The Looming Threat of a Spanish Soccer Strike

The Spanish Supercup between the league's two giants might be the last club game we see from La Liga in a while...

For sports fans in the United States — who endured the NFL work stoppage over the summer, and are currently watching and waiting as the NBA and its players work toward a stalemate that could look suspiciously like the NHL’s season-long shutdown in 2004-05 — labor situations have taken on a curious pattern in recent years. It isn’t the players, the labor of... Read More

Stats and Sensibility: Decrying a Dearth of Soccer Statistics

The numbers don't lie -- Vittek was the most efficient goal scorer of the 2010 World Cup...

Soccer season is starting all across Europe, while here in the United States we’re in the MLS stretch run before the playoff field crystallizes. As you could probably deduce for yourself by the column’s title, I’m a big fan of statistics. Give me something to break down and I’ll be able to manipulate the data in different ways, enough iterations and trial-and-error... Read More

EPL Season Opens Amid Chaos On and Off the Pitch

Is a player like Joey Barton, provoking red cards to spark riotous behavior on the pitch, an anomaly or indicative of the greater sentiment of British youth?

For the first time since the formation of the English Premier League in 1992, a match has been delayed due to public unrest. The first day of the EPL season commenced Saturday without Tottenham or Everton, as continued rioting in the capital city led to the postponement of the match at White Hart Lane. The neighborhoods around White Hart Lane in North London have been ground zero... Read More

Seattle and the Solar Stadium

... and ended up with a state-of-the-art array that was the largest in sports at the time of its July 2011 completion.

When the STAPLES Center put up an array of 1727 photovoltaic solar cells in 2008, the 364kWh display made perfect sense. In the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the rooftop array was ideally situated to take advantage of the California sunshine — nearly six peak hours of sunlight a day all just waiting to be harvested. Seattle took the initiative to power its football-and-soccer... Read More

Klinsmann Debut Yields Slivers of Future Hope

The Americans battled Mexico to an unexpected draw thanks to the infusion of youth in the lineup...

The Americans battled Mexico to an unexpected draw thanks to the infusion of youth in the lineup...Preempted by Little League baseball, I turned from ESPN2 to Univision to watch the beginning of the showdown between the United States and Mexico in Philadelphia. It was the first opportunity to atone for the come-from-ahead loss to the Mexicans in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. It was... Read More