The Cost of Development — Tom Byer’s Effect

What The US Can Learn From Tom Byer and Japan A hero in Japan for his profound effect on youth football coaching, we look at what US Soccer can learn from Tom Byer and how his methods have successfully developed many essential skills in young players. The Cost of Development By: Jon Townsend @jon_townsend3 Part […]

A United Front

This article first appeared on Thesefootballtimes.net on May 23, 2014 Foreign-Born National Stars And A United Front Previously featured on the Guardian Sport Network, Jon Townsend looks at the problems of foreign-born players dominating the USMNT World Cup roster and solutions. By Jon Townsend | 23 May 2014 Fronting, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is defined as: […]

Losing Ugly

Losing Ugly By: Jon Townsend I’ve sat there with you, watching each team’s wingers burn up and down the pitch, the center midfielders operate as true terriers in every sense of the word while the defenders maraud around chasing shadows and smashing each striker’s shins. We hoped we’d win but knew we could lose. So […]

This Is No Time To Be Moyesing Around

This article first appeared on http://www.thesefootballtimes.net on April 24, 2014 This Is No Time To Be Moyesing Around By: Jonathan Townsend Hindsight: hind·sight ˈhīn(d)ˌsīt/noun Def: Understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed. “In hindsight, Manchester United should have never hired David Moyes.” The world can be a fickle place. […]

A Place to Call Home

This article first appeared on http://www.thesefootballtimes.net on April 21, 2014.  A Place to Call Home By: Jon Townsend   The sunshine, the banging of drums, and the green, blue, and white-paneled Mitre Ultimax soccer ball are images that remind of Saturday, April 6, 1996 in San Jose, California as Major League Soccer kicked off its […]

Up in the Air

Up in the Air: Is it Time to for MLS to Hit its Ceiling? Since its inception in 1996, Major League Soccer (MLS) has become a league many thought would implode in its infancy. As the 2014 season approaches, the league’s vitality is increasing while the number of teams in MLS has more than doubled. […]

Penalized by the Penalty Kick

Penalized by the Penalty Kick By: Jonathan Townsend The clocks ticks closer to the 89th minute as the crowd swells with anticipation. The match is close with one goal separating the two sides but as certain as the ball is round, everyone can feel something is about to give way to the ridiculous. The center […]

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line By: Jonathan Townsend @jon_townsend3 March 18, 2014 Football is the physical manifestation of pure passion on the pitch. The modern game’s stakes are increasing at an alarming rate as the season becomes more unforgivable. The pressure on each player’s shoulders is matched by the blood pressure of the managers on the touchline. […]

The Coach’s Conundrum

The Coach’s Conundrum By: Jonathan Townsend @jon_townsend3 3/17/2014 The modern football coach is like a home builder. While not an architect, they are tasked with the construction, organization, and management of several pieces that must align to complete the overall project successfully. What’s the best way to build a house? Surely not by building the […]

Taking Football to the Streets — Part II

Taking Football To The Streets Part Two In part two of a special feature looking at taking football back to the streets, Jon Townsend interviews John Farnworth on his remarkable journey into freestyle football. By Jonathan Townsend | 4 March 2014 Every footballer has their own story. Some are more akin to war stories of […]