Revisiting ‘Enduring Spirit’

Enduring Spirit failed. Not just because not many people read it and I lost money on it. I had another book, Single-Digit Soccer, that didn't sell a lot, but I didn't incur any real expenses -- the cover photo was my kid's untied shoe with the laces draped over a ball -- and I had … Continue reading Revisiting ‘Enduring Spirit’

Does firing Jim Gabarra really help the wayward Washington Spirit?

When the WUSA went away, Jim Gabarra stayed. He coached a mix of kids and pros who were hanging around D.C., still wearing the name Washington Freedom. He lugged ball bags around the Maryland SoccerPlex. Along with longtime D.C.-area youth coach Clyde Watson, he worked with local youth clubs to create something of a club … Continue reading Does firing Jim Gabarra really help the wayward Washington Spirit?

Spirit season recap and a post-Vegas anti-cynicism rant

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, the Ranting Soccer Dad podcast opens with a few thoughts on why we shouldn't give up on changing people and society as a whole, either on something relatively trivial like youth soccer or something horrifying like one man's ability to assemble the weapons to wound 500 people. … Continue reading Spirit season recap and a post-Vegas anti-cynicism rant