I know, I know. This website has gone through so many “reboots” it might as well be a movie featuring a comic book character as protagonist. The Puffington Host. FutSail Online University. We’ve tried a million-and-one-ways to squeeze a dime from internet content. And we’ve failed. Up until today. Continue reading “The FutFeed Manifesto: Because Viral Content is Contagious” »
Life isn’t all sunny days and lollipops. Sometimes, it rains on our parade. Sometimes, a player for the US national team doesn’t get that ticket to the World Cup. Here are a few stunning displays in either friendlies or World Cup qualifying by US players that didn’t add up to a tournament invitation.
Shed a tear for these poor guys. So close, yet so far. Continue reading “Friendly Ire: Past USMNT Near Misses” »
The US men’s national team currently has a friendly scheduled vs.
the Ukraine. (No article: here’s why) As a team that narrowly lost to France in a two-legged playoff, it promised to be a stern test for the team. However, the recent violence in political developments have raised the specter that the game may be moved and/or even called off. Despite a recent peace deal signed last Friday, nobody knows if the other side will respect it. The President has left the country and the PM has been released, but will the loyalists put down their arms?
We decided to ask a sample of US soccer fans what they thought about the game and this highly volatile situation. Continue reading “Ask An American Soccer Fan: Pending Ukraine Friendly” »
Crowdsourcing! I know, what is this, 2011? Please, just give me a few seconds to explain the urgency and immediacy of this situation. Continue reading “An Important Crowdsourcing Announcement Regarding a Crowdsourcing Opportunity” »
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” »
The soccersphere in the US is a pretty depressed (and depressing) place. Why? Well, the US got a pretty tough draw in the World Cup: Ghana, Germany, and Portugal. It’s been dubbed a Group of Death even though ESPN stats guru Nate Silver gives the US a 39% chance of advancing, about even with Portugal.
Why all the pessimism? Why are glasses so half-empty? Here are the practical and metaphysical reasons: Continue reading “The US Soccer Men’s National Team and the Group of Destiny” »
Futfanatico is a blog for the people and by the people. Thus, once again, we surveyed some American soccer fans on what they thought about the recent US-Soccer game and international soccer friendlies in general. The responses are not surprising, but still are illuminating. Continue reading “Ask An American Soccer Fan: International Friendlies” »
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” »
Yes, I’m on a blogging break. However, I still get around. That is to say, I am ambulatory. My legs function. I walk. I stand. I move. My hands also enjoy a full range of movement, not limited to swiping on an iPad and typing on an ergonomic keyboard. Here are some cool spots where you can find my written word on soccer: Continue reading “Elliott Turner Continues to Get Around” »