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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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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The failed Team America experiment

LONG BEFORE A TEAM OF ANIMATED PUPPETS decided to take on the world under the banner of Team America, a hodgepodge collection of superstars and NASL underlings joined together in 1976 to take on Brazil, Italy and England in a one off tournament called the American Bicentennial Soccer Cup. As the name suggests, the tournament was…

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