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"
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"
As the neighborhood expressed joy at the continued freedom of the USA with crackles, pops and booms, the dog took up nervous residence under our bed. A few hours later I would join him, gazing with forlorn envy at the plastic calming collar around his neck. Pets typically have a crap Independence Day. This […]Read more "Like a Pet on Independence Day: LAG 2, RSL 6"
I did my best to welcome Steven Gerrard to the LA Galaxy, I really did. Even as the chunk of my soul dedicated to Man United quivered uneasily, I put his status as Liverpool Legend aside. En route to his debut game, I stopped off at Party City. There I purchased a false mustache and […]Read more "US Soccer Fans: Why Aren’t You Watching FC Dallas?"
Since day one, my stance on promotion and relegation has been that the system was born as a means to solve a particular problem. It had nothing to do with player development, stimulating investment, opening the doors to the nourishing effects of free market economics, boosting attendances, the emancipation of lower-league clubs or any of […]Read more "Is Garber Inadvertently Providing a Problem for Pro/Rel to Solve?"