations Ives.

  40. Justin O says:

    From my perspective, I think this will be a definite improvemnt! I worry a bit about the risk you are presumably taking, but I’m sure you’ve thought it through thoroughly.

    Looking forward to the new site!

  41. YankatOxford says:

    Happy New Year Ives

  42. guillermo says:

    Ives,
    Best of luck. Your site will continue to be one of my daily stops.

  43. Nick says:

    Ives,

    Congratulations and good luck! The site looks great and I can’t wait to read the expanded content!

  44. Tim Archer says:

    Good on ya Ives. Good luck with the blog, I will continue to read it about a million times a day.

  45. Amit says:

    Good Luck with the new venture. I think most would agree that you will continue to have support from the SBI Mafia. Also, I am sure that many new recruits will join in due time.

  46. Tom says:

    Good luck, Ives.

  47. VictorM says:

    Good luck with the site. I’ll continue to be a faithful reader.

  48. elfurdeball says:

    Fantastic. Here is hoping for a very prosperous new year for you and yours, Ives. Now, remember the best supporters group in America is the “TIMBER ARMY”, ROSE CITY TILL I DIE!!!!!

  49. Matt Mathai says:

    Congrats and good luck on the new site.

  50. Har says:

    Good luck Ives. All the best on the new site.

  51. Nutmegger says:

    Way to go Ives. Taking the soccer world by storm. Can’t wait for 2008! NM

  52. vipero says:

    Sometimes walls need to be refreshed ;o) Happy 2008!

  53. CPTKevin says:

    Best of luck with your new venture. Be sure to CHANGE the “gray” font color with the white background (your hot links on the left side of the page)… too hard to read. At least for us old folks! :-)

  54. Sanjeev Dev says:

    Congrats, Ives! Good luck!

  55. Mike B says:

    Congrats, Ives. I’ve been a regular reader for some time now, and will continue to follow your excellent reporting and insight in the new venture!

  56. JohnK says:

    Congrats and best of luck with this venture.

  57. Brett says:

    Ives, Thanks for keeping us all up to date! Good Luck with your new site and the continued growth of the SBI Mafia!

  58. Vladimir says:

    Congratulations on your new venture Ives!

    One thing that you could do that I haven’t seen done on other blogs is that when you update your site with a new site, change the color of the background and font every time you update so you can immediately see if there’s new content. If that’s too time consuming for you or annoying for your readers, just do it when you’ve got a great breaking story. Regardless, I’d advise changing background and font color to make it more reader-friendly than the typical black on white.

  59. Johnny says:

    Congrats!

  60. mosler says:

    Congratulations Ives. Best of luck to you!

  61. Lee says:

    Good luck Ives, I know I’ll be checking it a few times each day.

  62. Lee says:

    Good luck Ives, I know I’ll be checking it a few times each day.

  63. Jim G says:

    Ives,

    Congrats and good luck. I think this is a great move.

    So any more news on the Anelka front? How much money will Chelski spend? I think 80 million pounds by the end of the month.

  64. rmangi says:

    Best of luck Ives!! Keep up the good work!

  65. Chris says:

    Bold move. Please let us know how we can support your sponsors. This SBI has been my most frequently visited soccer site; how soccerbyives.net will be.

  66. MattP says:

    Ives,
    Congratulations and best of luck with the website. Definitely let us know how we can help support the site.

  67. inkedAG says:

    Congrats Ives on the new site!! I wish you the very best!!

    After reading your articles in Herald News for so long, I don’t know what paper will replace it as for Metro news, your articles were the best source for team analysis and news. But at least I’ll have SBI.net.

  68. Trex says:

    Great move Ives! Now I know why you’ve kept pushing for those SBI reader rollcalls. Gotta do your research first right!

  69. Zungazan says:

    Way to get stuck in Ives! I see you are sponsored by my favorite store. You should do well!

    Go ‘Quakes.

  70. jmart says:

    Congratulations! SBI.net has been and will continue to be my first stop for soccer news. Maybe Alexi Lalas should stop by here for management help!

  71. Dave Lifton says:

    Best of luck, Ives. I’ve updated my RSS aggregator and changed the link on the BFD blogroll.

