Collaboration versus Confrontation: Comparing the Successes and Failures of Major League Soccer and the American Soccer League

By Zachary R. Bigalke Major League Soccer (MLS) kicked off its 22nd season over the past weekend, welcoming two new teams into the fold to expand the league into two 11-team conferences. Fifteen years after the league contracted its two Florida teams, the long-term plan executed by Don Garber seems to have fully flowered. Having…

Roundtable: Jürgen Klinsmann—A Retrospective

 By Benjamin Dettmar, Zach Bigalke, Cedrick Heraux, and Patrick Salkeld Hired in July 2011, fired in November 2016; Jürgen Klinsmann’s tenure as head coach of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) divides US soccer fans. It also divides our contributors. Klinsmann came to the US after a prominent career as a player and a…

Review of The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America: The Strange Days Of The United Soccer Association

Seese, Dennis J. The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America: The Strange Days Of The United Soccer Association. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Pp. 308. Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index, Acknowledgements. $45 paperback, $44.99 eBook. Reviewed by Benjamin Dettmar Living in the United States for close to ten years, I have seen great advances in…

Review of A History of the World Cup: 1930–2014

Lisi, Clemente A. A History of the World Cup: 1930–2014. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Pp. xix+532. Glossary, appendices, bibliography, index, black and white photographs. $40 paperback, $39.99 eBook. Reviewed by Benjamin Dettmar The World Cup is the biggest single event for the most popular sport in the world. It is little surprise then…

The Beleaguered History of the Women’s World Cup

After defeating the powerhouse German team earlier this week, 2-0, the United States became the first country to reach the World Cup final on four occasions. US squads previously squared off in the 1991, 1999, and 2011 championships, winning titles in 1991 and 1999. Such an accomplishment is impressive in its own right; yet, when…