Sep 7, 2017
Soccer Insider today is about Atlanta United, yes, but also about what the future of MLS might look like. It’s going to involve more money and bigger stadiums and ambitious clubs - precisely what Atlanta looks like, and Seattle, and Orlando City and New York City and Toronto and Los Angeles FC and so on and so forth.
Sep 2, 2017
If you are a fan of a European soccer team, you’ve just survived Transfer Madness 2017, in which every player on every team could move to another team (Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City, usually) for an impossible sum of money. It’s exhausting.
National teams don’t have that problem, which is why the USMNT - in some ways - is the best possible team to follow.
Aug 26, 2017
Soccer Insider this week is a history lesson - well, more of a DYK? kind of column. Did You Know, soccer fans, that MLS was just one of three leagues that might have been sanctioned as America’s first-division league?
Aug 19, 2017
Back when I started watching soccer, Serie A was pretty much THE thing. The idea of another team going to Italy and winning a game seemed ludicrous; Real Madrid might do it, or Bayern Munich, but certainly no one else.
Now, though, Italy - Juventus aside - is a league full of also-rans. The Rome and Milan clubs are all struggling, as is the rest of the league. Which leads directly to the question: What happened to Serie A?
Aug 12, 2017
The headline on my 2017-18 Premier League Preview at the Star Tribune was Last Manchester Standing, which I don’t think can be improved upon.
Short version of my predictions, for future reference.
At The Top
- Manchester United
- Manchester City
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Brighton and Hove Albion
- Huddersfield Town
- Swansea City
Aug 5, 2017
Right now the Premier League has three uber-rich teams - Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City - and four merely very rich teams, in Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, and Tottenham. In some ways, the latter four are all trying to make the same leap that Manchester United made (oil wealth, the basis for Chelsea and Manchester City’s riches, being less replicable). Soccer Insider this week looks at how United got where they are, and how the other four are trying to make it happen for themselves too.
Jul 29, 2017
Every year, summer in the soccer world is proof that the world’s gone mad, thanks to ridiculous transfer fees. This has been happening every summer for as long as I can remember; I recognize that writing a column complaining about the soccer market is veering towards hackiness.
BUT. I still can’t believe what’s happening this year, highlighted by what’s going on at AS Monaco. This is a club with a very rich owner, that made the Champions League semifinals and won the Ligue 1 title, that is seeing most of its squad depart this summer for even richer clubs. How can this be good for the game? How can this be sustainable?
Jul 22, 2017
Liga MX, the most-watched soccer league in America, kicks off its season this weekend. At Soccer Insider, I tried to explain the league, as it tries to make inroads in the English-speaking American market as well.
Jul 15, 2017
Soccer insider today tries to connect the dots between Florent Malouda and French Guiana, goofy soccer rules, and the oddity that some commentators call the “no hands in soccer” rule “un-American.”
Jul 8, 2017
May 13 - FIFA is terrible, but won’t change - not unless it somehow stops making money.
May 20 - Nobody talks about the downsides of the pro/rel system - the punishments are unlimited.
May 27 - Maybe the manager carousel isn’t such a terrible thing after all.
June 3 - A look at the Champions League final.
June 17 - Please don’t expand the World Cup to 48 teams, FIFA - it’ll kill all the fun.
June 24 - Every transfer saga ever, in one post.
July 1 - Why does the Gold Cup even exist any more?
July 8 - The Gold Cup night in 1998 when the USA, for the only time, beat Brazil.