The closing of the gap

In 2011, returning from a trip to Portland, Oregon, that…

Can Netflix help?

"Maybe if fans can see MLS not as a fledgling…

An emotional game, horribly so

In the late 1960s, Dick Cecil—who would go on to…

FUBAR: Soccer, military service, and ecstasy

While growing up in Clarksville, Jeremy Devito fell in love…

Four non-problems and how to solve them

Non-problem #1: “I don’t know what a Geodis is. It’s…

The little yellow cauldron in the belly of the beast

There is something of a trick to expressing happiness behind…

Does Nashville SC have a marketing problem?

There are multiple ways to measure success for any endeavor. …

The free soccer movement

Finally, Nashville SC fans, finally. Our dreams are just about to…

The joy of mediocrity

In The Age of Football, David Goldblatt observes one of…

Follow the money

If you follow the money – where it’s being spent…

The NWSL and Nashville’s (tempered) enthusiasm

Last week, The Tennessean’s Sandy Mazza reported that the Nashville…

Chancellors, symbols, and traditions

Last week, my colleague Chris Ivey wrote an exceptional column…

Other than arguments over kits, why do we watch soccer?

Over the holiday break, an old friend wrote to wish…

Can real fans skip the final?

I had a number of conversations the week prior to…

Who do you pull for now?

So, here we are, wishing Nashville SC should be playing…

Soccer and suicide

Early this week, I was giving my final lecture in…

An FC by any other name

Last week, when New England revealed its new logo, part…

What if they are playing for the draw?

One of the most enjoyable aspects of reading histories of…

Being a fan at the 20 mile marker

If you have ever run a marathon, you can attest…

The referee: our psychic safety valve

Like nearly everyone, two of my favorite soccer poets have…

Three things on my mind

I’m tired of waiting for my colleague Davey Shepherd to…

The Battle of the Backline: Olympic games and head shavings

Of the many aspects of soccer culture that do not…

Soccer: It’s always been ours

If we are shaped by our history – and we…

Lessons from the NASL

In Simon Critchley’s What We Think About When We Think…