The Lob podcast talks to US legend Marcelo Balboa

In the history of the United States national team, only four men have made more appearances than Marcelo Balboa’s 127. We caught up with the former midfield star to talk about his three World Cup experiences, player development, the national team today, his roots in Argentina, and those incredible locks. • • • • • • • • Listen on: • • • •…

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The story of David Accam and the Nike Academy

The principle of Occam’s Razor states that “entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily” and is popularly interpreted as suggesting that among competing hypotheses the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. It’s a problem-solving tool for scientists, enabling them to distinguish between different explanatory hypotheses. It has applications across a variety of fields, but…

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Why Don Garber went to Zürich

US Soccer’s concept of professional league divisions is a farce and a red herring, because it masks Major League Soccer’s real agenda and intention. • • • • MLS’s real agenda and intention is simple: what today we call the lower professional divisions (Divisions II and III, for respectively NASL and USL Pro), will eventually become MLS’s official minor…

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The Fermi Paradox of American soccer

Why hasn’t the United States produced a world-class player in the men’s game? That question might as well read like Enrico Fermi’s intergalactic quandary, “Where is everyone?” I imagine physicists and astronomers looking up into the vastness of the night sky and wondering, “Where is everyone?” and, “Are we really alone?” in a similar way…

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Why Thierry Henry is the striking blueprint

Growing up as a Manchester United fan in the era of the Arsenal Invincibles, I perhaps would have been excused for despising Thierry Henry. The Frenchman was the archetypal player to strike fear into the hearts of young fans of opposing teams like myself. However, as I continued watching United and Arsenal battling for Premier League…

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Football, mediocrity and excellence in the USA

Below the radar of mainstream media, there is a debate raging in the football (soccer) world in the USA and Canada). At the centre of the debate are U.S. Soccer (FIFA’s representative in the United States) and Major League Soccer (MLS). U.S. Soccer is responsible for, among other things, sanctioning professional football leagues. MLS, as…

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