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"
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"
With the UEFA Champions League final in the books and the Premiership long since petered out in an anticlimactic malaise, it’s now time for a review of Manchester United Football Club’s 2017 season. All things considered, it turned out alright in the end. Two trophies won (no Jose Mourinho, you don’t get to include the […]Read more "Man United 2017 Season Review"