James Bridget Gordon

Is It Worth It?

The Copa Libertadores Finals highlighted the ugliness in soccer– as well as its transcendent beauty. Does one cancel out the other? When we talk about soccer, we never just talk about soccer. This sport doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It’s infused with our cultures (and our counter-cultures), with our politics, with our histories, with our …

Keep Soccer Weird

Patrice Evra’s Instagram post highlighted how absurd soccer culture can– and should– be. Austin, Texas has a reputation for being quirky. What that means, exactly, depends on who you talk to. But generally speaking, you could chalk it up to a distinct local character defined by liberal-ish social politics, active underground subcultures, a broad resistance …

Goal Celebrations For The Apocalypse

What does it mean to be a soccer fan when the world is going to hell? What is the point of all this? I ask myself that question in my lowest moments, in the normal course of life and specifically in the context of being a soccer fan and writer. What purpose is there to …

Steve Bruce’s Post-Sacking Zesty Tex-Mex Cabbage Dinner

When life gives you cabbage, make this quick and tasty dinner at home.   Aston Villa fired manager Steve Bruce earlier today. The decision came after a tough 3-3 draw at home against Preston North End, leaving Villa with just one win in their last ten games. The fans were certainly not pleased. One supporter …

FC St Pauli Fans Were Hit With Stink Bombs Ahead Of Hamburg Derby

There’s something special about a rekindled derby. It brings out a certain passion and creativity that had been pent up. When spite meets lots of free time, the magic of football really shines. Hamburger SV, playing in 2. Bundesliga after being relegated last season, played host to their cross-town rivals FC St. Pauli this past …

FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Awards Were Delightfully Cringey

The third edition of the FIFA Football Awards were given out yesterday. One might say meted out, as if inflicted on all of us by a vengeful and petty god, but that may be getting a little too metaphysical. As always, debate raged about the award winners. Luka Modrić won the award for best male player, …

Howler’s Guide To The 2018 NWSL Playoffs

As we noted last month in our summer round-up, the 2018 NWSL season has been a wild ride. Two teams folded in the offseason, with one of them moving to Utah. Blockbuster trades, with one USWNT star refusing to play for the team she was traded to. Injuries. Natural disasters. Whatever’s happening at Sky Blue. …

The Weight of Expectations

by James Bridget Gordon Day 16 During the World Cup, Howler will feature a different writer each day sharing thoughts on the day’s action. Today, James Bridget Gordon ponders the possibility that neither of the greatest players of our era will lift the trophy that matters most.   The greatest, most damnable, tragedies in our …