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Archives: American Soccer

Michael Jackson’s death, Interleague baseball and the Confederations Cup

Posted on by Mitch Howard

Today is the last day of Interleague baseball for this season of MLB.  It ends coincidentally on the same day as the final of the Confederation Cup.  As great as the Confederation Cup has been for Soccer, Interleague play has given … Continue reading

Is Portsmouth better than the Chicago Fire?…and the current status of American Soccer

Posted on by Mitch Howard

Soccer purists tend to exaggerate the reality of the state of American Soccer.  They tend to emphasize the negative when referencing U.S. Soccer and they don’t want to accept the fact that of the world’s greatest Soccer leagues, it is only … Continue reading

Beautiful game fosters partnership among U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers

Posted on by Mitch Howard

  Photo Captions: 1st Lt. Paul Wistermayer, from Denville, N.J., takes a header in the opening round of the Combined Forces Football Tournament, a Baghdad-wide tourney featuring teams made up of American and Iraqi players. Jamaica native, Pfc. Mark Skeen, … Continue reading

Who is the target demo for MLS?

Posted on by Mitch Howard

Who is the real target demographic of professional soccer in the U.S.? Is it Soccer Moms?  Is it Soccer players?  Is it Latino people? Sure, Soccer Moms, Latinos and Soccer players make up some of the peripheral targets, but who makes up the … Continue reading

The Best US Imports

Posted on by Philip Oliver

Many nations have provided English football with players and the United States is no different. From Roy Wegerle to Brad Guzan, there has been a steady flow of Americans plying their trade across the pond, with goalkeepers being a regular … Continue reading

Keep United in D.C. Day – May 9, 2009: A Grassroots Effort in Support of an MLS Team

Posted on by Brian Zygo

Whether you love or hate DC United, there is no denying that the Capital City’s club is an important part of Major League Soccer’s short history. Despite being one of the original MLS clubs, and despite winning 4 MLS Cups, … Continue reading

Average score tallies for MLS are offensive in the wrong kind of way

Posted on by Mitch Howard

I dedicate this post to Otilino Tenorio, who died 4 years ago this week in a car accident at the age of 25.  At the time of his death, he was the league leader in goals scored in his home … Continue reading

Looking closer at MLS and MLB cities

Posted on by Mitch Howard

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

The MidSummer Classic – The Long History of Soccer All-Star Matches in the United States

Posted on by Brian Zygo

All-Star Games are as All-American as Chevrolet, mom, and apple pie. The most famous and storied All-Star Game in the US is, of course, the one belonging to Major League Baseball, which was first played at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in … Continue reading

PDL team of USL breaks down boundaries

Posted on by Mitch Howard

          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

FIFA 100: World’s Greatest Footballers on American Soil

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

In 2004 Pele named the FIFA 125 greatest living footballers as part of the celebration of FIFA’s 100th Anniversary. If you were to believe everything you read in the European press about football in this corner of the globe you’d … Continue reading

Soccer Thoughts on Jackie Robinson Day

Posted on by Brian Zygo

In the world of the Beautiful Game April 15th is most known for Hillsborough, but in the United States, April 15th is best know for one of the most significant sporting and cultural moments of the 20th Century. It was … Continue reading

Give me the MLS & USL, or Give Me Death!

Posted on by Brian Zygo

In the comments made to my last post on this site, an individual stated that they were sick of hearing about ways to grow the MLS and suggested it should be shut down, put out of its misery. Well as … Continue reading

Not so Fantastic: Advice to the MLS from The Special One

Posted on by Brian Zygo

Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore Jose Mourinho, because he is the proverbial moth drawn to the media spotlight. This recent FIFA International Break found the Special One in the United States as he prepared for the World … Continue reading

USL wastes opportunity to develop women’s pro league

Posted on by Mitch Howard

    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

If I Ran the MLS

Posted on by Brian Zygo

A couple weeks ago I was a guest on Mad About Futbol and the hosts asked me what I would do if I were the commissioner of the MLS. I kept my answer short and only touched on a couple … Continue reading

Scoreless in Seattle…let’s hope not!

Posted on by Mitch Howard

  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

Posted on by Mitch Howard

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