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

An even deeper dive into U.S. Soccer finances

I went into a rabbit hole and kept digging. On Dec. 4, The Guardian published my piece on U.S. Soccer and where the money is going. It was essentially a preview of a board meeting that had the potential to shed light on the federation's five-year plan to spend its assets down to $50m but … Continue reading An even deeper dive into U.S. Soccer finances

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. https://radiopublic.com/ranting-soccer-dad-8QVdvP/s1!9e5cd Buy the book from your … Continue reading Podcast: The introduction to “Why the U.S. Men Will Never Win the World Cup: A Historical and Cultural Reality Check”

Women’s soccer: How about equal spending in general, not just equal pay?

Harvard Business Review had a piece on lessons to learn from the U.S. women's soccer team's "equal pay" push, which may be premature given that the lawsuit hasn't proceeded yet (and, based solely on what's going to end up presented in court, may not go well for the women). Here's how I responded: I've covered … Continue reading Women’s soccer: How about equal spending in general, not just equal pay?

English pay and what it means for U.S. men’s soccer

In yesterday's Soccer America piece, I tried to give some perspective on the U.S. men's soccer team's collective bargaining negotiations (remember: they're still playing under an expired deal) by taking a look at national team pay in other countries and other sports. I looked at several examples -- English rugby (a considerable amount of money), … Continue reading English pay and what it means for U.S. men’s soccer