Editors’ Picks

The U.S. Promotion/Relegation Manifesto

In which we grab hold of American soccer’s third rail and don’t let go until we resolve this thing once and for all (or go up in flames trying) AFC Wimbledon’s Callum Kennedy lies on the grass at Wembley after winning the playoff that won the club promotion to Football League One in May 2016 (Getty) Editor’s …

José Mourinho’s Totalitarian Football

Charming, cunning, graceless, secretive, suspicious, supercilious, loyal, irritable, charismatic, pragmatic, enigmatic, melodramatic, undiplomatic, practically any “-matic”: Has any figure ever polarized soccer fans more than José Mourinho? illustration by Paine Proffitt   A protean figure, absorbing whatever traits are projected onto him, Mourinho seems, at times, not so much a person as a flow of …

What if “America’s best athletes” played soccer?

Don’t believe the hypothetical: “What if America’s best athletes played soccer?” is a dumb question for a variety of reasons Photo adapted by Ryan Thacker from Getty Images Last August, midway through Landon Donovan’s appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, the host asked him a question that American soccer players, coaches, and fans have been hearing, in …