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Rookie Tracker: March

Rookie Tracker: March

The strengthening ties between Major League Soccer and the United Soccer League during the 2015 season creates new opportunities and an unparalleled interest in the development of young players. Players selected in the entry draft and homegrowns have a new path to the first team. Even for the clubs involved,..
Growing Pains

Growing Pains

The U-17 Men’s national team fell to the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica last Wednesday to the tune of 1-0.  In so doing, the young men strayed from the fluid, attacking, creative style of soccer that has been a hallmark of their age group, instead falling into the mediocre, unremarkable style..
Is Austin Next?

Is Austin Next?

There may have been a brief moment of delight for soccer fans waiting for the USL season to kick off this Sunday. A goal from Mix Diskerud and a “That’s So Aurelien” tackle made it look like Orlando’s inaugural crowd would be going home disappointed. Soccer fans in Austin may..
CBA: Money Talks and a Pandora’s Box

CBA: Money Talks and a Pandora’s Box

Less than 48 hours before the start of the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) season and a player strike looming, a new collective bargaining agreement with the Major League Soccer Players Union was agreed upon. The biggest takeaway of the new CBA and arguably biggest breakthrough in MLS history is..
POSITIVITY: Always Look on the Bright Side of MLS

POSITIVITY: Always Look on the Bright Side of MLS

Major League Soccer has been filled with so much cynicism that, before the recent news that the CBA has been reached, I was looking to politics for feel-good material. Well, maybe not that bad, but with the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations (which I pictured as Che Guevara and Mr. Monopoly staring at..
Deja Vu All Over Again

Deja Vu All Over Again

This past January, the annual gathering of the United States Men’s National team commenced under a cloud of discontent and doubt resulting from 2014’s final matches.  Poor efforts and results to end the year left the American soccer community at large with a bitter sense of defeat that many hoped..