Building a Rivalry: What Next for MLS?

April 2001. Alf-Inge Håland of Manchester City sprints to clear a misplaced pass. He doesn’t see Manchester United’s Roy Keane hurtling towards him, boot outstretched. The United midfielder’s studs spear into Håland’s knee, and the City player crumples. The players in blue and red gather as referee David Ellerey brandishes a red card, and Keane


Defending Football Manager: The Brains Behind the Ratings

Each football fan has their favorite pundit and would reject the suggestion that a computer screen could provide better information. However, since 1992, football fans have been learning obscure players from the in-depth football simulator Football Manager. The “manager” controls tactics, signings, player morale, and details of real-life football that are glossed over in other


Hope Rises Again for the Hungarian National Team

Glittering football histories do not often come with such drab current circumstances. Three Olympic titles, two World Cup runner-up medals, and three of the top six international goalscorers of the 20th century, yet Hungary’s national soccer team struggles to qualify for major tournaments these days. When they defeated Norway 3-1 on aggregate in the European


The Lifeblood of American Soccer: Richmond Kickers and USL

Name that American club: they squeezed into the playoffs on the last day of the season, only to lose in heartbreaking fashion in added extra time of their first round match; they increased their attendance by 50% in the last three years; they play in a beautiful stadium within a mile of the river, commanding

Started from the Bottom? USSF Licensing and Why Young Players are Underserved

“If you can get a little 3 year old to listen to direction and play in a game, you look like a genius.” Ben Mortimer learned this lesson the hard way as a young college graduate. After playing four years of varsity soccer at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Mortimer made a decision steeped

The $50,000 Men: Meeting MLS’s Lowest-Paid Players

For a young adult on their own for the first time, a $50,000 salary is nothing to sneeze at (roughly €45,000 or £32,000, for non-Americans). Especially without a college degree, this salary would feel like an unexpected windfall as a personal trainer, retail general manager, crane operator, or flight attendant. However, for a young Major