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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. The Designated Player: Taking Care of Business at the MLS All-Sta...

    Graham Parker

    Moments in Soccer Globalization, Part 1 I'm in a dark wood-clad, faux-Edwardian drawing room off the lobby of a luxury hotel in downtown Kansas City. I'm waiting to interview Italo Zanzi, the American CEO of AS Roma, which is in town to play the MLS...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  11. The Designated Player: Sporting K.C., Real Salt Lake, and MLS's M...

    Graham Parker

    One of the rewards of following a league closely over time is watching the organic development of rivalries. I'm not talking about the preset rivalries of geography, or, in a relatively new league like MLS, the wholesale adoption of rivalries from ot...

    Blog | July 26, 2013
  12. Designated Player: On the Road With the U.S. Open Cup and on the ...

    Graham Parker

    There was a poignant, historic photo on MLS's website a few weeks ago. Pictured were four young U.S. U-20 internationals, celebrating after one of their number had scored. On the left of the picture is a young Dax McCarty. Behind him, virtually unrec...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  13. NYC FC and Other Great Moments in Manchester-U.S. Relations

    Graham Parker

    I used to live on Horton Road in Manchester. The back alley of the terraced house backed onto Maine Road, Manchester City's former home in Moss Side. On game days I used to enjoy the time delay of hearing a muffled roar through the window, followed a...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  14. The Designated Player: Catching Up With Andrew Farrell

    Graham Parker

    In January, the Designated Player told the stories of two young hopefuls at the MLS combine, Andrew Farrell and Machael David. Having promised to follow the pair through their rookie year, he catches up with Farrell, the no. 1 draft pick, after a tur...

    Blog | April 30, 2013
  15. 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
  16. The Designated Player: 100 Years of U.S. Soccer History

    Graham Parker

    The U.S. Soccer Federation is 100 years old today. For a game with "no history" in this country, that's a lot of history. As a kid in England, taking my first tentative steps toward knowing my own local soccer history, I was fascinated by the team...

    Blog | April 05, 2013