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The soccer world from an American/MLS perspective. Not a journalist or an insider, just a fan. It’s just twitter, relax.
May 8 4 tweets 1 min read
The more I read books about soccer cultures around the world, the more I realize 2 things..

1. Just how behind we are in terms of national soccer culture. 100+ years behind.

2. Just how quickly a nation can catapult itself to the top in the right conditions. It’s possible. Every major soccer culture in the world built its self from the ground up. The biggest clubs in the world were started by working vlass people discovering the sport.

We’re building from the top-down and it’s given us distinct advantages and disadvantages. We’re very different
May 6 4 tweets 1 min read
I don’t understand why people would be so shocked if Stefan Frei got a chance with the USMNT

He’s in better form right now than Zack Steffen and has been a big game player for years. I get that he’s 36 but if Guzan was in the picture than Frei definitely should be. I’m guaranteeing right now that if you put Stefan Frei in goal for that game in Costa Rica, at least one of those shots would have been saved.

There’s a lot of MLS players worth protesting to keep out of our national team but Frei is not one of them.
Mar 30 6 tweets 2 min read
The 2026 World Cup is going to be the best-attended World Cup in history and won’t be eclipsed for a long time.

The 1994 World Cup in the USA still holds the record for average attendance at 68,626, 15k more than the 2nd most.

It’s going to be an insane tournament. Large international airports with a lot of flights, existing host infrastructure (hotels, general capacity), massive amount of North Americans have ties to other nations who are competing, etc.

We’re going to make a pretty big impression on the soccer world.
Mar 28 5 tweets 1 min read
I'm amazed at how desperate influential soccer people seem to be to remove any and all critical thinking from the USMNT conversation.

It's alright for fan opinions to evolve with performances. It's okay for fans to share opinions at every stage, high and low. "See 😏😏😏 _____ was right/good all along 😏😏😏 checkmate 😏😏😏"

We should be able to see these things in context and not assume fans have picked a side just because they criticized a player or coach after a bad game(s).

Critical ≠ 'side chosen'
Mar 9 6 tweets 2 min read
Embarrassing for MLS, but not surprising.

Soccer has never been healthier in this country, but MLS continues to fail to capitalize on its growth like it should be @thesoccerdon Image This isn't the NFL or NBA - people have choices as to which league they can watch.

Having systems that so strictly cap the quality of players clubs can sign and being the 10th best available league on American TV to watch each week isn't good enough.

LET TEAMS SPEND AND COMPETE
Jan 4 4 tweets 1 min read
For all of the clubs around MLS who have made it clear that they can get their best talents to Europe and convincing them to sign, Galaxy have done the opposite

How many academy talents are they going to lose? What does it say about the trust there that players refuse to sign? Cuevas, Mendez, KHF, Llanez, Haji Wright..

Then the players they have signed, who have they developed and moved to a higher level? Araujo is the best example for the positive, but will they sell? Efra is alright, but prolly ends up in LMX

Just feels like a lot of waste
Jan 3 4 tweets 1 min read
Late night thoughts..

4 of the big 5 leagues’ title races are close to done halfway through the season.

Some sort of salary or spending cap (not FFP) is needed badly. Those leagues are the center of the soccer universe, but they have some of the worst imbalance. If there’s one thing that American sports have taught us, it’s that “socialism” in the sporting world works. When you prevent outliers and keep everyone on a level playing field, things are significantly more enjoyable for everyone.
Aug 13, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
NBC Sports have sat in silence letting fans watching on TV soak in the atmosphere after Brentford got their first win

ESPN would’ve cut immediately to a loud-tracked highlight video, then to a commercial break followed up by a re-run of West Virginia vs NC State baseball game I know I harp on this a lot, but the sentiment is simply this..

NBC has a terrible pricing model, but the people in charge of broadcasts love, understand and respect the sport.

MLS on NBC had bad ratings when they launched NBCSN, but man it always felt so good on TV.
Jun 9, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Still reflecting on Sunday night..

There were some rough moments, but one thing the USMNT guys never once looked was rattled or scared.

That’s what happens when you’re teammates with Ronaldo or Messi or playing in Champions League finals. Moments like that don’t shock you. Point being, our mentality was elite. That’s been missing since like 2014.
Jun 8, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Imagine their shock when Justin Che gets sold to Bayern and Gianluca Busio goes to Serie A in the next couple of months.

It's not slowing down, it's only accelerating. I was explaining to some friends yesterday about Mexico's predicament..

You can hate US Soccer and MLS working together all you want, but there's no doubt that those shared interests have made MLS open to putting prospects in Europe.

