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”

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, … Continue reading RSD37: Part 2 of the Shoeless Soccer conversation

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 … Continue reading RSD37: Shoeless Soccer author Nathan Richardson on taking youth soccer off the long grass

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

Am I understanding "American exceptionalism" incorrectly? Yesterday, I tweeted the following: https://twitter.com/duresport/status/1011435039547121664 At the time, I think I was thinking more about politics than soccer. But it was a little of both. A couple of responses: https://twitter.com/NipunChopra7/status/1011436252300808193 https://twitter.com/johnmcp66/status/1011439420921110528 https://twitter.com/dmwahl/status/1011460577582092288 So I said this (specifically responding to Dr. Chopra, a neuroscientist in addition to being a … Continue reading American exceptionalism and other things that aren’t great but are