Category Archives: soccer

MLS has already lost the collective bargaining talks

Deal or no deal? At this point, it hardly matters. A players strike, which would surely be brief given the limited resources the union can bring to bear, will harm Major League Soccer less in the long term than the … Continue reading →...

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U.S. Soccer Players union weighs in on MLS labor situation

And they’re totally pro-management! No, no — longtime union rep Mark Levinstein is absolutely behind the players’ push for free agency and oddly insistent that the minimum salary needs to jump to $100,000. The arguments: Unlike t...

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U.S. women vs. England: The game in Tweets

In the soccer equivalent of watching an aging heavyweight champion win a split decision over an outclassed journeyman, the U.S. women beat England 1-0 thanks to a Lauren Holiday cross, an Alex Morgan goal, and an errant flag. The general … Con...

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MLS, the NASL, USL, Armageddon and fuzzy memories

My post today at SoccerWire asks a provocative question: Is North American pro soccer headed toward Armageddon? “No, probably not” is a reasonable answer, but I humbly suggest the post is worth reading anyway. Pro soccer (and I’ll c...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Making our own “Miracle”

In the new ESPN “30 for 30″ documentary Of Miracles and Men, we see footage of Anatoli Tarasov, the man given the unlikely job of starting Soviet ice hockey from scratch. In a 1992 interview, he says he was told he … Continue read...

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Promotion/relegation in England: The big drop

England’s vaunted soccer pyramid is a relatively recent phenomenon, at least in expanded form. “League football” — the professional tiers, back in the days in which the FA maintained a clear distinction between “amateur&...

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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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