Mar 18, 2017
When Leicester City fired Claudio Ranieri, it looked like the Foxes’ terrible follow-up season would completely tarnish the legacy of 2015-16. Instead, Leicester has gotten up off the mat and is fighting again - and is once again the most interesting thing in European soccer.
Mar 11, 2017
There’s not much exciting in the Big Five title races this year. Chelsea is cruising in England; so too Juventus in Italy. Either Barcelona or Real Madrid will win Spain - again - and Bayern Munich will take home the title in Germany - again. But in France, the least-loved of the Big Five leagues, PSG has been overhauled by both Monaco and Nice, and that makes it the most exciting league in Europe right now.
Mar 6, 2017
I wrote about the sheer nuttiness of the official MLS Style Guide for FiftyFive.One today.
Mar 4, 2017
Don Garber loves to talk about “competitive balance” in MLS, but the league’s version simply makes good teams worse, not bad teams competitive. Soccer Insider this week thinks there is a better way.
Mar 1, 2017
Just for old times’ sake, I’ve posted a few joke stories in the Twins Daily blog area over the past week.
Feb 25, 2017
Writing a full preview of the CONCACAF Champions League knockout round is tough, doubly so when you’re doing it, in shortened form, for an audience that might not understand the tournament at all. I took my best shot for Soccer Insider this week.
Feb 18, 2017
The Champions League knockout rounds have started, and there are interesting stories - none of which involve Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, or Barcelona winning the title again this year. Soccer Insider covers a few of the potential stories - and hopes against hope for Leicester City to make some waves.
Feb 11, 2017
This week at Soccer Insider, I looked a couple of steps forward in the evolution of MLS. When the league quits expanding, teams will start to move - and there are a few candidates that may end up being first on the list.
Feb 4, 2017
Given that it’s Super Bowl weekend, I wrote about playoffs in soccer - and whether they’re a good idea.
Jan 28, 2017
The United States should lead the world in women’s soccer - including having the best league in the world. U.S. Soccer, though, needs to make that a priority - not just line its pockets from the women’s national team.