Liga MX / FMF aren't on the same page.
May 27, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
If MLS wants to create culture and expectancy around nationally televised games, here’s where I’d start..

Introduce a Gameday setting similar to what NBC does for the Premier League or what ESPN does for college football (and sometimes basketball)

Thread: ImageImage Americans love any reason to chill on some pavement or grass, listen to music and drink alcohol. Bonus points if you can be on national TV, too.

Picture where your local MLS fan base tailgates or hangs before games, now imagine a Fox or ESPN broadcast booth in the middle of it
Dec 10, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
FIFA and CONCACAF have *reportedly* given the approval to MLS and Liga MX to combine leagues. Liga MX owns 9 of the 10 most watched soccer games in the USA in 2020 on TV. MLS needs that.

Liga MX is a giant soccer nation that punches below their weight and don’t make as much money as they could. MLS would help with that.

The writing is on the wall.
Sep 5, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
Y'all remember the days in MLS when guys would go BACK to Europe in the off-season on loan?

Landon Donovan playing for Everton, Henry back at Arsenal, Beckham to Milan, Keane to Aston Villa....

What a strange thing, looking back on it.... Guys were just honestly bigger than the league and could do what they wanted at times.

That would never fly in the modern MLS, but honestly it was always fun watching these MLS players return to Europe to prove they still have it.
Sep 2, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Okay I’ve had a few minutes and here are my thoughts on the $18m bid for Pity Martinez from Saudi Arabia..

First from Atlanta’s perspective.. They would actually make money off of this transfer and this would give them a chance to restructure around a new DP with a new manager.

However, he’s their best attacking player outside of Josef so the team would suffer (even more) without him the remainder of 2020.
Aug 14, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
St Louis City SC’s colors/branding has been ripped from a 4th division (NPSL) club’s junior team.

A few of you have seen this around, but I’ve gathered some info just to lay it all out there..

(Thread) .@mplscitysc recently collaborated with @custom_sc_ to design branding for one of their Minneapolis junior teams, East Bank (now Riverside) Rovers.

Less than 6 weeks later, unbeknownst to both @custom_sc_ and @mplscitysc, St Louis rolls out essentially the exact same branding. ImageImage
Aug 12, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Everytime this video comes up on my timeline, a bunch of losers In the replies say the same two things:

1. “OMG. They didn’t celebrate with Rooney. What a joke MLS is.”

2. “Rooney doesn’t even celebrate. Shows how little he cares about MLS. 😂😂”

Every. Single. Time. 1. Acosta just scored a header for a hat trick and went to celebrate with the supporters groups behind the stands. Not a surprise.

2. Rooney thought the play was offside. After the VAR check he went nuts.

This pisses me off every time I see it so I had to put this out there.
Mar 13, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
According to @espnsutcliffe, Liga MX/MLS are considering merging to create a super league of 50 teams. bit.ly/2wWEc2k Mexico is a gigantic soccer obsessed country yet they haven’t been able to tap into their full potential. They just don’t have the required organization or infrastructure.

MLS is beginning to realize that their primary route to the $$$ is Mexicans/Latinos in the USA.
Mar 1, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Nashville and Atlanta kicking off 30 minutes after the advertised start time. Clown moves back on the menu for MLS in 2020 If they want to do a pregame show, just build that into the broadcast schedule and be transparent.
Feb 17, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Premier League having some VAR drama I see..

Hmm.. can't relate. MLS is a perfect league. PRO referees widely considered brilliant.

Disgraceful how they do things in England. We welcome all you faint and weary to come join us for the MLS Heineken Opening Week presented by Audi. English soccer:

- Crumbling infrastructure
- Cheating billionaires
- Drive on wrong side of the road
- Singing nursery rhymes considered "atmosphere"

MLS:

- New stadiums
- Level financial playing field
- Invented driving
- Supporters are actually allowed to stand

Wow. ImageImage
Jan 31, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
FC Cincinnati’s roster going through a big off-season overhaul goes to show the importance of

1. An owner willing to invest, obviously. No surprise.

2. The RIGHT technical staff who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the best possible players into the club. Not going to name names but there are some shocking folks in charge on MLS technical staffs.

Ask yourself: would your technical staff be IN Europe for weeks trying to recruit these players?
Jan 28, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Less than encouraging news from @Tennessean on Nashville SC's proposed stadium.

Mayor Cooper says that infrastructure costs are going way above where they were supposed to be, thus stalling the the building of the stadium. No timetable set for when it will get back on track. Image Here's the link. Article is behind a paywall. tennessean.com/restricted/?re…