2012: The Year That Saved Women’s Soccer
In 2012, professional women’s soccer in the USA had collapsed. Again.
The country was staring into the abyss of another lost generation, following the loss of so many talented players who drifted away from the game in the mid-2000s, when pro opportunities dried up.
A small group of people wouldn’t let that happen.
This is their story.
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Enduring Spirit: Restoring Professional Women’s Soccer to Washington was published in September 2013. It’s the story of the first season of the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, who were kind enough to let me wander around at their practices and follow them on a couple of road trips. The idea was to get some insight into the lives of players in a fledgling lead with low pay and an uncertain future.
Single-Digit Soccer: Keeping Sanity in the Earliest Ages of the Beautiful Game, published in August 2015, is the culmination of several years of research and interviews attempting to answer questions about soccer development, sportsmanship and simultaneous burping.
The goal is to bring everyone — administrators seeking future national team stars, coaches carving out a niche in the chaotic U.S. soccer landscape, know-it-all coaches, and befuddled parents — together to figure out how to make soccer fun and productive for everyone under age 10.
How the Hell Did I End Up Cageside?: An Accidental MMA Writer’s Memoir, published in March 2020, is a brief look at my time as USA TODAY’s first MMA beat writer, placed in the context of being a lifelong nerd who has never been punched in the face but was exposed to some violence thanks to childhood YMCA camps and middle school.
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Ranting Soccer Dad is a blog and podcast by Beau Dure, who survived a journalism career (including 10 years at USA TODAY) and gave up newsroom life so he wouldn’t be gone every weekend and miss his kids’ activities, including soccer. He has coached more than 15 seasons of recreational soccer and survived that, too.
Check out his work at duresport.com