  72. RK says:

    Ives, not happy with losing the Soccer Blog award to Goff, has stepped it up a notch!

  73. Aaron says:

    Congrats Ives! Having the guts to go off on your own is the hardest part of the process. I’m sure you will be successful- and fulfilled- now that you have made the decision to do that. Looking forward to seeing everything you do with the site.

  74. BillSaysThis says:

    Good luck with the new SBI amigo!

  75. Aaron says:

    Congrats Ives! Having the guts to go off on your own is the hardest part of the process. I’m sure you will be successful- and fulfilled- now that you have made the decision to do that. Looking forward to seeing everything you do with the site.

  76. Kosh71 says:

    Happy New Year, Ives! I love the new site, the new look and the new feel. Once again, awesom work!!

    Good luck with the new site.

  77. Murphy says:

    good luck ives–will you still be writing articles for espn?

  78. sidenetting says:

    Good luck Ives. Who said you were risk-averse?

  79. Mikemike says:

    Nice job.
    I miss the red and orange though.
    -Mike

  80. Mark says:

    Congrats Ives. Good luck. Please don’t forget RBNY. Many of us have come to depend on your insight and analysis. With all due respect to Michael Lewis and Jack Bell, they don’t hold a candle to you. I hope this change doesn’t mean you will de-empasize Metro!

    Thanks!

    Mark

  81. Joe_in_ND says:

    Congratulations!

  82. Metzeng says:

    Congratulations and good luck!

  83. Dominghosa says:

    Like I wrote on the old site….WOW. This is a big move. But good luck, man. Here’s to wishing you the best with the new site. Looking forward to the new venture (and more advertisers).
    The site looks good. I’ll be here every day as usual.

  84. brentmcd says:

    good luck ives! looks great so far

  85. gas huffer says:

    Good on you, Ives. Best wishes for a healthy, happy & successful 2008.

    I don’t write too often, but I checked your old site several times a day & plan to continue to do so with this one.

    Be good,
    -gb

  86. Lucian says:

    Awesome job Ives. Keep up the amazing work.

  87. gsh says:

    Good luck Ives!
    Just might want to adjust the font type. Reads very thin on higher resolutions.

  88. Matt says:

    We still don’t like you in Columbus! Good luck!

  89. Ted says:

    Congrats Ives. Keep up the good work.

    Go Seattle ________. (Yet to be named)

  90. donovan says:

    Keep up the good work. Looking forward to having even more scoops.

  91. Mike M says:

    Good luck Ives!!! Looking forward to the new blog.

  92. ManicMessiah says:

    I look forward to a big 2008 from SBI. Congrats, Ives.

  93. Furia Yanqui says:

    best of luck in your new endeavor.

  94. StartaRevolution says:

    The site looks great. You are leader in soccer reporting. Best of luck with the new diggs.

  95. StartaRevolution says:

    The site looks great. You are leader in soccer reporting. Best of luck with the new diggs.

  96. Rocco says:

    Ives,

    Your a true pioneer. Good luck with the sight and helping the sport grow in the US.

  97. Julio says:

    Hey the site looks great, no wonder you were doing all those reader roll calls haha, I think it would be awesome if you put some league tables on the sides of your columns where the ads usually are, Still haven’t found a place I can look at many at one time, just an idea, anyways good luck with the venture y prospero año.

  98. HE from NJ says:

    Wishing you good luck in 2008!
    Keep up the good work.

  99. Marc says:

    Congrats on the site Ives!! Checked your old blog once or twice a day, and this new site promises to have me coming back several times a day. Looking good.

  100. Tom from Chicago Burbs says:

    Ives,

    Congratulations on the new endeavor!

    Been reading for the past two years, and am very happy to see you branching out for a larger audience.

    Good luck and look forward to your news and insight.

  101. Trevallion says:

    So, I’m a few days behind the rest of the gang, but none the less….Best of Luck to you! I’ll stop by a few times a day.

  102. RickResnick says:

    Way to go for it, Ives. I hope you make a million. It would be well-deserved. Best of luck!