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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Art Davie, The Ultimate Fighter and the changing face of the UFC

Female fighters have taken the spotlight in the UFC. And I haven’t heard anyone complaining. (Please don’t dig up some misogynist troll on Twitter — I’m sure they’re out there, but they don’t deserve any attention...

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Football (American) still king of high school sports

I don’t know many kids who play youth football. But in my local elementary school, tons of people play youth soccer. I saw some spreadsheets at one time from which it was easy to figure out that nearly half of the … Continue reading &ra...

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Hope Solo: The backlash against the bandwagon

As the belated outrage over Hope Solo’s status on the U.S. women’s national team continues to grow, we’re seeing a lot of voices reminding us that the issue is much more complicated than it’s being presented in a lot of &helli...

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Best chess writing: 2014

I was paying attention when Fabiano Caruana tore through the star-studded field at the Sinquefeld Cup (including world champion Magnus Carlsen), but no, it wasn’t exactly viral. So I agree with the premise of this Slate piece, and I highly &hel...

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Wrong time to suspend Hope Solo

One of the many peculiarities of covering women’s soccer is seeing something you’ve known about and discussed in public for a long time suddenly becoming “news” because someone with a platform suddenly noticed it. That was the...

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The unconscionable treatment of Lolo Jones

Clear your mind of any images. Now look at the following accomplishments: – World indoor champion, 60-meter hurdles, 2008 and 2010 – World Athletics Final champion, 100-meter hurdles, 2008 – 4th place in 2012 Olympics – 2nd pl...

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