Lloyd’s Message To Smith After Getting Knocked Out Of The World Cup (And Marta’s Speech Too)

Penalty kicks are the worst.  You play the full game. Then you play the extra time. And if you still don’t have a winner, you basically start flipping coins.  Brutal.  The US Women’s National Team got knocked out of the World Cup.  On penalties.  Brutal, brutal, painstakingly brutal.  There’s important soccer strategy takes - but … Continue reading Lloyd’s Message To Smith After Getting Knocked Out Of The World Cup (And Marta’s Speech Too)

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

Coaching Great Players (Jesse Marsch on Tyler Adams)

Here’s a quote from Leeds United coach Jesse Marsch, on his player (and current USMNT captain) Tyler Adams. It’s about helping talented people do their best work, and it just might bring a lump to your throat too.  Find people of outstanding character who know who they are, and who they want to be. Invest … Continue reading Coaching Great Players (Jesse Marsch on Tyler Adams)

The Noteworthy Composure Of Tyler Adams Getting Grilled By Iranian Journalists

The 23-year-old Captain of the American National Team, Tyler Adams, had a rough press conference leading up to the US versus Iran game at the 2022 World Cup.  It started with being corrected on the pronunciation of “Iran.” It continued with a question about how he feels representing a country that is still struggling with … Continue reading The Noteworthy Composure Of Tyler Adams Getting Grilled By Iranian Journalists

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