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  1. How to Watch the World Cup Like a True Soccer Nerd

    Mike L. Goodman

    There is a point of view among some soccer fans that the sport is unassailably other. I assume that since I used the word "soccer" in the first sentence, those fans are gone now, and I can talk to the rest of you. Because here&...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  2. Kansas City's Sports Agony

    Rany Jazayerli

    The agony, and the infinitely less frequent ecstasy, of being a Kansas City sports fan — and how the Chiefs could change the narrative this weekend.

    Story | Conversation | January 03, 2014
  3. We Went There: Nets-Sixers With a Brooklyn Fan Who Happens to Be ...

    Hua Hsu

    "An expectation of defeat." This was how my friend Chris explained his mind-set as a Nets fan in the 1990s — and they weren't even that bad back then! He grew up in Imlaystown, New Jersey, equidistant from Philadelphia and New York, in that...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  4. Premier League Pass & Move: Blood Sport

    Chris Ryan and Brett Koremenos and Ryan O'Hanlon

    A look back at the action in the Barclays Premier League. What Happened? Chris Ryan: Arsenal benefited from a truly based Artur Boruc goalkeeping error and beat your annoying soccer fan friend's favorite team, Southampton, 2-0. The Gunners had th...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  5. Watch: Portland Timbers Soccer Fans Paint With Passion in Tifo

    Roger Bennett

    The first time I watched the Barnicle brothers' documentary Tifo, I found it hard to believe it had been shot in America. The scenes of choreographed fandom and collective passion border on delirium. After savoring them, most soccer fans will immedia...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  6. Sheer Counterattack: Christian Benteke and Aston Villa's Surprisi...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Aston Villa have certainly started the season with a bang. Going to Arsenal and winning, and coming within a few controversial no-calls from drawing at Chelsea to start the season is certainly a great way to make fans sit up and take notice. Villa ha...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  7. The Designated Player: Clint Dempsey and MLS 3.0

    Graham Parker

    It's been a busy week or so in MLS, and there's no doubt what the headline story has been: Clint Dempsey's signing for Seattle Sounders even had its own Twitter comet trail marking his path across the skies toward Cascadia. Sounders fans scrambled to...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  8. Building the Next Landon Donovan

    Noah Davis

    Spend enough time in American soccer circles, and a casual fan will inevitably ask why the United States hasn't produced its own Lionel Messi. Which, of course, is an absurd question. The little Argentine followed a truly unique path to his otherworl...

    Blog | May 02, 2013
  9. The Hillsborough Stadium disaster and the Boston Marathon bombing...

    Brian Phillips

    The Hillsborough Stadium disaster, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the facts about how we experience and understand tragedy.

    Story | Conversation | April 26, 2013
  10. The Designated Player: We Support Our Local Shield

    Graham Parker

    As I type this, a rather beautiful silver shield is winging its way from Real Salt Lake to Chivas USA, to the next group of MLS supporters who get to celebrate their part in creating it. The Supporters' Shield is a trophy made by MLS fans to honor th...

    Blog | April 19, 2013
  11. MLS Bandwagon Jumpers: A Team-by-Team Converter

    Roger Bennett and Alexi Lalas

    Be warned, soccer fans: MLS is poised to creep up on you like a wheaten terrier nuzzling its snout against your leg in search of pats. In its 18th season, the league has come of age. If it was human, it could vote and join the military. As it is, in ...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  12. Relegation, Fascism, and Paolo Di Canio: A Sunderland Fan Takes S...

    Graham Parker

    So on Sunday night I get a text from Phil about fascists. Phil is my designated friend for casual abuse around the sporting arena. We share text messages full of sarcasm and invective that may well act as a social service for those around us, by b...

    Blog | April 02, 2013
  13. Men in Blazers: The Budweiser Cup, Tim Howard's Injury, and the S...

    Men in Blazers

    The FA Cup, a.k.a. the Budweiser Cup featuring the Football Association, made headlines again over the weekend; there hasn't been such a resounding return to relevancy since Betty White bit into a Snickers. In this week's pod, the Men in Blazers revi...

    Blog | March 13, 2013
  14. Understanding a fan's relationship with management in sports

    Brian Phillips

    Understanding a fan's relationship with coaches.

    Story | Conversation | February 18, 2013
  15. Men in Blazers: Special Guest Tim Howard

    Men in Blazers

    American soccer fans battling the Black Dog after last night's eye-acher against Canada can find solace in the one thing our nation does astonishingly — producing a pipeline of the world's finest follicularly challenged goalkeepers. In this wee...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  16. Scoring With Soccer: Analytics Come to MLS

    Noah Davis

    The Seattle Sounders boast Major League Soccer's strongest fan base, with an average of more than 43,000 packing into CenturyLink Field for the team's home games. Soon, they might have one of the strongest analytical units as well. Over the past ...

    Blog | January 11, 2013