The long road to respect
Women's soccer has come a long way in the last half century since the DFB, the powerful governing body of German soccer, attempted to ban a group of women from forming a national league in 1955. "Irreparable damage" would come to their bodies and "the public display of their bodies will offend ...Fueled by the new Designated Player rule and an influx of foreign players, competition for roster spots forced rookies into the toughest situation of any group coming to MLS out of college since its launch in 1996. Several players who emerged started more than 20 games and played invaluable roles in their first seasons.
The race for MLS Rookie ...
How a small-town U.S. boy ended up on the Mexican national team.
Even when Edgar Castillo was only 4 years old, he watched soccer games on television.
"He'd come over to our house to play with my boys," says Linda Lara. "If I turned on the television for a soccer game, Edgar would start watching. The other ...
Interest from foreign clubs in teenage American players is at an all-time high and an increasing number of youngsters are considering leaving their homes to pursue their soccer dreams aboard.
One day Francisco Lletget noticed something slightly odd about the way his son, Sebastian, was eating breakfast, so he approached and took a closer look. While scooping cereal ...Only five Designated Players were signed in 2007 to varying degrees of success, yet many teams acquired players by more traditional means who have contributed greatly in their first MLS seasons.
The tale is told in MLS offices of how skittish were Chicago Fire officials to herald the arrival of Mexican icon Cuauhtemoc Blanco in early April.
Worldwide search for player gold mine led Austrian Josef Schulz to South Florida.
Josef Schulz once spent two years traveling the world scouting young soccer talent. But on this day, nine years ago, he was just taking a walk with his wife, Barbara, in their Boca Raton, Fla., neighborhood.
They stopped to watch a pickup game and Schulz ...