Looking closer at MLS and MLB cities
Looking closer at MLS and MLB cities

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 sit in first place of their respective divisions.  These two […]

PDL team of USL breaks down boundaries
PDL team of USL breaks down boundaries

          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 exhibition breaks down borders, both literally and figuratively.  This is […]

USL wastes opportunity to develop women’s pro league
USL wastes opportunity to develop women’s pro league

    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 business plan for pro soccer than the critics give them […]

Scoreless in Seattle…let’s hope not!
Scoreless in Seattle…let’s hope not!

  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 have to be a part of Sportscenter and all the […]

More competition and more obstacles
More competition and more obstacles

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 new MLS season approaches, the Classic will be entering its […]

8 Questions for ESPN
8 Questions for ESPN

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.  I wanted a second source.   While discussing ESPN’s relationship with […]

Taking advantage of MLB dropping the ball
Taking advantage of MLB dropping the ball

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 due to the steroids era.   The danger in the revelations of […]

Super Bowl Sends Powerful Message
Super Bowl Sends Powerful Message

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 Bowl proved once again that football understands American sports fans […]

USL Marks Another Milestone
USL Marks Another Milestone

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 professional soccer in the U.S.  The USL infrastructure is strong […]

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

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.  The crossbar needs to be adjusted by the length of […]

Pushing Women’s Pro Soccer in the Right Direction
Pushing Women’s Pro Soccer in the Right Direction

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 the perfect compliment to MLS.  Women’s soccer is exciting, competitive, […]

College Soccer Needs a Facelift
College Soccer Needs a Facelift

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 and the ‘Frozen Four’ in hockey have achieved much more […]

The Learning Curve of Arena Football
The Learning Curve of Arena Football

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 that the league was stabilizing.  For 8 home games, each […]

Time for MLS and ESPN to Make Changes Together
Time for MLS and ESPN to Make Changes Together

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 fans.   But, another MLS season has come and gone and except for the […]

USL Should Compete Directly against MLS
USL Should Compete Directly against MLS

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 any kind of legal troubles or image issues.  This has […]

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

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 fans of the sport appreciate the skills, the passing, the […]

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

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 the problem.  If the foul warrants expulsion, the referee should make […]

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

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 and it must end its regular season 3 weeks before […]