Welcome to Cascadia
Can two teams have a rivalry if they’ve never played before? Ask any of the more than 16,000 fans who attended Sunday’s Portland Thorns match against the Seattle Reign, the NWSL’s first foray into the deep-rooted Cascadia soccer rivalry, and the answer would likely be a resounding yes.
While the United States regularly assembles one of the world’s more talented women’s national teams, success on the international stage has not led to a prosperous domestic league. From the WUSA to the WPS, and the WPSL to the nascent NWSL, women’s soccer in the United States has always struggled to find long-term sustainability.
But if the show of support in the Thorns’ home debut is any indication, there’s good reason to wager on the NWSL’s vision for the future.
Here’s to the Portland Thorns and Seattle Reign, for providing a good day for Cascadia, a good day for women’s soccer in the US, and a good day for the game overall. Oh, and here’s a full replay of the match available for all on YouTube. [Posted by Maxi]
Great scenes in Portland this weekend.
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With the US-Mexico WCQ tonight, we thought it appropriate to share this photo. Sometimes things are complicated.
We’re sure you’ve seen all the photos from Friday’s WCQ, but we just wanted to put this up because it’s our favorite.
The United States and Canada comprise a land mass that is vaster than any other league tries to cover (if you’re wondering, the combined land mass of the US and Canada is 2,530,031 sq km bigger than Russia’s). Population-wise, it’s only third behind China and India as, well, hardly anyone (relatively) lives in Canada – but still, there are 348,396,819 people in the United States and Canada, and there are 19 Major League Soccer teams.
That’s one team per 18,336,675 inhabitants.
The population of London, meanwhile, is 8,174,100. There are six Premier League clubs in London, which is one team for every 1,362,350 inhabitants."
Earlier this week, Tom Dunmore of XI Quarterly looked at a question that’s recently arisen in US soccer circles: can you be a US soccer fan without supporting MLS?
But the question doesn’t end there, as Tom takes it a step further: how can a league that directly covers so little of a country’s population continue to grow? [Posted by Maxi]
Young Bob Bradley, during his time playing for Princeton.
Soldier Field during World Cup 94.
Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Soccer Star magazine, June 15, 1957.
Sneak peek of the portraits I’ve been doing this week
A new identity for the NASL team formerly known as Minnesota Stars FC was announced today. Put a Loon on it! (it’s the state bird. We dig this crest, not so sure about the name change.)
The U.S. bid to host the 1986 World Cup was a failure, with Mexico winning FIFA’s nod instead after Colombia withdrew from hosting. Eight years later, the U.S. showed it could host a successful World Cup in 1994.
Pictured: Kurt Lamm and Werner Fricker of the US Soccer Federation.
Preston Zimmerman talks to Brian Blickenstaff about his career in Germany in Issue Two of XI Quarterly.
Photo: Tom Sekula/XI Quarterly