• Ukraine vs. South Korea -- an unlikely final to an unusual U-20 World Cup
    An under-20 world championship without Brazil, Germany, Ghana, Spain, Russia, England and the Netherlands?
  • What happened to Atlanta's sparkle?
    I developed, last MLS season, the habit of watching all of Atlanta United's games. Not as a fan of the club, but as a fan of the vibrant soccer that they played.
  • The FA Cup: A Good Idea that became a Fairy Tale and then a Horror Story
    Manchester City has won the FA Cup. With a resounding 6-0 wipe-out of Watford.
  • Oh dear, defenders feel threatened ... again
    Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham's Belgian defender, is worried. "I think we have to change the way we defend," he says.
  • A good referee decision nixed by a woeful VAR verdict
    The various shades and intricacies of VAR continue to intrigue -- and, yes, disturb me.
  • Fan violence and the dangers of encouraging passion
    While MLS Commissioner Don Garber has been getting himself into trouble for not being tough enough in his condemnation of neo-Nazis -- criticism that he does not deserve -- disturbing soccer-related nastiness has been re-surfacing in England. Nastiness that arrived at a wretched climax (we must hope that this is as bad as things will get) over the weekend during a game between Aston Villa and Birmingham. A second division game in which Jack Grealish, the Villa captain, was attacked on the field by a fan. Probably you have seen the video, so no elaborate description ...
  • The opening week -- and yet another appeal to MLS for a Best Assist award
    The disappointment -- flop, really -- of the first 2019 MLS weekend was obviously the trite showing of Atlanta against D.C. United.
  • A diving call in England that invites open derision
    At issue: Did Harry Maguire foul Son Heung Min? Or was the tackle quite legal, and Son took a dive?
  • At last Burnley gets a penalty kick -- but Coach Dyche still has a major problem
    Sean Dyche. Coach at Burnley, in the English Premier League. He's having a difficult season, down at the wrong end of the league.
  • Trying to fathom Atlanta's switch from Latin to Dutch
    When the new coach takes over a team that is going through a rough patch, you can be pretty sure that he will crack the whip.
  • Man City 9 Burton Albion 0: The fantasy world of cup soccer
    I recently watched a fantastic soccer occasion, one that must, I'm quite certain, have set all sorts of records.
  • Robbie Mustoe and the 'lazy Brazilians'
    The game had been, well, not bad. Quite good, actually. Two late goals had given West Ham United a 2-1 win at Southampton.
  • Sigi Schmid's Soccer Saga
    Sigi Schmid, who died on Christmas Day at age 65, will be remembered by a great many people for being an outstanding coach.
  • Atlanta goes Dutch -- not a great idea
    The whoops of joy emanating from Atlanta to announce the signing of Frank de Boer as their new coach should be recognized for what they are -- sheer piffle.
  • MLS Cup 2018: The long-awaited festival of futbol
    It has been my opinion for some 20 years or more that what American soccer needs is a hefty infusion of Latino talent and Latino ideas.
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