Archives: American Soccer

MLS Schedule Flunks Out Again

Posted on by Mitch Howard

It’s time for the annual MLS flunks out again blog for MLS not taking action during MLB’s all-star break.  Instead of garnering potential sports media headlines for games on Wednesday, the best day of the break to play games, the headlines went … Continue reading

Stuart Holden – The Future of American Soccer?

Posted on by Brian Zygo

Say what you will about the U.S. National Team’s performance in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, after all it is an experimental squad seemingly designed to give Coach Bob Bradley a better idea of the quality and the extent of … Continue reading

MLS, CONCACAF botch doubleheader option

Posted on by Mitch Howard

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

Posted on by Mitch Howard

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

Posted on by Mitch Howard

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

A Toast to the US Soccer Fan as We Await the Confederations Cup Final

Posted on by Brian Zygo

As both a fan and observer of American Soccer in general and the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in particular, Confederations Cup 2009 has been a rollercoaster with amazing emotional highs and lows. As we all know, the US started … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Mitch Howard

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

Posted on by Mitch Howard

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

Posted on by Mitch Howard

  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?

Posted on by Mitch Howard

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