Category Archives: Major League Soccer

Coach K, Jay Heaps and an Improbable Relationship

He paces along the sidelines, arms crossed. Sometimes, he sits, hand on chin. Nevertheless, his expression remains stern, almost intimidating to the participants and referees alike. He closely observes the contest in its entirety, never once shifting his attention away from the action before his eyes. Such mannerisms may be aptly ascribed to Mike Krzyzewski,… Read More »

Warum sagen wir Soccer?

Jeder weißt, dass amerikanische Fußball und Europäische Fußball nicht gleich sind. Eigentlich würde niemand „Europäische Fußball“ sagen, weil das Sport nur „Fußball“ genannt wird. Für einen unbekannten Grund, amerikanische Leute wollte ihren eigenen Sport mit dem gleichen Namen haben. Diese Entscheidung macht es sehr schwer für amerikanische Jugendliche über Fußball zu diskutieren, besonders in ihrer… Read More »

Will the U.S. Ever Truly Master the ‘Art’ of Soccer?

In Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Eduardo Galeano proclaims the United States to be “the home of baseball” and sarcastically describes efforts by the American media to herald soccer as “the sport of the future” during the 1994 World Cup. Americans, however, do not necessarily appreciate soccer to a lesser extent than others. As of… Read More »

Robbie Rogers, Sexuality and the Institution of Football

On May 26, 2013, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay male to compete within a major North American professional sports league, stepping onto the pitch in the 77th minute of his club’s match against the Seattle Sounders and demonstrating, even if for only several minutes, a liberation he had never… Read More »

Public Money for Private Stadiums?

On Wednesday, Minnesota United was officially announced as an expansion side into Major League Soccer. The franchise looks to build a 20,000 seat stadium from scratch; however, the Minnesota Governor stated that Minnesota United and Major League Soccer will not be receiving public money for their private stadium [1]. Minnesota Democrats and Republicans came out in… Read More »

Influx of foreign players into Major League Soccer

With the start of the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season and the newly signed Collective Bargaining Agreement, there are many notable things going on for soccer in the United States. Specifically, it is important to note the increasing presence of foreign soccer stars playing in the MLS. Now more than ever before, foreign players are scattered throughout the… Read More »

Audi Partners with MLS

This week, Audi announced its decision to partner with the MLS. In this weekend’s article on the decision Forbes magazine predicts that this is an early sign of a trend in which sponsors will start shifting from the MLB to the MLS. Audi will be creating a commercial including MLS highlights.  In exchange for their sponsorship,… Read More »