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Author Archives: Mitch Howard

Looking closer at MLS and MLB cities

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This year’s baseball season is shaping up to have more MLS cities in contention than in past years.  The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are off to really good starts, and this is not good news for MLS.  Currently, both teams … Continue reading

PDL team of USL breaks down boundaries

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          For one exhibition game tomorrow night in Laredo, Texas, teams play for more than just fine-tuning their skills while getting ready for the regular season.  It is a match with historical significance for both sides.  The … Continue reading

USL wastes opportunity to develop women’s pro league

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    Above:  USL W-League action featuring the Los Angeles Legends vs. the Vancouver Whitecaps The unpredictability of the USL continues. With the signing of the New York team for the 2010 season, it pushes forward. Maybe they have a better … Continue reading

Scoreless in Seattle…let’s hope not!

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  The game Thursday night in Seattle is a big deal, it involves much more than just a soccer game between Seattle and NY. Media will be forced to cover the game and the after-effects of the game. It will … Continue reading

More competition and more obstacles

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Is the World Baseball Classic, www.worldbaseballclassic.com , gaining on Soccer’s World Cup? Probably not too much, considering baseball is not played in nearly as many countries.  But, this Classic is a thorn in the side of MLS.  As the opening week of the … Continue reading

8 Questions for ESPN

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These questions for ESPN Soccer Programming Staff were sent to the highest levels at ESPN, and apparently they are afraid to answer these questions.  I wanted to know the answers to corroborate what a source at ESPN had told me.  … Continue reading

Taking advantage of MLB dropping the ball

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Many U.S. sports fans agree that football is America’s pasttime.  Baseball once held that mantle, but lost it probably sometime in the late 80′s or early 90′s to football.  But, baseball has put itself in a much more precarious situation … Continue reading

Super Bowl Sends Powerful Message

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This past Sunday’s titillating Super Bowl underscores what Soccer in the U.S. is missing.  The entertainment value was remarkable.  Even without a rooting interest for millions of fans, it is the sport that comes through under pressure.  This past Super … Continue reading

USL Marks Another Milestone

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With the release of the United Soccer Leagues 2009 D1 schedule and accompanying Fox Soccer Channel tv schedule, USL shows once again that MLS is not the only game in town.  USL proves again that it carries a lot of weight when it comes to … Continue reading

Americanizing Soccer for the U.S. Sports Fan pt. 5

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A purely American soccer league must take the step of changing the goal post dimensions.   As it is now, posts are at a height of 8 feet.  An American league should make the bold move of moving the height of the crossbar higher.  … Continue reading

Pushing Women’s Pro Soccer in the Right Direction

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The whole business enterprise of women’s professional soccer is an enigma.  It is hard to figure out why the soccer braintrust with MLS has not already put a women’s league together.  It would seem that a women’s league would be … Continue reading

College Soccer Needs a Facelift

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It’s a shame that the NCAA College Cup is not more publicized and marketed to the sporting public.  College soccer is exciting, and it should get more attention.  The NCAA is missing an opportunity with NCAA soccer.  The ‘Final Four’ in NCAA basketball … Continue reading

The Learning Curve of Arena Football

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News about the Arena Football League (AFL) not playing its 2009 season is unsettling and a surprise to many (at this time, statements from the league website are still evolving).  The league appeared to be in good shape.  Evidence suggested … Continue reading

Time for MLS and ESPN to Make Changes Together

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In early August of 2006, it was announced that ESPN had paid for the rights to broadcast MLS.  At the announcement, officials from both sides agreed that ESPN would brand MLS with all the glory that its broadcasting style conveys to U.S. sports … Continue reading

USL Should Compete Directly against MLS

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The United Soccer Leagues has been a doormat to the MLS for too long.  They have allowed MLS to walk all over them.  MLS has taken multiple cities from the USL to put into their league and have not suffered … Continue reading

Americanizing Soccer for the U.S. Sports Fan pt. 4

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The most popular reason that U.S. sports fans give for not watching soccer is its lack of scoring.  In order to attract more fans, a professional soccer league in the U.S. must, above all things, try to create more offense.  Though many … Continue reading

Americanizing Soccer for the U.S. Sports Fan pt. 3

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The recent match between the U.S. and Cuba battling for a spot to the 2010 World Cup was a prime example of why soccer must revise its rule involving red-cards.  Expulsion from the game for a heinous foul is not … Continue reading

Americanizing Soccer for the U.S. Sports Fan pt. 2

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In order for Soccer to make it to the U.S. sports fan’s main menu, it must play a schedule that has both sense and purpose.  An American professional soccer league must begin play every year 1-2 weeks before the Major League baseball season begins … Continue reading