Category Archives: United States

MLS Salaries

On my way home from a game of pickup soccer I was talking to a friend about what it takes to be a professional. We discussed the ultra tracked life of European soccer players, elite soccer academies, and reserve teams. However we also discussed the options for American soccer players, especially those who elected to… Read More »

Distribution of Funds

In class, we’ve talked a lot about the US Soccer Federation and its treatment of men’s and women’s national teams. The question posed was why the US Soccer Federation wasn’t held to the same gender standards that Title IX exercises on teams at the University level. Based on this 2014 article in the Washington Post, it… Read More »

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 »