By J Hutcherson (Feb 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - In the era of the three-hour news cycle, it's easy for things to get their dose of instant-punditry and quickly fade into the background. That seems to already be the case with FIFA technical director Marco van Basten's outline for how to change soccer for the better. For those with the shredded recall of the daily internet user, van Basten . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jan 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - CONCACAF did it again with their revisions to the Champions League. Somehow, somewhere, they decided that the real issue with the Champions League was... uhm.... Well, it certainly wasn't the quality of the clubs involved or the weird schedule. The latest version of the Champions League doesn't solve either of those problems. Instead, it's . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jan 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - FIFA may call them the "Laws of the Game" but in sports and real life, laws are subject to change. FIFA revisited substitutes, offsides, and the back pass, among other major changes to how we play the game all over the world. They've also tried and revised how to settle tie games. Things can and will change. Soccer isn't the exception. Still, . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jan 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - For some, FIFA expanding the 2026 World Cup by 16 teams is realizing that inclusion should be a goal. For others, it's a money grab in an era where how much a tournament is worth to television and sponsors seems like the only things that matter. Then there are those who look at how FIFA is setting up that World Cup and wonders primarily about . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jan 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - First off, there is something strange about a battle over league designations in minor league American soccer. What difference it makes to teams and clubs whether or not they're officially division one, two, or three isn't likely to keep a lot of people up at night. US Soccer did the smart thing by letting the North American Soccer League and the . . .
By J Hutcherson (Dec 20, 2016) US Soccer Players - There's nothing necessarily wrong with the only goal of a game coming from a stoppage time rebound. Even in a derby, the pressure and near misses might have created the kind of tension that replaces scoring. Everton vs Liverpool certainly had some of that, but nowhere near enough. Spread out across a hundred minutes counting that lengthy stoppage . . .
By J Hutcherson (Dec 15, 2016) US Soccer Players - Gianni Infantino moving from UEFA secretary general to FIFA president carried with it the idea that more is always better. Infantino was one of the prime movers behind the expanded European Championship. 2 billion people might have watched some of Euro 2016, but few of them should remember it as a classic. Still, big numbers normally means big . . .
By J Hutcherson (Dec 13, 2016) US Soccer Players - Just as their own former executives encouraged the British government to take issue with how England's Football Association operates, the FA announced a new apparel deal. Those former executives provided the questions they believe are worth asking. Why is England lousy in international competitions tops that particular lists, but it's a . . .
By J Hutcherson (Dec 6, 2016) US Soccer Players - It's easy enough to decide that pro sports is teetering on collapse. Alongside its good friend cable television, pro sports needs people paying to watch whether actively or passively. If enough people, many of whom have zero interest in sports but are cable subscribers, say "no thanks", what happens next? Is all of a sudden those very valuable . . .
By J Hutcherson (Nov 22, 2016) US Soccer Players - When I was a kid, I got a book out of the library that only had a little bit to do with the National Basketball Association. New York Knicks forward Dave "The Rave" Stallworth wrote "Look to the Light Side" shortly after his team won the NBA championship. That was enough of a reason to publish, but it wasn't the point of the story. Stallworth . . .