NWSL, Spirit-Flash report: We want more of this &*&&%ing league

Tonight’s Washington Spirit-Western New York Flash game was infuriating, frustrating, bizarre, comical and downright baffling. And I’m pissed off. I’m pissed off because … the season is almost over. And I want more of this. I don’t want to see a bunch of national team players who’ve already had a ticker-tape parade and endorsement deals strutting around on a dadgum “Victory Tour” playing meaningless exhibitions. Not now, anyway. I don’t want to see sycophantic pseudo-journalists and radio hosts booking these players for interviews in which every question is some variant of “So how did it feel when you got that … Continue reading NWSL, Spirit-Flash report: We want more of this &*&&%ing league

Single-Digit Soccer: Book available for pre-order

If you can’t wait to read Single-Digit Soccer, here’s good news: You … only have to wait a couple more weeks. But you can be ready to read it the second it’s available if you pre-order now. The electronic version will be available August 27. I’m hoping to have the print version ready the same day, but I can’t promise that just yet. If you check today, you may find the book is listed at 27 or 32 pages. It’ll be longer than that — somewhere in the high 100s. That page measurement was taken from a place-holding sample. I’ll link to … Continue reading Single-Digit Soccer: Book available for pre-order

Big heart makes women’s soccer special

Yes, women’s soccer can be frustrating. Two U.S. leagues have disappeared in the past 12 years, and the third is redefining “low profile.” Fans (and sometimes players) argue on social media about the strangest stuff. (This 18-month-old Alex Morgan dis was favorited tonight.) The U.S. national team sometimes looks like it was selected five years ago — the tactics sometimes look as if they were drawn up 15 years ago. Let’s forget all that for a minute and back up.   One bias I’ve always had is for the players who fought their way through the Dark Ages of the mid-2000s. … Continue reading Big heart makes women’s soccer special