By J Hutcherson (Apr 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's a long tradition in professional sports in trying to figure out how the owners make their money. In America, the focus shifted from owners solely committed to their club to entrepreneurs and corporations with a variety of interests. Sometimes, that includes a variety of teams. The National Football League used to have strict rules about . . .
By J Hutcherson (Apr 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - The American ownership was in Swansea last week to see their investment in person. The club is currently struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League, potentially creating a different scenario for their owners. Instead of seeing what they can build in the topflight, they could be spending a season trying to regain that status. In 2017, . . .
By J Hutcherson (Apr 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - Last week, the European Club Association (ECA) telling everybody willing to listen that they're thrilled with the job UEFA is doing. Namely, the latest tweaks to the Champions League that will guarantee more places for the elite leagues and their biggest clubs. The ECA is calling this "sporting value", and it doesn't take much to parse that. The . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's tough being the biggest league in American sports. The National Football League would like to put its problems behind it as it pushes for even greater market share here and around the world. The era of the global sports league might be dawning, and the NFL would like to be at the top. After all, they're used to that in the world's most . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Real Salt Lake decided it was time for a coaching change three weeks into the 2017 MLS season. The international break had barely started when RSL announced the club had dismissed Jeff Cassar. Credit the management with using "dismisses" rather than "parted ways", since the scenario is almost always the club telling the coach it's time for him to . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's almost too easy with an underachieving super club. Laugh along as they spend too much not to win. There are plenty of handy metrics to show just how badly a club like Manchester City is underachieving in the Champions League. It's an opportunity for the right person to step in and turn a team willing to spend into champions. Well, at least in . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's tough in professional club soccer, especially in North America. Nobody is turning off Major League Baseball because the Japanese, Korean, Mexican, or Dominican league is so much better. Nobody is choosing the Kontinental Hockey League over the National Hockey League. It's not even a slight concern, much less a worry. Meanwhile, it's different . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you pay enough attention to European soccer, there's the feeling that they're as surprised as anyone the game is so popular. Take any league or any tournament, and the growth charts in a way that wasn't predictable. Those in charge don't do themselves any favors with their plans to make things even better. There's not a lot of vision in more, . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - Everybody in pro sports wants to build their version of Dodgers Stadium. They want to get the location and design right to begin with, becoming an archetype for what's best about where we play sports. There's a reason waves of stadiums have come and gone since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. At this point, stadium longevity is something few people . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you're in Arsenal's situation, why not take a turn at the blame game? Considering what happened over 180 minutes against Bayern Munich, there's no better chance at teasing out some upside. "We wuz robbed" has a long history in American sports of all varieties, that ability to consider the merits of sportsmanship and casually shove them aside. . . .