Category Archives: soccer

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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Women’s soccer at the NSCAA Convention (parts of it)

My current focus on youth soccer forced me to miss a lot of the women’s soccer events at the NSCAA Convention. During the NWSL Draft, I was in a pair of interesting presentations. I was in a TOPSoccer presentation during … Continue readi...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Capitalism and Klinsmann

“YES! WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS!” We’re a multicultural nation. English, Irish, German, Scottish, Mexican, Chinese, Korean … we can hardly list all of our influences. We’re also a rabidly capitalist nation. Sure, most of Eu...

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Single-Digit Soccer: What hath we wrought?

One common theme in the NSCAA Convention sessions I attended today: Regret. Regret over yelling at kids. Regret over being too cautious and nervous to fully appreciate the opportunities of youth soccer. Regret over creating a monstrous machine that p...

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Michelle Akers: What experience is necessary?

One of the greatest women’s soccer players ever, Michelle Akers, is upset that the U.S. Soccer powers that be haven’t taken her up on her offer to help out with the national team: Per a phone conversation with Sunil (Gulati, … Cont...

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