Change is hard. But when free World Cup tickets are thrust in your lap you give it a chance…
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Change is hard. But when free World Cup tickets are thrust in your lap you give it a chance…
Read the full story by Kevin Lynch:
Everyone’s got their line. Where life’s endless ethical compromise is just too damn much and we won’t take it anymore.
Sport asks us to find that line all the time. We can’t help loving the games we love—but we know they’re not pure, we know they have their dark sides, and we know they bring pain.
The pain of our teams merely losing is one thing. It’s another when soccer’s stewards plop something like the European Super League on our plates or ask us to accept the circumstances of this year’s World Cup. One could (very easily) go on. A game becomes something else very quickly.
Dan Friedman, for one, has found his line. It’s Qatar2022. He won’t watch, and he’s made a vigorous case why none of us should either. We considered publishing a point/counterpoint, but really the only counterpoint is, “Well, you’re right, Dan. But my lines are elsewhere and I just really want to watch the World Cup.”
Our admiration for Mr. Friedman is absolute, our feelings about FIFA are probably pretty common, and, to tell you the truth, we’ll probably watch.
Read what Dan has to say and see what you think:
Gareth Bale has joined LAFC. He’s made it clear he’s in town to score some rockets, win trophies and keep his knees oiled and ready for the World Cup. But what’s it really going to be like in Los Angeles for him? Full story: www.whatahowler.com/gareth-bale-in-los-angeles/
Is four years too early for flight plans?
The West Ham team, winners of the Evening Standard’s London 5-a-Side Football Championships, with their trophy at the Empire Pool, Wembley, 8th April 1970. West Ham beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the final, with both their goals scored by Clive Charles.
Back row (left to right): Bobby Howe and Billy Bonds. Front row: John Sissons, Clive Charles (1951 – 2003) and Peter Grotier. (Photo by A. Jones/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive)
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The Erasure of Mesut Özil.
When the Philadelphia Union took the field for the first time at this summer’s MLS is Back tournament, they had something to see. The Union’s Raymon Gaddis describes what it meant to him to help offer A Voice for the Voiceless during the Summer of 2020. Read it here: https://www.whatahowler.com/a-voice-for-the-voiceless/
Brenden Aaronson transfers to FC Red Bull Salzburg - Take a listen to Grant Wahl and PA Union HC Jim Curtain discuss their investment in youth development. https://podcasts.apple.com/vc/podcast/f%C3%BAtbol-with-grant-wahl/id1513071118
He was All-State in high school and All-American in college. He played for the Minnesota Strikers and the Chicago Sting. He scored over 200 professional indoor goals, was the MVP of an NPSL All-Star Game and as far as American pro soccer went in the ’80s and the ’90s, it looked like he had it all. But Tony Bono’s life wasn’t exactly as it appeared. Brian Burden tells the story of a player from another time who’s finally having the time of his life.
One Man’s Way Out, by Brian Burden
Tony Bono was an All-American at Drexel, a 1985 Minnesota Strikers draft pick and the MVP of the 1992 National Professional Soccer League All-Star Game. And he had a secret.
It’s near the end of a three-hour interview and Tony Bono quietly acknowledges a painful truth. “I came out 18 years ago, and I am still coming out today,” Bono says. “It can be exhausting because you never know how people are going to react.” Tony Bono was a star of the interregnum—thos...
The 35-yard shootout is a touchy subject. But for better and worse, it was exciting. Gimmicky though it may have been, it was superior as a skills contest than deciding a match on penalties—and it’s easy to find quotes from great players (Van Basten, Cruyff) saying they thought it was all right. On the other hand, it was a little ridiculous. Billy Merck, who was in a few in the ’90s, offers a thoughtful consideration on the shootout, what it means to American soccer, and what it meant to him. Check it out on https://whatahowler.com. And he got Clive Toye (and Tatu!, among many, many others) on the phone.
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'“For all the gimmicks and all the promotions, a lot of the club’s brand identity was steered by supporters,” says Andrew Schmidt, President of The Flock, Forward Madison’s Independent Supporters Association. In 2018, the city and community helped develop the club’s name and the crest, which naturally, features a pink flamingo, in profile. “Maybe that’s a metaphor for what we have going on here,” Schmidt says. “We’ve taken something really silly and made it into something cool.”'
