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Championship-or-Bust Expectations Led to the Downfall of Bob Bradley

Since their auspicious beginning, it was clear to all that the bar had been set high for the upstart team. But with this year’s failure to make playoffs coupled...
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Allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Leave Has Been MLS’ Worst Mistake

He came with a bang and almost as suddenly left before we could fully comprehend what had happened. Amidst a flurry of outrageous quotes, controversy, and a mind-boggling 53...
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LAFC’s Carlos Vela is a Prime Example of Why the Designated Player Rule is Broken

The MLS Designated Player Rule allows clubs the ability to sign expensive players without exceeding the team salary budget. First introduced in 2007, the same year as the original...
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Will Kyrie Irving’s COVID-19 Vaccine Stance Affect MLS and Other Major Sports?

Kyrie Irving, NBA star of the Brooklyn Nets, has been indefinitely barred from playing or practicing with the team as a result of his decision to not get the...
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USL Players Are Set to Receive Higher Pay, But How Does it Compare Against the Underground Scene of Latino Leagues?

The USL and its players association reached an agreement in principle on a collective bargaining agreement for the second-division USL Championship. It is being touted as a landmark achievement...
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Pay-to-Play Critics Have No Defense For These Undeniable Truths

The pay-to-play model is the commonly accepted punching bag that is usually cited as the primary reason for what is wrong with U.S. Soccer. But is that really the...
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Venezia FC’s Meteoric Rise to Success Comes With Skeletons in the Closet

Venezia FC took the football world by storm this past May when they beat Cittadella in the promotion playoff final to earn a spot back in Serie A. This...
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American Professional Soccer is Basically That Cringeworthy, Rich, and Dysfunctional Family

Major League Soccer recently announced the launch of a third division league set to start in 2022. It is being touted as a bridge between MLS Next academies and...
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Lionel Messi’s Historic Run at Barcelona is Over…But Who is to Blame and Where Can He Go?

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta made the shock announcement that negotiations to keep Lionel Messi at the club had ended. Expressing that...
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EURO 2020 Shows That Even the Highest Levels Aren’t Exempt From Nightmare Soccer Moms

One of the surprise stories coming out from EURO 2020 is the report of the contentious behavior by Veronique Rabiot, the mother of France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, towards other...

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Virtue Signaling Cost Coca-Cola $4 Billion While Exposing His Own Hypocrisy

During a Euro 2020 press conference on Monday, Cristiano Ronaldo purposefully moved two strategically placed Coca-Cola bottles out of view. He then picked up a water bottle and set...
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Inter Miami Brazenly Cheated MLS Rules…But Was It So Wrong?

MLS first introduced the designated player rule in 2007 in order to give clubs more flexibility to sign lucrative deals with marquee players. It was informally called the David...
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The Columbus Crew Rebrand Fiasco Exposes the Disconnect Between MLS Owners and the Common Fan

After unveiling a new crest and changing its name from “Columbus Crew SC” to “Columbus SC,” there was an outpouring of negative reaction from the club's vocal supporters. A...
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How Nike Used LeBron James, Serena Williams and Drake to Snatch Liverpool Away from New Balance

Liverpool F.C. made international headlines when they announced in January 2020 that they were moving on from New Balance to sign a new partnership deal with Nike beginning in...
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Why I Don’t Think The European Super League Did Anything Patently Wrong

On April 18, 2021 the football world's foundations shook as 12 of the most famous football clubs announced that they were breaking away from UEFA competitions in order to...
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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...
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Three Simple Reasons Why Promotion and Relegation Will Never Happen in the US

One of the most common criticisms in regards to soccer in America is the lack of a promotion and relegation system that is quite common across much of Europe,...
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The Coddled Generation of U.S. Soccer Players Have No One to Blame But Themselves

There's a certain level of criticism regarding the state of the beautiful game in the United States that is fair. However, when unsuccessful players from Generation Y (millennials) or...
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Anonymous Mailbag No. 5: The Suarez-Brady Connection and Zlatan vs. LeBron

Here is our latest Urban Pitch Anonymous Mailbag, where we answer your unfiltered questions and replies to our stories or any particular issues and topics in soccer and culture...
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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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