European Player Spotlight: Mario Balotelli

European Player Spotlight: Mario Balotelli

  by Dawn Elizabeth Lifsey (@baloteIlli) It’s hard to believe Mario Balotelli is only 24 because it seems like he’s been around forever. The young Liverpool striker has had a colorful and controversial career so far, gaining a bad reputation for being egotistical...
Long Distance Relationships: Following from Afar

Long Distance Relationships: Following from Afar

By Alyssa Pierce @UrBabyKate For much of America, the word ‘soccer’ evokes images of kids in shin guards, moms in mini-vans, orange slices and juice boxes. But for so many others, it’s a passion that can ignite a variety of emotions—a passion that consumes.  So for...
Alyssa Pierce: The Transfer Window

Alyssa Pierce: The Transfer Window

By Alyssa Pierce @UrBabyKate Summer in the life of a soccer fan is a bittersweet time—a spring of new hope for a new season, but at times teetering on the verge of a waking nightmare. As followers of The Beautiful Game, we enjoy the advantage of a long, sweet...
Covering the offseason like it matters

Covering the offseason like it matters

In my first full year of Charleston Battery fandom, I went through serious withdrawal symptoms. The 2012 team teased us, tortured us, and then got hot when it mattered most, riding a winning streak to the USL PRO Championship. There they were! Celebrating on our...
Change of Guard at Real Madrid

Change of Guard at Real Madrid

By DANE ARLAUCKAS  @dfinesttweets Could it have ended any other way? The author of the script may have envisioned some sort of Hollywood Romance, but in the end this blockbuster match made of money seemed more destined for an Amityville Horror flick. The Special One’s...