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  1. ‘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
  2. Jurgen Klinsmann vs. the Future of American Soccer

    Noah Davis

    In 2014, Jurgen Klinsmann put the finishing touches on the transformation of the United States men's national team into some sporting version of The Hunger Games. No one died, except for perhaps Landon Donovan's ego, but the German World C...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  3. Inside Out

    Brian Phillips

    "I don't do well with claustrophobic situations." That's Landon Donovan, talking in "The Finish Line," the new Grantland Features series on his imminent retirement from soccer, about the aftermath of his most famous goal...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  4. 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
  5. The ‘World Cup Is Over, Now What?’ Guide to Soccer

    Mike L. Goodman

    Just because the World Cup is over doesn't mean soccer stops. Soccer never stops; that's one of its biggest appeals. There are so many different teams, leagues, club competitions, and international tournaments that, if you want to...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  6. Michael Bradley Returns to MLS and Everyone Screams

    Noah Davis

    So, Michael Bradley is coming to Major League Soccer. And not just to Major League Soccer, but to Toronto FC, a club that is at best a chaotic mess and at worst terrible. Or maybe reverse those. Regardless, Bradley's transfer from Roma, a team that ...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  7. The Designated Player: The Not Top 10 of MLS 2013

    Graham Parker

    If you're not sick of top 10s of the year by this time, you should be. Fun as they are, most sane people find them as appetizing as turkey right now. I'm going to try not to add to the glut and instead, by way of marking the new year, share just a fe...

    Blog | January 02, 2014
  8. The Designated Player: New York City FC's Smart Choice in Jason K...

    Graham Parker

    New York City FC has a lot to get right in a short amount of time, but appointing Jason Kreis as their first head coach is a very good start. Since the team was announced back in May, the MLS expansion side has been under intense scrutiny — ...

    Blog | December 16, 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. The Designated Player: A Fake Interview With Ray Hudson About the...

    Graham Parker

    The Designated Player has all the sweet hook-ups. So this week, when Twitter began rumbling that Orlando City were about to be confirmed as the 21st MLS club, entering the league in 2015, there was only one man he wanted to speak to. The DP swift...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  11. 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
  12. The Designated Player: Mike Petke Supports His Local Team, Part 2...

    Graham Parker

    In Part 1, Mike Petke discussed the cultural change that had allowed him to become Red Bulls head coach and his attempt to once more change the culture of the team to one that was more "accountable." When you hear Mike Petke talk about accountabil...

    Blog | October 25, 2013
  13. 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
  14. The Designated Player: The Return of Thierry Henry's Inner Monolo...

    Graham Parker

    On Monday night, FIFA 14 dropped with a big party in New York, DJed by Swizz Beatz and featuring Drake playing Tim Cahill in a rap-soccer-thumb-dexterity mash-up. But at the end of the night, as the last reveler exited the building clutching their fr...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  15. 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
  16. How Two Scottish Men in Glasgow Talking About Soccer Explains the...

    Graham Parker

    Scene: The writer is stuck in Glasgow for a day, waiting for a flight back to New York. He goes to a café for breakfast. He reads the paper, sips his coffee, and starts to plan the day. Two men sit down at the table next to him. The two men ...

    Blog | August 20, 2013