Single-Digit Soccer: Why play travel? What you think is wrong

You’ve seen plenty of skepticism in this space — and at U.S. Youth Soccer — about separating “travel” players from “rec” players before the age of 12, much less the age of 10. But the skepticism isn’t a...

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Turf questions: Not just scrapes, but cancer?

NBC’s Hannah Rappleye poured a lot of research into this piece on artificial turf, finding an alarming correlation between soccer players, particularly goalkeepers, and cancer diagnoses. As exhaustive as NBC’s research is, it can’t ...

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Oly roundups: Oct. 6

The roundup of the Olympic sports roundups for the week: Team USA Sports Scene: U.S. women win world basketball title, U.S. Army wins Warrior Games, lower-level competitions in diving and figure skating. Universal Sports video: Lot of synchronized ...

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‘Enduring Spirit’ epilogue (sort of): An August snapshot

Sometime during the NWSL season, it occurred to me that people might be interested in an epilogue to Enduring Spirit, summing up the team’s successful second season. Perhaps they would be more interested in that than they were in the … Conti...

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Whither the Winter Games? A study in arrogance

The Winter Olympics aren’t that expensive. Not if you already have most of the infrastructure in place — a sliding track, ski jumps, a solid Alpine skiing area, and maybe four or five arenas ranging from 3,000 (curling) to 15,000 (figure...

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MLS, USA and Canada 2022: One vision

One vision of how professional soccer could look in eight years: The 2022 MLS season kicked off with all 24 teams for the third straight season. The teams are divided into two conferences. Each team plays its conference rivals twice … Continue...

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MLS academies, the next Messi and single-entity fixation

Only in America can a discussion on developing soccer players be riddled with phrases like “corporate initiative-driven opinion,” “single-entity, closed league,” “misleading marketing machine” and “underwear ...

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2014 NWSL Draft: Year-end assessment

I compiled this for a couple of reasons: 1. I wanted to include in an epilogue to Enduring Spirit that I’m now abandoning, and I’m putting useful stuff I gathered on the blog instead. 2. I was seeking proof of my hypothesis … Con...

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