Author Archives: Beau Dure

A stadium for Indiana … and the NASL?

If all goes well, Indy Eleven will play in a soccer stadium with a unique canopy that somewhere between the Bird’s Nest in Beijing and, appropriately for a town known for auto racing, a tire with a fancy tread. It’ll … Continue rea...

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Single-Digit Soccer: The identity crisis of specialization

The brilliance of the TV show Friday Night Lights is that it’s not about football or Texas or even Taylor Kitsch’s abs. It’s about identity. Jason Street is the All-American QB with his college and pro future neatly laid out for h...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Do players specialize in high school?

At national champion Ohio State, the answer is apparently not. One sport specialization? Colleges prefer well-rounded, versatile athletes. Be involved-help your school & yourself. pic.twitter.com/cR4ObYlmVy — Tuscola HS Athletics (@TuscolaA...

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Borislow lawsuits go on

The Palm Beach Post reports today, in a story behind a paywall that required three incredibly frustrating efforts to sign up, that Dan Borislow’s estate has not been settled because of several lawsuits and claims. The lawsuits and claims agains...

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MLS and free agency: Fatal brinksmanship?

You can’t take public statements too seriously during a difficult negotiation. It’s posturing time. But the apparent stumbling block of real, honest-to-goodness free agency is a concern. And this quote from MLS president Mark Abbott, a to...

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Single-Digit Soccer: NSCAA convention presentation (abridged)

On Saturday, I had the honor of speaking at the NSCAA Convention, presenting what I’d put together toward my Single-Digit Soccer book, sharing ideas, and making bad jokes about my youth team being named Athens Applejacks. In case you couldn&#...

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Hope Solo is unique because …

… there simply isn’t anyone like her. Obvious statement, isn’t it? It’s the very definition of the word “unique.” She’s an individual. But in her case, when she’s in the news, we always have a confluen...

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Boston 2024: Do Olympics need to be “walkable”?

Boston 2024 co-chair David Manfredi is proud of the bid committee’s plans to have walkable, compact Olympics, with 28 of 33 venues within 6.2 miles of the athletes’ village, AP reports. But is that really important? For someone like me, &...

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