July 25, 2015 CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Taking the long view with the US National Team
CHESTER, Pa.---Let’s be clear. Results matter in sports. Coaches who don’t get results get fired. It's plain and simple. But there are different kind of results. Yes, winning the Gold Cup, appearing in the final, even winning the third place game should mean something. Same for getting to the Confederations Cup, even though it is a contrived tournament created by FIFA to further clog the calendar and extract money from fans and sponsors. But not winning those competitions (or in the case of the Confederations Cup not getting there) is not the end of the world.
July 13, 2015 CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
What’s next for women’s soccer?
So, what’s next for women’s soccer? The United States won its first World Cup in 16 years, drawing a record TV audience for a soccer game of some 25 million, as well as a throng estimated at 200,000 for the victory parade down New York’s ”Canyon of Heroes.”
June 13, 2015 CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
Grandstanding politicians don't help
First, a geography lesson. U.S. Soccer is headquartered in Chicago. Hope Solo, when she is not on the road keeping the U.S. Women's National Team in games, lives in Washington. The state, not the city that is domicile to our largely do-nothing congress.
September 18, 2013 CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
HBO Sports could use a soccer primer
So, HBO’s Real Sports has finally discovered soccer. After doing a one-sided hatchet job on Chivas USA a few weeks ago, the cable TV magazine show aired a downright positive piece on Seattle Sounders FC Tuesday night. Sort of.
September 10, 2013 CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
The air is different at a big event: USA-Mexico has that feel
COLUMBUS, Ohio---Big events have a certain feel to them. Sports fans know what those events are. Sometimes they are championship games. Sometimes they are rivalry games. Red Sox-Yankees, Michigan-Ohio State. There is something in the air. It’s different. You start to feel it approaching the stadium. It grows moving through the streets or the parking lots and becomes overpowering inside the gates.
May 27, 2013 CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
14 is not 42
Robbie Rogers did a courageous thing by coming out, and then un-retiring, becoming on Sunday night the first openly gay male athlete to play in a game for a major professional sports team in the United States.
January 20, 2013 CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Michelle Akers: Simply the best
Every sport has its legends -- Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, Gordie Howe, Jesse Owens, Arnold Palmer, Richard Petty, Billie Jean King. Names that resonate even with non-sports fans. Even though she does not think so, Michelle Akers belongs on that list.
December 6, 2012 CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Greatest American team ever? Not the Galaxy.
Following the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo to capture their second straight MLS Cup on Saturday, former Galaxy player and current team executive Chris Klein proclaimed the team the greatest in American soccer history. While winning back-to-back MLS Cups is impressive, the Galaxy are not even close to the best ever, by a number of measures.
December 2, 2012 CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
A fitting exit for David Beckham
David Beckham left Major League Soccer on Saturday as he entered it – amid happy, celebratory chaos, his welcoming press conference and final hoisting of the MLS Cup trophy bookending a sometimes rocky road through the still-developing landscape of American soccer.