Coming
Nov. 2019

New coaches? New training methods? New leagues? New money?

None of it will get the U.S. men to the top of the soccer world. This book explains the historical and cultural obstacles that stand in the way.

Pre-order now:

+ Rowman and Littlefield
+ Amazon
+ Books A Million

clients

The Guardian • FourFourTwo • ESPNSoccer America

Bleacher Report • SoccerWireOZY • USA TODAY

Fox SoccerHuffington PostPopdoseBloody Elbow

topics

general soccer • women’s soccer • youth soccer

Olympics • MMA • entertainment / social issues

books

lrg

Long-Range Goals

spirit

Enduring Spirit

sds

Single-Digit Soccer

history

B.A.: Duke (philosophy, music) • The Chronicle

M.A.: Duke (liberal studies) • thesis

Work: USA TODAYKRTNews & RecordStar-News

resume • work historyportfolio

contact

duresport at gmail


Ranting Soccer Dad blog and podcast

  • Equal-pay play: No friendly gap, narrowed Cup bonuses
    Now that the national team pay calculator is done (more or less), we can run some scenarios. Here’s one: Assumed results: Women win World Cup with 9 points in group stage, take Olympic bronze with 7 points in group stage. Men reach World Cup quarterfinals (7 points in group) one year and take 3 points… Read More
  • Why do I question women’s soccer narratives?
    I’m aggravated when people denigrate soccer because it’s my favorite sport — and because such sentiments are often rooted in a form of xenophobia in which generations have been expected to be culturally assimilated through our devotion to American sports like football, basketball and baseball. I’m aggravated when people denigrate women’s sports because such sentiments… Read More
  • Freddy Adu’s next chapter will be worth reading
    Remember when U.S. men’s soccer was so full of hope? You don’t? Watch this … That ad is so much better than the ads we see for the U.S. women’s team today. The field-level ad isn’t bad, but so much of it is over-the-top hero worship. If we keep putting the women on pedestals and… Read More
  • A quick guide to the U.S. women’s soccer pay dispute
    This World Cup is going to be quite competitive, today’s 13-0 rout notwithstanding. The bad news is that the USA’s chances of winning are less than 50-50, but the good news is that the reason is the growth of the game worldwide. No one who cares about women’s soccer would want the game in England,… Read More
  • Women’s World Cup predictions (collated)
    If you made predictions, feel free to share them. I’ll try to compile as best I can. GROUP STAGE Key: Third-place teams that qualify marked with asterisk. The predictors … BD: me 538: from their rankings AC: Avi Creditor, Sports Illustrated LL: Laken Litman, Sports Illustrated (you’ll have to click to see the picks from… Read More
  • Game-by-game guide to Women’s World Cup group stage
    Three basic icons here: 📺 ️- must-watch ☠️ – must-win 🏏- country also playing in Cricket World Cup on same day Times Eastern Friday, June 7 3 p.m., FS1: France vs South Korea. Traditional first-day favorable matchup for the hosts. Saturday, June 8 📺 9 a.m., FS1: Germany vs China. Does China have anything to… Read More
  • U.S. Soccer: The game is not the same
    Let’s skip the intro and get right into it … You may want to refer to the original, because this is a paragraph-by-paragraph response. Miki Turner has done some of the screenshots already, so expect to see his Tweets throughout … (NOTE: When I say POINT here, I don’t mean my point. This is what… Read More
  • Any defense for USA’s World Cup roster?
    At the Total Soccer Show, Daryl Grove and Taylor Rockwell seem worried. At The Guardian, Caitlin Murray seems slightly skeptical. At The Equalizer (paid content), Chelsey Bush laments the absence of Casey Short. At Soccer America, Paul Kennedy sees a couple of surprises. At Twitter … no, I’m not going there. I’m probably less worried… Read More
  • The college bribery case and accused soccer coaches
    Thanks a lot, Twitter, for sending me down another rabbit hole. I could be working on any number of things, including my transitions from guitar to keyboard and vice versa on the Better Than Ezra classic Good. (If you want to know where we’re performing, let me know.) If you don’t know of the women’s… Read More
  • Bribery scandal’s lesson: Athletes get free passes (also, MIT is a jock school?)
    Being a parent opens your eyes to a few things. You realize how far the USA lags behind other countries in family leave and child care, which is a grossly unfair burden in particular on moms who want to work. You see that youth sports are fun up through, say, age 8, and the whole… Read More
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