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Interview
February 28th, 2015

Stars Drive MLS Popularity, But Is That The Right Strategy?

Only a handful of MLS players earn seven-figure salaries, but the league is counting on those stars to increase the game’s popularity in the U.S. Sport management professor Rick Burton joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of that strategy.

Interview
February 28th, 2015

Life On Major League Soccer’s Minimum Salary

As a rookie with the Columbus Crew in 2014, Ross Friedman was paid less than $40,000. One of his teammates earned more than 15 times that. Friedman joins Bill Littlefield to share what it’s like to experience income inequality in Major League Soccer.

Only A Blog
February 11th, 2015
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Passed Over By MLS, Miguel Ibarra Gets Shot On U.S. National Team

Midfielder Miguel Ibarra made his first U.S. Men’s National Team start against Panama on Sunday. He got the chance despite playing in the second-division North American Soccer League.

In The News
December 6th, 2014

MLS Cup Preview: Revolution Vs. Galaxy

While the Revolution seeks its first MLS Cup, the Galaxy is hoping to send retiring star Landon Donovan off with his sixth title. Bill Littlefield has more on Sunday’s matchup.

Interview
November 22nd, 2014

Final Four Teams Vie For MLS Cup

Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders are going for the unprecedented triple: the Supporters’ Shield, U.S. Open Cup, and the MLS Cup. Can they do it? Bill Littlefield speaks with Don Ruiz of the News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. to find out.

Commentary
November 12th, 2014

Nearing Retirement, Landon Donovan Puts Soccer In Perspective

Whenever a future Hall of Fame player is retiring, people pay attention. Bill Littlefield has been playing close attention to Landon Donovan’s comments recently, and he likes what he’s hearing.

In The News
November 8th, 2014

U.S. Stars Donovan And Jones Highlight MLS Playoffs

The defending champ — Sporting Kansas City — is long gone, but eight teams remain in the MLS playoffs. Who will advance? Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl joins Bill Littlefield to make his picks.

In Depth
November 1st, 2014
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After Chivas USA Disbands, New MLS Franchise Emerges In Los Angeles

Chivas USA has left the pitch for the final time. MLS has announced it is folding the franchise. In its place is the new Los Angeles Football Club (to be named later). From Los Angeles, Avishay Artsy reports.

Featured Book
September 6th, 2014

‘Club Soccer 101′ Highlights Sports’ Best Stories

Need an introduction to soccer beyond MLS? Luke Dempsey’s got you covered with ‘Club Soccer 101: The Essential Guide to the Stars, Stats, and Stories of 101 of the Greatest Teams in the World.’ Dempsey spoke with Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
August 30th, 2014

Jermaine Jones And The Bizarre Rules Of MLS

In a highly-criticized move, a blind draw determined whether the U.S. national team’s Jermaine Jones ended up with the Chicago Fire or the New England Revolution. Bill Littlefield looks at the oddities of the MLS “designated player” rule.

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