H/t to DrDeckle on Reddit. Some people just can’t keep secrets. The offseason planning for 2019 is well under way, with MLS releasing their offseason calendar, and teams who have been eliminated from the playoffs planning for next year. Part of the planning for the 2019 season includes […]
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?
Forbes is out with their valuations for each Major League Soccer team, and buried in the story are some quotes from an interview with MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Aside from the usual platitudes, there was a discussion about expansion. With Cincinnati coming online in 2018, Garber was asked […]
Hello from the Ninety! I’m down here covering the Sounders Business Meeting. Not sure what kind of news we’ll get out this, but it’s typically interesting. I’ll come with any interesting tidbits that come out of the session. 7:05 P.M.: Meeting is under way. Interesting that Drew Carey […]
The Columbus Crew suffered a tough defeat at the hands of the New York Red Bulls Sunday evening, ending their 2018 season after losing 3-1 on aggregate in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But the good news for fans of the club is that the 2019 season is just […]
The Sounders have completed what could be the last official practice of the year, depending on the result tomorrow against Portland at CenturyLink Field. The gravity of the situation wasn’t lost on coach Brian Schmetzer (or the team), but it’s fair to say that they aren’t letting the […]
Well, here we are. The votes that will decide the future…of MLS expansion/relocation. Sort of. Polls are already closing around the country, and for those of you who won’t be hiding under your beds, or drinking yourselves silly. I’ll be following the important votes impacting MLS expansion and/or […]
Made the (surprisingly quick) drive down I5 for leg one of the Western Conference Semi-Final between the Sounders and the Timbers. Should be a hell of a game; the Sounders are at close to full strength, with only Jordan Morris and Felix Chenkam definitely out for the away […]
It was a quick practice for the Sounders today, as they prepare to head down I5 this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s game versus the Portland Timbers. With an early start tomorrow (2:30 p.m. PST), the team elected to stay overnight in Portland. That start time has been the […]
After the couple of well-deserved days off, the Sounders returned to practice today as they await their opponent in the Western Conference semi-finals. MLS’ (somewhat odd) decision to hold the LAFC/RSL match until tomorrow means that the Sounders won’t know who they’re playing until late on Thursday, though […]
Jordan Morris got a birthday present of sorts today, as for the first time since his ACL surgery, he was able to join in some possession drills with the Sounders. To be sure, this is not a prelude to him making the 18 on Sunday, but as Brian […]
I won’t do this all the time, but I had to plug my first article for The Athletic, which is on the issue of Solidarity Payments/Training Compensation. I’ve written about this before, but we got a pretty big update courtesy of the interview I did with Lance Reich, […]
The Sounders returned to the practice field at Starfire for the first time in about 10 days, as last week’s road trip to Orlando and Houston kept the team away from home for an extended period. The team appeared in good spirits; not surprising after collecting six points […]
So, the Crew have been saved. Well, not quite, but it’s looking good. There’s actually a lot of work left to do, and plenty of unanswered questions. From not knowing when this deal will be finalized (and whether there will be a new stadium), to the background behind […]
I wasn’t going to write anything up today (recovering from yesterday’s chaos), but looking at the schedule, this is the last Sounders practice before they take off for Orlando. So, it’s probably a good time for an update. Those players who had been on the shelf with injuries […]
It appears to be done. I’ve received reliable information that, almost a year to the day when Anthony Precourt announced he was exploring the opportunity to relocate the Columbus Crew to Austin, the Columbus Crew have been saved. Requests for comments from MLS have not yet been returned; […]
Here is an odd-but-fun anniversary. Exactly one year ago today, I tweeted out my first comments on the NASL suit against (then) USSF. From then, I’d go on to cover the case, writing a story for Sounder at Heart and appearing on a couple of Podcasts to explain […]
David Beckham may not want to build his soccer stadium in Overtown, but the Miami 3rd District Court of Appeals won’t stand in his way, as they’ve rejected the appeal of Bruce Matheson the local Miami man who filed suit over the sale of the Overtown land to […]
In what should be a surprise to no one, less than 18 hours after trouncing the Houston Dynamo 4-1, there wasn’t a first-teamer who saw the field last night to be found on the training pitch this afternoon. A regen day for the starters will be followed by a […]
One of the outstanding questions in the SaveTheCrew saga (aside from the question of whether they’ll be saved) revolves around how MLS will handle the 2019 season with the fate of the team not resolved. PSV has been processing ticket payments from Crew fans, in anticipation of playing at […]
A quick update today for everyone. The most pressing question right now is how the international absences will affect the team. The international break technically starts Monday, but players are likely starting to be released with the end of the games this weekend. Of course, this presents a […]