‘This is Your Brain on Sports’ book tells sports fans what we already know
‘This is Your Brain on Sports’ book tells sports fans what we already know

Sports and science have often intersected over the years in memorable ways. Whether it’s a player or team hiring a therapist to overcome a mental block, a beverage being refined to maximize physical recovery, or new medical techniques to speed up healing, we as sports fans have become accustomed to getting regular […]

Why the Premier League would be better with only 16 teams
Why the Premier League would be better with only 16 teams

The beginning of January is probably the most hated time of the year for Premier League clubs. Unlike their continental counterparts, they do not have a winter break to recharge and ready themselves for a busy spring and summer. For some, the three-week period sees an increase in the number of […]

Who had soccer’s worst 2015?
Who had soccer’s worst 2015?

The end of the Gregorian calendar year is a time when many publications, websites and blogs pull out their “best of” lists.  These are always fun to read because they provide a nostalgic look back on the year that was, but if you really think about, it these are sad […]

Turnover among top managers hurts soccer at the highest levels
Turnover among top managers hurts soccer at the highest levels

Why would anyone want to be the manager of Manchester United? A few years ago, if you asked that to a soccer fan, you’d be greeted with a dumbfound stare and probably a quick exit from the conversation. The fame, prestige and glory of winning with a super club like […]

Six potential Jose Mourinho jobs that nobody’s talking about
Six potential Jose Mourinho jobs that nobody’s talking about

The other shoe has dropped and the formally regarded “Special One” has been let go; or, technically, mutually parted ways with. Speculation is already buzzing about his next position and without a doubt the man, despite being hard to work with, will have tons of currency thrown at him to […]

Euro 2016 will be Belgium and Wales’ chance to live up to the hype
Euro 2016 will be Belgium and Wales’ chance to live up to the hype

Some soccer fans claim that UEFA’s European Championship, and not the World Cup, is soccer’s most prestigious tournament. While any tournament without the South American powers cannot be elevated to such an exalted status, Saturday’s group stage draw for Euro 2016 shows why the tournament is so highly regarded. For […]

Are we numb to FIFA scandals? A review of ‘The Ugly Game’ book
Are we numb to FIFA scandals? A review of ‘The Ugly Game’ book

Rarely in the book world does a tome come around that fundamentally alters the way we look at the subject for the better or worse. One such book is The Ugly Game by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, two members of The Sunday Times Insight Team. In the most important soccer […]

From champ to chump, DC United is sliding dangerously toward irrelevance
From champ to chump, DC United is sliding dangerously toward irrelevance

It may be hard to imagine now, but at one time the New York MetroStars and Red Bulls were the underdogs in their rivalry with DC United. While DC won trophies and became a model franchise in MLS, New York rebranded, cycled through high-profile coaches and players, and continuously underachieved […]

We, soccer’s fans, are to blame for FIFA’s corruption
We, soccer’s fans, are to blame for FIFA’s corruption

Today’s news that the German soccer federation could have been involved in bribery around the 2006 World Cup will shake many people to the core. It is easy to point to nations with a history of abuse (Qatar) or corruption (Russia), or individuals with suspicious pasts, and say that they are […]

10 ways that the US Men’s National Team is eerily similar to England
10 ways that the US Men’s National Team is eerily similar to England

For years, the United States has striven to become a world power in soccer. Even as a majority of the country failed to acknowledge the sport, the die-hards in this country looked forward to the day when America’s passion for winning, combined with a population that seemed to populate every […]

Soccer is the sport that has the power to unite the United States
Soccer is the sport that has the power to unite the United States

Is the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team “America’s Team”? As the team prepares for its possible third World Cup title today, the increased viewership and buzz after the team’s win over Germany has made them media darlings.  It also highlights how soccer, a “foreign” sport, can unite this country in […]

5 players to watch in the Women’s World Cup final
5 players to watch in the Women’s World Cup final

The 2015 Women’s World Cup final has a familiar feel to it, but U.S. fans are hoping it is not deja vu all over again. With the Americans making a statement against No. 1 Germany and Japan benefiting from an own goal to advance, the momentum is with the USA.  However, […]

5 players to watch in USA vs. Germany Women’s World Cup semi-final
5 players to watch in USA vs. Germany Women’s World Cup semi-final

For the first time possibly ever, the U.S. Women’s National Team is facing a World Cup elimination match as underdogs. Today will see the two top ranked women’s teams in the world face off for the right to play Japan or England in the final on Sunday. The match will see […]

5 concerns for U.S. Women’s National Team in Women’s World Cup
5 concerns for U.S. Women’s National Team in Women’s World Cup

With yesterday’s win over Colombia, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has three wins and a draw in the Women’s World Cup, finished first in the Group of Death, and has shown it may have the strongest defense of any team in this year’s tournament. Despite all of these […]