Three coincidental bits of reading today (for two of them, thanks to Jason Davis for mentioning them on today's show): At The Athletic, Will Parchman ranks all 23 MLS-affiliated academies. At SoccerWire, Charles Boehm has news of a new D.C. United partnership and a nice pyramid graphic showing players progressing from these partner clubs to … Continue reading Who goes from Academy to USL?
At SocTakes, Nipun Chopra has done a deep dive into USL spending, which has really ramped up over the last decade. You could say that's a strong rebuttal to the notion that people are unwilling to spend money on lower-division clubs that have no pathway to the upper divisions unless they have a spare couple … Continue reading USL spending and a new D2 idea
I'm not going to try to write something coherent out of all the accounts of today's NASLpalooza in a New York courtroom. First, I'm going to send my hopes for speedy recoveries for those injured and comfort for those who mourn after today's senseless attack in Manhattan. I'm going to suggest we look into simple … Continue reading Not Another Soccer Lawsuit: NASL-USSF, Halloween hearing edition
There's no organization in the world quite like U.S. Soccer. That's not a compliment. That's not an insult. It just ... is. U.S. Soccer is unique among major U.S. sports federations in that its mandate goes beyond organizing national teams and developmental programs. It's responsible, by FIFA fiat, for regulating professional soccer competitions. (Or, in … Continue reading Promotion/relegation propaganda/reality, Part 3: U.S. Soccer
For more than a decade, promotion/relegation talk has been the bane of the U.S. soccer community’s existence. It wasn’t going to happen any time soon, and some people reacted to that news by harassing and slandering the people who explained the reasons why. But now? We have a former Chicago Fire president — Peter Wilt, who has … Continue reading Podcast: Ep 5 — Promotion/relegation with Peter Wilt