‘Crossing the Line’: Are small-town soccer and courts this corrupt?

A judge thinks a high school girl bit another high school girl in a soccer game. When you read Jonathan Coleman’s Crossing the Line: How One Incident in a Girls’ Soccer Match Rippled Across Small-Town America, you’ll doubt such a thing ever happened. You’ll also doubt school administrators and the people who hire them. You’ll also doubt whether small towns have sufficient checks and balances to keep one person from being able to run roughshod over others to settle a selfish vendetta. It’s so stark in its portrayal of evil that you have to wonder if there’s another side to the story. … Continue reading ‘Crossing the Line’: Are small-town soccer and courts this corrupt?

Please don’t come to Boston; or, don’t give up on the Games

Contrary to popular belief, a city or country can be a financially responsible host for a major sports event. While we fret about the cost of the Olympics, Toronto just hosted the Pan American Games, which has more sports and more events than the Summer Olympics, and early reports suggest the city is still standing. Maybe even ready to bid for the Olympics. Yes, we know. The Sochi Olympics were a giant boondoggle, though not the $50 billion sinkhole that’s commonly reported. We know Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium (a twisted photo of which is in the SportsMyriad header) has no regular … Continue reading Please don’t come to Boston; or, don’t give up on the Games

Two NWSL reserve teams in WPSL Final Four, we think

Never easy, but here’s what I’ve figured out so far from the WPSL site schedule: Home teams listed first, where applicable. West Region Champions of Northwest (Issaquah), Pac North (Spurs), Pac South (SoCal); plus Pac South runner-up (San Diego)  Playoffs (July 18) SoCal FC 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur Eastbay Ladies Issaquah Soccer Club 3-1 San Diego SeaLions Final (July 19) SoCal FC vs. Issaquah Soccer Club East Region Champions of Northeast (Boston), Power 5 (New England), Mid Atlantic (Yankee); plus Mid Atlantic runner-up (Hershey) … news report said Seacoast United Phantoms would be in. Playoffs (July 18) New England Mutiny 2-0 … Continue reading Two NWSL reserve teams in WPSL Final Four, we think

Crystal Dunn brings the fun that women’s soccer needs

Not to take anything away from Carli Lloyd, a clutch performer of the highest caliber and someone who has worked very hard to get where she is, but something was missing in the Sports Illustrated cover story on her after the World Cup. If you have yet to read the story, the upshot is that she got really upset after being cut from a U.S. youth team, so her family turned her over to James Galanis, who made her a good player by essentially telling her to quit the rest of her life. “Forget about friends, forget about family, forget about boyfriends,” … Continue reading Crystal Dunn brings the fun that women’s soccer needs