Author: Charles Olney

» August 9, 2017

How many players have natural positions? How flexible are those roles? In what circumstances does it make sense to play someone ‘out of position’? These are questions that most soccer […]

» July 31, 2017

Is the job of the referee to pass moral judgment or to call the game by the book? This might seem an obvious question, but it turns out to be […]

» July 27, 2017

Photo by MikeRussellFoto, find more @mikerussellfoto This weekend, Seattle and Sky Blue played one of the craziest games in the history of the league. I was lucky enough to see it in […]

» July 20, 2017

Which Seattle is the real Seattle? The one that destroyed Houston and Washington? The one that was devastated by Boston early in the season? The one that ran roughshod over […]

» July 13, 2017

2017 has been a good year for defenders moving into the midfield. First, was Julie Ertz with Chicago. And this weekend, we got another fascinating (and potentially transformative) example, with […]

» July 7, 2017

Houston made two big changes over the last month—parting ways with Randy Waldrum, and welcoming Carli Lloyd back into the fold. Since then, their fortunes have turned significantly, capped off […]

» June 27, 2017

In this game, we focus a great deal on the players who do things. And for good reason. Most of the time, the action is…well, where the action is. But […]

» June 14, 2017

We are now one-third of the way through the season, and things seem to be settling down a bit. While there have been plenty of surprises week-to-week, the league table […]

» June 7, 2017

Washington squared off against Houston this weekend in a matchup between the two bottom teams in the table, and in many ways that’s precisely what the game felt like. Neither […]

» May 31, 2017

When the news came on Monday that Houston and Randy Waldrum had parted ways, it felt like a logical move. The calls for his dismissal had grown louder (including a long […]

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