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The rise of the U.S. soccer media

What was the “soccer media” in 1996, when MLS first launched? For the most part, it was Soccer America, Michael Lewis, Grahame Jones and a handful of people who managed to make soccer at least part of their beat work. At some news org...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Don’t quit! We’ll make it FUN!

It’s not the central point of Bob Cook’s latest post, but it’s a good point that I have planned to raise in the book: Look, some kids are going to quit, and it’s not the end of the world. And … Continue reading →...

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U.S. men’s soccer: Progress report

After a full USA World Cup campaign that exceeded my expectations, I’m still on the fence about Jurgen Klinsmann. Strange thing to say, I know, especially while the country is still exhaling from a game that could hardly have been … Cont...

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The USA as a soccer nation — the next generation

It’s easy to feel like we’ve seen it all before. The USA gets all wrapped up in the World Cup. Everyone asks if it’ll last and whether we’ve finally caught on. But to see the progress, you have to look … Continue readin...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Learning from Little League baseball

I fell out of love with baseball in young adulthood. MLB commissioner Bud Selig radiated arrogance. I’d read enough about soccer and American exceptionalism to view the game as cultural imperialism, complete with its mythical origins that hid t...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Tryout travel alternative

As we concluded in the last post and confirmed from about 95% of the comments here and on Facebook, U9/U10 travel tryouts that segregate “travel” and “recreational” (“House”) players are something no one likes an...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Give U10 travel the boot

Tomorrow, I’ll coach my U8s for the last time. They’re a wonderful team, most of whom I’ve coached off and on for the past two years (four seasons). Next year, we move up from concurrent small-sided games of 4-on-4 to … Conti...

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Not indoor soccer, not Bruce Arena — it’s ARENA soccer

Writers use Game of Thrones to explain everything these days. I don’t have HBO, so maybe someone can explain Game of Thrones to me in terms of indoor soccer history. Is the Stark family the equivalent of the MISL? Is “Lord Littlefinge...

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