The tough turf questions to ask after the WNT cancellation

The U.S. women’s national team will not play Trinidad & Tobago today. The cancellation is the stunning but fair conclusion to yesterday’s news that Megan Rapinoe tore her ACL in training and the team was less than pleased with the &he...

Posted in soccer | Tagged , | 1 Comment

The ideal MLS playoff format, 2015 edition

“Get rid of the away-goal tiebreaker!” “Have a minigame after the second game!” “I miss shootouts!” Yes, it’s that time of year. Even the commissioner, Don Garber, has fretted about the away-goal tiebreaker. ...

Posted in soccer | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Single-Digit Soccer: The bond of a rec team

My U12 House league team finished its season on a chilly, windy Saturday morning, completing a four-team mini-tournament with a win on penalty kicks. After the game, the parents gave me a photo book. The joy of the season was … Continue readin...

Posted in soccer | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Single-Digit Soccer: The challenge of finding a properly challenging level

The book Coaching Outside the Box: Changing the Mindset in Youth Soccer has a chapter with best-case and worst-case scenarios for moving up and facing a tougher level of competition. The best case is a nice tale of a U11 boy … Continue readin...

Posted in soccer | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Questions to ask after E:60 turf story

Let me toss in some disclaimers at the beginning: I worry about everything. I’m a big fan of Julie Foudy, and I’m glad ESPN has put her to work in ways that take advantage of her soccer expertise, her advocacy, and … Continue read...

Posted in soccer | Tagged | 2 Comments

Single-Digit Soccer: Time for parents to raise their voices

No, no — not talking about parents raising voices during games. We need to be restrained and supportive. If someone shoots video of you at a game and posts it on YouTube, it needs to be one of those videos that … Continue reading →...

Posted in soccer | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Single-Digit Soccer: Dave Barry on the role of the parent

Dave Barry, who married a soccer writer, offers up some classic “it’s funny because it’s true” answers on soccer parenting: Q. What is my job, as a parent, during a soccer game? A. Your job is to yell instructions to … ...

Posted in soccer | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Katie Nolan demolishes, shreds, eviscerates the NFL’s treatment of women

One thing to know about Fox Sports TV personality Katie Nolan before watching her takedown of Dallas Cowboys cretin Greg Hardy and his return to the NFL: She’s a sports person. We’re not talking about some scolding schoolmarm who goes &he...

Posted in sports culture, tv | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment