Matthew Celentano

Arthur Pember’s Code

Arthur Pember titillated Victorian New York with his colorful investigative journalism, but few readers knew that in a previous part of his life he had served as the first president of the Football Association and had helped create the rules of soccer. By Paul Brown This extraordinary remembrance of soccer pioneer Arthur Pember originally ran …

About that night in Paris (well, Lyon…)

By David Mercer Now lost in the run-up to the World Cup, the United States’ 1-1 draw with France back in June was a bit of a throwback, and might have been familiar to longstanding American soccer fans. It was to me. The very young U.S. team—no Bradleys, Altidores, Dempseys, or Beslers —didn’t possess the …

A U.S. Soccer Keystone: Beadling S.C., Then and Now

By Nick Wells What may well be America’s oldest continuously running soccer club keeps kicking in PA Five generations of the Kohlmyer family have donned the colors of Beadling Soccer Club, a team ensconced in western Pennsylvania. It’s in an area not traditionally viewed as a hotbed of American soccer. Just four current Major League …

Knee-jerk Takes from the Premier League Season so Far

By Matthew Celentano August is an odd month for the Premier League. Deprived of football for months, pundits and fans confidently make decisions about teams and players they’ve watched for three weeks. This team is winning the league, that team is going down, and the player over there is the biggest waste of money since …

I Was in a Late ’90s 35-Yard Shootout

By Billy Merck Not long ago, American professional soccer matches had to have a winner. No draws, no shared points. Also, no penalty kicks. The rules to decide a winner were simple: In a tied match, after regulation and/or extra time, the shooter stood next to the AR, 35 yards from goal, 5 seconds on …

The Summer So Far, an NWSL Review

By Kevin Koczwara This National Women’s Soccer League season has been filled with controversy and heartbreak, as well as some of the best play the league has seen. But the league has been without a commissioner since March 2, 2017; it saw one team fold before the start of the season, and one relocate; a …

Observations From the Opening Weekend of the Premier League

By Tyler Arnold-Brown The first weekend of the Premier League 2018/19 has come and gone. Between Manchester United’s 2-1 home victory over Leicester City and new-look Arsenal’s defeat at home to Manchester City, there were eight other fixtures featuring their own interesting narratives. Here are just a few that caught the eye.   Alexis Sánchez …