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Once upon a time there was the USL. The United Soccer Leagues. For many moons, they pretty much occupied the entire professional US soccer landscape that sat between Major League Soccer and a vast bevvy of amateur and semi-pro leagues. This scenario would hold until 2009 AD, when part-owners Nike, sold their substantial stake to […]Read more "NASL: Going Down Fighting, or One Last Tantrum?"
I hate to say I told you so. Fresh from a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of league leaders Toronto FC, the Galaxy’s season isn’t so much hanging by a thread, as doing that Wile E. Coyote thing, where he frantically runs in mid-air, before plummeting a long distance to his inevitable fate. When the […]Read more "No Time for LA Galaxy to Rest on Their Laurels"
I often champion MLS in these pages. I sincerely think that it’s a very solid league and continues to show encouraging signs of growth and improvement. Attendances average commendably north of 21k each season. A decade ago it stunned the world when David Beckham decided to come to the league. Today the league, while still […]Read more "A Fleeting Moment of MLS Disillusionment"
On one hand, it felt like a vindicating blow had been struck for the cause of Promotion and Relegation in the USA. A bold and mighty mace falling heavily, cankering Major League Soccer’s reticence. On the other, it underscored the league’s defiant resolve against the grand concept of pro/rel. At least, that was the narrative. […]Read more "Riccardo Silva’s Pro/Rel Power Plays"
In a sporting culture where the hardness of the core of your support holds great currency, I’d like to claim some extra credit. As the sun beat down from the evening sky in Carson, CA, I sat swaddled in the man-made fabrics of my Los Angeles Galaxy Jersey around which was wrapped the thick polyester […]Read more "Red Devilfest 2017: LAG 2 – MUFC 5"
In 1944 Helen McRae Duncan became the last woman in the United Kingdom to be convicted under the Witchcraft Act of 1735. As fantastical as that may sound, it was actually a comparatively mundane prosecution, for being a fraudulent medium, rather than actually dabbling in occult magic. Indeed, the use of the ancient piece of […]Read more "League Format Heresy"