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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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. 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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