What Will They Say When You Leave (Jurgen Klopp Edition)

Jurgen Klopp announced 2024 will be his last season as head coach of Liverpool FC. He’s brought the club league titles, championships, and a sense of identity that was sorely missing before he arrived in 2015. And despite the ache of seeing him go, the leadership lessons from his time are priceless.  The one I’m … Continue reading What Will They Say When You Leave (Jurgen Klopp Edition)

Savor Every (Stressful, High Stakes) Moment w/ Lindsey Horan

You earn the right to experience the stress you’re feeling.  Important disclaimer: we’re talking about earned stress here, NOT exploited stress. Don’t get this confused. If you’re experiencing the latter, you need to raise your hand and get help. If you’re experiencing the former, read on.   Earned stress. AKA the stress of the big job, … Continue reading Savor Every (Stressful, High Stakes) Moment w/ Lindsey Horan

The Mental Shift Once You’ve Been Chosen (Trinity Rodman, USWNT)

When you’re competing for a lot on the World Cup roster, the competition gets heated.  These aren’t your teammates. They’re potential teammates, sure. But mostly - they’re the people who can steal the spot you’re after.  It’s a slog. If you make it, you can’t keep on competing with these people. It’s easier to say … Continue reading The Mental Shift Once You’ve Been Chosen (Trinity Rodman, USWNT)

Horan Vs. Van De Donk (Productive Even If Hostile Work Environments)

Lindsey Horan used to HATE playing against Danielle van de Donk. Van de Donk was a total ankle clipper. You were lucky to walk away from playing her - she just had that brutal nuisance mastery.  When the two found themselves on the same team at the French club Lyon, they buried the (ankle) hatchet. … Continue reading Horan Vs. Van De Donk (Productive Even If Hostile Work Environments)

Podcast Of The Week: Women’s World Cup Podcasts

The Women’s World Cup is underway. Which means I’m overly excited, sleep deprived, and daydreaming about trips to Australia and New Zealand.  Since my podcast consumption will be hampered by soccer-related podcasts for the next month or so, I might as well share some of my favorites to follow through the tournament: Quick intro to … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Women’s World Cup Podcasts

King Kazu Won’t Retire (The World’s Oldest Professional Soccer Player)

Kazuyoshi Miuru, aka King Kazu, just signed a fresh contract with the professional Portuguese team, Oliveirense.  He’s 56 years old. Kazu’s the oldest professional soccer player in the world. He’s still getting on the pitch. He’s still scoring goals.  Not for his national team, and yes, he’s in the second-tier league in Portugal with some … Continue reading King Kazu Won’t Retire (The World’s Oldest Professional Soccer Player)

When You FINALLY Make It (Wrexham FC Edition)

This video captures the most emotional breath you’ll (likely) see all day.  What you’re seeing is Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds simultaneously exhale as the final whistle blows and the team they bought 2 years ago, Wrexham Football Club, officially clinches promotion for next season.  It’s victory on so many levels. For them, the Wrexham … Continue reading When You FINALLY Make It (Wrexham FC Edition)

Sunday Music: You’ll Never Walk Alone

My friend Justin shared a post this week titled “Good Company > Alone.”  My first reaction was to make a terrible Bad Company (the band) joke.  But then I started thinking about “Alone.” About how when you have a good crowd around you, you feel like you can do anything. And about when you have … Continue reading Sunday Music: You’ll Never Walk Alone

Stutter (And Goal) Smashing Ken Sema

Ken Sema is a Swedish-born midfielder playing in the 2nd tier league of English football (soccer). And he has a stutter.  He’s not much for public speaking and isn’t seeking post-match interviews on a regular basis.  But after scoring twice to pull his team into a playoff spot, he gave this interview.  There’s nothing revelatory … Continue reading Stutter (And Goal) Smashing Ken Sema