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’
Taylor Smith won the ball at the back and surged down the right channel into open space. Mallory Pugh went out wide. A couple of passes threatened to unlock the Utah defense. I don't remember exactly what happened next, but it probably involved Becky Sauerbrunn breaking up the attack. I bring it up because that … Continue reading Washington Spirit report: Meet the new boss …
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?
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