March 5th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: Aroldis Chapman, Brandi Chastain, MLS

Does the MLB handle domestic violence cases better than the NFL? Why is Brandi Chastain’s donation of her brain to CTE research so important? And will soccers’ detractors ever change their tune? Vice Sports’ Patrick Hruby joins Bill Littlefield and Karen Given.

Charlie Pierce
December 5th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce cover Kobe Bryant’s storied career, the MLS Cup final and the legacy of Tiger Woods. The two also make their picks for who should perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

In Depth
November 28th, 2015

Tracking 127 Years Of Home-Field Advantage

After analyzing 127 years of English soccer matches, Columbia psychology professor James Curley has proven that home-field advantage exists. But Curley also found that the advantage has been declining over time, and he joins Bill Littlefield to explain why that might be.

Only A Blog
November 25th, 2015

(Don’t) Use Your Head: Is U.S. Soccer’s Youth Restriction The Right Move?

A recent United States Soccer Federation resolution is aiming to cut the number of headers in youth soccer. Will the move keep young athletes safe? Is there a chance the U.S. will become less competitive in international competitions? Here’s a look at how analysts and former players are reacting to the resolution.

November 7th, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Ohio State OUI, Daniel Murphy, Paid Patriotism

Is taking a scholarship away from a student-athlete an appropriate form of punishment? Is it possible to appreciate a player who might not be able to appreciate you? And is it acceptable that professional teams are getting taxpayer dollars from the Pentagon? Bill Littlefield is joined by Patrick Hruby and Kate Fagan.

October 31st, 2015

Are These U.S. Soccer’s Good Ole Days?

The MLS is offering its most exciting games of the year, but those games just can’t compete with the World Series, the start of the NBA season and the ever-popular NFL. Bill Littlefield laments soccer’s predicament in the U.S. and celebrates it at the same time.

In Their Own Words
September 12th, 2015

Landon Donovan Talks MLS, Beckham And Bagging Groceries In Germany

Landon Donovan scored seven goals in his first game…at age 5. He went on to score many more for the U.S. before he retired late last year. Donovan looks back on his career and the changing relationship between European and American soccer.

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.

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

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.

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