Izzy Tandir, Bosnia & Herzogovinia U21 striker raised in New Jersey, signs with Real Zaragoza; is he on Jurgen’s radar?

  Izzy Tandir, a 20-year-old Bosnian striker who was born in Germany and raised in Hackettstown, New Jersey , has signed with Real Zaragoza in Spain’s Segunda Division. Tandir came up through the Red Bulls youth academy before playing for FC Sochaux’s youth team in France, Sacramento Republic and Breiðablik in Iceland. He also played at… Continue reading Izzy Tandir, Bosnia & Herzogovinia U21 striker raised in New Jersey, signs with Real Zaragoza; is he on Jurgen’s radar?

What individual or company is most responsible for Barca’s surging popularity in the US? How about Marshalls.

Last week, I shared my research on soccer apparel trends at three Disney theme parks over four days. I spotted supporters representing 14 of the 20 English Premier League clubs (54 people total) and 7 out of 20 MLS clubs (22 people total).  Manchester United, with 13, and Orlando City, with 7, topped each list. But neither came close… Continue reading What individual or company is most responsible for Barca’s surging popularity in the US? How about Marshalls.

The Galatasaray Truck near Union Square

If you walk north along University Place and approach the southwest corner of Union Square at 14th Street, you will encounter an incongruous feature of the cityscape amid the perpetual film crews and packs of professionals pouring from the subway with their heads tilted toward their iPhones. There’s a five-foot tall, hand-painted Galatasaray logo on the back of a box truck. The Turk… Continue reading The Galatasaray Truck near Union Square

A Treatise Against Vanity Set Pieces

This piece originally appeared on the TheRoyalFrontier.com The opponent trips your player twenty-five yards from goal. The referee issues a yellow card and signals for a free kick just outside the opponent’s box. The home crowd erupts with anticipation. Finally, our persistent pressure is rewarded with a clear chance on net! The referee draws a foam semi-circle… Continue reading A Treatise Against Vanity Set Pieces

Orlando City dominates at Disney

Earlier this week, I posted about my search for fans wearing Premier League club apparel over four days at three Disney theme parks. In the end, I spotted 54 different people wearing clothing representing 14 of the 20 EPL teams. On Day 2 of my trip, I decided to document every piece of MLS apparel I saw after… Continue reading Orlando City dominates at Disney

The MLS has come so far. What will the Red Bulls and their league look like 13 years from now?

Mamadou Diallo scored four goals against the Galaxy inside Giants Stadium on June 16, 2002. The 22,071 fans at the match sat sprinkled around the cavern. There was room to put a jacket on a nearby seat and stretch out a bit. Sunday’s Eastern Conference semifinal match against DC United, which the Red Bulls won 1-0 to advance to the Conference Finals, drew… Continue reading The MLS has come so far. What will the Red Bulls and their league look like 13 years from now?

Soccer spotting: 14/20 English Premier League clubs represented at three Disney theme parks

A researcher should never become wedded to a specific outcome. You shouldn’t focus on data that supports your goal or bolsters your hypothesis. That sort of serious bias clouds your judgment, influences your research and torpedoes the validity of your study. Even if you secure funding, survive peer-review and then get published, some skeptic will eventually investigate your methods… Continue reading Soccer spotting: 14/20 English Premier League clubs represented at three Disney theme parks