Editor’s note: This essay was published in Howler issue 02, in February. Hardly anyone held an opinion about Luis Suárez until the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup, when he blocked a last-minute winner by Ghana with his hand. Suárez was sent off, Ghana missed the penalty kick, and Uruguay eventually won the game. Suárez sat out the semifinal against Holland, to which Uruguay would...
NY2: MLS and Cosmos Continue Their Dance
At Wednesday night’s “March to Soccer” address, MLS Commissioner Don Garber covered a lot of territory: expansion plans, the Cascadia Cup, investing in the league and its players. He did not announce any substantive progress on NY2. Writer Howard Megdal, who wrote about the quest for a second NYC franchise in Howler issue two, was in attendance and got to ask The Don a few follow-ups to his...
Can you name all nine of these faces from Howler issue two? First person to get them right will win a year’s subscription—leave your answer as a comment below! And you can order a copy of issue two for yourself here.
EVERYMAN A HERCULEZ
Photograph by Russell Monk How did a washed-up, written-off, tossed-away journeyman named Herculez Gomez become one of the most beloved members of the U.S. Men’s National Team? By Robert Andrew Powell Editor’s Note: This profile will appear in the second issue of Howler, which will be out in February. Earlier on his trip to report the story, Robert Andrew Powell took in the US National Team’s...
Howler Radio, episode one: An American at Azteca
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to take in a US-Mexico game at Estadio Azteca, this episode is for you. Howler contributor Robert Andrew Powell takes us behind the fencing and riot police to witness the USMNT’s historic win in August 2012. You can also subscribe to and download Howler Radio in iTunes.
Howler Radio jingle
We’ll be releasing the first episode of Howler Radio, our new podcast, in about a week, but we thought we’d share the jingle with you now because we dig it so much.
GENTLEMANBUG: Howler Magazine - Interview with... →
gentlemanbug: Print is dying, digital is king, and we all need usb ports… that’s pretty much where things are at in terms of the written word these days. Thank goodness no one told the team at Howler and the other half dozen excellent mags that launched in print this year. We received our big, glossy, premier…
Ben Olsen's Next Big Challenge
(Photo Credit: Andrew Hetherington) With Ben Olsen’s D.C. United facing a two-goal deficit and potential elimination this weekend against Houston, we thought it a good time to revisit Graham Parker’s Issue One profile of Olsen and the United coaching staff (“ How to Build a Team in Three Days”) as they prepared to face Chelsea in the MLS All-Star game. It’s early on a...
Homeless at a Hundred
As the USSF approaches its hundredth anniversary, the treasures of its hall of fame are currently collecting dust in a North Carolina storage unit. A column from Howler issue one by the late soccer historian David Wangerin, over on The Original Winger.
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Art prints in our shop
Starting today, we’ll be putting up art from the magazine in our online shop. Each piece will be printed on a very nice piece of archival quality, 19x13-inch matte paper. They’re coming out beautifully. The first two prints are Diego Patiño’s cover, “Klinsmann Wins a Friendly,” and Brian Cronin’s illustration “Gents.” After we account for the...
Every page of issue one
Every page of issue one. Get your copy here.
The Audacity of Hope
What Hope Solo’s new memoir says about the growth of the women’s game. By Gwendolyn Oxenham Illustration by Alvaro Tapia-Hidalgo THERE’S SOMETHING TELLING IN THE EVOLUTION of name-based puns in female soccer stars’ memoirs. In Mia Hamm’s Go for the Goal, the first chapter is titled “There is No Me in Mia”—quite the opposite sentiment of the genre’s new arrival, Solo: A...
What is American Soccer?
For Howler’s debut issue, Matthew Doyle (MLSsoccer.com’s Armchair Analyst) watched more than 50 hours of USMNT tape (going all the way back to Italia ‘90) to discern what—if anything—characterizes the American style of play. With tomorrow night’s WCQ against Jamaica looming, we thought we’d share it early, especially because his analysis has a lot to say about what...
We’re offering a special edition t-shirt as part of certain reward packages on Kickstarter, and today we’re showing two designs. One is a little more traditional, the other a little more fun. We’ll be putting this to a vote—if you like what you see and want to get a special edition Howler tee, head over to Kickstarter and pledge at the appropriate level. Option 1: Option 2:
Redacted Match Reports | June 21, 2012
Euro 12 Quarterfinals Czech Republic X - X Portugal | National Stadium, Warsaw [[MORE]] A one-sided game—XXXX XXXX alone took as many shots as the entire opposing team—but low-scoring nonetheless. In fact it was nearly XX minutes before the first real scoring chance occurred, possibly the longest we’ve been forced to wait all tournament. XXXX leaves it until late in the second half, but...
Redacted Match Reports | June 19, 2012
Euro 12 Group D England X - X Ukraine | Sweden X - X France [[MORE]] England X - X Ukraine | Donbass Arena, Donetsk Wayne Rooney is back for England while XXXX XXXX is, surprisingly, left out of Ukraine’s starting lineup. A win for either team would be enough to put them into the quarterfinals, and the excitement here comes from waiting to see if and how England will screw it up. XXXX...
