Author Archives: Mitch Howard

MLS, CONCACAF botch doubleheader option

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Once again, MLS executives prove they are not in tune with their product.  The Gold Cup provided the perfect opportunity for MLS to expand their fan base.  Collaboration with CONCACAF representatives could have brought doubleheaders featuring one MLS game and one … Continue reading

Narrow gap exists among USL, MLS teams

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A merger of the two leagues, USL and MLS, does not appear to be anywhere on the horizons.  Trying to figure out which league is stronger remains a difficult chore.  One of the only barometers out there is the US … Continue reading

Blatter, Garber out of touch with American sports fans

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FIFA President Blatter’s statement a couple weeks back regarding MLS and its schedule was way out of touch with the reality of the American sporting landscape.  Blatter said it was imperative for MLS to get on an August to May … Continue reading

Michael Jackson’s death, Interleague baseball and the Confederations Cup

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Today is the last day of Interleague baseball for this season of MLB.  It ends coincidentally on the same day as the final of the Confederation Cup.  As great as the Confederation Cup has been for Soccer, Interleague play has given … Continue reading

Is Portsmouth better than the Chicago Fire?…and the current status of American Soccer

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Soccer purists tend to exaggerate the reality of the state of American Soccer.  They tend to emphasize the negative when referencing U.S. Soccer and they don’t want to accept the fact that of the world’s greatest Soccer leagues, it is only … Continue reading

Beautiful game fosters partnership among U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers

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  Photo Captions: 1st Lt. Paul Wistermayer, from Denville, N.J., takes a header in the opening round of the Combined Forces Football Tournament, a Baghdad-wide tourney featuring teams made up of American and Iraqi players. Jamaica native, Pfc. Mark Skeen, … Continue reading

Who is the target demo for MLS?

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Who is the real target demographic of professional soccer in the U.S.? Is it Soccer Moms?  Is it Soccer players?  Is it Latino people? Sure, Soccer Moms, Latinos and Soccer players make up some of the peripheral targets, but who makes up the … Continue reading

Average score tallies for MLS are offensive in the wrong kind of way

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I dedicate this post to Otilino Tenorio, who died 4 years ago this week in a car accident at the age of 25.  At the time of his death, he was the league leader in goals scored in his home … Continue reading

Looking closer at MLS and MLB cities

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This year’s baseball season is shaping up to have more MLS cities in contention than in past years.  The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are off to really good starts, and this is not good news for MLS.  Currently, both teams … Continue reading

PDL team of USL breaks down boundaries

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          For one exhibition game tomorrow night in Laredo, Texas, teams play for more than just fine-tuning their skills while getting ready for the regular season.  It is a match with historical significance for both sides.  The … Continue reading