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

RSD29: A random but interesting coach/parent, Mike Davitt

Do you know Mike Davitt? Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t, either. He’s a longtime soccer coach who, like many longtime soccer coaches do, also became a soccer parent. He’s originally from Kearny, N.J., hallowed ground for U.S. soccer. After listening to a few of my rants, he emailed me and said he didn’t … Continue reading RSD29: A random but interesting coach/parent, Mike Davitt

RSD27: Julie Foudy finds reasons to be optimistic about youth soccer

If you came here from my Soccer America piece, skip ahead to the 25-minute mark. Or maybe go back to the beginning of this conversation around the 18-minute mark to hear Foudy talk about pay-to-play and the chase for results. Or back to 13:20 to hear the entire youth soccer discussion. Today’s guest has an … Continue reading RSD27: Julie Foudy finds reasons to be optimistic about youth soccer

Soccer Parenting Summit: We need joy and collaboration … and maybe pro/rel

One of the earliest Ranting Soccer Dad podcast guests was Skye Eddy Bruce, who played overseas back before pro women's soccer was widespread and has gone on to coach and, most importantly for all of us, formed the Soccer Parenting Association. (If I were branding it, I might have called it "Polite Soccer Mom," but … Continue reading Soccer Parenting Summit: We need joy and collaboration … and maybe pro/rel