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  1. What Matt Besler and Graham Zusi Staying in K.C. Means for Americ...

    Andrew Lewellen

    Imagine this scenario: You grow up playing soccer in a suburb of an American city. You're a talented high school player but not a nationally recognized prospect, and only a few colleges show interest in you. You go to an American university...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  2. Home or Away: Where Does the Future Lie for the USMNT and America...

    Andrew Lewellen

    Here's a number: 8 million. That's how many American kids are playing soccer, according to the 2009 Census. They're playing in backyards, at school, on manicured suburban fields, on crowded city streets, in t...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  3. You Can Go Home Again: The Trend of USMNT Players Signing With ML...

    Andrew Lewellen

    This summer five USMNT players have signed or re-signed with MLS clubs. The most significant of those was Clint Dempsey, who shocked the American soccer community by transferring to the Seattle Sounders from Tottenham Hotspur. Two weeks later, 24-yea...

    Blog | September 03, 2013
  4. Is There Value in the Guinness International Champions Cup?

    Andrew Lewellen

    Tonight, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Real Madrid will play Chelsea in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup, this summer's version of the now-annual American tour of friendlies by (mostly) elite European clubs. The ICC kicked off la...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  5. The Return of Landon Donovan

    Andrew Lewellen

    "I've been doing this a long time," said Landon Donovan. It was March 28, and the most famous American soccer player in the world was speaking to reporters on a conference call, his first contact with the media since retreating from the soccer world ...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  6. 5 Reasons You Need to Watch MLS Cup This Weekend

    Andrew Lewellen

    What's my relationship status with MLS? It's complicated. I'd like to tell you that ever since I became a supporter of the league, when it kicked off in 1996, I've remained loyal to it. But I haven't. And many American soccer fans probably have a sim...

    Blog | November 30, 2012
  7. How Bruce Arena Rebuilt the Galaxy

    Andrew Lewellen

    Sunday night, the L.A. Galaxy gathered in the cold rain on a stage on Century Link Field, amid a chorus of boos from the remaining Seattle Sounders fans, waiting to receive the trophy as the MLS Western Conference champions. They had just beaten the ...

    Blog | November 20, 2012
  8. San Jose Earthquakes Win the Marcus Tracy Lottery

    Andrew Lewellen

    On Wednesday, MLS announced that the San Jose Earthquakes — who have the best record in the league (57 points) and the league's leading goal scorer (Chris Wondolowski, 20 goals) — had won the rights to Marcus Tracy in a lottery. Tracy, a ...

    Blog | September 21, 2012
  9. The Future of U.S. Soccer: The Unlikely Rise of Clint Dempsey

    Andrew Lewellen

    On Friday, transfer deadline day in European soccer, Clint Dempsey did what he's done his entire career when facing a challenge: He succeeded. Heading into the day, Dempsey essentially didn't have a team to play for. He was coming off a career year, ...

    Blog | September 04, 2012
  10. Turning Back the Wave: USMNT Wins in Mexico for the First Time

    Andrew Lewellen

    Before Wednesday's friendly between the U.S. and Mexico in Mexico City, there was talk. Lots of talk. Of the United States' 0-1-23 all-time record in Mexico. Of the Estadio Azteca, the buzzing cauldron where the crowds of 100,000-plus El Tri fans usu...

    Blog | August 16, 2012
  11. Real Madrid Bring Hollywood to Los Angeles

    Andrew Lewellen

    In January 1992, when I was 11 years old, I piled into my travel soccer coach's conversion van with a bunch of teammates and set out from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to watch the U.S. National Team play the Commonwealth of Independent States (better known a...

    Blog | August 07, 2012
  12. Three Things About Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham's Trip to Los ...

    Andrew Lewellen

    1. He Means Business At a pregame press conference on Monday afternoon at the Home Depot Center, Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham Hotspur's new manager, stepped onto the stage with an air of authority and control. Tension filled the room. Reporters, who...

    Blog | July 26, 2012
  13. The Future of U.S. Soccer: Homegrown Players

    Andrew Lewellen

    In the fourth in a series of posts on the future of U.S. soccer, Andrew Lewellen looks at Major League Soccer's hotly debated Homegrown Player rule. For Part I of the series, on the recent changes in high school and youth soccer, click here. For Part...

    Blog | July 20, 2012
  14. Eat My Goal: Jose Villarreal Gets on the Board for L.A. Galaxy

    Andrew Lewellen

    With 20 minutes left in Wednesday night's game at Vancouver and the Galaxy down 2-0, L.A. coach Bruce Arena decided to put in Jose Villarreal. It would only be Villarreal's second professional appearance. The 18-year-old, one of L.A.'s two "Homegrown...

    Blog | July 19, 2012
  15. The Future of U.S. Soccer: The College Game

    Andrew Lewellen

    In the third in a series of posts on the future of soccer, Andrew Lewellen looks at the hotly debated role the college game plays in the U.S. soccer landscape. For Part I of the series, on the recent changes in high school and youth soccer, click her...

    Blog | July 13, 2012
  16. The Future of U.S. Soccer, Part II: The Age of Determination

    Andrew Lewellen

    In the second in a series of posts on the future of soccer, Andrew Lewellen looks back on a pivotal moment in U.S. soccer history - the 1990 World Cup - and how it changed the trajectory of the sport in the States. For Part I of the series, on the re...

    Blog | July 06, 2012