Stories

How Hope Solo Gets Her Groove Back

Matt Pyzdrowski, goalkeeper for Helsingborgs IF, explains how goalkeepers move on from bad games Photograph by Jasmin Shah US Women’s Soccer vs South Africa at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 9th, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Shah We all saw Hope Solo’s performance (need I say HOWLER) against Colombia the other night. It was a rare off-game for …

Uganda’s Prison League

In Luzira Prison, in Kampala, a football league is organized. The teams composed of inmates meet each other throughout the year until a final. The teams are named mainly out of English Premier League clubs: Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton, … The pitch is the courtyard of the Upper Prison, the most secure place of the Prison …

Andrea Pirlo: Schrödinger’s Central Midfielder

By Sam (Simone Perolari) Pirlo’s effortless cool on the pitch tugs at MLS’s insecurities By Jake WaleriusPhoto: Simone Perolari[H]e strolled over to the flag to take his first corner of the match, hair impeccably coiffed, tan suspiciously even. The crowd called his name, expecting magic from the maestro. “Pirlo! Pirlo!” MLS is full of strange …

MLS is somewhere between Europe and America

Now that MLS is established, it needs to confront its many internal contradictions By Jake Walerius [T]he claim is an old one. In the global sporting landscape, American professional sports are socialist; Europe’s elite soccer leagues capitalist. In many ways, the claim is true. American sports are set up to promote competitive parity, while Europe’s …

L’Enfant Terrible

An Englishman goes to the Vélodrome By James Connolly [F]ab, my friend the Marseille ultra, smirked at the disbelief on my face as I watched events unfold at the Stade Vélodrome. “Pas mal, hein?” We had entered the stadium only after a thorough pat-down and some unwarranted attention from a police dog, snarling and salivating …