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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. 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: 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
  5. 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
  6. Are More People Watching MLS in Person or on Television?

    Noah Davis

    Soccer viewership on English-language stations in the United States is growing. Last week's match between the U.S. and Mexico drew a 1.6 overnight rating and 2.39 million viewers on ESPN, more than double the previous high for a World Cup qualifier o...

    Blog | April 04, 2013
  7. Scoring With Soccer: Analytics Come to MLS

    Noah Davis

    The Seattle Sounders boast Major League Soccer's strongest fan base, with an average of more than 43,000 packing into CenturyLink Field for the team's home games. Soon, they might have one of the strongest analytical units as well. Over the past ...

    Blog | January 11, 2013
  8. The Designated Player: 2012 MLS Awards

    Graham Parker

    Sorry about that. I dropped my pen. It's been a funny few weeks with Hurricanes, snowstorms, Beckhams, and playoffs in my part of the world, not to mention the three days I spent in a darkened room as I processed the concept of Gerard Butler as a ...

    Blog | December 10, 2012
  9. The Designated Player: The Indomitable Snowman, Part 2

    Graham Parker

    For Part 1 of Graham Parker's interview with Kei Kamara, click here. "Vinnie Jones ... " Kei Kamara is shaking his head and laughing. "Oh man, Vinnie Jones." He's saying it like I might say, "Hammer Pants." "I love seeing him in m...

    Blog | September 28, 2012
  10. The Designated Player: The Indomitable Snowman, Part 1

    Graham Parker

    Once seen as one of the league's misfits, the Sierra Leone international Kei Kamara has found an unlikely home in Kansas City, where he has been at the heart of the Sporting Kansas City team transformed by coach Peter Vermes in the past three years. ...

    Blog | September 27, 2012