RSD short: On Twitter and Cordeiro

Today's podcast sums up why I'm boycotting Twitter and goes into a bit of detail about today's Guardian story on Carlos Cordeiro's first six months, particularly Pete Zopfi's "functional unification" idea. Just to clarify: I'm not off Twitter because of anything directly affecting me. This is my response to their selective enforcement of hate speech and … Continue reading RSD short: On Twitter and Cordeiro

RSD38: A sensible promotion/relegation discussion with Kyle Williams

Soccer writer Kyle Williams firmly believed that he and I could have a reasonable discussion about the U.S. soccer landscape and the potential for promotion/relegation within it. And we did. So there. I even found myself thinking of a new way to think about it by the end. If you want to read even more … Continue reading RSD38: A sensible promotion/relegation discussion with Kyle Williams

RSD37: Part 2 of the Shoeless Soccer conversation

Forget the long grass. Forget the complex drills. Shin guards optional. That's the advice from Shoeless Soccer co-author Nathan Richardson, a coach and one-time director of coaching when he's not busy with his day job as a professor of Spanish literature. (We did not discuss whether Man of La Mancha, a musical in which I once played drums, … Continue reading RSD37: Part 2 of the Shoeless Soccer conversation

RSD37: Shoeless Soccer author Nathan Richardson on taking youth soccer off the long grass

Nathan Richardson, co-author of Shoeless Soccer: Fixing the System and Winning the World Cup (which I reviewed here), joins the podcast this week to talk about the radical yet somewhat globally accepted ideas in his book. Basically, instead of turning soccer into an expensive coach-driven activity, why not let kids learn by playing? And maybe … Continue reading RSD37: Shoeless Soccer author Nathan Richardson on taking youth soccer off the long grass