Avid traveler. Father. Weekend hiker. I enjoy almost every sport but football is #1. My other passion is to write historical fiction. So be on the lookout for my book. Thanks for reading!
MLS: A League in Need of a Lift
The MLS is a league in the ascendancy. That cannot be questioned. A mere 25 years ago the top flight of US soccer was founded following a successfully held 1994 World Cup in the United States. But six years on from that the league was sputtering and clinging on by a thread. Teams were folding or desperately hanging on to life. Interest waned until the United States Men’s National team made a deep run in the 2002 World Cup which reignited interest among a fan base that was long on the decline.
Continental Size Changes: CONCACAF Champions League
Big news out of CONCACAF this week as the federation continues to try and reshape its image and improve. Today CONCACAF announced the unvieling of a brand new format to its much maligned Champions League. This might not come as much of a shock to some who have long thought of the current format as inferior and lacking scope or prominence on the domestic theater.
Colombia: The History of Political non-inclusion, Social Turmoil and Military Action
The premise of this article is to show the cause and effect of Colombia’s history, politics, economic policies, and overall chaos, which created the perfect conditions for rebel groups to emerge, more specifically the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army or Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo). The history of the time period between the 1920s-1960s is extremely important to the formation of the FARC. The atmosphere of violence in the late 1950s and early 1960s, combined with poor government economic policies, and the rise in popularity of FARC-EP Marxist-Leninist teachings, created the perfect situation for the group’s rise to supremacy in the arena of Colombian insurgency groups. This violence of the 50's and 60's paved the way for the FARC-EP and the increased popularity of their political stance gave them the power to fend off the multiple destruction campaigns of the Colombian government. However, this power was all hinged on civilian cooperation or coercion.
USA vs Canada
Going into Saturday’s matchup both teams knew that the outcome would be a statement to all of the progress one nation or the other has made going into the final stages of World Cup Qualifying. The choice to play such a highly important match at 4pm local time in Kansas City is questionable at best. Especially considering the temperature was predicted by to be 85F and humid. Some like myself might of thought it would be better to push it back till 7pm when the heat would play less of a factor but that’s just the way of things.
Colorado Rapids: Rocky Mountain Heights
The air is a little thinner in these parts. Let me briefly go over the details of this young but already storied franchise. This article is the fifth in my series about the clubs of MLS.
FC Cincinnati: The Winged Lions
Can Lions soar? Well this one just might(but not likely)! Here is a brief recap of this clubs cursory but bright history. Why I think this club has a bright future going forward given the current talent at their disposal and my prediction for how their season will fair.
Chicago Fire FC: A Team in Flux
CHI Town! An original club with a rocky history. Is there light to be found at the end of this tunnel? And can the Fire shake the cloud of mediocrity that has hung over them for close to a decade?
Austin FC: A Team Born of Controversy
Austin FC! A team born of controversy and it’s worlwind ride to existence. Here’s a look at the clubs history and a prediction on its end of season position within the greater MLS.