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Continuing to Confound Reality: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with Football Manager 18 (Part 7)

Welcome to Part Seven of this ongoing simulation experiment using Football Manager 2018 to replay the Orlando City 2017 Major League Soccer season. If you’d like to get caught up on past [...]

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US Open Cup Wins Highlight Another Hot Month for Virtual Lions: Replaying Orlando City’s 2017 MLS Season with FM18 (Part 6)

This is part six of an ongoing simulation experiment using Football Manager 18 to replay the 2017 MLS season to understand what went wrong for Orlando City. If you are interested, links to the [...]

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The Future of US Soccer Roundtable from the Sport in American History Blog

I was invited to participate in a fantastic roundtable about what happens next for the United States Men’s National Team who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. You can have a look at [...]

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Soccer in the South: Atlanta’s Complicated Path to Becoming a Major League Soccer City

Earlier this year I was approached by a blog to write a history of soccer in the Atlanta. This blog wanted to run an article on the topic since the new Major League Soccer club Atlanta United FC [...]

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2017 MLS Cup Playoff Predictions: Knockout Round Edition

The 2017 MLS Cup playoffs start tonight, so just under the wire, here are some predictions. Without Orlando City in the playoffs yet again, I don’t have a horse in this race. That said I [...]

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Reflecting on Pelé as he turns 77

Yesterday was soccer legend Pelé’s birthday. I spent some of the day contemplating the Brazilian great, particularly how our lives intersected. I, of course, never knew Pelé. I was too [...]

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Networking Lions: What Clubs Have Helped to Build the Orlando City Roster: End of Season Update

As the Major League Soccer season comes crashing to an ignoble end for Orlando City, now seems as good a time as any to update the map of clubs that have trained Orlando City’s players, [...]

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US Soccer & The Failure Heard ‘Round The World

There is something circular about US Soccer’s failure in Trinidad last night. It was in 1989 that US Soccer went to the small island nation in a must win qualifier and Paul Caligiuri scored [...]

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The NPSL 50 Years On

The 50th anniversary of the first National Professional Soccer League passed quietly this past weekend. The league is understood by many, including myself, as a precursor to the NASL and the [...]

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From The Archives: Gordon Preston and the Detroit Cougars 1967

#OTD 1967: The UK attempted to take over the US once again – except this time, they brought football! @MrDanWalker @Glentoran @StokeCity pic.twitter.com/Ea9GivXgZ2 — BBC Archive [...]

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