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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: 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
  3. Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake Bring the Most Interestin...

    Graham Parker

    Earlier this year, after a particularly fractious clash between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake, I wrote a piece calling this MLS's most interesting rivalry — not the fiercest, not the most historically relevant, but the most interestin...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  4. The Designated Player: The MLS Playoffs So Far ...

    Graham Parker

    So after a frantic week, the playoffs are nearly done. From 10 hopeful teams we're suddenly down to four, and among the teams out of the running, there are a whole heap of autopsies already under way — especially in New York, L.A., and Seattle....

    Blog | November 12, 2013
  5. The Designated Player: Does Anybody Want to Win the Supporters' S...

    Graham Parker

    It was a rather crazy set of results this past weekend in MLS. Only one team out of a possible four that could have clinched a playoff spot did so. It was yet another reminder that the one consistent winner in MLS this season has been forced parity, ...

    Blog | October 09, 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: I, for One, Welcome Our Rave-Green Overlor...

    Graham Parker

    The bare facts first: It's taken 30 weeks, but as of Friday night, Seattle are top of the MLS Supporters Shield standings. The Sounders beat reigning leaders Real Salt Lake 2-0 in front of 55,000 people and leapfrogged into first place, just as the r...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. The Designated Player: Kyle Beckerman for Real, Part 1

    Graham Parker

    "I knew you'd have to get tough or die / And it's the name that helped to make you strong." Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake. As a boy-named-Sue of a name goes, that one must be right up there. Teams have always borrowed from unlikely sources, ...

    Blog | March 07, 2013
  11. The Designated Player: The Extraordinary Journey of Machael David...

    Graham Parker

    Not for the first or last time in his life, Machael David was approaching a fork in the road. Seventeen years old and carrying a UK passport bearing someone else's picture, the young Nigerian found himself confronted by two lines in the JFK Airport i...

    Blog | January 24, 2013
  12. Why MLS Cracks Down on Homophobia Harder Than Any Other League

    Caleb Hannan

    Last Thursday, in the waning moments of the Seattle Sounders' playoff victory over Real Salt Lake, left back Marc Burch was caught on camera calling an opposing Real player a "f----t." (Fair warning: Links to YouTube clips in this piece might not be ...

    Blog | November 15, 2012