Appearances, they say, are everything. It’s a saying that’s normally applied to the world of business, but apparently it’s also one that’s recently become very important to a large segment of US soccer supporters. Well, maybe they’re not so concerned with overall appearances, but at least as it pertains to crest that adorns the national team’s […]

Even though we’ve exited the hectic Christmas/New Year’s schedule that normally bombards us with more soccer than we can stomach, the last few days have been ridiculously busy in the world of the beautiful game. Of course we still had a normal round of weekend fixtures around Europe to deal with. The opening of the […]

With the hectic Christmas football calendar about to kick off and the transfer window to follow shortly after, it seemed prudent to get a Ten Words or Less in so we’ll have ample room in the next one to cover the all of the upcoming commotion. But that doesn’t mean this week has been devoid […]

I’ve been a little USA-Mexico heavy in this space for the last week or so, and understandably so. And predictably, a little bit of that spills over into this weeks TWOL posting. If you’re feeling a little burnt out on the subject, don’t worry… there’s still a further six links below that aren’t related to […]

This won’t last forever. I know it hurts, but the pain will go away. Everyone has to go through this.  Growing pains, my mother contended, were just a part of growing up. The persistent throbbing and aching, she promised, wouldn’t last and the pains would eventually fade away. And if I wanted to grow up to […]

“Be careful what you ask for.” That’s probably what many European and South American supporters would say to us American soccer fans right about now. Other popular American sports fans would probably do the same too, if only they were capable of putting down their anti-soccer biases for a few minutes. Long the American soccer […]

Thus far, 2013 has been a whirlwind. As with most years, there’s been the expected absurdity that accompanies the holiday season to keep me busy: the annual cornucopia of fixtures, plus the ensuing avalanche of (faux-)headlines that is the January transfer window. But, unlike previous years, things have been especially crazy around the imaginary WSOTP […]

With tomorrow being Thanksgiving here in the States, it’s the time of year when many reflect upon all of the things in their lives for which they should be thankful. Things are no different here at WSOTP. And while I’m especially thankful for a wonderfully patient wife, a loving family, and that Spurs’ UnderArmour kits […]

It may just be me, but I feel like my recent posts have taken a rather pessimistic view of the beautiful game. A quick look at my front page shows a total of seven non-round-up posts, and four of them are nothing but me bitching about some current aspect of the game. I must think […]

turmoil in the world of football (postponements like i’ve never seen in england, the togo bus shooting, liverpool’s bumbling boardroom idiots, etc.) has left me debating what i should write my next long article about. it’s like i can’t get my head wrapped around something before another major story breaks. oh well, it could be worse. […]