Stories

This is what Issue 15 looks like.

It is beautifully designed. It features cool art, great photography, and a little bit of humor. It contains some of the best feature writing on our game you will find. Producing it was like preparing for a big game: It took hard work, teamwork, hope, sweat—and time. But we did it. And by we, I mean a …

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 …

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 …

For better or for worse, but mostly worse

By John Briggs For my third year of college, I thought it would be great to study in Europe for two quarters. Winter quarter in London and Spring quarter in Germany. So, on January 3, 1982, I arrived at Heathrow and took the train to my host family—who lived a few blocks off the Tottenham …

MLS has fans, stadiums and stars, so why did it need Juventus?

By Andrew Bates The MLS All-Star Game showcased the league’s top stars, one of its newest stadiums and its fastest growing fan base. The only thing out of place were the opponents. I almost wrote off the MLS All-Star game entirely, but watching it was weirdly magnetic, watching the league’s flashiest and most creative players …

How Did Atlanta Become America’s Soccer City?

By Matthew Celentano   It comes as no surprise that Atlanta breaks the MLS All-Star Game attendance record, the official number of 72,317 echoing around the packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium. A year and a half after launching MLS’s latest expansion franchise, the city is getting used to smashing records: Atlanta United have not only set the …

We Can All Do Better

By Travis Timmons   I was alone on my couch. It was deep into 10 p.m. The kids were asleep. My wife was reading in bed. Student essays needed grading. The dishwasher was churning away. My back ached from the usual night of household chores. I barely felt awake. Maybe I’ll read a bit, then …