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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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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Janusz Kowalik: the NASL’s first superstar

THE TIME BEFORE PELÉ, CRUYFF AND CHINAGLIA was a barren one for the North American Soccer League, or NASL to you and me. Born in 1968 following a merger between the United Soccer Association and the National Professional Soccer League, NASL had wholly humble beginnings. So humble in fact that many regard the inaugural NASL season…

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Hindsight is 2018 for the US national team

“SOCCER HAS ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES! And it’s here to stay … just look at the watch parties, full stadiums stateside watching the United States Men’s national team play in the World Cup. Check out the television ratings! More viewers tuned in for the game versus Portugal than the Stanley Cup finals and the NBA…

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Freddy Adu: in consideration of a human being

Freddy Adu: rarely has the name of a player with caps for such clubs as Portuguese side Belenenses, Brazil’s Bahia and Serbian outfit Jagodina been met with such universal recognition. Rewind to shortly after the turn of the millennium and being familiar with the name Freddy Adu would have meant being familiar with the ethereal, prophetic…

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The FC Dallas Academy Way

This feature is part of The Academy Way PLAYER DEVELOPMENT IS AN INEXACT SCIENCE AND TEAMS in the United States must task themselves with finding the best talent in a sporting landscape like no other on the planet. The country has unrivalled infrastructure and is home to the most massive sports leagues in the world…

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The story of the 1930 World Cup

WHEN FIFA WAS FORMED IN 1904 its membership was comprised of only seven teams, all from Europe. Over the next two decades more and more national sides joined FIFA, and the 1924 Olympic football tournament was the first one to involve non-European teams with Uruguay, the United States, Turkey and Egypt all taking part. Uruguay won…

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The Tom Byer effect

PART OF WHAT MOTIVATED ME IN FOOTBALL was the drive to improve. Growing up, I was afforded an unconventional footballing education, one that took from the gritty and talent-rich leagues of south San Jose during the dotcom boom to the suburbs of Chicago. My parents never made football easy for me. When I was 13, I…

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