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Sometimes in my life as a professional freelancer, I get stretched in so many different directions that I must stop and take account of my sundry platforms and obligations. So, let’s see: Sports...

A word to the ninnies who favor the term "Camp Cupcake:"

Something has always flummoxed me in sports. It’s the propensity of lesser informed fans and a few media blowhards to stand on high, reeking of tough-minded and righteous superiority, and label...

Big choices ahead: where to stage U.S. World Cup qualifiers

Difficult as this might be to swallow, one of the next big stories coming out of U.S. Soccer won’t have anything to do with Jurgen Klinsmann. I know, I know … it’s all about Klinsi right now. Heck,...

Soccer on TV, Arlo White, and the splendid one-man broadcast booth

Arlo White now has his boots in the booth for NBC Sports Networks, and his successor behind the microphone for Seattle Sounders FC has been revealed. I’m sure Ross Fletcher will do a bang-up job,...

Previewing the 2012 MLS SuperDraft

ALSO FILE UNDER: This thing might just go away in 5 or 6 years As player acquisition tools evolve in Major League Soccer, January’s annual SuperDraft seems destined to shrink in relevance. Even...

At the 10-year anniversary of very dark MLS days

So much has happened in a decade of steady MLS progress. So it's important to revisit the grim events of 10 years ago, for perspective's sake; I don't think most people know how close Major League Soccer was to shutting down once and for all.

George John loan deal to West Ham nearly complete

Looks like George John is getting the best of both worlds. The FC Dallas center back will soon be playing at Upton Park as part of West Ham. But it won’t be as part of a full transfer as previously...

For romance, drama and fascination, give me the FA Cup!

When you break it down, what we love about sports are the memories they create. You build stockpiles of those treasured days and nights. We all have our "Miracle On Ice" moments, even if all can’t...

Pondering Omar Gonzalez and the value of MLS loan deals ...

I caught up with a buddy yesterday. Good dude. Hadn’t seen him in a while. So we hit a local pub and swapped talk over a couple of pints, abetted by "Jules," a wickedly effective siren at the art...

Big news day in MLS: Reactions ahead ...

When the MLS off-season springs to life, it does so with a vengeance. We learned as much yesterday, in one of the busiest days of off-season newsiness I can remember. David Beckham spurned the...

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Where the storyline are in U.S. soccer for 2012

Wondering where the big talkers will come from in our soccer world in 2012? The answers are in my piece that posted yesterday at SI.com. Feel free to drop some of these little nuggets of knowledge at the water cooler today as you climb back into the work seat for the New Year.

"Resolutions" for the soccer year

We all talk about New Year’s resolutions. You know what I say about them: view ‘em as "guidelines" more than "rules" and you’ll live a far more guilt-free year. So that’s that. But I’d like to...

Letting go: Why it's best if David Beckham takes Paris

As you think about David Beckham – Will he? Won’t he? Where did his love for us go? – and whether he’ll keep the Good Ship Becks docked in Don Garber Harbor, let’s talk quickly about shifting...

Pickup game magic on a chilly Barcelona night

Also file under: Helping explain why FC Barcelona is so freaking good I watched FC Barcelona in the wee smalls on Sunday, mesmerized as always by the side’s peerless ability to hold possession and...

Monday's soccer-centric "Meh" list

Things today that have some others worked into a tizzy, but that leave me saying, "Meh …" FIFA Club World Cup El-Hadji Diouf (linked by France press to a potential L.A. Galaxy move), who...

Even Don Garber impresssed by the indestructible Cosmos brand

I never know quite what to make of the Cosmos, the Poltergeist that never stops haunting our domestic soccer community. I plan to write more about that in the near future. For now, I’ll just...

A skeptics' rules for the transfer Silly Season

I may not have been the first journalist to coin the term "Silly Season" as it relates to soccer’s global transfer market. But I’d like to think I help add it to the current domestic soccer...

Pleasant surprises; tales of Socrates, sweet little soccer grounds

Also file under: brilliant stadium porn I have a deep connection with traditional media, having been raised reading newspapers, then launching a journalism career at what was then considered the...

Big chance ahead for Brad Guzan (and for U.S. national team)

Brad Guzan is getting a big, fat, juicy chance to show he can be a man of the moment, a talent worthy of starting consideration in one of the world’s top leagues. Guzan is Aston Villa’s backup...

Re-calibrating the DP rules in Major League Soccer

It may be time to review some of the informal rules that govern the weighty Designated Player decisions in Major League Soccer. Check that. It's time to review some of the informal rules that s...

Today's UEFA Euro 2012 Draw

Poland To Play Greece, Russia, and Czech Republic.

Building better soccer shows through guests like Taylor Twellman

You can't swing a corner flag these days without whacking a soccer podcast. Truly, we're stocked up on those puppies like quarts of egg nog at the local Piggly Wiggly. But some broadcasts and...

Juan Agudelo to Liverpool

A bit of a teasing title, yes. However, he was invited to train at Melwood in Liverpool in his off-season. Hoepfully it will be good for him and the USMNT. A move to the EPL could only help his game and the USMNT.

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A Look Into the US U-17 National Team

The U-17 team resides in Brandenton, Fl. at the IMG Training Academy. The system used at IMG is similar to the youth academies of Europe, where students receive an education at the local...

Better to be a night owl for La Liga and FC Barcelona

BARCELONA -- If you love sports, you appreciate the night game.   None of us know why, exactly, but there's just an allure and mystery attached to matches under the bright lights.   Well, in...

Because it all can't be about futbol …

BARCELONA -- Sometimes you have to eat … so you can gain strength … to watch more futbol! I am in Barcelona for a few days, checking out Antoni Gaudi's architectural curves, hopping up and down on...

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