Friday, December 19, 2014

NSCAA Convention

America’s youth soccer problems aren’t just America’s

Friday, January 24, 2014, 2:44 PM
I don’t write much about youth soccer on here, and that’s on purpose. The main reason why is that I cover pro teams, and I think that’s what this space mainly ought to be about. But I also didn’t play organized soccer growing up, so I haven’t had much experience with... Read more

Canada wants to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, but will it work?

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 4:42 PM
I read with some interest Thursday morning the news that Canada intends to bid to host the 2026 World Cup. As the nation gears up to host the 2015 Women's World Cup, Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani is setting his eyes on an even bigger prize. 2026 is the next tournament available... Read more

Do big cities hold the key to American soccer’s future?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 3:29 PM
You probably know Mónica González as a sideline reporter for ESPN’s U.S. national team and Major League Soccer broadcasts. You may also know her as a former star for Mexico’s women’s national team. But González’s ties to the game run a lot deeper than that... Read more

A few minutes with Carlos Bocanegra

Monday, January 20, 2014, 1:52 PM
The NSCAA Convention creates stories well beyond the MLS and NWSL drafts. With thousands of soccer minds under the same roof, you’re as likely to run into a well-known former player as you are a well-known coach. Over the course of this week, I’ll be posting interviews with personalities... Read more

Video: Union makes splash at MLS SuperDraft

Friday, January 17, 2014, 3:15 AM's Jon Tannenwald reports from the Pennsylvania Convention Center where the Union selected goalkeeper Andre Blake with the No. 1 overall pick. Read more

Live coverage of the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 9:35 AM
Thanks to all of you who read and listened to our coverage. We had a few bumps and bruises along the way, but we appreciate your support and we are glad to have drawn an audience of over 7,000 listeners. If you missed the event live, you can download a podcast here. The big day is finally here. All... Read more

Games to Watch: Liga MX, EPL, La Liga, MLS (yes, really)

Friday, January 10, 2014, 8:09 AM
América at Tijuana 10:30 p.m. Friday (Azteca America, ESPN Deportes) U.S. national team veterans Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Hérculez Gómez lead Tijuana against the reigning Mexican champions. As the World Cup grows ever closer, it’s a chance for Tijuana’s big... Read more

Major League Soccer’s player personnel system becomes a little more transparent

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS - Major League Soccer does a lot of things that a lot of people like, and a lot of things that a lot of people don't like. One of the league's most-disliked aspects is its lack of transparency in player personnel matters. The league office does not disclose salaries, lengths of contracts... Read more

Michelle Akers is ready to 'get back in the game'

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 9:52 PM
INDIANAPOLIS - Consider the following scenario. Somewhere out there in this country is a 12-year-old girl who is a big fan of the United States women's national soccer team. She has a poster in her bedroom of Alex Morgan, or Abby Wambach, or maybe Carli Lloyd or Hope Solo. That girl is old enough... Read more

Catching up with U.S. women’s national team midfielder Lauren Cheney

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 5:18 PM
INDIANAPOLIS – Although the National Women's Soccer League's college draft was conducted without much fanfare, there were a few U.S. national team players on hand to lend a little bit of buzz to the occasion. One of them was midfielder Lauren Cheney, who as many of you has deep ties to Philadelphia... Read more
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