U.S. women and 60 Minutes: What we still don’t know

Yes, Carli Lloyd actually said the women’s team deserves to be paid more than the men. We still don’t know what that means. So my Guardian piece on the matter covers some familiar ground. But we do have some news, and it’s probably not good. This labor dispute has no signs of progress. The next round of talks has been delayed, and we don’t know why. The EEOC doesn’t seem to be close to issuing any sort of guidance. The women are willing to talk about the issues. But only on their terms. A few other thoughts: I’m not comfortable … Continue reading U.S. women and 60 Minutes: What we still don’t know

To my LGBTQ friends, colleagues and readers …

I’m not going to lie. I grew up with a backwards attitude. Yeah, Athens is a college town, but it’s still in Georgia. At both my rough-and-tumble public school and my vaguely Christian-ish (and generally wonderful) private school, homophobia reigned. “Gay” meant “weak.” It took me a few years to realize that I knew gay people. Those guys we knew in Savannah who lived together with their bulldogs? Yeah. My relative who only married a woman as a business deal of sorts? Yeah. In college, I met plenty of people who were out. And my attitude changed. College will do … Continue reading To my LGBTQ friends, colleagues and readers …

Youth soccer and credible voices (or, should parents shut up?)

I’m generally no fan of postmodernism. On matters like climate change, vaccines and economics, I think we should listen to experts, not just whoever’s shouting the loudest or is deemed to be the most disenfranchised. But it’s always good to get a variety of perspectives, as long as we take them for what they are. In youth soccer, we have a variety of credible voices. The trick is getting them to listen to each other. The most obvious credible voices are coaches with a track record of helping players get better. They’re the experts on practice plans and training tips. … Continue reading Youth soccer and credible voices (or, should parents shut up?)

Turmoil in U.S. women’s soccer and NWSL player pool

My latest for The Guardian looks at the start of a possible player exodus from the NWSL while the U.S. women’s national team negotiations — which directly affect the league — race toward the year-end deadline. How turmoil in US women’s soccer could drive players to Europe | Football | The Guardian Related: Yesterday’s post about Hope Solo’s court case showing no signs of ending any time soon. Continue reading Turmoil in U.S. women’s soccer and NWSL player pool