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  1. Season’s Greetings From the Premier League! Now Go Play Fou...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Welcome to the holiday season, when most of Europe's soccer world takes a few weeks off to avoid the cold, celebrates Christmas with your standard "guy on a stage pumping a leaf blower into his own face" Advent tradition...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  2. ‘The Finish Line: Landon Donovan,’ Episode 3: The Que...

    Grantland Channel

    As Landon Donovan finishes his professional soccer career, he reveals the struggles he has faced over the years coming to terms with the fact that he will no longer be playing the game he loves. Watch Episode 1 and Episode 2 of The Finish Line: La...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  3. A Quick Word About the Klose Constant

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    If you think about soccer too often, and if you do it with the right stereotypes in your head - brutally efficient Germans; playful, unorganized Brazilians - yesterday's game could've conceivably been a dream y...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  4. Stop Making Sense

    Brian Phillips

    Should we talk about where we've just been? The group stage was one coup after another, a sequence of thrilling games that gradually dismantled the existing order of international soccer. The last two world champions died in their baths. Italy, ...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  5. World Cup Pass & Move: The Falling Dutchman

    Grantland Staff

    The first weekend of knockout action is in the books. Here's a look back at some of the most interesting games, emerging themes, eye-catching moments, and standout players. Mike L. Goodman: Refereeing a soccer game is more art th...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  6. The Reducer: The World Cup Is Finally Here

    Chris Ryan

    Lionel Messi gets sick before soccer matches. He threw up at the beginning of a game between Argentina and Romania in March. He dry heaved during a match against Slovenia this past Saturday. Nobody knows why this happens - not Mess...

    Blog | June 12, 2014
  7. Don't Take Julian Green to the World Cup

    Noah Davis

    It's becoming increasingly clear that Julian Green is a special soccer player. The 18-year-old winger already made his first-team debut for Pep Guardiola's world-destroying Bayern Munich, and has scored nearly a goal a game for its reserve ...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  8. The End of the Andre Villas-Boas Experiment at Tottenham

    Mike L. Goodman

    And just like that, Tottenham Hotspur's Andre Villas-Boas experiment is over. Less than a year and a half after being hired, and only 16 games after being gifted with seven new first-team players to integrate into his squad, Villas-Boas was shown the...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  9. The Designated Player: Lessons and Memories From the MLS Cup Fina...

    Graham Parker

    Saturday's MLS Cup final wasn't a game for the ages, though it ended up being a pretty engrossing one and did have its own mythical qualities for future generations. It was the coldest MLS Cup final ever, featured a penalty shootout that went to the ...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  10. Who Is This Man? And What Has He Done With Fernando Torres?

    Mike L. Goodman

    Now well into his third season at Chelsea, some are still waiting for the time when Fernando Torres goes back to being the player he was at Liverpool. And with three goals and an assist over two games last week, including a stunning late poached goal...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  11. We Went There: The 100th U.S. Open Cup Final

    Graham Parker

    Some months ago, I found myself walking through an empty fairground in deepest Brooklyn, to a U.S. Open Cup first-round game between Brooklyn Italians and Icon FC. I made eye contact with half the crowd, watched a stray ball bounce into a Dumpster (w...

    Blog | October 02, 2013
  12. Where Have All the Premier League Goals Gone?

    Mike L. Goodman

    It hasn't exactly been a scintillating start to the Premier League season. With 40 games played, there have been a grand total of 78 goals scored. That average of 1.95 goals per game is significantly behind last year's average of 2.80, and also below...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  13. Is Arsenal's Olivier Giroud Getting Better or Getting Luckier?

    Mike L. Goodman

    It's been a pretty good month for Olivier Giroud. The Arsenal striker's main identity when the season kicked off in mid-August was as the guy who Arsenal supporters really wish had been replaced by Gonzalo Higuain. Now, three games later, Giroud is t...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  14. NFL targets London franchise

    Bill Barnwell

    Moving an NFL franchise to England is a complex proposition.

    Story | Conversation | August 30, 2013
  15. Boring, Boring Man United (and Chelsea, Too)

    Mike L. Goodman

    The reason so many people write so beautifully about soccer is that sometimes it's only in the writing that a game as dull as yesterday's Manchester United–Chelsea match, which ended in a 0-0 draw, can live up to its potential. The sad fact of ...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  16. What Is Total Shots Ratio? And How Can It Improve Your Understand...

    Mike L. Goodman

    The most important thing in soccer happens extremely rarely. Over the last two seasons in the Premier League there were only 2.8 goals scored per game. That's not a lot, and because it's not a lot, it's created a real stumbling block for statistical ...

    Blog | August 12, 2013