I was pretty excited to see Deadspin take a break from pictures of athletes’ penises to dedicate 2,000 plus words to MLS’s upcoming season. Just the fact Deadspin knew the MLS season was starting is a pretty big step in the growth of the league’s media profile. However, after reading and re-reading (and re-reading) Bill Haisley’s analysis, three general things stick out: (1) He did some decent research on league happenings, but doesn’t really follow it, (2) The critiques are not very illuminating, and (3) Deadspin has tied their wagon to the Eurosnob corner of soccer in the US, a regrettable decision.
Now, for fun, let’s analyze paragraph by paragraph the take-down and assess each claim. I’m going to just ignore Bill’s over-the-top tone and word choice because, like, I’m sure he wouldn’t stoop so low to go trolling for pageviews. That’s what slideshows are for! Continue reading “The MLS Deadspin Takedown Letdown” »
A few months ago, I wrote a piece for The Guardian about David Beckham’s interest in (re) starting an MLS franchise in Miami, Florida. I took a close look at Miami’s tortured history with pro soccer (from the Strikers to the Fusion). I also surveyed Miami’s attendance in other pro sports, such as the NHL, NFL, and MLB. I expressed some doubts despite the media buzz, and, since then, little has happened. Why?
Well, Beckham has a reduced MLS franchise fee that sweetens the deal but, a very serious “but”, MLS insists on a soccer-specific stadium. If Orlando can pull off a stadium, then why can’t Miami? The excellent blog “Field of Schemes” gives us a hint. Continue reading “What Possibly Could Hold Back David Beckham FC in Miami? The Public.” »
Ahh, nothing is more relaxing than aural pleasure, no? Now that I have relocated to a major metropolitan area, each morning and evening I look forward to gridlock, accidents, folks changing lanes without turning on their signals, overturned cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and folks turning on signals and not changing lanes. What could be more blissful?
Luckily, my iPhone is regularly loaded with some lovely podcasts.Here they are: Continue reading “Soccer Lynx: Open the Soccer Pod(Cast) Doors, Hal” »
At long last, Sporting KC has reached the MLS Cup final. They’ve been a regular contender these past few years but pretty much always fell to the Houston Dynamo. During the past three years, though, the team has experienced a pretty constant shift in personnel. In part, that’s the reality of pro sports, especially in MLS with a pretty rigid salary cap. In part, they’ve also done good business: fans will miss Roger Espinoza and Kei Kamara, but Sporting KC at least sold them while their value was high.
The two key goals thus far for Sporting KC, defeating New England and Houston, have come from guys not even on the roster two years ago: Argentine Claudio Bieler and Englishman Dom Dwyer. Can you say turnover? Yessir. It seems like Peter Vermes relishes blowing up his team each summer, turning budding prospects into benchwarmers (albeit sometimes injuries play a role). Still, Sporting KC has not always bought well, and certainly not always sold high.
Here’s a list of past strikers to have donned the blue of Kansas City. Continue reading “Totally Random List of Former Sporting KC/KC Wizards/KC Wiz Strikers” »
David Beckhamania. Many MLS fans recall his arrival to ‘Merica – we thought, wow, MLS teams are actually paying serious salaries to a pretty good overseas player who is not retirement age!?!?! Pinch me! His first year sucked, as chronicled in The Beckham Experiment, but he ended up winning some trophies.
Now he wants to be an MLS owner. There’s just one problem: he’s set his sights on Miami. Read my thoughts, and doubts, at the Guardian. Simply click here.
Ah transfers. The shopping season has come to a merciful end (until Winter), but some stories are still playing out. This array of soccer lynx revolves around transfers both old and new.
Enjoy! Continue reading “Untamed Soccer Lynx – Into the Wild” »
Linx. Links. M’eh. This site can’t afford an unpaid intern to pour coffee, sort mail, and correct typos. Thus, we encourage you to visit other, much more professional sites. These sites also offer some fine soccer reading. Continue reading “Some Wicked Cool Soccer Linx” »
We’ve all seen the EPL on NBC ads. The execution is amusing and I did chuckle a bit. However, the undertone is depressingly similar to the lamestream “soccer as other” take. The premise is that soccer is “foreign” and thus we should dislike it. This is very similar to the “soccer as feminine” line of thought. Both attempt to depict the United States as a proudly nativist, robust heterosexual male who dominates all worthy endeavors. Soccer is foreign and feminine, and thus will “never catch on.”
I don’t give two shits if soccer goes mainstream. I love the sport. But, with your indulgence, I’d like to write as an abrasive talk show radio host and take the opposite angle on soccer and the US.
Continue reading “Soccer has an “America” problem and it’s not what you think” »
It’s not easy being a blogger. With all the social invitations and engagements, some days I don’t even get to blog properly. However, with success come the spoils. One of my numerous sources (who will remain unnamed) tipped me off that the New York Cosmos will be providing light snacks and refreshments at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York today.
If you live in New York and are hungry, go there. In related news, NYCFC has announced the serving of light appetizers and SUBWAY sandwiches at the Plaza Hotel in two weeks time. No word yet on refreshments.