PAUL GARDNER
Columnist, Soccer America
  • Witch Hunt Puts in Question Yellow Suspensions
    Inevitably, Werder Bremen lost yesterday's UEFA Cup final to Shakhtar Donetsk. I'm ...
  • The Delights - and the Dangers - of Sporting Delusions
    The way that so many people involved in sports manage to live ...
  • Seattle plays the ref-bashing game
    Referee Tim Weyland was kept busy by the Sounders and the Galaxy ...
  • Chatty refs and wasted corners defy common sense
    During the first half of Sunday's game between Arsenal and Chelsea, there ...
  • Who's Manly Now, Guus?
    Chelsea lost big-time yesterday. With almost the last action of the game, ...
  • Revs Revert to a Reverie from the 1950s
    In gentler, less clever days, there really wasn't too much to know ...
  • Goalless, Guileless and Gutless
    I'm sorry guys -- I'm talking to whoever it is who writes ...
  • Protecting players: Refs Need Only Enforce the Rules
    "I don't get no protection!" might well be the theme song for ...
  • MLS Coaches Have It Easy
    It hadn't occurred to me to judge the worth of a soccer ...
  • Red Bull Arena: A new era for New York soccer
    It looked like a burned-out aircraft hangar. It was certainly big enough, ...
  • In Defense Of Tommy Smyth. Sort of.
    The extraordinary attack on ESPN TV commentator Tommy Smyth that appeared Wednesday ...
  • Four Superb Goals Crown Barca's Ground Game
    Bayern Munich and Coach Juergen Klinsmann took a hammering last week from ...
  • Great Goals, Rotten Refereeing in Champions League
    Let me dismiss the coaches, for a start. I do not believe ...
  • A Sad Day for Bruce Arena
    Sadness and weariness ... those were my feelings as I watched the ...
  • USL Reaches for Big Apple
    Professional soccer in New York City? Now there's an idea. I'll buy ...
  • A Triumph for the Snow White Formation
    Three years back, in the lead up to the 2006 World Cup, ...
  • Friedel escape an appalling decision by FA
    Goalkeepers. Once again getting special treatment. This time it's Brad Friedel. An ...
  • Floreat Fredy!
    As you'd expect, the seven games of the opening weekend of MLS ...
  • Refs on a Witch Hunt
    Just ten days ago I was taking a decidedly jaundiced look at ...
  • The World's Most Unpredictable League
    I was recently asked -- by a foreign newspaper -- a number ...
  • What's Wrong with the Rich?
    In its 16 years of existence, the English Premier League has been ...
  • Big Sam Knows - You Don't
    A week or so ago Blackburn Rovers coach Sam Allardyce, sounding as ...
  • Donovan's Return a Big Plus for MLS
    This is an unfortunate moment for MLS. With David Beckham quietly trashing ...
  • 75 Years of Youth Soccer in New York
    They had a little bash out at Franklin Square on Friday. Franklin ...
  • Defense On Autopilot
    Four key Champions League games played this week have served up some ...
  • Foul? What foul?
    After his Galaxy had lost a rather tedious Pan-Pacific final to the ...
  • From Marital Bliss to Hell of a Mess
    I suppose there is such a thing as Beckham-fatigue. I don't mean ...
  • Don Sets Doomsday for David
    With a great sense of drama and timing, MLS commissioner Don Garber ...
  • Referees and the Reputation Problem
    It's a puzzling thing to me that what I see as a ...
  • Soccer's Eternal Olympic Mess
    Yawn, yawn, YAWN!!. Here we go again, wrestling with soccer's eternal Olympic ...