Category Archives: United States

Hope Solo and False Analogies

There was a great deal of coverage of domestic violence and sports in 2014. American football held most of the spotlight, with the likes of Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Jonathan Dwyer, Adrian Peterson and Ray McDonald earning suspensions. The public has begun to question the sport’s violent implications. While the discourse has focused on American football, one of… Read More »

European Football vs. American Sports: Some Interesting Differences

Though the popularity of sports like baseball, basketball, and American football in the US mirrors that of soccer in European countries, some very stark differences have been recognized between the two sporting cultures that each region fosters. Below are a few observations surrounding these inequalities. 1. Promotion and Relegation Most European football leagues, most notably… Read More »

Revolution’s Diego Fagundez Cap-Tied to Uruguay, Ineligible to Play for USMNT

  This past Thursday, New England Revolution youngster Diego Fagundez started for Uruguay in the South American Under 20 Championship, which, under current FIFA rules, will permanently exclude him from suiting up for the United States Men’s National Team in the future [1]. Many fans of the USMNT were hoping that the 19 year old… Read More »

Solo, Team USA Dodge Bullet

Fourth-degree assault charges were dropped against USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo on Tuesday afternoon, according to Fox Sports. Although she was permitted to participate in all team activities since June, when the charges were filed, the uncertainty surrounding her availability for the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup had many wondering if Team USA would have to travel to Canada… Read More »

Moving Forward

A Chat with Sandra Serafini   Last week, my classmate Lauren Oliveri and I had the opportunity to have lunch with Sandra Serafini. I was honestly a bit intimidated to meet the former FIFA referee and PhD neuroscientist. (Who wouldn’t be? Only a superhuman has those types of qualifications!) However, my fears were instantly quelled… Read More »

Changing the College Soccer System

In the debate on how to best achieve the first World Cup title for the United States, the differences between how youth are filtered into professional leagues in the U.S. verses other nations who have had World Cup success is often the main topic of conversation. All other national programs outside of the U.S. have youngsters… Read More »

The Future of Youth Sports in America

While this post is not about Soccer exactly, I think in light of today’s class discussions comparing youth (American) football to youth soccer in the US it is of interest: Today a Think Progress article came out entitled “Enrollment in Youth Football down 10%”. The numbers given in the article show how youth football in… Read More »