The Disconnect of the [North] American Game

[North] American soccer is an anomaly in the most peculiar ways. For a country that has yet to produce a single world class player, it sure expects to produce world class soccer. Why? Americans, especially those involved or invested in soccer, are guilty of coveting the result without respecting the process. Translation: People actually think […]

Shattering the Broken Cycle

“You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Read up on what others have done.” To me, this means doing what the best footballing nations are doing at the grassroots level first, then addressing it at the National Team level. American soccer has this really nasty habit of believing itself infallible. Why does American soccer have to […]

It’s Not About the Shoes

“It’s 15 degrees outside and it’s snowing, you know that right?” I nod and continue fishing through my closet for cold weather gear before telling my wife I’d be back in a few hours. “Have fun!” she says with a sarcastic tone that suggests she’s convinced herself that her husband is insane — and I […]

The Importance of Sacrifice

After a recent men’s league game I overheard a young man (probably in the 14-16 age range) tell a buddy, “I can’t believe my parents are late to pick me up! Seriously, what the hell is wrong with just being on time?” The buddy, who was also waiting said, “Who cares? They’ll be here. Let’s go back […]

Defective Labels

Take a moment and consider what the word “elite” means to you. If you’re so inclined, extend the meaning and place it in the context of American soccer. For as long as I can remember, clubs, players, parents, coaches, media outlets, and fans have either laid claim to what elite is regarding American soccer and […]

The Concussion Debate: Exploring Football’s Most Mysterious Injury

The crowd braces for inevitable impact as two energetic under-17 players on a collision course with one another refuse to let up in a challenge near the sideline. The larger of the two players immediately bounces back up, rubs his shoulder and grimaces. The other player remains motionless on the ground. A trainer and coach […]

The Obsession with Average

The Obsession with Average By: Jon Townsend @jon_townsend3 Having played the game since I was four and staying with it in some (or multiple) capacities ever since, I’m prepared to say the American player has an obsession with average. Part of this obsession with average is a systemic issue whereby society has granted people carte […]

The Captain Before the Armband

It’s often the players who seek the elusive who find only the ‘what might have been’s’ in football. Some players are simply part of the wrong generation. This generation is one where club loyalty is a rarity and a nation’s World Cup hopes didn’t hinge solely upon expectation, but rather continue to sway in the […]

Hindsight Is 2018

Hindsight Is 2018 By Jonathan Townsend @jon_townsend3 “Soccer has arrived in the United States! And it’s here to stay… just look at the watch parties, full stadiums stateside watching the United States Men’s National Team play in the World Cup! Check out the television ratings! More viewers tuned in for the game versus Portugal than […]

The Futsal Shadows

The Futsal Shadows By: Jon Townsend @jon_townsend3 Football has and will always be a game of contrasting styles, evolving philosophies of play and trendy paradigms that captivate the world only to be emulated, bastardized, found out, and written off as obsolete. There was a day when direct, Route One football was all the rage (for […]