• Who were the real cheats when Maradona beat the English?
    U.S. soccer fans used to tell me how hard it was finding information about the global game back in the 1970s and 80s. I could count down the seconds until they brought up Toby Charles.
  • Kate Markgraf on USWNT decision-making, the NWSL, ECNL vs. Girls Academy, and U.S. stars moving abroad
    Kate Markgraf's playing career for the USA in 1998-2010 included 201 appearances, three World Cups and three Olympic tournaments. She was the youngest starter on the 1999 World Cup team.
  • John Harkes on a Year of Fear, Anxiety and Triumph -- and American soccer's great strides
    "Our trainer was attacked by fire ants and we had to call an ambulance. It's been a crazy year," said John Harkes in the middle of his 2020 championship season.
  • Thanksgiving and the Beautiful Game: A difficult year spotlights the many who deserve gratitude
    We suffer from COVID fatigue. Familiar rituals have been canceled. Players miss teammates; coaches miss players; parents miss the sidelines.
  • Making the case for a shootout revival
    When I lived in the USA, I used to love being asked to explain cricket. "Imagine a baseball game going on until 6am and the 47th innings."
  • Gyasi Zardes on thriving in Columbus: The Berhalter boost, Caleb Porter's guidance, and a happy family
    Gyasi Zardes has grown into one of Major League Soccer's most consistently potent strikers since leaving his hometown LA Galaxy for the Columbus Crew.
  • Landon Donovan on the lessons gained as a rookie coach in a uniquely difficult year
    Donovan's first season ended with a forfeit that positioned the San Diego Loyal as a unique club, one that emphasizes ideals and ethics in soccer and sports and life.
  • USWNT even more likely to rely on veterans after COVID interruption
    The team has never been a typical national squad that constantly turns over the roster with players who have demonstrated their form in club play.
  • Scotland finally breaks the hard-luck narrative
    Following abject failure in qualification group play, a good run in that mysterious UEFA invention called the Nations League had afforded Scotland a second chance.
  • Skip Gilbert on US Youth Soccer's new era: The ambitious goal of making young players part of the fabric of the game for life
    When Skip Gilbert interviewed for a new job last December, no one asked, "What will you do when the world completely stops in March?"
  • Dominic Kinnear on two decades of coaching in MLS and the path that led him
    Dominic Kinnear, one the most successful coaches in MLS history, finished the 2020 season as the LA Galaxy's interim head coach but faces an uncertain future.
  • Dr. George Chiampas on indoor soccer safety during the pandemic
    For coaches, players, parents, referees and administrators considering indoor soccer amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Soccer has released an Indoor Considerations Recommendations Guide.
  • Soccer's biggest flaw is its TV rights-based economic model
    The vacant stadium restart has yet again helped soccer to swerve around the issue of its economic model.
  • Coaching through COVID: An unexpectedly glorious experience
    Fewer games, no league or state tournaments. No spectators, no film sessions, no banquets. It was a high school soccer season unlike any I've seen.
  • G Guerrieri on Texas A&M's unique season, COVID's impact on recruiting, and post-DA youth soccer
    Texas A&M, one of only four teams to reach the women's Division I NCAA tournaments in each of the last 25 seasons, has been led by Coach G Guerrieri since the program's inception in 1993.
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