What I Learned – Playing Putt-Putt with Chad Marshall

(This post is part of the continuing series called, "What I Learned." In this series, I keep track of things that sparked my brain during different events and experiences.) I've long said that the Seattle Sounders do more smart things for their fans and supporters than any team I've ever run across. Last week, they held a small event, hosting a …

A Few Thoughts About Sigi Schmid

It's the end of an era. Quite literally. The Seattle Sounders have only known one head coach in all their days. Through 250 MLS matches, a host of playoff games and some lengthy runs through the U.S. Open Cup and Champions League, Sigi Schmid has been the only man driving the bus. And now that ride has ended. While Sigi was alone in compiling…

What I Learned from Copa America Centenario

A few quick takeaways from what was a pretty cool tournament. 1) South American soccer is more fun than European soccer: Sure, the Germans have technical skill that is fun to watch. But if you gave me the choice to randomly select two South American teams or two European teams to watch play, I'd choose the South Americans every time. With the e…

7 Fun Facts About the St Vincent and the Grenadines Soccer Team

The U.S. Men's National Team starts its World Cup Qualifying run vs St Vincent and the Grenadines tonight. Who the heck is the the St Vincent and the Grenadines soccer team? Well, here are some fun facts. 1) The island is here. 2) The country has 109,373 people. That is approximately 321,905,480 less people than there are in the U.S. For pers…

Did the MLS Playoff System Work, to the Detriment of the Sounders?

This may be a stretch.. but I think the MLS playoff structure did its job in the Sounders vs FC Dallas series. - The Sounders had to field the best 11 they had for the last game of the season vs RSL, to ensure they made the playoffs. - By finishing 4th, they then had to play again that Wednesday in a winner take all match vs LA Galaxy, so they…

Why do we split young soccer players by gender?

Saturday morning, shortly after my friend Trevor and I had completely our lap around Greenback - at a blistering pace I might add - you could find us relaxing on the deck of our favorite coffee shop, Forza. There, we had the perfect view as parents and 5-8 year olds invaded the soccer fields and set up for their matches. The games started and we…

Saving Greece and Soccer at the Same Time

In case anyone wonders, this is a completely facetious comment. I don't honestly believe this is a good idea... But in a make believe world, here's how you could save Greece and International Soccer at the same time. Qatar buys Greece. Think about it. It's win-win-win-win. Win 1: Qatar gets the recognition it desires. Qatar has a ton of m…

An Open Letter to MLS and the MLSPU

Dear MLS Players and Owners: With all due respect, you guys are idiots if you allow this season to start with a strike. I understand both sides of the issue. Your league is experiencing the most growth it's ever seen. The players feel they should benefit from all their sacrifice, and the owners feel like this is no time to upset the economic …

How Bad Will the 2022 Qatar World Cup Team Be?

The 2022 World Cup has been a controversial subject for a few years now, and will only become more so as more people call upon FIFA to change the location from Qatar. But here's a sub-topic that came up in discussion last night, and I haven't seen too much on it yet. As host country, Qatar gets an automatic bid to the tournament, the same way Br…

Trying to Decipher MLS Transfer Rules

Here's something about MLS I don't quite understand. DeAndre Yedlin could be headed to Anderlecht of the Belgian League. A friend of mine who knows a ton about soccer asked this series of questions: Is this a big step up for Yedlin? I'm sure he'd get a raise, but I'm sure he could get a raise in MLS too. But in terms of advancing his career, does …