David Rudin

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Name: David Rudin
Date registered: December 8, 2016
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/football/mls

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  1. Tim Howard is an increasingly outdated frontman for MLS — April 17, 2017
  2. Goals, goofs and gaiety: just another regular weekend in MLS — March 20, 2017
  3. US Soccer needs to be open and honest about dual nationals | David Rudin — January 27, 2017

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Apr 17

Tim Howard is an increasingly outdated frontman for MLS

The Colorado Rapids goalkeeper remains a significant figure in American soccer culture, even if his best days are well in the past

Goalkeeping was not the Colorado Rapids’ problem this weekend. That is scant consolation regarding a match that was won by Real Salt Lake with goals in the 85th and 88th minutes, but it’s all that’s on offer. On the pitch, Colorado’s problem is still a near pathological aversion to converting chances into goals. With any semblance of competent finishing, they would have quickly dispatched RSL. Instead, the match only offered the Rapids a 90-minute reprieve from thinking about Tim Howard.

Yes, that Tim Howard. The erstwhile US goalkeeper was serving the first leg of his three-game suspension due to what the league termed “foul language directed at a fan” and “an altercation with a fan following the game” during the Rapids’ previous match against Sporting Kansas City. Video of the former incident circulated on Twitter. In typical fashion, the forensic instincts of soccer fandom took over. The exact phraseology remains up for debate, but the statement involved Howard and the fan’s mother. Make of that what you will.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/17/tim-howard-mls-colorado-rapids

Mar 20

Goals, goofs and gaiety: just another regular weekend in MLS

This was supposed to be a season of maturity for Major League Soccer, but as Portland’s 4-2 win over Houston showed, it still has some growing up to do

International breaks in the Major League Soccer season, like the over-emphasized punctuation marks in a Victor Borge stand-up routine, are interruptions that take on a comedic effect. One could lament the nascent season’s loss of important players so that Canada can play a friendly against Scotland, or so the US can continue muddling through World Cup qualification. Laughing, however, is more enjoyable. One might as well embrace the opportunity afforded by the strip-mining of rosters for international matches to ruminate on the state of the league. The three-week marker in a 34-week season that will end with most teams making the playoffs in an inopportune time for prognostications, but why should that stop anyone?

Related: Wilmer Cabrera, loyal lieutenant in Colombia’s dream team, thriving in MLS

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/20/portland-houston-mls-classic-goals-goofs-gaiety

Jan 27

US Soccer needs to be open and honest about dual nationals | David Rudin

The US men’s soccer team has always employed stars born or brought up overseas – so why the sudden antipathy to such players?

The US men’s national soccer team, currently in its annual January training camp before a friendly against Serbia on Sunday, once again finds itself at the dawn of a new era. Jürgen Klinsmann – who one suspects would have been willing to take credit for the sun rising at dawn each day – is no longer the national team coach; Bruce Arena is. Klinsmann’s claim that he had fundamentally revolutionized American soccer makes it harder to move on from his tenure. His legacy, in large part, is that every issue is now a even more fraught.

Related: Dom Dwyer: could the England-born striker be a star for USA?

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/27/us-soccer-mens-national-team-dual-nationals