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October 15th, 2014

A Farewell To Landon Donovan

Soccer star Landon Donovan has played his last game for Team USA. Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts on Donovan’s career and his impact on U.S. soccer.

Feature
October 11th, 2014
By Annie Ropeik

Alaskan Soccer Game With Roots In Russian-American Fishing Venture

Inspired by a silver trophy from 1987, a diverse group of athletes in a remote Alaskan fishing hub recently participated in the International Friendship Cup. Annie Ropeik has the story of this unique community-building soccer tournament on Unalaska Island.

Interview
October 4th, 2014

Women’s Soccer Stars Sue Over Artificial Turf Plan At World Cup

Games at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup are scheduled to be played on artificial turf. Players from around the world have filed a lawsuit that claims gender discrimination. Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl and U.S. player Heather O’Reilly join Bill Littlefield to delve into the story.

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.

In Depth
August 23rd, 2014
By Ian Mount

Inequality, Debt Hold Spanish Soccer Back

In Spain’s top soccer league, TV money isn’t split equally. That’s pushed smaller-market teams to spend more to keep up, creating an economic crisis that’s trickled down to the lower leagues. Ian Mount has more from Barcelona.

Feature
August 16th, 2014
By George Lavender

‘Power Soccer’ Puts Wheelchair Athletes Into The Game

The U.S. men didn’t bring home any hardware from this year’s World Cup in Brazil, but there’s one U.S. national soccer side currently in possession of the cup, with the help of electric motors. George Lavender introduces us to the champions of “power soccer.”

Feature
August 9th, 2014
By Alexandra Hall

Paraguayan Women’s Soccer Team Fights For Acceptance At Home

This weekend, Paraguay will compete in the U-20 Women’s World Cup for the first time. Alexandra Hall reports from Paraguay on the cultural challenge facing female soccer players in that country.

Commentary
July 12th, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo And The Celebration Of Self

Yet another wax sculpture of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled in 2013. This event provoked Bill Littlefield to think about how we praise famous men and the extent to which some of them find it necessary to praise themselves.

Interview
July 5th, 2014

Brandi Chastain: Leave Heading To Grown-Ups

Former U.S. women’s national soccer team star Brandi Chastain doesn’t want kids to learn one of the important skills of the game. She explains her reasoning to Karen Given.

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