Monday, April 27, 2015

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MLS national TV ratings rising so far in 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 11:03 PM
With ESPN coming to PPL Park for the first time this year on Sunday, it's a good time to check in with the network to see how things are going in the first season of Major League Soccer's new big-money TV deal. To do that, I spent a few minutes chatting with Amy Rosenfeld, ESPN's senior coordinating... Read more

Carli Lloyd not taking her third World Cup for granted

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 4:10 PM
Carli Lloyd has played in two World Cups, two Olympics and 10 Algarve Cups. Her decade-long career with the U.S. national team has included 192 caps, 63 goals, 32 assists and countless memories on and off the field. But for as much change as there has been in women's soccer during that time, two things... Read more

NBC takes its Premier League studio coverage to England this weekend

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 9:27 PM
You have probably seen by now that NBC is taking its Premier League studio team across the Atlantic this weekend, for three days of live shows from cities and stadiums across England. I recently caught up with Pierre Moossa, the network's lead soccer producer, to chat about what the undertaking will... Read more

NASL commissioner Bill Peterson sets out league’s present, future goals

Friday, April 3, 2015, 5:36 PM
North American Soccer League commissioner Bill Peterson is one of the most outspoken people in the continent's soccer community. He is never shy about his goals for his league, and he's never afraid to speak on the record about those goals. This past Wednesday, Peterson held a conference call with... Read more

MLS Wrap: David Villa leads NYCFC to triumph at Yankee Stadium

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 11:56 PM
NEW YORK - Stop there for a moment. Yes, you've seen the dateline on here and on every other soccer websites many times before. Even within the narrower context of MLS, it has made regular appearances in stories on television events and interviews at MLS' Manhattan headquarters. But until Sunday... Read more

CONCACAF brings taste of Gold Cup spectacle to town

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 3:48 PM
Thursday's press conference at Lincoln Financial Field mainly served to make an official announcement of something that was already well-known: Philadelphia will host the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 26, and the third-place game on July 25. But the event still didn't lack for spectacle. Mayor Nutter... Read more

CBA negotiations resonate across Major League Soccer

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 10:45 PM
On Tuesday night, I hosted a roundtable discussion on Backheel.com about the collective bargaining negotiations between Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Union. The very real threat of a player strike looms large over the countdown to the start of MLS' 20th season. I had four guests on the... Read more

ESPN prepares for its 20th MLS season - and prepares for a strike

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 8:06 PM
Note: The interview for this story took place Tuesday afternoon, before reports of significant progress in CBA talks. Click here for the latest details as of Tuesday night. A few days ago, I was offered the opportunity to chat with Scott Guglielmino, ESPN's senior vice president of programming. Guglielmino... Read more

Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas want to prove Fox's soccer critics wrong

Monday, March 2, 2015, 9:47 AM
NEW YORK - Whether you are a grizzled veteran of the American soccer scene or a newly-minted idealist, you are likely quite familiar with Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas. Both men have been part of the American soccer media landscape for almost the entire modern era of the sport in this country. When it... Read more

Tim Holt explains the USL's decision to seek Division 2 sanctioning

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 3:56 PM
The United Soccer Leagues organization has made quite a few headlines lately. In addition to continually adding MLS team affiliates in its top division, that division was rebranded this week. It's now known simply as the USL, not USL PRO. Hidden in Tuesday's official announcement of the rebranding... Read more
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