U.S. women’s soccer: Always look on the bright side of life

Sure, they lost 3-0. But they learned a lot, and the crowds keep coming out to see them even when they’re not seeing a bunch of celebrities crushing some hapless, unfunded national team just happy to be staying in a nice hotel. Go ahead and rip me on Twitter. I won’t be responding. At least until Easter, when all bets are off. My analysis, quotes and words of comfort from what’s probably my last appearance in the RFK pressbox … Source: USA women suffer worst defeat in a decade as France win SheBelieves Cup | Football | The Guardian Advertisements Continue reading U.S. women’s soccer: Always look on the bright side of life

MLS 2017 power rankings: Median, mean and ???

I’ve compiled power rankings / predictions / odds from several sources and presented them below in order of median. I chose to emphasize the median over the mean to diminish the influence of the rogue picker. But you can also see the mean as well as the standard deviation as a measure of how much disagreement the pundits have for each team. Rankings are from FiftyFiveOne, Matt Doyle (MLSSoccer.com), Nate Scott (Fox), ESPN FC, SI, SBI/USA TODAY and Bovada.     Continue reading MLS 2017 power rankings: Median, mean and ???

About this story: How this weekend could shape US Soccer’s long-term future

Reminder: I’m off Twitter for a while aside from automated stuff like this. And the next one. And the next one. So if you want to chat with me about this story, why not chat here? And this one has a bit of a back story, anyway. I’ve been working on this for months. One reason it took so much time is the staggering number of documents I read — financial reports, transcripts from annual general meetings (“Alabama … here … Alaska … here … OK, now the adult associations … Alabama … Alabama … Alaska … here …”) and so … Continue reading About this story: How this weekend could shape US Soccer’s long-term future

Save newspapers, save the world

I try to steer clear of politics, mostly for professional reasons. But this, to me, isn’t about simple politics. This is about our fundamental ability to discern fact from fiction. It’s been under assault for decades — my thesis, published in 2000, warned us that we were in danger of retreating to misinformed echo chambers. (I wish that term had been in vogue at the time. It would’ve saved me some exposition.) So please don’t interpret this piece, a roundtable with me and several other veteran journalists at Popdose, as simple Trump-bashing or left-wing fretting. We should all be concerned about attitudes … Continue reading Save newspapers, save the world

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

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

Spirit dropped the ball, then Rapinoe dropped it again

My complex reaction to a wild night in which Spirit owner Bill Lynch tried to quiet Megan Rapinoe’s protests but wound up amplifying them — and then Rapinoe made horrible use of that platform. Source: Washington Spirit gave Megan Rapinoe fans by stopping her anthem protest | Football | The Guardian Continue reading Spirit dropped the ball, then Rapinoe dropped it again