Gaby Kirschner

Gabriel Batistuta was the worst at FIFA’s The Best Awards

A sexist remark from the former Argentina international belittled the players he was meant to honor (FIFA/Twitter) FIFA’s The Best awards, a reworked version of what used to be the Ballon d’Or gala, was promising for fair treatment of women’s soccer. At least, it seemed relatively promising by FIFA standards. Specifically, it was good to see …

The selective defense of American soccer leagues

MLS and the NWSL have a lot in common, but this often goes overlooked (NWSL/Twitter) You might not know it from the mainstream media coverage, but there’s actually more than one top-flight soccer league in America. Of course there’s MLS, but there’s also the National Women’s Soccer League. And although the NWSL is pushed aside …

How the Backyard Soccer games were born

A look at an influential video game series with the people who brought it to life When artist Mark Peyser and programmer Richard Moe set out to make the first Backyard Sports series — baseball—they set out to make, in Moe’s words, a “sports game for kids that featured kids’ quirks and kids’ humors, but that also was …

Bleachers Full of Women: Why words matter, part 2

Read part one of “Why words matter” on the Timbers Army here. Some bad soccer games feel like they’ll never end. And so do some bad aspects of soccer games. The latter culprit recently — once again — has been a certain Mexican chant. The Copa America Centenario has seen, and very much heard, the old chant, which makes …

If footballers had walk-up music

By Gaby Kirschner [W]ith Major League Baseball’s 2016 season imminently upon us, the question must be asked: what if our best soccer players played baseball? Two things would be for certain: Cristiano Ronaldo would definitely refuse to wear a batter’s helmet because it would mess up his hair, and these would definitely be a few …