Archive for the ‘Professional Soccer’ Category


Expanding World Cup Seems to be a Negative for those involved

January 11th, 2017Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are a number of articles for and against expansion. Logic seems to be on the side of those holding to a 32 team final tournament (everyone gets a chance to participate and qualify already). Below are some excerpts from a reasonded article that I agree with. As it stands every country has a chance [...]

2015 Women’s World Cup – How are my favorites doing?

June 21st, 2015Posted by BJ Pheasant

Before the Women’s World Cup in Canada I talked about the four teams I thought had the best chance to win the Cup. They are USA, Japan, Germany, and France. So far, two of those teams have played poorly (USA and Japan) and two have played well (Germany and France). USA is not playing well [...]

The Moneyball era in soccer is not quite here

November 28th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

There are a number of books that outline how countries and clubs are not guaranteed to win in soccer because of processes beyond control and the nature of the game allowing for variance in expected outcomes. To win consistently a club or country needs a consistent source of players. To develop those players they need [...]

Why do college coaches “go pro”?

February 1st, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

When the Penn State football coach recently left to take the Houston Texans professional jobs I saw some interesting stats. American football coaches in college average a 10 year tenure while pros only last 3 years. Why do college coaches insist on going pro when the money they make can be similar at top programs. [...]

Bradley Coaches in Europe

January 24th, 2014Posted by BJ Pheasant

I outlined in previous articles my concern over Bob Bradley coaching in Egypt. He represents US coaches abroad. Qualifying for the World Cup would have put him, and by association US coaches, in the world’s eye as competent coaches that have moved beyond the shadow of the “American football coach” stereotype. Unfortunately Egypt did not [...]

Tito Vilanova is stepping down as coach of Barcelona

July 20th, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

In his single season in charge, he led Barcelona to the Spanish league title with a record-tying 100 points. Vilanova, 44, had twice previously taken a medical break from his duties at Barcelona, once during his time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant in the 2011-12 season and again as when he became head coach last season. [...]

NWSL Announces Allocation of 55 National Team Players to Eight Clubs

January 11th, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

NWSL Announces Allocation of 55 National Team Players to Eight Clubs from US Soccer Jan. 11, 2013 All 18 U.S. Soccer Olympic Gold Medal Winners Will Play in League CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2013) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the allocation of 55 National Team players to the eight clubs as 23 [...]

Sepp Blatter criticizing American Soccer?

January 5th, 2013Posted by BJ Pheasant

There have been many words written about the bumbling and inept Sepp Blatter. And recently more regarding his statements about American soccer. My take is a little different. Everyone seems to be jumping on him for his criticism of the MLS as not being a real or recognized league. I can see how that could [...]

technical scouting gaining acceptance

December 19th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

The image of the wizened old scout stood in the cold scouring for talent at a provincial football ground remains. But like other facets of the game, scouting is changing. And technology is driving development. These days a football player is as likely to be discovered on a computer database several time-zones away as on [...]

New Professional Women’s League Announced in USA – will they follow my outline?

November 21st, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

A new women’s professional league which will start play in March. As I have written before Professional Womens soccer can draw large crowds for club games. They have done so in France and Germany, arguable the top women’s leagues in the world. Many mistakes have been made in marketing women’s soccer in the US. Will [...]

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