Second place and FA Cup runners-up. Burnley would be ecstatic. PSG would be disappointed. Bayern Munich would be inconsolable. There was a time when Man United would have certainly considered it a failure. In the post-Ferguson era however, we’ve had to learn to be a bit more pragmatic. This is after all, our best season […]Read more "Do Man Utd Owe More to the Man at the Top, or the Man at the Back?"
As a Manchester United fan, it’s been a while since a UEFA Champions League final has given me precious memories. Usually, your team has to be playing in one for that to happen. After Liverpool got past Roma to reach the biggest game in European club football – if not the World – I was […]Read more "Laughing At Loris: No Need to Feel Guilty"
I’m always excited for the new LA Galaxy season. Whether the previous campaign ended in triumph, or had been well and truly “Curt Onalfo-ed”, every year feels like a fresh start. This time around though, I circled an additional date on the calendar: our first game away to our newest bitter rivals, The Los Angeles […]Read more "LAFC: Limited Attendance For Counterparts"
Plenty of teams are happy to be team number 6. Nobody wants to be 1st or 5th. That’s what I heard had allegedly came out of this year’s Summit for American Soccer in Chattanooga, with regard to taking the lead on building an independent pro/rel league structure. Pro/rel enthusiasts, advocates and ‘activists’ felt that they […]Read more "US Pro/Rel Advocacy: Passion Without Faith?"
To say I was gutted would be an understatement. Somewhere inside, my soul had become dislodged and from the feeling of it, dropped heavily into my stomach. This was embarrassing. Humiliating. In the first meeting between Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles FC, the johnny-come-latelies were winning and winning handily. 3-0 by virtue of two […]Read more "The Birth of a Rivalry"
It must be said that the United States has a slightly different view of rivalries to what I’m accustomed to. There seems to be an insistence that teams have a storied history and that they be competitive with one another. When they were at their best, I heard many a Los Angeles Lakers fan claim […]Read more "The Galaxy vs The… um… FC?: And so it Begins"
Do you remember when FIFA pressured Brazil into lifting its ban on alcohol at football matches, during the 2014 World Cup? Admittedly, neither did I, until I happened across a clip of John Oliver claiming as much. In fairness to both FIFA and Brazil, Oliver was a tad hyperbolic in his presentation. The ban wasn’t […]Read more "Boycott the World Cup?"