Forward Madison is the latest entry into a vibrant American soccer community-- one that's miles away from MLS
Relive last night's historic win for the with our photo gallery from Howler contributor Matt Mathai.
The USMNT kick off their CONCACAF Nations League journey with a dominant performance
Jessica take in the Eredivisie before heading back to the Premier League.
Jessica heads to The Netherlands before circling back to England
In the latest installment of A Beggar For Good Soccer, Jessica takes in some Premier League, Champions League, and Europa League fixtures.
Jessica takes in some Premier League action
Howler contributor Jessica Malone is back in Europe. In this installment of A Beggar For Good Soccer, she heads to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
Jessica returns to Europe
Matt Mathai was in St. Louis last night for the 's 1-1 draw with Uruguay.
The Yanks grab a point late
Howler contributor Matt Mathai was in East Rutherford last night as the USMNT took on El Tri.
A disappointing defeat in New Jersey
Soccer from an American perspective.
“I think clubs do not want us to be recognized as professionals because it bothers them that a woman can occupy places that have been historically occupied by men. The macho thinking of the people who have power is the only thing that prevents the professionalization.”
Argentina's women's national team has made international headlines in a very public fight for equality. Their biggest challenges are not only structural— they're cultural.
Howler contributor Jessica Malone is back with shots and stories from MLS and NWSL games this summer.
Jessica Malone's photo travelogue is back-- and on a tour of her homeland
Yesterday's game between SBFC and RFC continued an upward trend of attendance figures and interest in women's soccer after the World Cup.
Check out our report from the game, with words and photos by Howler contributor Luke Malanga.
An on-the-ground perspective of a big day in American WoSo
Wednesday night! Portland, OR
"There is not one singular fix, not one hero or lawsuit or goal celebration, that can fix all that is wrong with the footballing world, all that was ugly and evil on display during this World Cup. But we can find hope and inspiration moving forward in the way the athletes and supporters—not just those from the USWNT, but those from around the world—advocated for themselves and their communities in ways large and small."
The tournament may be over, but the larger fight goes on
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“There are a few people who look at Dulwich and maybe sneer a little bit about the family friendly atmosphere we have [...] [b]ut it’s just great. It’s a good place to be.”
With the Premier League beholden to corporate money and mass media glitz, Dulwich Hamlet represents the best of English football
“You can be a coach, or someone who’s never played, or someone doesn’t know the offside rule,” says All Stripes club liaison Adam McCabe. “It was really important to have a place where we could be safe to be ourselves and enjoy the sport we love. There are other supporters that are very inclusive and very welcoming, but sometimes there’s this greater feeling when you’re in your own community, where you don’t have to worry about being judged.”
A look at some of the strides q***r fan groups have made in recent years. And some of the ongoing challenges.
"She was an almost mythical presence, this fearless and foul-mouthed goalkeeper, ranting and raving at her defenders and diving at the feet of forwards. Mystical, too. She placed a doll with the likeness of a footballer inside her goal to ward off the ball — an idea borrowed from Ricardo Zamora, perhaps Spain’s greatest ever goalkeeper — and one contemporary newspaper account claimed that 'there is no one who can score against her.'"
A look at a pioneer of the women's game in Spain
"Twitch is creating new space in the market as well as seizing territory previously held by older social media companies, and it’s doing it largely by connecting with young people who are passionate about sports. That’s exactly where MLS needs to be if it wants to create new fans. It’s smart to take this particular product, a youth sports tournament, to a platform whose audience skews younger than Facebook, Twitter, and other older media."
MLS is smart to take youth soccer to Twitch, but we need to think long and hard about the implications of this new product.
What happens when a Grammy-winning band teams up with one of the fastest-growing MLS supporter groups? Find out on the latest episode of Howler Radio.
Grammy winners Ozomatli set out to collaborate on a song with LAFC’s 3252. The result: 5 songs— and a story. George Sanchez-Tello takes it from there. More StoriesHowler Radio: Author Jomo Hendrickson talks life off the pitch as a soccer novelistHowler Radio: Interview With Georgia CloepfilHowle...
