U.S. men’s soccer: Progress report

After a full USA World Cup campaign that exceeded my expectations, I’m still on the fence about Jurgen Klinsmann. Strange thing to say, I know, especially while the country is still exhaling from a game that could hardly have been … Cont...

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A track and field World Cup?

Like European soccer competitions, track and field isn’t necessarily in bad shape, but it’s fun to talk about tinkering. Daily Relay’s Jesse Squire is a big fan of team competitions, so he asks the logical question for the one year ...

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USA: An opportunity to cherish

Today’s World Cup knockout game against Belgium is the reward for years of suffering and patience. FIFA likes to pitch the World Cup as a tournament for every team in the world. The qualifiers aren’t really qualifiers. They’re part ...

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Monday Myriad: Waffle Cup … and greetings, Season!

Has soccer made it in America? We debate this topic every four years, and I’m officially declaring the conversation dead. Why? These two tweets: We don't believe in Belgium waffles — Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) June 30, 2014 America d...

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The USA as a soccer nation — the next generation

It’s easy to feel like we’ve seen it all before. The USA gets all wrapped up in the World Cup. Everyone asks if it’ll last and whether we’ve finally caught on. But to see the progress, you have to look … Continue readin...

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Single-Digit Soccer: Learning from Little League baseball

I fell out of love with baseball in young adulthood. MLB commissioner Bud Selig radiated arrogance. I’d read enough about soccer and American exceptionalism to view the game as cultural imperialism, complete with its mythical origins that hid t...

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Monday Myriad, June 23: World Cup comeback

Best and worst from myriad sports this week: BEST COMEBACK Oh, the headline? No, not that World Cup. The rowing World Cup (one of several for the year) in France. But the race deserves the clickbait-and-switch. U.S. women’s eight were written...

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Sochi Olympics – not a total boondoggle!

Maybe this news will entice other countries to bid on the 2022 Games: FasterSkier.com — Sochi Can’t Make Money? Who Says? OC Posts $261 Million Profit. Sure, that money didn’t include all the infrastructure costs, government operational cos...

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