Bridget Gordon

Dispatches From The United Soccer Coaches Convention: Day 1

Digital Editor James Bridget Gordon is at the annual conference to take American Soccer’s temperature During a phone meeting this week to go over last-minute details for my assignment at the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Convention, Dennie pulled a bit of a stutter-step. “So before we get too deep into the weeds,” my illustrious editor-in-chief …

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 …