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  1. The Designated Player: Ranking MLS’s Six Contenders

    Graham Parker

    The first couple of weeks of September are the moment when MLS's season-long bend through summer and its hurdles of international tournaments, European club friendlies, FIFA dates, and irregular ambles around baking stadiums start to resolv...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  2. The Designated Player: Toronto FC’s Bloody Big Mess

    Graham Parker

    On Monday night, as fans around the world monitored the transfer deadline, waiting to see if Radamel Falcao was indeed going to be stripped for parts to make two good knees for Robin van Persie, Tim Bezbatchenko was holding a teleconference. If yo...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  3. Exit Music for Landon Donovan: The American Soccer Legend Retires...

    Graham Parker

    Say what you want about Landon Donovan, but the man knows how to time a run. There he was, in his 23-minute cameo for the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night, peeling off his marker to control and score the winner from a Diego Valeri cross before sprint...

    Blog | August 08, 2014
  4. We Went There: The World Cup Final

    Graham Parker

    I was woken on the morning of the World Cup final by the same sound I heard when I had gone to sleep: the raucous singing of "Bad Moon Rising," recast as the ultimate graceless guest anthem by Argentine fans. While wandering through Copaca...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  5. England’s Dreaming: How These Three Lions Recall the Spirit...

    Graham Parker

    During a break in the England-Italy match last weekend, there was a TV ad narrated by Gary Oldman. I was struck by how much he reminded me of the modern English footballer (not the first-time-on-a-world-stage ones - the ones they grow up to...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  6. USMNT vs. Nigeria: The Klinsmenn Are Nearly There

    Graham Parker

    There's this sequence in Alan Moore's Watchmen in which the future Dr. Manhattan (bear with me - this could seem tenuous), Jon Osterman, is learning to reassemble himself at a molecular level after being fission...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  7. The Quiet Tragedy of Alvaro Saborío’s World Cup Inju...

    Graham Parker

    I want to talk about the World Cup and injuries. And no, not the speculation about whether Luis Suarez will get well soon, or the unhealthy interest in Mario Balotelli's tender groin currently sweeping Italy. I don't want t...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  8. The Landon Donovan Decision

    Graham Parker

    So Landon Donovan is not going to the World Cup. We've had a night to reflect. Does it make sense yet? No. Yes. No, because he's Landon Donovan. Yes, because he's Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann had always seemed to...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  9. Eddie Johnson, Chris Wondolowski, Goal Streaks, and Going to Braz...

    Graham Parker

    In my day, I was the most dangerous striker you ever played against. It's just that my day was in April 1982, in an interschool game, when a would-be thunderous shot fluked into being the most exquisite chip over a sun-blinded keeper in his...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  10. The Designated Player: The Roller Derby Defenses of MLS

    Graham Parker

    A couple of weeks ago I described New York's breakout win over Houston Dynamo, with the caveat that the Red Bulls defense appeared to be built on roller skates. Fast forward to last weekend and it's ROLLER DERBY! EVERYWHERE! For anyone o...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  11. On the Brink of Survival, Remembering Sunderland's Heartbrea...

    Graham Parker

    On Wednesday, Sunderland will play West Bromwich Albion in a bid to secure their Premier League status. This comes after the most unlikely series of results, including a 1-0 defeat of Manchester United at Old Trafford, a thrashing of Cardiff...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  12. The Designated Player: A Tale of Two Red Bulls Seasons, and News ...

    Graham Parker

    New York Red Bulls did what they've been threatening to do all season, and hammered a team 4-0 on Wednesday night. Houston Dynamo were the hapless victims - thanks to a master class by Thierry Henry, and Houston's own co...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  13. Out of the Darkness: How MLS Commissioner Don Garber Took His Lea...

    Graham Parker

    In Part 1 of Graham Parker's interview with MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Garber discussed the fast-transforming culture of MLS ownership and spoke of the effect of some of the "young guns" who have entered the league in...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  14. Commissioner Don Garber on the Young Guns of MLS Ownership

    Graham Parker

    To open an occasional series looking at MLS ownership, Graham Parker sat down with MLS Commissioner Don Garber to talk about the phenomenon he believes is the most important development for the league in recent years: the change from a small...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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