Why the U.S. Men Will Never Win the World Cup: A Historical and Cultural Reality Check is just what the title suggests. It’s a reality check.
It’s not that harsh. It’s not depressing. It’s meant to pull us back from the brink of despair, laugh about it as all soccer fans of non-championship teams must do, and then figure out how to do it better.
Not convinced? Take a look inside the book here.
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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
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- AGM wrap: U.S. Soccer board obstructs and women’s soccer moves forward … but this one guy … - The U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting provided expected drama at some points, unexpected non-drama at others, and unexpected drama at others. I’ll get to the bit about the guy who called out the women’s national team for its sportsmanship. Going bit by bit … The Powers That Be may once again find themselves at war … Continue reading AGM wrap: U.S. Soccer board obstructs and women’s soccer moves forward … but this one guy …
- Harvard analysis shows deeply embedded misinformation on women’s soccer pay - It’s not their faults. Harvard Business Publishing has made available — for a fee — a pair of articles designed to serve as a basis for classroom discussion. They’re thoroughly researched by four people (“Professors Christine Exley and John Beshears and Research Associates Manuela Collis and Davis Heniford prepared this case”) with roughly 100 citations. … Continue reading Harvard analysis shows deeply embedded misinformation on women’s soccer pay
- United Soccer Coaches convention preview: Tough choices for women’s soccer fans and media - The world’s largest gathering of tracksuits will be in Baltimore this year, starting Jan. 15. The bad news for casual fans is that there’s no MLS draft to let people shout slogans at each other this year. The other bad news is that United Soccer Coaches still doesn’t have a cool acronym, with “USC” taken … Continue reading United Soccer Coaches convention preview: Tough choices for women’s soccer fans and media
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- Podcast: The introduction to “Why the U.S. Men Will Never Win the World Cup: A Historical and Cultural Reality Check” - The podcast returns after a long absence with a brief autobiography to explain how I became a grumpy old man, I mean, how I arrived at the perspective I have. Then, 15 minutes into the podcast, I give a dramatic reading of the introductory chapter to the new book. Buy the book from your favorite … Continue reading Podcast: The introduction to “Why the U.S. Men Will Never Win the World Cup: A Historical and Cultural Reality Check”
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Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer arrived in bookstores the same day the 2010 World Cup kicked off. I’d like to say I planned it that way, but that would be too perfect. Besides, I was going through a conventional publishing house (Potomac Books), and I doubt we could’ve arranged that.
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.
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.