Aug 31, 2018
The college football season starts this week. I’ve always maintained that, done properly, soccer looks a lot less like the NFL and a lot more like college football. Here’s a couple of things soccer can learn from its college gridirno brethren, in the Star Tribune.
Aug 24, 2018
Aug 18, 2018
With the Premier League preview out of the way, I thought I’d preview the rest of European soccer for the year. The problem is that superclubs - Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain - dominate. So instead, I gave readers five other teams to watch instead.
Aug 17, 2018
This has the potential to be a make-or-break month for Minnesota United, as the team clings to the fringes of the playoff race - and still traded its best striker, Christian Ramirez.
Aug 11, 2018
Aug 4, 2018
I’m not sure I quite hit the point I wanted to make in this week’s Soccer Insider column. I was trying to connect the dots on something that someone involved with Minnesota United told me once, who I will now paraphrase: “You know, if you can afford to fly to London every week to watch Chelsea, or to Mexico City to watch Club América, you should definitely do that. But for everyone else, there’s a team here in town to support too.”
Jul 28, 2018
You can watch Liga MX on national TV in the United States now. In English. Club Tijuana and C.F. Monterrey have both sold their TV rights to FOX Sports, and so FOX is showing the games in Spanish on FOX Deportes, but in English on FS1 and FS2 (and on its regional networks in the southwest).
Jul 21, 2018
I started this week to try to find out how the United States can learn from France, the newly-crowned World Cup champions. What I found is that Major League Soccer is way ahead of the game - but when you look deeper, you realize that while this is good, there’s only so much MLS can do.
Jul 20, 2018
Minnesota United has 14 games to go this season. It is probably not going to make the playoffs, but it still has a shot to do so. Yet the team is also building towards the 2019 opening of its new stadium. So should the team build for the future, or try to win now? So far, the team has proven they can’t do both.