Freddy Adu’s next chapter will be worth reading

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

Bribery scandal’s lesson: Athletes get free passes (also, MIT is a jock school?)

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?)

Exciting news and a meditation on the mercy rule

I've been lucky in recent years to write for a publication I've long loved, The Guardian. Now I'm lucky again to write for a second publication that sustained the small U.S. soccer community in the pre-Internet era and continues to be a vital source of news and perspective ... Soccer America. My debut piece is … Continue reading Exciting news and a meditation on the mercy rule