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

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 knows, this potential greatest tandem hyperbole could stick for the next […]

Open letter to Roger Goodell
Open letter to Roger Goodell

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 years in, that MLS would make its biggest impact in a football stadium.  […]

NHL, NBA seasons starting too soon is taking more notice
NHL, NBA seasons starting too soon is taking more notice

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 schedule is way too long. Tonight is the NHL’s opening […]

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

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 height of its season, receives little or no time being […]

Beckham’s ‘bad guy’ image drives business
Beckham’s ‘bad guy’ image drives business

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.  Most recently, he appeared with ESPN and answered questions regarding […]

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

  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.  After huge summer gains with the American sports fans, US […]

Teaching fans to embrace multiple championships
Teaching fans to embrace multiple championships

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 gaining more strength each year.  Through the qualification processes, the […]

Beckham chases redemption, championship
Beckham chases redemption, championship

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 and get both parties to agree to a date and […]

Will the sports fan be able to keep up?
Will the sports fan be able to keep up?

  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 this confusion be counter-productive? No other mainstream sport has as […]

MLS Schedule Flunks Out Again
MLS Schedule Flunks Out Again

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 to the Tour de Lance, the NHL’s Winter Classic and the comings […]

MLS, CONCACAF botch doubleheader option
MLS, CONCACAF botch doubleheader option

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 Gold Cup game from the first game through to the […]

Narrow gap exists among USL, MLS teams
Narrow gap exists among USL, MLS teams

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 Open Cup.  USL had a tremendous night last night in […]

Blatter, Garber out of touch with American sports fans
Blatter, Garber out of touch with American sports fans

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 schedule in order to compete with other leagues for the […]

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

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 baseball a great boost as well. MLB scheduled its Interleague dates […]

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

  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, assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, moves the […]

Who is the target demo for MLS?
Who is the target demo for MLS?

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 core target? One U.S. pro soccer fan thinks he’s the core […]