Stories

A Voice for the Voiceless

In July, I went to Disney World. Not for the Magic Castle or a photo with Mickey—I was there to play soccer. And though few knew it at the time, my teammates and I were also there to make a statement. As kickoff approached, I thought about those who have been killed due to racism, …

One Man’s Way Out

It’s near the end of a three-hour interview and Tony Bono quietly acknowledges a painful truth. “I came out 18 years ago, and I am still coming out today,” Bono says. “It can be exhausting because you never know how people are going to react.” Tony Bono was a star of the interregnum—those wilderness years …

Twice a Great Notion

What the 35-yard Shootout meant (and means) to American soccer There’s a video I can’t get enough of. It’s from a 1980 North American Soccer League 35-yard shootout between the New York Cosmos and Washington Diplomats. There are just north of 53,000 fans in RFK Stadium, and they are into it. In the video, Dips …

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Gotta Hear Both Sides

Amidst all the hand-wringing about equal pay and equal opportunities in the women's game, it's important to remember some of the financial shenanigans from male footballers