Since coming over from the National Football League in 1999, Don Garber has presided over a decade marked by turmoil and growth.
MLS: Forecast clouded but far from gloomy
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 31, 12:23 p.m.
Commissioner Don Garber, who begins his second decade in charge of Major League Soccer, and other sports executives give their insights on the present state and future of America's soccer league, which is coming off a period of growth yet has been hit by the same economic issues that have hurt other sports.
Backline: Rick Davis-American Cosmo Heads AYSO
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 1, 6:57 p.m.
When Rick Daviswas in high school, he told his father he planned to be a professional athlete.
"That's great," said his dad. "Someday you'll get a real job."
Richard Sr., a physician, was right on both counts. Rick Davis had a great career as a pro soccer player and eventually got a "real job."
MLS: Cubans Find Home
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 1, 6:47 p.m.
Of the many soccer players who have taken on the risks of defection, forward Maykel Galindo and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso have established themselves as valuable MLS players and done their nation proud.
Americans Abroad: Making An impact
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 1, 6:37 p.m.
Americans continue to celebrate success of various degrees in foreign leagues. We look at 11 who stood out during the 2008-09 season, including young Marco Vidal, the latest Mexican-American whose career required a move south of the border.
Women's Professional Soccer: Success Stories
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jul. 1, 6:30 p.m.
Brazilian Marta and Englishwoman Kelly Smith came with big reputations, but other foreigners have also had an immediate impact in Women's Professional Soccer. Indeed, their success is credited with elevating the level of play in WPS to at least what it was at the height of the WUSA. Here's a look at five foreign stars:
International Season Review
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jul. 1, 6:20 p.m.
Spain, England, Germany, Italy
Youth Beat: AYSO-The Volunteer Model Lives On
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jul. 1, 6:08 p.m.
In an era when so much of youth soccer has become profit-driven, the 45-year-old American Youth Soccer Organization continues to provide low-cost play for children thanks to its steadfast belief in volunteer coaches.
Americans Abroad: Maurice Edu's Wild Ride
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 1, 6:02 p.m.
Sidelined for the summer by a knee injury, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu has some time to reflect on a wild ride that has taken him from college soccer to the U.S. national team and Scotland in less than three years.
MLS: Preki's Thinking Game
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 1, 5:59 p.m.
The eight-time MLS All-Star is in his third season as head coach of Chivas USA, where he draws on his playing experiences in Europe and the United States to aid his quest for an MLS Cup title.
World Cup Qualifying: USA's Recurring Problems
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jul. 1, 5:53 p.m.
A propensity to concede early goals plagued the U.S. again during its two Hexagonal matches in June, and an overall sluggishness in transition is one facet of the team's game that needs to be improved between now and the 2010 World Cup.