• MLS's youth venture: Season 1 celebration set for Texas; future success depends on how it helps amateur clubs
    MLS kicked off its 25th season on Feb. 29, 2020. It suspended it on March 12 because of COVID. It returned to play July 8. During the hiatus, the league made an extraordinary move.
  • Californian Michael Hoyos on his Copa Libertadores quest with Ecuador's Barcelona SC after his Argentine pro career launch
    He was born and raised in California's Orange County and played for the Irvine Strikes. In 2007, he was recruited to join Estudiantes in his parents native Argentina.
  • Ditching the Crew flies in the face of everything MLS should be proud about
    The Crew was saved because it was worth saving, and so was its name. Unfortunately, those running the Crew don't seem to share that same optimism and confidence.
  • Fascinating footnotes to the NASL's weird and wonderful history
    The newsletters are authored by the league's PR director, Cliff Kachline (later the National Baseball Hall of Fame historian, who writes in crisp, informative and lucid sentences.
  • The Galaxy is grinding, often down (or dominated) but never out
    New coach Greg Vanney still has a lot of work as he demands a greater understanding of what's happening on the field, but so far the results have been favorable.
  • An icon among referees: Betty Ellis made history on Mother's Day 40 years ago
    Volunteering to ref for her son's U-6 team led to Betty Ellis waving the flag on George Best at Spartan Stadium.
  • Steve Cherundolo on fame in Germany, World Cups with the USA, and coming home to coach the Las Vegas Lights
    Many Americans, and more all time, have found success playing in Europe, but nobody else has had an experience like Steve Cherundolo's.
  • Mostafa Edders on soccer during Ramadan, respecting diversity, and coaching education around the world
    Soon after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Illinois Youth Soccer Association executive Mary Jane Bender asked Mostafa Edders to stop by her office.
  • 'An industry swimming in a toxic stew of gender inequality'
    Several soccer clubs in the UK and the rest of Europe took a four-day timeout from social media this past weekend to protest against hate speech on the internet.
  • Anson Dorrance on this NCAA season's unique title quest, the new youth landscape, women's pro soccer and U.S. Soccer's gender equity challenge
    In his 42 years at the helm, Dorrance has learned to roll with the punches.
  • Tony Quinn on seeing and sharing the soccer world through his camera lens
    The many great photographers who have contributed to Soccer America during its 50 years include Tony Quinn, the 2019 recipient of the National Soccer Hall of Fame Colin Jose Media Award.
  • Whose game is it? A philosophical take on the Super League controversy
    Elitism trickles down to youth sports, especially soccer. Playing in elite leagues requires vast expenditures of money, either from the players' parents or other benefactors.
  • Who is this 'global fan'?
    One of several obvious takeaways from last week's surreal rollout and hilariously prompt retreat of the putative European Super League was that soccer executives have no idea what fans want.
  • American soccer's missing resource: time
    Sixty years of trying has gotten us to where we are today. Eighty-nine pro teams operating this spring. Quite amazing actually. But still very, very imperfect.
  • From Spain to the USA: Eloisa Borreguero on climbing soccer's male-dominated coaching ladder
    When Eloisa Borreguero took a Royal Spanish soccer federation goalkeeping license course, she was 19 years old. And she was also the only woman, surrounded by 44 men.
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