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Why can’t the U.S. men win it all? Or at least more consistently?
Because we’re way behind. And we’re behind because we’ve long been devoted to “American” things. And we can’t agree on anything, and then we sue each other. (We surely lead the world in soccer lawyers by now.)
And until we face up to those realities, we’ll never make progress. We certainly won’t have any fun.
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- MapsLegend: The map represents each club’s top level of competition in 2019-20 except for USYS NL 19, which is 2018-19. Some clubs may have second teams, third teams, ninth teams, etc., in lower leagues. To be listed on this map, clubs have to meet one of the following criteria: Development Academy (DA), 2019-20 ECNL, 2019-20 … Continue reading Maps
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- No, the WNT didn’t lose in court because the MNT lost in CouvaThe court ruling that decimated the U.S. women’s soccer team’s lawsuit had a peculiar irony that didn’t escape the sharp eyes of many who read the case: The women’s earned more than the men, not just over the course of five years but per game, because the men failed to qualify for the World Cup … Continue reading No, the WNT didn’t lose in court because the MNT lost in Couva
- U.S. women’s soccer case: Witness listIf the U.S. women’s team lawsuit proceeds to trial, it’ll take a while. The parties have just released their witness list, and it’s a nice 25 pages. (That means I spent $2.50 at PACER, so please buy one of my books as compensation. You can now read the details for free at RECAP.) Here we … Continue reading U.S. women’s soccer case: Witness list
- Revisiting ‘Enduring Spirit’Enduring Spirit failed. Not just because not many people read it and I lost money on it. I had another book, Single-Digit Soccer, that didn’t sell a lot, but I didn’t incur any real expenses — the cover photo was my kid’s untied shoe with the laces draped over a ball — and I had … Continue reading Revisiting ‘Enduring Spirit’
- Will the U.S. women’s back pay demands hurt future women’s soccer players?I’ve been covering women’s sports for about three decades now. Not as 100% of my job — through most of my employment, I’ve had a lot of editing and online responsibilities as well as reporting — but I’ve amassed a considerable amount of women’s soccer stories (and a book) and a lot of women’s coverage … Continue reading Will the U.S. women’s back pay demands hurt future women’s soccer players?
- AGM wrap: U.S. Soccer board obstructs and women’s soccer moves forward … but this one guy …The U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting provided expected drama at some points, unexpected non-drama at others, and unexpected drama at others. I’ll get to the bit about the guy who called out the women’s national team for its sportsmanship. Going bit by bit … The Powers That Be may once again find themselves at war … Continue reading AGM wrap: U.S. Soccer board obstructs and women’s soccer moves forward … but this one guy …
- Harvard analysis shows deeply embedded misinformation on women’s soccer payIt’s not their faults. Harvard Business Publishing has made available — for a fee — a pair of articles designed to serve as a basis for classroom discussion. They’re thoroughly researched by four people (“Professors Christine Exley and John Beshears and Research Associates Manuela Collis and Davis Heniford prepared this case”) with roughly 100 citations. … Continue reading Harvard analysis shows deeply embedded misinformation on women’s soccer pay
- United Soccer Coaches convention preview: Tough choices for women’s soccer fans and mediaThe world’s largest gathering of tracksuits will be in Baltimore this year, starting Jan. 15. The bad news for casual fans is that there’s no MLS draft to let people shout slogans at each other this year. The other bad news is that United Soccer Coaches still doesn’t have a cool acronym, with “USC” taken … Continue reading United Soccer Coaches convention preview: Tough choices for women’s soccer fans and media
- An even deeper dive into U.S. Soccer financesI went into a rabbit hole and kept digging. On Dec. 4, The Guardian published my piece on U.S. Soccer and where the money is going. It was essentially a preview of a board meeting that had the potential to shed light on the federation’s five-year plan to spend its assets down to $50m but … Continue reading An even deeper dive into U.S. Soccer finances