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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Since 1966, players have converted 81 percent of all World Cup penalty kicks. Grantland writer Kirk Goldsberry thinks it’s time for soccer to consider moving the penalty kick spot back.
The U.S. made it out of group play at the 2014 World Cup but was stopped in the Round of 16. Can the team go further in in 2018? Greg Lalas of MLSsoccer.com joins Karen Given to discuss what’s next for coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team.
Record numbers of Americans are tuning in to watch the 2014 World Cup. FIFA, a soccer video game, may have something to do with it.
Every four years they appear: columns by sports writers explaining whey they hate soccer. Bill Littlefield has a tip for those scribes: take a vacation during the World Cup.