Category Archives: soccer

The final word on the Soccer Culture Wars, more or less

This post is not a reversal of my retirement from the Soccer Culture Wars. I would see it as encouragement to others to join me in retirement. We’ll need to be clear — the Wars include some reasonable debate topics, … Continue read...

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Dear Soccer …

With apologies to Lori Lindsey … It’s not me. It’s you. Don’t look surprised. I really don’t know how you could have thought I was in the mood to endure any more of your cruelty. You remember a couple of … Continu...

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‘Enduring Spirit’ epilogue: Thoughts from Diana Matheson

Here’s proof, once again, that soccer karma doesn’t exist: Through the Spirit office, I asked several players (not all, so don’t go accusing people) a few follow-up questions about the 2014 season, thinking I would publish a short e...

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Why I hate legal writing

I decided to check in on the lawsuit against Eddie Radwanski, Siri Mullinix and many others connected to the Clemson women’s soccer program. Here’s what I found: Original complaint Paragraph 3: Explains that Eddie Radwanski is the women&#...

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Tripping back through soccer-chatting archives

Seems fitting that a new-ish soccer site would launch by paying tribute to the early days of online soccer-gabbing. That’s exactly what Jason Davis, Trevor Hayward and a new site called Backheel did. And they were nice enough to include &hellip...

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The never-ending quest for youth soccer talent

Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel has a must-read piece for anyone interested in U.S. soccer development: Alianza soccer program exposes overlooked Latino youth to elite training opportunities. The details are worth reading, but for purposes of ...

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My retirement from the soccer culture wars

The unexamined life is not worth living, Socrates is alleged to have said in Plato’s telling of the story. Shortly thereafter, Socrates said his last words: “I drank what?” If you prefer more modern fare, picture Jules at the dine...

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The annual request to change the MLS playoff format

This is how the MLS playoffs should be. Home teams listed first. ROUND 1 East #1 D.C. United – #2 New England #3 Columbus – #4 New York, loser eliminated West #1 Seattle – #2 Los Angeles #3 Salt Lake – #4 … Continue r...

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