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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Single-Digit Soccer: NSCAA presentation slideshow

About 10 days ago, I posted a rough recap of what I discussed at my NSCAA Convention presentation on Single-Digit Soccer. Now, feel free to read along with the actual slides: Enjoy, and please do pass along any feedback. It’s … Continue ...

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2016 medal projections: Handball (men’s)

The World Championships are all over bar the shouting. And people are shouting about Qatar — the country you know as the dubiously selected FIFA World Cup host in 2022 but now known as the country that bought a bunch of ringers … Conti...

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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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Single-Digit Soccer: Do players specialize in high school?

At national champion Ohio State, the answer is apparently not. One sport specialization? Colleges prefer well-rounded, versatile athletes. Be involved-help your school & yourself. pic.twitter.com/cR4ObYlmVy — Tuscola HS Athletics (@TuscolaA...

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