Tag Archives: United States

Formatting MLS, Part 4: Global Tradition, American Appeal

The debate between the so-dubiously-called “Euro-snobs” and the more “nationalistic” American soccer fans has created a clash of philosophies about the sport. Should we become more like Europe and adopt the Old World system of the game completely, or should … Continue reading

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Imaginary Lines

Most of us, I’m sure, have had some sort of imaginary friend when we were growing up. They played with us, they experienced what we did, they accompanied us in many of our youthful romps. Being an only child, I … Continue reading

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Formatting MLS, Part 3: Market Saturation

The diversity our league faces when it comes to logistics (vast geographical distances; an array of mentalities and cultures; varying weather and climes) are enough to doom it from the very beginning. But, provided you have managed to overcome these … Continue reading

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Discovering Community Through Creativity

Once in awhile I get a great idea. It’s just unfortunate that I usually don’t follow through with my ideas by putting them into action. I was told not so long ago that this could be due to Attention Deficit … Continue reading

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Semi-Finals of 2012 US Open Cup

There are two remaining games in the US Open Cup before the final. That means another round of predictions, albeit a truncated version. With all four teams remaining being MLS clubs, I’m thinking it’ll be an all-out slugfest with top … Continue reading

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Formatting MLS, Part 2: Logistics

To kick things off (pun not intended), I think we first need to look at the tangible; the physical world. Material challenges pose one of the biggest obstacles that American sports, especially soccer, need to navigate around. So let us … Continue reading

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Formatting MLS, Part 1: Introduction

There’s been a lot of talk lately about what sort of format is the most ideal for MLS. Whether it’s the single-table crowd versus the conference crowd; or the promotion/relegation proponents versus the traditional American major/minor league favorites; there are … Continue reading

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Public Debt: Redux via Municipalities

I was inspired by a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition today as it related to yesterday’s post about public debt. It hit me that national debt may draw the most attention, but there might be a bigger issue in another … Continue reading

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Replacing War

In 1969, Honduras and El Salvador fought a pretty gruesome war over immigration. Usually referred to as The Football War, this conflict came to a head during qualifying for the 1970 World Cup where both nations faced off in an … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Minimum Wage

Statists love to flaunt their ostensible compassion for the masses. This is the very nature of the welfare state. Many times these welfare policies are accepted by the masses and lauded for their charity and concern for the poor, the … Continue reading

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