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

Equal-pay play: No friendly gap, narrowed Cup bonuses

Now that the national team pay calculator is done (more or less), we can run some scenarios. Here's one: Assumed results: Women win World Cup with 9 points in group stage, take Olympic bronze with 7 points in group stage. Men reach World Cup quarterfinals (7 points in group) one year and take 3 points … Continue reading Equal-pay play: No friendly gap, narrowed Cup bonuses

Why do I question women’s soccer narratives?

I'm aggravated when people denigrate soccer because it's my favorite sport -- and because such sentiments are often rooted in a form of xenophobia in which generations have been expected to be culturally assimilated through our devotion to American sports like football, basketball and baseball. I'm aggravated when people denigrate women's sports because such sentiments … Continue reading Why do I question women’s soccer narratives?