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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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Were Sanford High School’s “Celery-Fed” the First Soccer Team in Central Florida?

There is a research question I wrote years ago now on the inside front cover of my research notebook, “Who kicked the first ball in anger?” This is shorthand for a question that has plagued me [...]

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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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Article Review: Andrew Ross’ Neoliberal Critique of David Beckham and Major League Soccer

Ross, Andrew. “The Ballad of Becks and Posh.” American Quarterly 59, no. 4 (2007): 1215-223. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40068486. Marking the arrival English superstar David Beckham [...]

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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 [...]

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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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