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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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Dispatches from the U.S. soccer culture wars

From Tarkus to Fury, the artistically inclined people among us have sketched out portraits of conflict that just keeps going and going, eventually devouring the war-weary veteran and the new enlistee alike. (At least, I think that̵...

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MLS, USA and Canada 2022: One vision

One vision of how professional soccer could look in eight years: The 2022 MLS season kicked off with all 24 teams for the third straight season. The teams are divided into two conferences. Each team plays its conference rivals twice … Continue...

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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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U.S. Open Cup: Top 14 teams and upset history

Through May 23, 2014, lower-division teams have beaten MLS teams 66 times. (MLS teams have won 160.) And based on a whole lot of spreadsheets, we can declare one particular lower-division team the most accomplished team in the Open Cup. … Cont...

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