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Author Archives: Mitch Howard

Can There be a Better Tandem For MLS’ Success Than Beckham and Donovan?

Posted on by Mitch Howard

One wonders what the fallout will be from the disconcerting television ratings of MLS Cup, especially considering the LA Galaxy have possibly the greatest tandem of professional soccer players to ever play together on the same U.S. club team, ever.  Speculating, who … Continue reading

Open letter to Roger Goodell

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Dear Mr. Goodell, What has been witnessed all season long at Qwest Field in Seattle is the potential of professional Soccer in the U.S.  Interestingly, it has all taken place at a football stadium.  Who would have ever guessed, 14 … Continue reading

NHL, NBA seasons starting too soon is taking more notice

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It’s that time again.  Time to take notice and realize that the NHL and NBA seasons start way too soon.  It could also be that they end in June, way too late.  Either way, they are burning the public out.  Their … Continue reading

Americanizing Soccer for the U.S. Sports Fan pt. 6

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Pro Soccer’s greatest obstacle in the busy American sports calendar is figuring out how not to get lost in the shuffle. With the other pro team sports so entrenched in the American sports fan’s consciousness, pro Soccer, even in the … Continue reading

Beckham’s ‘bad guy’ image drives business

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David Beckham’s ego is off the charts.  He is not bashful in the least bit, as noted from his underwear ads and from his attitude towards his career.  He has expressed himself with the press on a range of topics.  … Continue reading

Lack of U.S. Soccer involvement ruins reputation, progress

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  It was the perfect set up;  A Mexican squad in dire need of a win to gain back confidence, A U.S. squad playing with benchwarmers.  US Soccer executives probably didn’t figure on 5 – nothing.  The damage is done.  … Continue reading

Teaching fans to embrace multiple championships

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Professional Soccer provides a uniqueness that no other professional team sport in the U.S. offers.  It has multiple championships.  Though, the Superliga does not seem to have the staying power, the CONCACAF Champions League and U.S. Open Cup appear to be … Continue reading

Beckham chases redemption, championship

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This week President Obama invited both parties involved in the Cambridge Police department incident to the White House for beers.  He is trying to turn an unfortunate event into a learning experience.  It may take some cooling off time to pull this off … Continue reading

Will the sports fan be able to keep up?

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  The Summer of Soccer continues to open eyes. Sports fans are taking a second look and new fans are getting hooked.  This period of time has undoubtedly been Soccer’s most historic in the U.S.  But are sports fans getting confused and could … Continue reading

MLS Schedule Flunks Out Again

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It’s time for the annual MLS flunks out again blog for MLS not taking action during MLB’s all-star break.  Instead of garnering potential sports media headlines for games on Wednesday, the best day of the break to play games, the headlines went … Continue reading

MLS, CONCACAF botch doubleheader option

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Once again, MLS executives prove they are not in tune with their product.  The Gold Cup provided the perfect opportunity for MLS to expand their fan base.  Collaboration with CONCACAF representatives could have brought doubleheaders featuring one MLS game and one … Continue reading

Narrow gap exists among USL, MLS teams

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A merger of the two leagues, USL and MLS, does not appear to be anywhere on the horizons.  Trying to figure out which league is stronger remains a difficult chore.  One of the only barometers out there is the US … Continue reading

Blatter, Garber out of touch with American sports fans

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FIFA President Blatter’s statement a couple weeks back regarding MLS and its schedule was way out of touch with the reality of the American sporting landscape.  Blatter said it was imperative for MLS to get on an August to May … Continue reading

Michael Jackson’s death, Interleague baseball and the Confederations Cup

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Today is the last day of Interleague baseball for this season of MLB.  It ends coincidentally on the same day as the final of the Confederation Cup.  As great as the Confederation Cup has been for Soccer, Interleague play has given … Continue reading

Is Portsmouth better than the Chicago Fire?…and the current status of American Soccer

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Soccer purists tend to exaggerate the reality of the state of American Soccer.  They tend to emphasize the negative when referencing U.S. Soccer and they don’t want to accept the fact that of the world’s greatest Soccer leagues, it is only … Continue reading

Beautiful game fosters partnership among U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers

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  Photo Captions: 1st Lt. Paul Wistermayer, from Denville, N.J., takes a header in the opening round of the Combined Forces Football Tournament, a Baghdad-wide tourney featuring teams made up of American and Iraqi players. Jamaica native, Pfc. Mark Skeen, … Continue reading

Who is the target demo for MLS?

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Who is the real target demographic of professional soccer in the U.S.? Is it Soccer Moms?  Is it Soccer players?  Is it Latino people? Sure, Soccer Moms, Latinos and Soccer players make up some of the peripheral targets, but who makes up the … Continue reading

Average score tallies for MLS are offensive in the wrong kind of way

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I dedicate this post to Otilino Tenorio, who died 4 years ago this week in a car accident at the age of 25.  At the time of his death, he was the league leader in goals scored in his home … Continue reading