In my latest story for The Athletic, I take a look at some contentious discussions between 2015 and 2016, where the forces pushing solidarity payments and training compensation tried to come up with a deal that would resolve the issue once and for all. Unfortunately for the parties […]
I blog mostly about soccer and legal issues. I graduated from the University of Richmond (1997) with degrees in Political Science, Journalism and Spanish (lapsed, alas).
I later graduated from California Western School of Law (2001) with a J.D., and after a break, have been practicing law in the State of Washington since 2003.
I'm a Seattle Sounders season ticket holder, and I enjoy traveling to away games. I have a munchkin who is almost 6; where does the time go?
When I asked about the event being held jointly by the Seattle Sounders and Tacoma Rainiers today, all I was told that, “all your questions would be answered.” There are still a few things left to be sorted out, but suffice it to say, today’s announcement was big. […]
So I’ve been doing the Keto diet since right before Thanksgiving (and let me tell you, passing up on my parents’ Mac & Cheese and stuffing wasn’t my idea of a proper holiday feast), and I’m pretty happy with the progress thus far. I didn’t weigh myself for […]
The Socceresq Podcast (Ep. 6): The Complete Lawsuit Guide.
Writing about soccer litigation seems like a full-time job these days. Every time one case gets resolved (SaveTheCrew), another one pops up in its place (Chicago Fire). Some cases have gotten more coverage than others, but they’re all interesting in their own way. In the interests of getting […]
The Sounders ended their (short) first phase of training, as the team will be heading down to California on Thursday for some practices in warmer climates. The team won’t be back training in Seattle training for almost a month, save a one-day session. After California, they will move […]
Welcome back everyone. After one of the longest offseason for the Seattle Sounders in recent memory, the team stepped out on the field at a chilly Starfire for the first practice of 2019. The obituaries for 2018 have been done Ad nauseam, so it’s time to look forward. […]
On this episode, I discuss the ongoing issues involving the Chicago Fire. At war with their supporters, they are now under threat of a lawsuit stemming from an incident from May of last year, which ultimately resulted in the banning of an entire supporter group. I go through […]
Big new partnership announcement, as the Sounders and Reign have a new kit partner in Zulily. Design looks simple and should compliment the jerseys well. I personally have no real opinion on the choice of sponsor; if they’re happy with it, good. Had the chance to ask Sounders […]
Hopefully you’ve had the chance to check out my Athletic piece on the lawsuit that was filed by a Chicago Fire supporter against the Village of Bridgeview and Chicago Fire President/GM Nelson Rodriguez, among others. It’s a wild ride to be sure. I had the chance to speak […]
Check out my latest story for The Athletic: A Chicago Fire supporter has sued the Village of Bridgeview and a number of individuals including Chicago Fire President Nelson Rodriguez, alleging conspiracy, malicious prosecution and violation of civil rights related to an incident which occurred in May of 2018. […]
The Socceresq Podcast: Happy New Year. In this episode, I talk about my plans for the next couple of months (heading to Arizona for the USSF AGM conference), the status of SaveTheCrew (hint: 98% saved) and AustinFC (hint: mostly done), what’s going on in Miami (hint: Who knows) […]
Shortly after Borussia Dortmund confirmed the transfer of Christian Pulisic to Chelsea for a fee of €64 million, Will Parchman noted in a tweet that PA Classics, the youth development club that in part developed the starlet, stands to lose about $740k in solidarity payments. Setting aside the […]
Happy New Years knuckleheads! Thanks to Brandy and Beth for making it a great time here at Ocean Shores. Only lost $10 at the casino, which I call a win. I don’t have anything else to add really. Hope 2019 is a great year for you all.
2018 is just hours away from being in the rearview (or already gone if you’re out in Australia), so it’s probably safe to close the voting on awards. Sure, there is still time for truly awful commentary in the world of soccer to emerge as the clock strikes […]
The Socceresq Podcast: Crew Saved Also available on iTunes.
UPDATE: With Sale Agreed to in Principle, and Dismissal of the Modell Lawsuit, SaveTheCrew Enters Final Stages
UPDATE: As expected, an agreement in principle to “sell” the Columbus Crew to the Haslam/Edwards group was announced today. The official “sale” is expected to be finalized in January, with the new owners taking control of the team at the beginning of the year. The end is almost […]
The Soccer Holiday Podcast
When the announcement came that MLS was negotiating with the Haslam/Edwards group, I reported that a source had told me that the deal was “largely done.” And that was true, inasmuch as a buyer had been identified, and potential land located (and essentially approved by MLS). But with […]
Big news out of Austin, Texas. As I mentioned in a Patreon report, the imminent finalization of the lease agreement between The City of Austin and MLS has occurred, with the City executing the lease development agreement, which clears the way for MLS to announce the long awaited […]