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A stadium for Indiana … and the NASL?

If all goes well, Indy Eleven will play in a soccer stadium with a unique canopy that somewhere between the Bird’s Nest in Beijing and, appropriately for a town known for auto racing, a tire with a fancy tread. It’ll … Continue rea...

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MLS and free agency: Fatal brinksmanship?

You can’t take public statements too seriously during a difficult negotiation. It’s posturing time. But the apparent stumbling block of real, honest-to-goodness free agency is a concern. And this quote from MLS president Mark Abbott, a to...

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Are UK taxpayers subsidizing poor spending habits in the Football League?

Yes. Well, I think so. That’s the conclusion I reached after reading Chapter 7 of Ted Philipakos’ excellent forthcoming book, On Level Terms. That might not be Philipakos’ conclusion. He’s an agent and an academic who clearly...

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MLS, the state of (abridged)

Let’s try to wrap up a tempestuous day in North American soccer … The D.C. Council cast aside its mourning for Marion Barry long enough for a heated discussion and vote on (and, mercifully, in favor of) a D.C. United … Continue rea...

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Tripping back through soccer-chatting archives

Seems fitting that a new-ish soccer site would launch by paying tribute to the early days of online soccer-gabbing. That’s exactly what Jason Davis, Trevor Hayward and a new site called Backheel did. And they were nice enough to include &hellip...

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The never-ending quest for youth soccer talent

Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel has a must-read piece for anyone interested in U.S. soccer development: Alianza soccer program exposes overlooked Latino youth to elite training opportunities. The details are worth reading, but for purposes of ...

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My retirement from the soccer culture wars

The unexamined life is not worth living, Socrates is alleged to have said in Plato’s telling of the story. Shortly thereafter, Socrates said his last words: “I drank what?” If you prefer more modern fare, picture Jules at the dine...

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The annual request to change the MLS playoff format

This is how the MLS playoffs should be. Home teams listed first. ROUND 1 East #1 D.C. United – #2 New England #3 Columbus – #4 New York, loser eliminated West #1 Seattle – #2 Los Angeles #3 Salt Lake – #4 … Continue r...

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