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Where Does the International Champions Cup Go From Here?

With dwindling audiences and increasing ticket prices in the United States, the International Champions Cup — once an exciting opportunity to watch Europe's biggest stars on American soil —...
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Transforming Sky Blue FC into Gotham FC: An Insider’s Deep Dive Into the Rebrand

What motivates a sports franchise to rebrand and essentially perform a complete identity overhaul? Making radical changes to its name, logo, and image is a major undertaking, but one...

The True Reason Why American Soccer is Lagging Behind and Why Almost Everyone Gets It Wrong

There is an ongoing debate as to why U.S. men's soccer isn’t competitive with the top football countries in the world. Of all the various reasons and criticisms that...
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FC Barcelona Ditching Luis Suarez is a Disastrous Repeat of the Tom Brady Situation

Luis Suarez’s acrimonious departure from FC Barcelona to Atlético Madrid this past September is eerily reminiscent to what happened with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. While Brady’s move resulted...
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Exclusion From Europa League Final in Baku Highlights UEFA’s Hypocrisy

Due to fears for his security in Azerbaijan, Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not play in next week's UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea. While the situation is certainly...

L.A.’s Newest Club is Making Moves Like Tony Montana

The Los Angeles Football Club, L.A.'s newest MLS team, has been storming the City of Angels like Tony Montana. And I'm not talking about the busted old Tony at the end...

Addressing the Toxic Wasteland That Is Women’s Sports Social Media

Go to any women's sports-centric posts online and you'll find a shocking amount of ignorance even by social media standards. And whether these comments are from edgelords fishing for...
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Why We Need to Be More Excited About the 2020 MLS-Liga MX All-Star Game

Next summer's MLS-Liga MX All-Star Game presents a wealth of opportunities for both leagues, and is a more than welcome revamp to the current MLS All-Star Game format. So...

The Pros Weigh In: Are Freestyle Competitions Getting Boring?

While freestyle football continues to grow across the globe, there have been grumblings amongst both freestylers and spectators that freestyle competitions are starting to become boring. Urban Pitch contributor...
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Neymar Jr’s Five Tournament Embodies Rise of Street Football Movement

It wasn’t something that could be seen, or heard, or even touched. But you could feel it all around you. Something in the air. Stepping foot on the parking-lot-turned-street-football-pitch...
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Did Luka Modric Really End the Messi-Ronaldo Ballon d’Or Era?

By hoisting the Ballon d'Or on Monday night, has Luka Modric simply borrowed the award for a year, or have the trophy cases of Messi and Ronaldo spent their final moments with the cherished golden orb?

The Mexican Team that Reigned Supreme in American Indoor Soccer

The short-lived Monterrey Flash of Monterrey, Mexico, were an indoor professional soccer team. Despite changes in location and talent, the team went on to accomplish one of the most impressive records...
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Francesco Lettieri’s ‘Ultras’ Is a Gripping and Lifelike Look Into Die-Hard Supporters

Francesco Lettieri’s modern take on the ultras movement gives a realistic look at the grip of brotherhood and violence between different factions. Extreme supporters. Political paramilitary groups. Violent, organized fans....
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The Year in Review: Looking Back at the Best Football Kits of 2018

Reminiscing on what has been an incredibly eventful year in football, we have compiled a list of the year’s best — from boots, to kits, to freestyle videos. We...
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Why the Player Comparison Trend Needs to Stop

It's human nature to compare today's rising stars to those of the past — but here's why the seemingly harmless practice can be problematic at times. It wasn’t long ago...
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FIFA Volta Football Review: An Authentic, But Not Perfect Dive Into the World of the Street Game

The most anticipated feature of FIFA 20, the Volta game mode brings back the beloved FIFA Street series, albeit not its own separate game. Featuring some of the most...
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Why Promotion and Relegation is Overrated and a Closed System is Far Superior

The sentimental idea behind promotion and relegation seems fair, good-natured, and based upon a system of meritocracy. In practice, this is a complete fallacy and the stark reality is...

The Problems with US Soccer, Examined By an Englishman

After its disappointing performance in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, soccer in the United States is in disarray. While the Americans have faced plenty of criticism from fellow countrymen...
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Urban Pitch Staff Picks: 2019 UEFA Champions League Edition

Ahead of today's UEFA Champions League quarterfinal matches, we've once again put together our very own staff picks, in which we select everything from the clubs with the best...
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Writers’ Roundtable: Examining Racism in Italy’s Serie A

As racism continues to run rampant throughout world soccer — specifically Serie A — we reached out to notable soccer writers and personalities Aaron West, Ryan O'Hanlon, and John Solano...

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