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Rising Popularity of Domestic Soccer

Vincil Crenshaw ◆ March 3, 2018

A sport once regarded as “the sport that the rest of the world plays,” soccer has gained an immense amount of traction in the United States over the past few decades. 3.2 billion people: the number of people that tuned in to watch the 2014 Men’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Over 105 million of those viewers were in the United States. The population of the United States is slowly catching on to enjoying the world’s most popular sport. But how is our domestic league doing?

Conceived in 1996, Major League Soccer received a lot of hype following the 1994 World Cup, which was held by the United States. However, after only five years of operation, the United States domestic soccer league was face-down in the gutters. Owners were forced to file for bankruptcy, and frankly, people could’ve cared less. This was a league that was trying to take on the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL all at once, after all. Who had time for the MLS? The pivotal turning point came with the LA Galaxy’s acquisition of English superstar David Beckham...Continue Reading

What Changed in Chelsea?

Jay Kakkar ◆ January 30, 2018

Chelsea went on one of the best premier league runs ever, winning 30 of their possible 38 games in the 2016/17 Premier League season. However, Chelsea’s start to the season followed a completely different trend to the rest of their season; while the team won 3 out of their 3 games, the first was an unconvincing 2-1 win against West Ham (who finished the season with 45 from 114 available points), followed by a 1-2 win against Watford (who finished 17th in the table), both games in which Costa had to score an 87+ minute goal to save the tie, and a routine 3-0 win over Burnley. The team seemed to be struggling, regardless of the immense talents of Hazard, Costa and their 35 million pound star signing N’Golo Kante at their disposal. Signs of a collapse were imminent as in the next three games the team drew 2-2 against a Swansea side that would go on to be relegation candidates, and then two humiliating losses against rivals Liverpool and Arsenal 1-2 and 3-0 respectively. Yet, since the defeat to Arsenal, Chelsea went on to win their next 13 games in a row, 1 win away from the Premier League record for most consecutive wins in a season, scoring 32 goals and conceding only 6 and defeating title contenders Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs along the way. From that point on they would only go on to lose 3 more matches and draw 2 ... Continue Reading


To Start or Sit: Squad Rotation in Soccer

Isaac Schmidt ◆ October 20, 2017

On June 1, 2013, Bayern Munich lifted the DFB-Pokal trophy, after beating VfB Stuttgart 3-2 in the final. This was the third major trophy Bayern won that year. One week earlier, Bayern had beat fellow Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to win the UEFA Champions League. More than six weeks earlier, they clinched the Bundesliga title, constituting a treble season. Bayern’s navigated through a congested fixture list over the season to successfully clinch three titles. However, playing deep into multiple competitions often leads to struggling performances for many teams. Multiple games a week means players must be rested and starting the same team every game in every competition would be impossible, which is why squad rotation is necessary. The extent to which a team should rotate their players has always been a contentious topic amongst fans. Sitting a team’s best player on the bench can lead to harsh criticism, as shown when Arsenal recently lost 4-0 to Liverpool after sitting out star player Alexis Sánchez...Continue Reading


Never Much Love When We Go OT?

Eric Herrmann ◆ March 26, 2017

The Winners and Losers of 3-on-3 Overtime’s Sophomore Season

This current NHL season has marked just the second year of the league’s drastic new approach to reducing the number of games decided by shootouts. Since the start of the 2015 season, when a game goes to overtime in the NHL, the total number of skaters on the ice is cut down by four and the two teams play five minutes of 3-on-3 sudden death.

The aim of the rule change was to cut down on boring, unfair and unpopular shootouts and increase the amount of overtime scoring to make that part of the game more fast paced and exciting. Halfway through the second season of its implementation, the question remains, has it achieved these aims or not?

The answer? Pretty much a resounding...Continue Reading


The Rise Of The Six

Kairav Sheth ◆ March 18, 2017

Something happened last May that would’ve put the writers of Moneyball to shame. The Cleveland Cavaliers overturning a 3-1 deficit in the NBA finals seemed extremely insignificant to what had been achieved by a few soccer players across the Atlantic. Claudio “The Tinkerman” Ranieri did something everyone thought impossible. He led Leicester City to the league title against all odds; suddenly, a team that had fought a serious relegation battle a season ago, was lifting the coveted trophy. Where the hotshots of the league like Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero flopped, lesser known names like Jamie Vardy, Riyadh Mahrez and N'Golo Kanté rose to occasion... Continue Reading