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,… Read More

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… Read More

American exceptionalism and other things that aren’t great but are

Am I understanding “American exceptionalism” incorrectly? Yesterday, I tweeted the following: At the time, I think I was thinking more about politics than soccer. But it was a little of both. A couple of responses: I think you need to come hang out in Indiana more, Beau! Having lived in a small town, I… Read More

“Shoeless Soccer” and why the U.S. men will never win the World Cup

Today at The Guardian, I have a provocative piece suggesting the U.S. men simply aren’t going to win the World Cup. At all. Ever. Coincidentally, I recently read a book (and will be talking with one of the authors) that unintentionally demonstrates why. The basic idea of Shoeless Soccer: Fixing the System and Winning the World… Read More