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Remember when U.S. men's soccer was so full of hope? You don't? Watch this ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfRflwe1WXA That ad is so much better than the ads we see for the U.S. women's team today. The field-level ad isn't bad, but so much of it is over-the-top hero worship. If we keep putting the women on pedestals … Continue reading Freddy Adu’s next chapter will be worth reading
Being a parent opens your eyes to a few things. You realize how far the USA lags behind other countries in family leave and child care, which is a grossly unfair burden in particular on moms who want to work. You see that youth sports are fun up through, say, age 8, and the whole … Continue reading Bribery scandal’s lesson: Athletes get free passes (also, MIT is a jock school?)
It's safe to say the last weekend of the season was familiar and yet unexpected. But I'm not just going to mope about it. I'm wondering if we can find any larger takeaways in all this. In other words -- it's not my fault, it's U.S. Soccer's. Sort of. (Really, it's mostly luck.) https://radiopublic.com/ranting-soccer-dad-8QVdvP/ep/s1!fca70
First, a quick announcement -- because I'm writing for Soccer America now and have a book in the works, I won't have many posts and podcasts over the winter. But I wanted to take care of something I've been trying to do for a while, and it's a case study of what can be done with a … Continue reading Re-organizing Northern Virginia leagues