Athlete [Re]defined

Athlete [Re]defined By: Jon Townsend @jon_townsend3 “If only our best athletes played soccer…” When I see or hear this phrase my skin crawls. Why? Because these are the words of someone who “has it all figured out” regarding the American game. I’ve promised myself time and time again that I wouldn’t entertain this topic, but […]

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 Face of American Soccer

The announcement was inevitable. Seeing Landon Donovan score against Bayern Munich in a meaningless game somehow signified a type of finality reserved for movie scripts. When Donovan announced his plans to retire at season’s end, the outpouring of support and gratitude for arguably America’s best ever soccer player was immense. I found it a bit […]

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 […]

Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Game

Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Game By: Jon Townsend  @jon_townsend3 We can look at the United States’ victory over Ghana in Natal through rose-tinted glasses and be happy with a job well done. Three points in the bag against all odds (cue Phil Collins) and on to the next game. Clint Dempsey scored a classy […]

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: […]

American Underdogs

The Brazil 2014 World Cup draw ended the speculation and guessing. The match-ups drawn from each bowl during caused a collective gasp heard globally as the fixtures were assigned and the participating countries learned their World Cup 2014 fate. For the United States, was the fate of a country still struggling to establish itself on […]