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. [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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. [...]


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 [...]


Flawless MLS Cup 2017 Conference Semifinal Predictions

So I went three and one with my MLS Cup Knockout Round predictions, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that got the Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bull game horribly wrong. Now that the [...]


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 [...]


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, [...]


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 [...]


Progress and Change: An Update

I’ve enjoyed being open about the progress of starting this blog. I’m not sure why, but I hope it comes off as authentic and not just confused. In that spirit, here’s an update. [...]

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