Postgame Press: The times, they are a-changin’

I am tired. I know a lot of baseball fans who are tired. Why are we so tired? Game 3. The third game of this year’s World Series clocked in at an astonishingly long seven hours and 20 minutes. The game was 18 innings long, twice as long as the regulation nine of a baseball game. […]

Postgame Press: America’s soccer problem

If you did not know, America is not the center of the universe. It is tough these days not to focus on the United States and the United States alone, but there is plenty more going on out there. This is an attitude that extends from pop culture and politics to sports. America has the […]

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: What we can be thankful for

U.S. men’s soccer has been under considerable criticism lately. Ever since we didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup, soccer fans, pundits and writers like myself have explored every problem under the sun that our sport faces. But it’s Thanksgiving season, and it’s time we appreciate what we have. Soccer has come a long way […]

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 […]

The Equalizer: Where US Men’s soccer stands today

United States Men’s Soccer fans walking away from Red Bull Arena on the night of Sept. 1 had only one thought on their minds: how is this team going to qualify for the 2018 World Cup? Costa Rica, playing in its usual 5–4–1, outfought and outplayed a supposedly “superior” U.S. team to the tune of 2–0. […]

KRT WORLD NEWS STORY SLUGGED: QATAR KRT PHOTOGRAPH BY LAURIE SKRIVAN/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (November 21) Foreign nationals outnumber native Qataris. Usually they find employment in the labor and hotel and restaurant field. Sher Bahadur of Pakistan, center, came to Doha, Qatar, 16 years ago for work and never left. (SL) NC KD BL 2002 (Horiz) (lde)
Qatar’s got a brand new bag

It has only been a hobby for a few years, but I can’t stop following soccer. It makes for a lot of fun when it overlaps with Middle East politics. It seems they have found a strange intersection in Qatar. Otherwise known as the beautiful game, soccer now plays a key role in the new […]