Articles matching tag: Soccer
- Column: US Soccer Releases Hope SoloSeptember 15, 2016
At what point is a superstar athlete more trouble than they’re worth? The treatment of Hope Solo, the former goalie for the U.S. national soccer team, may provide an answer. In case you haven’t been following Solo’s saga, here’s a quick primer. After her team’s shocking loss to Sweden in last month’s Rio Olympics, Solo went off on her opponents. She accused them of being a “bunch of cowards” for playing defensively and claimed that the best team didn’t win the match. If the goal of playing a sport is to win, on the former point Solo is dead wrong. Smart teams with good coaching use whatever legal and ethical tactics are appropriate given the circumstances. If playing a defensive game increases the chances of winning, and surviving, then it is sound strategy and every team should embrace it. Solo conceded as much in follow up comments.
- Column: Soccer Not Most Popular SportMay 19, 2014
The downside to a World Cup year - the 2014 tournament is scheduled to begin in Brazil in little more than three weeks - is listening to pundits predict that soccer is America’s future number one sport. It isn’t. That doesn’t mean the sport isn’t popular, on some levels. In a 2013 survey conducted by the National Federation of High School Associations, soccer was the fourth most popular and fastest growing sport among high school girls and fifth most popular among boys. However, figures compiled by the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for all non-school based soccer leagues, show that youth soccer participation was flat between 2008 and 2012.