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History / NASL / US Soccer History / USL

That USL/TOA/NASL thing, part II

On Tuesday I posted a timeline describing the development of the USL  since its origins as an indoor soccer league in 1986, through its absorption of other professional leagues in the 199os and its eventual (incidental?) purchase by Nike in 2008. Creating the time-line was made easier thanks to the […]

English Premier League / Los Angeles Galaxy / MLS

Donovan re-signs with Galaxy

Landon Donovan has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the club announced today. Donovan will, however, move to Everton in the English Premier League on a loan beginning in January, the Los Angeles Times reports. The agreement allows Donovan freedom on off-season loans, but it […]

Scottish Premier League

Beasley lives!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0rmDOCapTE] Welcome back, DaMarcus Beasley. After months of languishing on Rangers’ bench in the Scottish Premier League (and a brutal Confederations Cup), Beasley has drawn everyone’s eyes with his last week of play. On Tuesday, he scored a sweet goal in a 3-0 win over Dundee United that was his […]

Soccer on TV

FSC launches suckier, less functional website

It’s Wednesday morning which means, for me, checking out the Fox Soccer Channel website to print out the schedule of games they are showing over the weekend and following week. When I did so this morning I found a new website. It’s organized differently and that will take some getting […]

Union hire Vartughian to coach goalies
MLS / Union

Union hire Vartughian to coach goalies

Philadelphia Union have hired University of Maryland assistant Rob Vartughian as their goalkeepers coach. Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday night that Vartughian would immediately start work for the Union, with whom he has some strong past ties. Vartughian worked with Union manager Peter Nowak last year, when he coached goalkeepers on the […]

History / NASL / US Soccer History / USL

That USL/TOA/NASL thing, part I

You are probably aware that a breakaway group of owners (the Team Owners Association, aka “the TOA”) has left the United Soccer Leagues (USL) to form a new league intended to rival, if not supplant, the USL for Division 2 status in the American soccer pyramid. More recently, you may […]

Diving matters
England / English Premier League

Diving matters

This weekend’s Manchester United v Aston Villa Match was notable for several reasons.  Aside from being an absolute cracker of a match it was Aston Villa’s first victory at Old Trafford since 1983.  To give you an idea of how long ago that was, the top four teams in English […]

Come on you Royals!
Coca-Cola Championship / Reading

Come on you Royals!

Rants and raves (but mostly rants) about following a 2nd division team. &*#@! Why can’t we win at home?  In 12 home games at the Madjeski this season, Reading have one win.  Leading 1-0 through Grzegorz Rasaik’s 16th minute header, the Royals surrendered their lead in the 80th minute to […]

USMNT / World Cup

US National Team Mishmash

The first group of players for the U-20 National Team that will compete for the 2011 U-20 World Cup will be getting together after the New Year for a training camp. There do not seem to be any friendlies scheduled and the list of names includes most of the important […]

England / English Premier League / Wonderland

Wonderland

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGg7iCTg_eQ] Maynor Figueroa is the starting left back for Wigan Athletic. All hail Maynor Figueroa.