The U.S. adult (not pro, but maybe not amateur) league system is in flux, with tons of teams joining the suddenly sprawling UPSL and other leagues taking steps toward greater recognition. So with that in mind, it was interesting to see U.S. Soccer release the list of teams contesting the Open Cup in 2018-19 broken … Continue reading U.S. Open Cup qualifiers: Which leagues fared the best?
Tucked away in some of my modified promotion/relegation ideas and then expounded upon in an Open Cup idea is this notion -- meaningful tournament games played in February in warm-weather and domed venues. Suppose we could ... Come up with something akin to the NCAA's March Madness? Come up with something that gives soccer clubs … Continue reading February … frenzy? How U.S. pro soccer could have its own madness
While other reporters were out chasing down details of the Gang of Six (or Five or Four), I was at a U.S. Soccer Board of Directors meeting. And what I can report from that meeting is that USSF board business is ... Boring. Really, really boring. If you read Twitter -- and yes, the board … Continue reading Scenes from a U.S. Soccer board meeting
Let's address a couple of issues: The U.S. Open Cup could use a boost. Teams could use some meaningful games in February, but it's too cold to play in many parts of the country. So let's do this: The Cup is already playing a lot of qualifying games in the preceding fall. See the 2018 … Continue reading A U.S. Open Cup proposal (with some NPSL/PDL ramifications)