The Equalizer: Equal Pay for Equal Play? It’s complicated

The U.S. Women’s National Team is ranked No. 1 in the world. An unprecedented four players were shortlisted for FIFA’s player of the year award days ago. Earlier this summer, they danced — almost gliding past opponents rendered invisible — to their record fourth World Cup win with a panache seldom seen on the world […]

The Equalizer: The glory of the World Cup

It’s here, it’s happening and I know, we’re not going, but we were never going to make it past the round of 16 anyway, right? The FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14, thus commencing the most popular sporting event in human history. There are too many storylines to count. This is Messi’s last […]

The Equalizer: U.S. Soccer’s use of international breaks

Since the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, there have been two international breaks, providing national teams tune-up matches in preparation for Russia. After that night in Trinidad and Tobago, it made sense for the USMNT to use the friendlies to assess youth talent and lay down a plan for […]

The Equalizer: U.S. Soccer’s million-player problem

Jonathan González plays for C.F. Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, and at 18 years old, the U.S.-Mexico dual national from Santa Rosa, Calif. is one of the top youth prospects in North America. In early January, González’s decision to play for the Mexican national team instead of the United States, which he had played for at the U17 […]

The Equalizer: The next USMNT coach

The next U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) coach will have an excellent opportunity to set up the team for future success. After missing out on the 2018 World Cup, the next coach will have more than four years to assess players, determine style of play and tweak tactics to their liking before the next World Cup […]

The Equalizer: On another sorry state of U.S. Soccer

From a young age, elite soccer players in the United States are told that they are being prepared for college soccer — theoretically the next phase of their pre-professional playing careers. I’ve seen this pattern first hand: ever since my club team entered high school, the focus was always being scouted by a college coach at […]

The Equalizer: The U.S. Soccer coaching conundrum

In many spheres of life, better instruction leads to more qualified and developed students. Top universities attract the best professors from their respective fields — and students at such universities often come away more educated and prepared for their professional lives because of their great professors. The global soccer landscape is no different. Top soccer nations […]

The Equalizer: Gulati out

I know, I know. Last column I promised to focus on Belgium’s early 2000’s domestic soccer revamp. But last Tuesday night’s loss needs addressing. That fateful night in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) may well be considered the darkest day for U.S. soccer: after qualifying for seven straight World Cups, the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) crashed […]