Maurice Edu Racially Abused By Own Fans at Rangers

Maurice Edu revealed yesterday he was the target of racist abuse from his own fans at Glasgow Rangers. Fans confronted him as he entered his car after Rangers’ mind-boggling 4-1 Champions League loss at home to Romanian champions Unirea Urziceni. Edu did not play in the match. It was not the first time it has happened.

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The U.S. Qualified For The World Cup. What Now?

Landon-DonovanThe United States qualified for its sixth straight World Cup, winning 3-2 away against Honduras. It was an awesome sight. It would have been significantly more awesome had I not had to watch on a grainy Internet feed half-obscured by a Honduran chat room.

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* This was written before knowledge of Charlie Davies’ accident.

Is The Dream Over For Freddy Adu?

adu_campbellsFreddy Adu was once the brightest star in soccer, not just in America but in the world.  He was a saucy little minx, outwitting defenders and attracting suitors such as Manchester United and Inter Milan.  He agreed to a five-year deal with D.C. United, delaying inevitable international stardom.  He was the savior.  But, six years later, his career has gone awry.  He can’t get a game in Portugal, and he’s an afterthought for the U.S. National Team.  He is drawing comparisons to Benjamin Button.  What happened?

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Thursday Writing

Ricardo_Clark_52a4.JPGJeter is Great, But Yankee Hit Record is Meaningless (The Big Lead)

Actually Coach, Michael Jordan Never Was Cut From His High-School Basketball Team (The Big Lead)

Onion Bag: U.S. Beats T&T, Very Close to Qualifying (The Big Lead)

A Michigan-Notre Dame Preview, Sort Of (The Big Lead)

U.S. Soccer: Endemic Delusions That Perpetuate Mediocrity


We documented U.S. soccer’s hostility toward a critical journalist. We mentioned their campaign of misinformation.  This matters because most in the United States are not well grounded in soccer. They’re undiscerning about information. This results in delusions that ramp up hype and subsequent revenue, but eliminate accountability.

Progress.  To the public, U.S. Soccer’s summer was golden.  The USMNT upset Spain 2-0, and took a 2-0 lead into halftime against Brazil.  Not to crap on those accomplishments, they deserve praise, but we should view the summer comprehensively.

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U.S. Soccer’s Website: News, Information and Propaganda?

Bob+Bradley+-+USAU.S. Soccer, like most sports organizations, is trying to get hip to this internet fad.  Their website now produces its own content, including print and video news reports, a blog and exclusive multimedia, but, as with any self-funded enterprise, the question is how much of the content is genuine and how much is propaganda.

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U.S. Soccer’s Feud With Fox Sports’ Jamie Trecker

U.S. Soccer, like any sports organization has a combative relationship with the media that covers it.  Delicate gamesmanship and the massaging of truth are essential to public relations.  However, one reporter has particularly aroused resentment, to the point of being denied a credential to the World Cup.  That reporter is Fox Sports’ Senior Soccer Writer, Jamie Trecker.

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