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USA Promotion/ Relegation Simulation: What I Learned

Using the Football Manager 2018 database and my interest in simulation experiments, I decided to test the idea of a promotion/relegation league in the United States. If you frequent the workshops [...]

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Fifty Years After the Foundation of the NASL, Soccer Writer Michael Lewis Looks Back

I woke up this morning to find Michael Lewis’ article “How the birth and death of the NASL changed soccer in America forever” from The Guardian populating my Twitter feed. [...]

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World Cup Champion Briana Scurry’s Interview with NPR on Race, Celebrity, and Soccer

Briana Scurry, the goalkeeper for the United States Women’s National team that won the 1999 World Cup, was recently interviewed by Oliva Christian for NPR’s sport’s program [...]

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Teaching Sports History: Masculinity and the Gilded Age

While reading Wilma J. Pesavento and Lisa C. Raymond’s article “Men Must Play; Men Will Play:’ Occupations of Pullman Athletes, 1880 to 1900” I was subsequently was also preparing lectures [...]

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Article Review: Soccer and Sport in a Company Town

Pesavento, Wilma J., and Lisa C. Raymond. “Men Must Play; Men Will Play:’ Occupations of Pullman Athletes, 1880 to 1900.” Journal of Sport History 12, no. 3 (1985): 233-51. [...]

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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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