Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer arrived in bookstores the same day the 2010 World Cup kicked off. I’d like to say I planned it that way, but that would be too perfect. Besides, I was going through a conventional publishing house (Potomac Books), and I doubt we could’ve arranged that.
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- Title contender Real Salt Lake beat politics, finances - USATODAY.comTags: clips soccer mls usa today 2009 geso
- USATODAY.com - Man U's Howard expects much of himselfTags: clips soccer usa today 2005 geso
- Cuba's Maykel Galindo finds USA, MLS to his liking - USATODAY.comInterview included story of his defection Tags: clips soccer usa today mls 2007 geso
- USATODAY.com - Donovan out of this world in Galaxy's 5-2 win over D. C. UnitedTags: clips soccer usa today mls 2006 geso
- USATODAY.com - Manchester United ducks the real competitionGot a bit of mail over this one Tags: clips soccer usa today 2002 geso
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Before the book was published, I spent a decade at USA TODAY, where soccer was my most notable beat as a writer and online editor. For a few years, I wrote an online column called The Netminder, starting first by rounding up information that wasn’t readily available in the early Internet days, shining light on lesser-known competitions such as the U.S. Open Cup while offering analysis on controversial topics or giving a voice to MLS supporters and sometimes engaging in a bit of satire.
As the print and online sides converged at USA TODAY in the mid-2000s, I wrote much more for the paper. I caught up with Tim Howard at a crossroads at Manchester United, captured Cuban defector Maykel Galindo’s emotional decision to flee from his hotel, and did definitive stories on David Beckham and U.S. stars such as Brian McBride and Landon Donovan. I covered big games: Donovan silencing critics in 2006, several MLS Cups, and three qualification games for the 2010 World Cup — the quadrennial 2-0 win over Mexico in Columbus, a crucial rally past El Salvador in Utah, and the thrilling finale against Costa Rica. I occasionally covered soccer before that, including a high school thriller.
Since leaving USA TODAY, my focus has shifted to women’s soccer and youth soccer. But you’ll still occasionally see me write about MLS, the U.S. men, or the latest FIFA scandal — see my piece on the U.S. men being far beyond the point of being “fixed” with one simple solution.