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.
- Soccer: For U.S. Soccer, it's a matter of style - ESPNTags: clips soccer youth soccer 2011 espn geso yoso
- 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
- USATODAY.com - The world's game is needed more than everPost -9/11 Tags: clips soccer usa today 2001 geso
- 2017 US Open Cup Round 4: D.C. United pulls away late to end Christos FC’s Cinderella run (video) | TheCup.us - Full Coverage of US Open Cup SoccerTags: clips 2017 soccer geso
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Recent posts at Ranting Soccer Dad
- The official Athletes(‘) Council arrivals and departures list, and moreI got clarification on one thing from the past post on the Athletes Council (or Athletes’ or Athlete’s, though the last seems incorrect unless you’re talking about one athlete). Elected/re-elected in 2016 to 2017-21 term (not up for election this time) Gavin Sibayan (Paralympic) Brian Ching (MNT) Brad Guzan (MNT, playing for team as I… Read More
- Should the Athletes(‘) Council include non-national teamers?Start with the Ted Stevens Act, the law (Congressional — Sunil Gulati did not write this) that gives organizations such as U.S. Soccer their authority. From that Act (U.S. Code › Title 36 › Subtitle II › Part B › Chapter 2205 › Subchapter I › § 220501): (1) “amateur athlete” means an athlete who meets the… Read More
- Re-organizing Northern Virginia leaguesFirst, a quick announcement — because I’m writing for Soccer America now and have a book in the works, I won’t have many posts and podcasts over the winter. But I wanted to take care of something I’ve been trying to do for a while, and it’s a case study of what can be done with a… Read More
- My rebuttal to the dudes claiming Katie Nolan used “alternative facts” about WNBAESPN’s Katie Nolan recently argued that WNBA players are underpaid. Now, you could argue that they aren’t, given the WNBA’s inability to bring in a lot of revenue. That’s a discussion worth having. This rebuttal video claiming Nolan used “alternative facts,” on the other hand, is full of ad hominem arguments and alternative facts of… Read More
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- RSD podcast: How the ref shortage makes things a little amusingIf I sound out of breath, it’s because I reffed six games this weekend.
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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.