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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A 40-Year-Old Feud, a $5 Million Sports Rooster, and How the Unpredictable Diego Maradona Tied Them All Together

It’s serendipitously fitting in so many ways that as Diego Maradona’s infamous "Hand of God" World Cup kit goes to auction, it is accompanied by claims of falsehood and...
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Anonymous Mailbag: The Pay-to-Play Debate

We had a lot of comments come in from readers in regards to my most recent article Pay-to-Play is Good for Soccer and the Harshest Critics are Hypocrites. There...
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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...

Allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Leave Has Been MLS’ Worst Mistake

Prior to his arrival there were months of tabloid speculation. Although the league had moved away from the practice of signing aging stars past their prime, rumors of Zlatan...
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Ready or Not, Here She Comes — A Second Women’s Professional League In the US

The USL recently made a surprise announcement that their women's Super League would push back their launch date to 2024 and apply to U.S. Soccer for Division I sanctioning....
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Started From The Wire Now We’re Creed: Is MLS Finally Past Being “Corny?”

While making an appearance for the premiere of Creed III, actor-director Michael B. Jordan had a rather interesting interaction on the red carpet with The Morning Hustle host Lore'l....
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Anonymous Mailbag No. 2: Twitter Wars and Youth Soccer Ethics

Welcome to the 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 today.  These...
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The Crypto.com Arena Deal Shows How Much the Business of Soccer Still Lags in the US

It was recently announced that LA's iconic Staples Center would be getting a new name in time for Christmas: Crypto.com Arena. The 20-year agreement, thought to be the biggest naming...
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The Hidden, Ugly Side of Youth Soccer, Part 2: Nightmare Parents, Feeble Leadership, and Dirty Politics

The fast-paced world of club soccer isn’t just about shuttling kids to practices, cheering them on at games, and traveling to high profile tournaments on weekends. Spurred on by...
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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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Anonymous Mailbag No. 3: The MLS Talent Pipeline

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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How The Embarrassing Feud Within the Washington Spirit Organization is Actually a Huge Win For All NWSL Players

There’s been a long and publicly drawn out battle occurring within the Washington Spirit organization. Amidst accusations of abusive behavior and a toxic club culture, this is a situation the National Women's...

Why ‘The Sopranos’ is the Greatest TV Show of All Time and What MLS Can Learn From It

There have been plenty of masterful TV shows over the years including Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Wire and many others. But with all due respect, the...

Pay-to-Play is Good for Soccer and the Harshest Critics are Hypocrites

I'll begin by saying that I am not arguing that there aren't certain issues, unscrupulous practices, or problematic cracks within the pay-to-play model — there are. However, I am...

There’s a Palpable Sense of Urgency for Neymar in What is Likely His Last World Cup

It's difficult to decide whether Neymar Junior has met or fallen short of the grandiose expectations that were laid on his young shoulders so many years ago. Making his...
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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...

Cristiano Ronaldo Reminds Us That Aging with Grace is Almost Impossible for the World’s Best Athletes

On August 27, 2021 when Manchester United announced they had agreed to terms with Juventus to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, it was heralded as a triumphant return of their long...
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CONCACAF Champions League is Still Irrelevant, But That Needs to Hurry Up and Change

In 2022, the Seattle Sounders made history by defeating Pumas UNAM of Liga MX to become the first MLS team to win a CONCACAF Champions League title. Sadly, this...

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...