Michel Platini’s candidacy for FIFA President hurt by connections to Qatar
Michel Platini’s candidacy for FIFA President hurt by connections to Qatar

The one topic that unites almost every segment of the soccer world is the need to reform its governing body, FIFA. Unfortunately, the man who is ringing in the changes, one Michel Platini —who officially announced his candidacy Wednesday, has a murky past. He voted for Qatar in the bidding for the 2020 World Cup, […]

MLS changes rules to benefit LA Galaxy
MLS changes rules to benefit LA Galaxy

You will be hard-pressed to find people involved in soccer in the US (aside from a few of the Owners’ Boxes) who believe that Major League Soccer’s salary structure should remain in it’s current form. But yet again, MLS is getting it all wrong, this time introducing yet another ambiguously yawn-worthy phrase: “Targeted Allocation Money.” […]

CONCACAF Gold Cup team previews, players to watch and schedule
CONCACAF Gold Cup team previews, players to watch and schedule

While the Gold Cup is starting a month later than usual, the meaning for this confederation remains the same: who is the big dog between Mexico and the United States. Maybe the other nations in this region will feel aggrieved by that statement, but the results are clear. Since the […]

Sepp Blatter reneging on resignation shows his power
Sepp Blatter reneging on resignation shows his power

If you went out in the streets and fired off guns in the air on the day Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA President, you were obviously premature in your celebration. Or mistaken. Or maybe both. You see, Uncle Sepp has become that senile man we all love to invite over […]

Clint Dempsey should get 3-month ban after ripping up ref’s notebook
Clint Dempsey should get 3-month ban after ripping up ref’s notebook

So Tuesday night in their US Open Cup match against Portland, the Seattle Sounders were probably hard-done by a series of bad calls by a relatively inexperienced official. And certainly this tournament means a lot to the Sounders. Add the burn of losing to their Cascadian rival, and it was a […]

US Women’s team is on an ‘Abby Wambach or bust’ ride in World Cup
US Women’s team is on an ‘Abby Wambach or bust’ ride in World Cup

I’m a Rochesterian at heart. I went to college there, had family that retired from Eastman Kodak, loved Nick Tahou’s, and of course, treasure Abby Wambach. Having said that it’s pretty clear that the best forward this generation has known is taking the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) on her […]

Enjoying 2015′s frenetic but marvelous Summer of Soccer
Enjoying 2015′s frenetic but marvelous Summer of Soccer

Good gracious, I feel like I’m somewhere between Cloud 9 and the Nuthouse. And that’s a good thing. June is typically a wacky, wonderful month for the soccer fan. Being a year removed from Brazil 2014, it can leave you with a false sense of calm, as if you might […]

‘World Cup Syndrome’ hits host nation Canada in Women’s World Cup
‘World Cup Syndrome’ hits host nation Canada in Women’s World Cup

Last year, Brazil seemed listless at times against Croatia and drew Mexico on home soil. This year, the Canadian Women’s National Team has the same 4 points, albeit in even less convincing fashion. Granted, the Canadians aren’t the heavy favorites the Selecao were going into the men’s tourney last year, […]

New MLS TV deal hasn’t lived up to its billing yet
New MLS TV deal hasn’t lived up to its billing yet

We’re two months into the 2015 Major League Soccer season, and it’s tough to say that the league’s new TV deal has done much to live up to the billing. Last year brought a lot of excitement as MLS locked down time slots on Sunday’s at 5pm and 7pm with […]

Philadelphia finding you don’t need to buy good goalkeeping
Philadelphia finding you don’t need to buy good goalkeeping

If I had written a story about the Philadelphia Union a week ago, I might have rightly considered them the worst team in Major League Soccer. However, a victory and a draw over New York City F.C. has at least bandaged some wounds. But a team in 2014 that had […]

Review of MLS Live: It isn’t ESPN3 but it’s good enough
Review of MLS Live: It isn’t ESPN3 but it’s good enough

Just when you thought it was going away, MLS Live is back. And while it could be better, the internet streaming package offered by Major League Soccer ($75.99 for the full season) is a product worth considering. In 2014, MLS came to an agreement with ESPN on streaming rights, which […]

It’s MLS or the highway for American soccer
It’s MLS or the highway for American soccer

If it hasn’t been clear to you over the last decade or two, get used to this idea: in American soccer, it’s either the MLS way or the highway. Yesterday marked the announcement of Minnesota United FC (MNUFC) making the big move from the North American Soccer League up to […]

Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet
Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet

Even if you haven’t filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket (or five) yet, you are probably still aware that there’s some big college basketball tournament about to explode onto several networks today. Colloquially it is known as “March Madness”. In recent years there have been articles written about the Lamar […]

MLS, NASL and USL soccer pyramid has plenty of opportunity to be successful
MLS, NASL and USL soccer pyramid has plenty of opportunity to be successful

The growth of soccer in the United States is something that can be easily taken for granted. We’ve seen the disastrous fallout that occurs when leagues overextend themselves, lacking the financial support to reach the lofty strata they desire to attain. Last week’s flurry of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations in […]