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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Boston 2024: Do Olympics need to be “walkable”?

Boston 2024 co-chair David Manfredi is proud of the bid committee’s plans to have walkable, compact Olympics, with 28 of 33 venues within 6.2 miles of the athletes’ village, AP reports. But is that really important? For someone like me, &...

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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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Beijing’s bid for the Winter Games

Curling at the Water Cube? Please make this happen! The rest of this USA TODAY story is more skeptical, perhaps with good reason. China isn’t known for skiing, to put it mildly. But one of their local ski resorts is getting … Continue r...

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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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Best biting comment after losing by 159 points …

From the coach of a girls basketball team that scored 2 in a 161-2 game: “People shouldn’t feel sorry for my team. They should feel sorry for his team, which isn’t learning the game the right way,” Bloomington coach Dale … Continue rea...

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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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