Category Archives: soccer

Remembering Dan Borislow

Dan Borislow’s larger-than-life reputation was so great that, upon hearing of his death this morning, I immediately thought I needed to get his side of the story. I was sorely tempted to text him, thinking I might get an entertaining … C...

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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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Guest post: Africa in the World Cup

Guest post by Will Sinsky: In one day, it was over. After national teams Nigeria and Algeria both placed second in their respective World Cup groups to advance to the round of 16, both were knocked out in quick succession … Continue reading &r...

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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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We’ve won over the English

Brilliant read from the Telegraph celebrates Tim Howard, U.S. fandom, Clint Dempsey’s goals, Michael Bradley’s distance covered, and the USA’s knack for making World Cup games interesting … Setting aside the 1-0 defeat to G...

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NWSL: Spirit, Breakers and the end of reality

What really happened at the Maryland SoccerPlex last night? We know the Washington Spirit got a 3-3 draw with the Boston Breakers in familiar fashion — a Diana Matheson penalty kick in the final minutes. But even after going through … Co...

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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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USA: An opportunity to cherish

Today’s World Cup knockout game against Belgium is the reward for years of suffering and patience. FIFA likes to pitch the World Cup as a tournament for every team in the world. The qualifiers aren’t really qualifiers. They’re part ...

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