DC United is the Antithesis of MLS 3.0
DC United is the Antithesis of MLS 3.0

MLS 3.0 is in full force and the sports media have focused like a laser on the growth of the league. Soccer-specific stadiums have sprung up across the country, academies are churning out young talent, big names are coming across the Atlantic to play in North America, and suddenly U.S. […]

Why FOX’s TV Coverage of the Women’s World Cup May Be Doomed
Why FOX’s TV Coverage of the Women’s World Cup May Be Doomed

Confidence in FOX Sports’ expected level of coverage for the 2015 Women’s World Cup and men’s World Cup 2018/2022 is already at a low. I won’t rehash the reasons why (although there is extensive coverage of it on World Soccer Talk and other sites such as Awful Announcing) but there […]

Why Traditional Media is Actually Driving Illegal Soccer Viewing
Why Traditional Media is Actually Driving Illegal Soccer Viewing

Pop quiz! Which legal streaming platforms are showing the UEFA Champions League qualifying matches? And where can you watch the English Championship via legal streams? Yeah, we thought so. It’s not easy to know the answers to these questions, right, without digging into a lot of exhaustive online research? For […]

Why It’s Time to Adopt a Favorite Second Team for the 2014/15 Season
Why It’s Time to Adopt a Favorite Second Team for the 2014/15 Season

Celtic barely advancing in the Champions League and Ted Lasso videos mean one thing to the serious soccer fan – it’s back.  After a tasty appetizer of the World Cup, European club soccer returns this month beginning with the Premier League this weekend.  While MLS fans would counter that their […]

AS Roma Could Be New Favorites To Win Serie A Title
AS Roma Could Be New Favorites To Win Serie A Title

What a turn of events in a week.  Last Thursday, Juventus looked to be stable heading into the preseason as it fought back against clubs trying to poach its young stars while dipping into the transfer market to strengthen a squad expected to compete more in the Champions League. In […]

How Brazil’s Failure Could Help MLS
How Brazil’s Failure Could Help MLS

There are myriad reasons for Brazil’s abrupt departure from the World Cup and honestly there is a sliver of truth in every theory or reason given for their poor play.  One reason, however, for the change in the Brazilian soccer culture struck me as both very truthful and an opportunity […]

Young USA Players Looking to Move Beyond MLS
Young USA Players Looking to Move Beyond MLS

Going into the World Cup, a major storyline around the U.S. national team was the number of key players who had left overseas clubs to return to MLS.  Facing a logjam in the AS Roma midfield, Michael Bradley accepted a designated player spot with Toronto FC to earn more money […]

USA Lightning Rod Landon Donovan Faces Uncertain Future
USA Lightning Rod Landon Donovan Faces Uncertain Future

From the moment he was excluded from the U.S. World Cup roster, Landon Donovan faced a critical choice.  He could accept, map out the rest of his playing career, and begin to work on his post-playing options.  Or he could fight back, showing the world that his exclusion was long-term […]

Eight Reasons for U.S. Soccer Fans to Continue Watching the World Cup
Eight Reasons for U.S. Soccer Fans to Continue Watching the World Cup

As the streets that once held thousands for watch parties are swept clean, and the inevitable myriad articles blaming everyone and anyone for the U.S.’s loss are Tweeted, this is a sad day for U.S. soccer fans.  Those of us who follow the team closely are slightly less saddened, however, […]

Mistakes of Past USA Games Haunt Team in World Cup Loss to Belgium
Mistakes of Past USA Games Haunt Team in World Cup Loss to Belgium

In the end, the United States can only blame themselves for their elimination from the World Cup.  Although Belgium on paper were a more talented team, this game showed the United States was actually presented with a good match-up that gave them a chance to advance.  Belgium’s defense was exposed […]

How Soccer Fans Should Deal With Non-Fans During the World Cup
How Soccer Fans Should Deal With Non-Fans During the World Cup

Now is the high-water mark for being a soccer fan in the United States. The US national team escaped the Group of Death, the ratings for the World Cup are breaking records, bars are overflowing during national team games, and even non-soccer fans are admitting to watching every match in […]

Five Reasons Why The USA Cannot “Play for a Tie” Against Germany
Five Reasons Why The USA Cannot “Play for a Tie” Against Germany

This week I have been receiving a lot of, to use a polite word, “guff” about the United States National Team from militant anti-soccer people. They constantly bring up the idea that the U.S. simply needs a draw to advance in the World Cup and, because Germany can also finish […]

Why USA Midfielder Michael Bradley Must Step Up Against Germany
Why USA Midfielder Michael Bradley Must Step Up Against Germany

Last month, if you would have come to me and said that during the World Cup Jermaine Jones was the US MVP after two matches while Michael Bradley was the goat of both games, AND the U.S. stood a good chance of advancing from the group, I would have had […]

Mexico Rewarded for Aggressive Tactics in 3-1 Victory Over Croatia
Mexico Rewarded for Aggressive Tactics in 3-1 Victory Over Croatia

Going into the final Group A match of this World Cup, you could forgive Mexico for playing conservatively.  While they could finish atop the group by “outscoring” Brazil, simply getting a draw would see Mexico extend their improbably run into the next round of the tournament.  Instead, both teams went […]