David Rudin

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

Latest posts

  1. Goals, goofs and gaiety: just another regular weekend in MLS — March 20, 2017
  2. US Soccer needs to be open and honest about dual nationals | David Rudin — January 27, 2017
  3. MLS Cup, Toronto FC and soccer’s fight for relevance in Canada — December 8, 2016

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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

Dec 08

MLS Cup, Toronto FC and soccer’s fight for relevance in Canada

Toronto is a soccer city, and yet Toronto FC have historically under-performed. On the eve of their first MLS final, however, they’re seeing signs of progress

After scoring five goals, eliminating their rivals Montreal Impact from the MLS playoffs, and advancing to the first MLS Cup in team history, Toronto FC got down to the important business of discussing Drake. “You’re going to join Drake and company on the town,” a member of the club’s staff – probably Jeff Bradley, the communications chief – yelled to players across a crowded locker room.

Drake, the 6 God, was not, in fact, waiting for the players. His last meaningful involvement with the club came in 2014, when he reportedly called Jermain Defoe as part of TFC’s efforts to sign the striker – an episode the club and its fans have tried to forget. But his specter pointed to the awkwardness of the occasion. Toronto, like much of Canada, has both a vibrant culture and a vibrant soccer culture; the question the MLS Cup final raises is whether those qualities can ever become one and the same.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/dec/08/mls-cup-toronto-fc-relevance-canada