Three reasons why Sepp Blatter can still control FIFA
Three reasons why Sepp Blatter can still control FIFA

Last week, just days after winning re-election to a fifth term, Sepp Blatter placed a call to the heads of every continental confederation (at least those not in jail) to inform them that he was resigning as head of soccer’s governing body.  An avalanche of negative press and communications from […]

What should happen to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups?
What should happen to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups?

The shockingly sudden resignation of Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA prompts a number of questions, many of which are a long way from being answered. Some will remain unanswered until the prosecutors and various police forces announce the results of various investigations, but practically there is now a major […]

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup schedule for US TV and Internet: May 29 to June 20
2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup schedule for US TV and Internet: May 29 to June 20

This weekend the United States kicks off its participation in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.  Featuring rising stars like Gedion Zelalem of the U.S. and Andreas Pereira of Brazil, this tournament can be a stage for players’ Q ratings to skyrocket. The United States begins the tournament in Group A, […]

The Lost Savior: A Review of “I Am Sam” by James Durose-Rayner
The Lost Savior: A Review of “I Am Sam” by James Durose-Rayner

What if?  It’s a question fans of history and sports always like to ask, usually at a pub or in the depths of despair.  What if this person did this, or a manager made that decision?  When authors write about these decisions, they tend to be straightforward historical retellings.  However, […]

GQ meets Howler: Review of ‘Associated,’ the new soccer magazine
GQ meets Howler: Review of ‘Associated,’ the new soccer magazine

Soccer in America has forever been the domain of those who enjoy combining philosophy and sport.  Until the recent growth of MLS, soccer fans tended to gather in their corners of the internet and often try to create enclaves of sophistication; it was not enough to cheer for the sport […]

The Search for a New American Hero in European Soccer
The Search for a New American Hero in European Soccer

The exodus of the United States’ best players from Europe to the homeland continued this winter, with Mix Diskerud and possibly Sacha Kljestan signing with MLS clubs. We have written a novel’s worth of stories about its impact on the U.S. national team, whether it is good for this country’s […]

U.S National Team to Renew Mexico Rivalry This April in San Antonio
U.S National Team to Renew Mexico Rivalry This April in San Antonio

Coming off of surprising Round of 16 appearances in the 2014 World Cup, the United States men’s national team will renew its rivalry with Mexico this April, according to an announcement today by the US Soccer Federation.  The match will take place Wednesday, April 15 at 8:30 PM ET and […]

DC United Midfield Enforcer Perry Kitchen is the Next Kyle Beckerman
DC United Midfield Enforcer Perry Kitchen is the Next Kyle Beckerman

Jurgen Klinmann’s call-ups for the most recent January camp contained a few names known only to the most knowledgeable MLS fans. One of those was DC United’s Perry Kitchen, who may not be famous but has long been the next big name in U.S. soccer and, because of his position, […]

Book Review of ‘The Special One: The Secret World of Jose Mourinho’
Book Review of ‘The Special One: The Secret World of Jose Mourinho’

The boy genius gone wrong – this is a familiar theme in the soccer world. The hot-shot young manager slays every challenge he faces until he reaches the summit, the biggest challenge. Then inexplicably he fails, undercutting his genius and showing his soccer mortality. Some, like Brian Clough, bounce back […]

Frank Lampard/New York City FC Fiasco Clouds MLS Progress Made Under Don Garber
Frank Lampard/New York City FC Fiasco Clouds MLS Progress Made Under Don Garber

The past few weeks have been tumultuous ones for America’s top professional soccer division. Instead of slowly transitioning the league’s marketing to its new superstars and priming the way for its new high-profile clubs, the top office has instead been sidetracked by controversy.  The Frank Lampard “will he or won’t […]