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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)

Worst. League. Ever.

I should probably write something soccer-related, as most of you are used to that and probably don’t care about me replaying the 1932 baseball season with a card-and-dice game. Fair enough. As one of only a handful of American indoor soccer historians, I feel confident and justified in saying that the new Major Arena Soccer… (read more)

Taking Attendance 12/30/2014: Tubular

That’s as in “going down the tubes,” which one Major Arena Soccer League team has already done and others seem poised to. In this final check of attendance for calendar year 2014, we see things aren’t going well in a lot of markets in the only pro indoor soccer league left. Team G Total Average… (read more)

Taking Attendance 12/15/2014: Brave New (Indoor) World

Now that everyone in the new Major Arena Soccer League has played at least one home game, we can take a look at where the 23-team circuit’s teams stand in terms of announced attendance. Here are the numbers through last night: Team G Total Average Median High Low Rochester 2 14,033 7,017 7,017 8,214 5,819… (read more)