Attendance check: Club over country?

Attendance at last five Atlanta United home games: July 4: 44,974 July 29: 45,006 Sept. 10: 45,314 (first game in new stadium) Sept. 13: 42,511 Sept. 16: 70,425 Attendance at last five Seattle Sounders home games: July 23: 43,528 Aug. 12: 43,350 Aug. 20: 40,312 Aug. 27: 51,796 Sept. 10: 44,697 Attendance at last five U.S. men’s national team home games: July 15: 27,934 (Gold Cup; Cleveland) July 19: 31,615 (Gold Cup quarterfinal; Philadelphia) July 22: 45,516 (Gold Cup semifinal; Arlington, Texas) July 26: 63,032 (Gold Cup final; Santa Clara, Calif.) Sept. 1: 26,500 (World Cup qualifier; Harrison, N.J. — … Continue reading Attendance check: Club over country?

Jill Ellis, the U.S. women and whether a “wrong experiment” exists

Sometime last night, while the U.S. women were losing to Brazil (before the frenetic last 10 minutes yielded an improbable 4–3 win), WoSo Twitter was melting down. And it wasn’t without reason. I found myself recalling that Tom Sermanni lost his job for far less experimentation than Jill Ellis has been doing in 2017. But the consensus is that Sermanni was unjustly fired, isn’t it? Wouldn’t we (mostly) agree that it’s a good thing that no block of veteran players is going to grumble every time the lineup changes and force U.S. Soccer to start from scratch? Some of the … Continue reading Jill Ellis, the U.S. women and whether a “wrong experiment” exists

Collecting the dripping info of U.S. women’s soccer’s CBA

First, read my piece at The Guardian. If you haven’t been following the saga of the Great Equal Pay Standoff of 2016-17, that’ll help you catch up. You may notice there’s a lot we don’t know. It’s not as if U.S. Soccer and the union held a press conference and went over the CBA line by line. “It’s a private document,” I’ve been told by someone who wishes to remain anonymous. A BigSoccer poster captured the release of information perfectly: Exact terms not to be disclosed until you’ve lost interest. And indeed, the previous CBA and Memorandum of Understanding weren’t … Continue reading Collecting the dripping info of U.S. women’s soccer’s CBA

U.S. women’s soccer team: What we know, what we don’t

The U.S. women’s soccer CBA is, quite literally, a Big Deal. And yet we really know so little about it. We know which players will be allocated in the NWSL, with the only slight surprise being Jaelene Hinkle’s omission. [gview file=”http://www.sportsmyriad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/NWSL-allocations-by-year-Sheet1.pdf”%5D We also know, via the NYT’s Andrew Das, that there’s no outright prohibition on artificial turf. One USWNT nugget from cutting room: no prohibition on artificial turf in CBA, b/c neither side wanted to rule out cities like Portland, etc. — Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) April 6, 2017 We’ve seen some comparisons between the pay in the old deal and … Continue reading U.S. women’s soccer team: What we know, what we don’t

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

Steffi Jones’ homecoming, anthem update, other notes from RFK

German women’s coach Steffi Jones has every reason to be pleased tonight. Her team took an impressive 1-0 win over England, and she did it in her old home stadium from her Washington Freedom days. “That was about 14 years ago, but I was still feeling home,” Jones said. “I remember so many great games here, the great fans. I was feeling good coming back. I know it’s going to be a new stadium coming, so me being in here one more time is a good, good feeling, yes.” She was too polite to mention that the place looks like … Continue reading Steffi Jones’ homecoming, anthem update, other notes from RFK

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