• Wise and witty 'Farther Corner' takes us back to England's Northeast
    The very character of non-League soccer in England is a lure for romantics, nostalgics and anyone with time to spare who feels at home in a soccer stadium.
  • Stanford's Paul Ratcliffe on training his champions during COVID, video recruiting, and the remarkable Catarina Macario
    If not for the pandemic, this would have been the week when Stanford had hoped to become the first back-to-back women's NCAA Division I champion since 2009.
  • Comparing youth leagues in the wake of the DA's demise
    Let's say this at the outset: All youth soccer rankings should be taken with a grain of salt. Maybe a silo full of salt.
  • Amid the pandemic, finding soccer joy by passing it on to those we love
    My daughter can't play with any neighborhood kids, and as she is so far our one and only, there are no soccer playmates her age available in our family bubble.
  • Jeff Agoos: The MLS vice president who starred on the field during soccer's rise in the USA
    Jeff Agoos, who holds a crucial executive position at MLS, is among those whose life in soccer since childhood tells the story of the game's rise in USA.
  • Ian Barker on United Soccer Coaches' evolving courses: diversity, 'soft skills,' and the benefits of virtual classrooms
    Even before the pandemic, United Soccer Coaches' courses were changing. "Content should be available to anyone who wants it," says its director of coaching education.
  • What are soccer's standards for 'unsporting behavior'?
    There was a curious incident during stoppage time of VfB Stuttgart's Bundesliga game at Werder Bremen on Sunday.
  • Perspectives on the dual-national dilemma from Sofia Huerta and Martin Vasquez
    It can be tantalizing torture for fans to get a glimpse of talented performers in U.S. colors without knowing if their choice is permanent.
  • Dartmouth's Bo Oshoniyi on the Ivy League soccer shutdown's impact on players and coaches
    After months on hold, Dartmouth players and coaches set their sights on a spring soccer season. The Ivy League canceled that too.
  • 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.
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