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"This sport is big enough to contain literally every human emotion and also small enough to make you feel the full brunt of it, yourself, whether you’re ready for it or not. People you don’t know, would never have known, die by some fashion or another, and because we’re all lashed together in the same interdependent web of joy and heartbreak that is football, we feel their loss as if they were family. We can’t help it."
Football is a sport of great joy and exceptional sorry. And, increasingly, loss.
Check out Howler contributor Matt Mathai's photos from last night's clash between the USMNT and Chile.
Matt Mathai was in Houston to document the USMNT's draw with Chile
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Today is the anniversary of Antonín Panenka's famous penalty. Hear what he told us about the shot's origins durng the most recent season of Howler Radio.
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Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team gives her final assessment of her adidas Women's Ace cleats
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team gives a general overview of the adidas Women's Ace 17.1 boots and compares them to the Nike Tiempos that she usual wears
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team took some extra shooting reps after practice and then checked in to talk about how the shooting felt in her adidas Women's Ace 17.1 kicks
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team checks in after practice to give an assessment of how the adidas boots feel when passing the rock
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team discusses the fit and feel of her adidas Women's Act 17.1 boots
Austin Martz of Orlando City B gives a quick assessment on his way back from training on how it felt to shoot and strike the ball in his TiempoX Proximo indoor shoes
It's called the Honest Review for a reason... Austin Martz of Orlando City B has an issue with the TiempoX Proximo indoor shoes.
Austin Martz of Orlando City B feels good about the durability of his TiempoX Proximo indoor boots
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team opens up her new box of Adidas Women's Ace 17.1 FGs and gives her first impression of the boots
Austin Martz of Orlando City B has always preferred lighter boots, so he checks in to talk about the weight of his TiempoX indoor shoes.
After two months in her Hypervenom Phantom cleats, World Cup and Olympic veteran Ali Riley (FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team) gives her full review. What's Ali's final rating for the boots?
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team has been in the Hypervenom Phantoms for a couple weeks and gives a quick overview of how they feel on her foot. Do they pass the test?
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team took a minute in frigid Sweden to let us know how her Hypervenom Phantoms are holding up after a month of everyday use
Austin Martz of Orlando City B gives a quick check in on how the TiempoX Indoors feel when he cuts on the turf.. and whether there's a potential for blisters
Austin Martz of Orlando City B talks about the leather and fit of his TiempoX indoors
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team talks how it feels to strike the ball and shoot in the Hypervenom Phantom FGs
Austin Martz of Orlando City B opens up his box to find his new indoor training shoes and gives us his first impression
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team tells us how the Hypervenoms feel when she plays a long ball
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team does her daily dribbling sets and lets us know how the Hypervenoms feel with her touch on the ball
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team does some passing drills and gives her impression on how the Hypervenoms feel when she passes the rock
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team evaluates how the boots feel when she cuts and moves on the grass
Ali Riley of FC Rosengård and the New Zealand National Team pulls out her new Hypervenoms and tries them on for the first time.
After a month spentplaying in the Nike Nike Mercurial Superfly FGs, Josh Hughes of the Harrisburg City Islanders gives his honest review of the boot. Fit and comfort: snug and comfy fit, slightly wider than other Vapor-type shoes but still more narrow than other shoes; sock portion feels good Durability: slight tear after the first week but the tear didn't get any worse over the month Movement: light feel; no issues or unnatural feel when cutting or running Performance: snug fit makes for good touch and control on the ball; good ping contact on long balls, passing, and shots Look and color: pink felt a little awkward for someone that wouldn't usually wear a bright color If that sounds like your kind of boot, give it a look here: http://fifa.wtf/2g33JgQ
Howler is a magazine about soccer. Made in the USA. Printed in USA. Four times a year. For a global audience. Issue 16 of Howler contains 100+ pages of feature writing, profiles, essay, humor, and, of course, plenty of original illustrations and photography. It’s landing in mailboxes late Jan, 2019 and available at very select specialty soccer shops around the globe. See more on Twitter (@whatahowler) and Instagram (whatahowler).