Category Archives: soccer

The real controversies of U.S. Soccer in 2016

Eric Wynalda was not the most controversial speaker I saw at the NSCAA Convention this week. That honor goes to AYSO’s Scott Snyder. #AYSO Player Development Specialist Scott Snyder presenting at the @NSCAA Convention! #BmoreNSCAA pic.twitter....

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NWSL Draft: The spectacle and the reality

The first NWSL Draft was held in a private room in the Indianapolis Convention Center, with U.S. Soccer staff ferrying info to a neighboring room where a handful of reporters had gathered. The next two NWSL Drafts had many more … Continue read...

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Back in the podcasting game

The new SportsMyriad podcast features me ranting about the U.S. women’s soccer roster, curling, Rio 2016 prep, youth soccer getting too serious, and of course, the bizarre lawsuit filed against Ronda Rousey by a guy who apparently lives at Whi...

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U.S. women’s soccer: The fight for 18 in 2016

You would think the shrinking of the national team roster from the Women’s World Cup (23 players) to the Olympics (18) means some veterans get left home and less experienced players have trouble breaking through. But a rash of retirements has...

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Single-Digit Soccer: The elite-industrial complex crushes all

Why do we play youth sports? We’re here because you’re looking for the BEST of the BEST of the BEST, SIR! “Your boy Captain America here … to find the BEST of the BEST of the BEST, SIR! … with honors.” … Co...

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A quick word on pro/rel

Yes, I know. We should be done with this topic for another few years at least. But every once in a while, I come across some sincere conversation about this, picked out from the ritual abuse and accusations that I’m … Continue reading &r...

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Making the Club World Cup interesting

You’re not watching the Club World Cup? You’re not engrossed in every game? No one is. And that’s a pity, because it’s a grand idea poorly executed. Want to make it more interesting? Spread it out like the Davis Cup. … ...

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The tough turf questions to ask after the WNT cancellation

The U.S. women’s national team will not play Trinidad & Tobago today. The cancellation is the stunning but fair conclusion to yesterday’s news that Megan Rapinoe tore her ACL in training and the team was less than pleased with the &he...

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