my completely unsolicited opinion on your world cup experience

Even my compatriots who are least interested in soccer can get excited about it once every four years, but since the U.S. team didn’t qualify for the men’s tournament this round, I’m hearing many of them eyeroll and defect. Do not despair, for not only does this country already have three World Cups to itsContinue reading “my completely unsolicited opinion on your world cup experience”

Episode 25: Mano de D10s feat. Catherine Addington & Sergio Bermudez

Thanks to Weyward Podcast for having my friend Sergio and me on to talk lucha libre, fútbol, & more! Highlights include Sergio on sexy grandpa wrestlers and me on soccer players as stand-ins for various Argentine national complexes. And everyone on the economic nonsense behind the fiction of player loyalty. (This is the Catholic leftistContinue reading “Episode 25: Mano de D10s feat. Catherine Addington & Sergio Bermudez”

DC United is more than just a name – it should be the goal for the future

People not from here don’t often internalize that “Washington, DC” is a list, not a place name. “Washington” is the government. “The District” is where hundreds of thousands of people live their lives. I, for one, still think it’s meaningful that the club is called DC United. Not Washington, like all the other local teams,Continue reading “DC United is more than just a name – it should be the goal for the future”

The politics and poetry of Copa América Centenario

It’s true that a non-South American country has never hosted, and that the choice of the United States couldn’t be more loaded. But as we will see, poetic cash grabs are the American way. I’m at Unusual Efforts dissecting the symbolism of the South American championship being held in the United States. ⚽ (Rejected title:Continue reading “The politics and poetry of Copa América Centenario”

The Mythical Founding of Club Atlético Independiente

At first the group met in the Degiorgi family’s home in upscale Recoleta, but decided to officially establish the club at the Monserrat home of another early member, Daniel Bevilacqua, on January 1, 1905. The club’s immediate orders of business were to elect a first president (the commanding, mustachioed goalkeeper Arístides Langone); select their colorsContinue reading “The Mythical Founding of Club Atlético Independiente”

Dios y los Diez: The Mythologization of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi in Contemporary Argentina

Argentine soccer players Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi have been subject to similar cultural phenomena, from national identity politics to Catholic imagery, despite wildly contrasting personal contexts. Their subjection to the tropes in question is not an overwhelming natural outpouring of the sport, the country, or the players themselves, but a function of cultural expressionContinue reading “Dios y los Diez: The Mythologization of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi in Contemporary Argentina”

Why World Cup Culture Wars Vindicate American Soccer

As more Americans than ever tuned in to watch the World Cup over the past few weeks, the American media’s quadrennial habit of analyzing soccer’s place in the country raged on. Cranky right-wingers, embodied by Ann Coulter’s now-infamous ramble, put forth common criticisms of soccer: it has an insufficient gender gap, allows scoreless ties, prohibits using hands, isContinue reading “Why World Cup Culture Wars Vindicate American Soccer”