Redacted Match Reports | June 18, 2012
Euro 2012 Group C Italy X - X Ireland | Croatia X - X Spain [[MORE]] Italy X - X Ireland | Stadion Miejski, Poznan Abject Ireland is out of the tournament, but Italy needs a result to qualify for the quarterfinals. These matches gain and lose interest in relation to each other; so long as Ireland keeps Italy off the scoresheet, a draw between Croatia and Spain sees them both through. Then...
Redacted Match Reports | June 15, 2012
Sorry for the tardy post today—still recovering from the drama in one of this afternoon’s matches. Euro 2012 Group D Ukraine X - X France | England X - X Sweden [[MORE]] Ukraine X - X France | Donbass Arena, Donetsk This game starts with a bang—of lightning, which leads to a rain delay of nearly an hour after only five minutes of play. Will it disrupt Ukraine’s momentum from the...
Redacted Match Reports | June 14, 2012
Euro 2012 Group C Italy X - X Croatia | Spain X - X Ireland [[MORE]]Italy X - X Croatia | Stadion Miejski, Poznan Mario Balotelli starts for Italy in spite of his underwhelming performance (and the fact that his replacement di Natale scored a goal) against Spain, but Andrea Pirlo is the master of the first half and reason alone to watch this match. XXXX goes ahead with a beautiful free kick,...
Redacted Match Reports | June 13, 2012
Euro 2012 Group B Denmark X - X Portugal | Netherlands X - X Germany [[MORE]]Denmark X - X Portugal | Arena Lviv, Lviv Portugal need a result to salvage their tournament while Denmark attempts to keep their momentum after beating the Netherlands. XXXX goes up by two in the first half before XXXX mounts an incredible comeback. A tense final stretch provides chances for both teams, including...
Redacted Match Reports | June 12, 2012
Euro 2012 Group A Greece X - X Czech Republic | Poland X - X Russia [[MORE]] Greece X - X Czech Republic | Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw XX goals in the first XX minutes make for a prolonged and excruciating fight back into the match for XXXX. None of the goals are spectacular, but the drama comes from the knowledge that a loss for either team makes advancing to the second round nearly impossible....
Redacted Match Reports | June 11, 2012
Euro 2012 Group D France X - X England | Ukraine X - X Sweden [[MORE]] France X - X Englad | Donbass Arena, Donetsk England has never won a Euro opener; France has never lost one. This game starts hot, then settles into a snooze. England’s lineup includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while Wayne Rooney, serving the first of a two-match ban, watches from the stands. XXXX takes the lead off a...
I'll Never Forget...
Brazil and Argentina have given us some of the finest moments in soccer history. Here, three acclaimed journalists share their favorites. [Note: This story appears in Turnstile, a digital match program for Brazil-Argentina, June 9, at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. Download Turnstile free for your iPad here, or a pdf with the same content here.] [[MORE]] Alex Bellos Ronaldinho jukes...
Alejandro Sabella may not be endowed with a holy appendage, but his appointment might finally have blessed Argentina with the right manager. By Sam Kelly [Note: This story appears in Turnstile, a digital match program for Brazil-Argentina, June 9, at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. Download Turnstile free for your iPad here, or a pdf with the same content here.] [[MORE]] It’s been...
[Note: This story appears in Turnstile, a digital match program for Brazil-Argentina, June 9, at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. Download Turnstile free for your iPad here, or a pdf with the same content here.] Last year, Brazil and argentina both went out in the quarterfinals of a chaotic Copa América. Now they have to find the right systems to beat the world’s best teams—beginning with each...
Redacted Match Reports | June 8, 2012
Euro 2012 Group A Poland X - X Greece | Russia X - X Czech Republic [[MORE]] Poland X - X Greece | National Stadium, Warsaw The opening match of Euro 2012 between one of the hosts and a not-too-distant champion. There are goals, cards (yellow and red), and penalties—one correctly called and at least one—a hand-ball by the XXXX side—missed by the referee. XXXX attacks from the beginning and...
Turnstile by Howler
You can download Turnstile, for free, in iTunes. If the iPad format isn’t handy, you can get the same content in a hi-res PDF (the embedded videos are functional as long as you’re viewing it in Adobe Acrobat). That’s a large file (121mb), so we’re making it available without the embedded video here. For more information about Turnstile, read this.
[Note: This story appears in Turnstile, a digital match program for Brazil-Argentina, June 9, at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. Download Turnstile free for your iPad here, or a pdf with the same content here.] It’s been ugly. It’s been sublime. The greatest rivals in the Americas have met in four World cup matches, and legendary New York Times sports writer George Vecsey has been in the...
Introducing Redacted Match Reports
“Don’t tell me the score.” That’s how my dad answers the phone when my number shows up on the caller ID. It started right after I left for college, more than ten years ago, and he still does it when he has a big game waiting for him on the DVR. Back then I used to needle him—even signed him up for instant score alerts to be texted to his cell phone (sorry dad). But I...