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US soccer media’s response to US Senate hearing on corruption


The timing of yesterday’s announcement that Giovani Dos Santos had officially signed for LA Galaxy was impeccable. Less than five minutes after the US Senate panel hearing on corruption in international soccer had ended, MLS’ LA Galaxy changed the conversation on social media as fans and soccer media marveled at the signing, and discussed how MLS will award two more All Star Players/Bonuses in 2015.

So, we thought we’d take a moment to pause the morning after to look back and see what the US soccer media’s reaction was to the explosive US Senate hearing by reviewing select Twitter accounts for the people who cover the sport in this country.

We’re taking into consideration that not everyone was watching the panel hearing yesterday. With a busy day in Gold Cup and club games, many reporters may have been traveling or writing pieces about other matches, but here’s what we found and what was said:


Watch the US Senate hearing on corruption in international soccer.



Alexi Lalas (FOX Sports)

Taylor Twellman (ESPN)

Eric Wynalda (FOX Sports)




Andrew Das (New York Times)

Steven Goff (Washington Post)

Michelle Kaufman (Miami Herald)




Brian Sciaretta (American Soccer Now)


Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)


Brian Straus (Sports Illustrated)


Matt Doyle (MLS)


Leander Schaerlaeckens (Freelancer)


Steve Davis (Freelancer)


Bleacher Report


Ives Galarcep (SBI Soccer)

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated)

Liviu Bird (Sports Illustrated)

Christopher Harris (World Soccer Talk)

Kyle McCarthy (FOX Sports)

Simon Evans (Reuters)

Brooke Tunstall (American Soccer Now)

Jonathan Tannenwald (

Seth Vertelney (

Paul Kennedy (Soccer America)

Jeremiah Oshan (SB Nation)



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  1. toryblue

    July 16, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    soccer in the U.S. is corrupt through and through, and SUM, MLS, and the USSF are at the heart of it. just look at how MLS is organized and try tell me with a straight face that soccer in this country isn’t one giant ponzi scheme.

  2. Pakapala

    July 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    So outside of World Soccer Talk, this is as close to addressing the elephant in the room that the US media came to yesterday:

    “Would be quite shocking, with how Blazer helped SUM get World Cup television rights, if nobody in MLS or USSF had inkling of his corruption.”

    — Liviu Bird (@liviubird) July 15, 2015


    • Kei

      July 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Liviu Bird is the closest thing we have to a watchdog we have at a “major” publication covering US Soccer (see his reporting on the Crossfire saga). Rate him highly as a journalist.

      Most other writers at these big-name companies are merely paid propagandists.

      • Flyvanescence

        July 16, 2015 at 4:21 pm

        Oddly, he works for the same company as Wahl.

  3. andew

    July 16, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Typical Grant wahl..
    The US Soccer heirachy have exerted enough influence on FIFA thankyou very much.

  4. StellaWasAlwaysDown

    July 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    The sooner they clean these clowns out the better. What a joke.

  5. Flyvanescence

    July 16, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Wahl is such a joke, deflecting any blame from USSF. Trying to protect his inside source privileges?

    The relative silence from most of these guys is deafening.

    I appreciate your objectiveness, Chris. There is not enough of it in this country’s soccer media.

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