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RIP Neil Gilbert

Those of you who frequent this blog for its information and opinion about indoor soccer may be interested and saddened to know of the death today of longtime indoor professional player Neil Gilbert, who succumbed to complications from liver failure this afternoon in Michigan. Neil played 13 years professionally indoors after beginning his pro career… (read more)

Taking Attendance 4/27/2015: Blame Canada

Every team in the three men’s outdoor professional leagues has played a home game except for Toronto FC and its reserve team in USL (TFC doesn’t have a home game for another couple of weeks, the reserves for almost a month), but that shouldn’t stop us from our first look at attendance figures for each… (read more)

What Happens When The NASL Gets Past The Quarterfinals Of The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup?

This made me laugh. Now, Northern Pitch is normally a very good, very thoughtful and ambitious online news and commentary source that’s a valuable addition to the soccer information universe. But this…..this click-and-comment-bait thing is little more than a fantasy. (Not the idea that a lower-division team could win the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup,… (read more)

8 x 10

Wow. I just realized I’ve been privileged to be a voter for the National Soccer Hall of Fame for 10 years now. We get to select up to 10 deserving players to be enshrined in….er, well, about that…the Hall. One day there might be a place you can go and see, like, pictures and jerseys… (read more)

A Brief History Of Indoor Soccer Mini-Games

Two playoff series in the Major Arena Soccer League were decided in tiebreaking “mini-games” over the weekend. (A quick primer: while, back in the day, indoor series were often best-of-three/five/seven, more recently they’ve been home-and-home with a 15-minute game played at the conclusion of the second game if the two teams split.) Rochester beat Syracuse… (read more)

Taking Attendance 3/3/2015: (Almost) Final MASL Numbers

The first Major Arena Soccer League season is over and the playoffs have begun. Actually, the playoffs began before the season ended, which is just another reason why this is the worst league ever. But here are the (nearly final, only seven data points missing, one of which we’re never going to get) attendance numbers… (read more)

Deja U

When Major League Soccer went through its MLS NEXT re-branding last September, I thought it was both the nadir of soccer design and the zenith of soccer pretentiousness. Apparently not. (Warning: video and audio launch automatically, which I hate on any website. If you do, too, beware.) United Soccer Leagues unveiled the new look for… (read more)