• Doyle departure starts crucial new era in San Jose
    With only two playoff appearances since it rejoined MLS in 2008, San Jose hasn't been able to find the right formula for success moving into a wonderful new stadium last year and instituting player development programs. Taking over for John Doyle as GM is Chris Letich but most of the pressure falls on head coach Dominic Kinnear, a friend of Doyle for more than 40 years.
  • Farewell, Hope Solo
    I have admired Hope Solo for many reasons. I've sent YouTube clips of Solo's highlights to goalkeepers I've trained, because I believe that players learn more by imitating stars than from listening to coaches' advice.
  • Struggles of MLS Cup finalists are to be expected for smaller-market teams
    Portland and Columbus defied the odds -- and economic reality -- by reaching the MLS championship game last year. Their problems this season are indicators that a steady increase in high-spending expansion teams can squeeze the resources of more frugal operations.
  • Olympic women's soccer: Our winners & losers
    Olympic women's soccer left the taste of what might have been. A USA-Brazil semifinal at Maracana Stadium would have been awesome. As would have been -- for the cause of women's soccer -- a Brazil gold medal.
  • 'Cagey' Swedes deserve some credit
    The USA women fell short of the semifinals of a major tournament for the first time when they were beaten by Sweden in the quarterfinals, and on Tuesday the Swedes also beat host Brazil to reach the gold-medal game. They must be doing something right.
  • 'Worst MLS signing' Lampard is tearing it up
    A great run of form earned New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard Player of the Week and Player of the Month honors as NYCFC regained the Eastern Conference lead.
  • Assessing the middle third -- of the MLS season
    Coaches and executives often speak of dividing a season - much as they do of the field itself -- into thirds. You defend in your defensive third, try to control the middle third, and strive to exploit scoring opportunities in the final (attacking third).