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. . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's easy to only focus on the upside when it comes to Major League Soccer. MLS has done its job, recovering from a struggling league to one that has multiple cities competing to add teams. MLS might have passed peak growth mode, but they've done it on the league's terms. It's a success story, full stop. So why pick that apart? Why highlight the . . .
By J Hutcherson (Feb 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you live in certain parts of the country, you're already familiar with the town center phenomenon. Instead of strip malls, most of the same stores group together on opposite sides of a purpose-built street. Behind them are apartment and condo buildings, maybe a newer version of an office park. It's the mixed-used community that developers . . .
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 . . .