The Grealish Waggle (Sports Feel Good Story)

Jack Grealish has used his international soccer stardom admirably. He regularly gives time and money as an advocate for cerebral palsy.  Before the World Cup, he met with an 11-year-old named Finaly living with the condition. Finlay asked Grealish if he’d celebrate a goal for him someday.  Grealish, who has only scored once in the … Continue reading The Grealish Waggle (Sports Feel Good Story)

The US Ragamuffins: 1950s World Cup (Almost) Glory

Soccer, in America, was a game for immigrants, played by immigrants. So it was no surprise the 1950 US Men’s National Team was mostly first and second-generation Americans. It’s also not surprising that they had no “true” professional experience playing in the states, where quasi-local amateur leagues were the most competitive option. And yet, this … Continue reading The US Ragamuffins: 1950s World Cup (Almost) Glory

How Do You Cut People From The Lineup (World Cup Roster Edition)

Leaders have to be able to deliver bad news.  Gregg Berhalter, who just announced the final roster for the 2022 World Cup, got to tell 25 players the glorious news.  And, he got to break 15 other players' hearts.  Here are his tips on cutting people from lineups and preserving your relationship as the leader: … Continue reading How Do You Cut People From The Lineup (World Cup Roster Edition)

Podcast Of The Week: World Corrupt’s World Cup Preview

I love the World Cup. Ever since the 1994 US-hosting experience, I’ve been not only a cemented fan of the sport, but curious about it on the global level. The World Cup is the Christmas that comes every four years (or pick your holiday of choice), and it oozes drama. As I’ve attempted to tell … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: World Corrupt’s World Cup Preview

How The US Women’s Team Got So Tough

Anson Dorrance is the University of North Carolina Women’s soccer coach who has helped develop many of the US National Team’s best players over the past several decades. He’s gotten more (well-deserved) attention in this World Cup cycle than he seems to have gotten in the past. One topic that regularly comes up is the mental … Continue reading How The US Women’s Team Got So Tough

Podcast of the Week: What it Means to be World Class with Tobin Heath

Julie Foudy has Tobin Heath on an episode of E:60 (ESPN - see below) and features the full interview on her Laughter Permitted podcast. Heath is thoughtful, inspirational, and a certifiable badass on and off the pitch. Whether you’re an athlete or just want to see what true discipline and drive looks like, check this … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: What it Means to be World Class with Tobin Heath

Podcast of the Week: Retiring American Legend Clint Dempsey

Deuce. There is nothing like following an athlete who is close to you in age for their entire professional career. Every sports fan should experience this. The initial start as a scrappy kid, the goals, the World Cups, the time in Europe, the triumphant return home - thank you Clint Dempsey. This episode of ESPN … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: Retiring American Legend Clint Dempsey