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Charles Cuttone

September 18, 2014
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With bland logo, MLS is a blank slate

In unveiling a new logo on Thursday, part of the launch of a new version of a video game, Major League Soccer hopes to connect with its core audience, millennials.


July 29, 2014
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Threads in soccer’s colorful tapestry

Phil Stephens never met Nancy Osserman. It’s too bad. They would have gotten along famously, if for no other reason than each provided a rather long thread in the colorful tapestry that is American soccer.


July 1, 2014
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
World Cup magic is in the eye of the beholder

In the end, there was no magic. At least not enough to propel the United States, whose World Cup lasted 120 minutes longer than I and many observers thought it would, any further. But, the magic really was in that they got this far.


June 2, 2014
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Doing things the NY way

New York City FC announced their presence on the New York sports scene with authority on Monday, signing Spain international David Villa.


May 23, 2014
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
What does Klinsmann’s World Cup roster say about the direction of US Soccer?

Jurgen Klinsmann made some curious decisions in selecting the United States National Team roster for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, leading to the question, where exactly is soccer in the United States going?


April 13, 2014
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Cosmos opening day still holds promise of years ago

Opening day in soccer doesn’t have the same romance in soccer as it does in baseball. Although with the seasons in the United States taking place along roughly the same calendar, some of the clichés that are often applied for baseball, a new beginning, the spring, renewal of the ancient rites of spring could all apply.


November 17, 2013
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
MLS expansion: too much of a good thing?

Major League Soccer is expected to announce its 21st club next week, granting Orlando City SC a franchise to begin play in the league in 2015.


November 7, 2013
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Soccer Bowl trophy brings back memories

ATLANTA—I got my glimpse of the NASL’s Soccer Bowl trophy today. It’s a nice-looking piece of hardware that either the New York Cosmos or Atlanta Silverbacks will lift on Saturday.


September 18, 2013
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
HBO Sports could use a soccer primer

So, HBO’s Real Sports has finally discovered soccer. After doing a one-sided hatchet job on Chivas USA a few weeks ago, the cable TV magazine show aired a downright positive piece on Seattle Sounders FC Tuesday night. Sort of.


August 11, 2013
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
From Gold Cup win to Dempsey return, big two weeks in American soccer

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is fond of saying soccer’s progress in this country is evolutionary, not revolutionary, meaning there is not a single event that provides a seminal moment pointing to the sport’s success. That may be true, but the last two weeks have been an extraordinary time for the game in America.


July 20, 2013
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
Woosnam deserves the thanks of the game

Every soccer match in this country this weekend should have a moment of silence for Phil Woosnam, the Commissioner of the North American Soccer League, who passed away Friday at age 80.


May 27, 2013
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
14 is not 42

Robbie Rogers did a courageous thing by coming out, and then un-retiring, becoming on Sunday night the first openly gay male athlete to play in a game for a major professional sports team in the United States.


May 25, 2013
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Going for gold

It appears that a Golden Age is approaching that should make New York one of the great soccer cities in the world.


March 16, 2013
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
A tale of two cities, two stadiums and four teams

The opening of this Major League Soccer season and Rivalry Weekend has brought about an interesting challenge—catching two games involving four teams that are covered by Soccer News Net sites.


March 10, 2013
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Do-over voting is wrong call for the Hall of Fame

The other day, for the second time in a little over a month, I received a ballot from the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


January 20, 2013
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Michelle Akers: Simply the best

Every sport has its legends -- Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, Gordie Howe, Jesse Owens, Arnold Palmer, Richard Petty, Billie Jean King. Names that resonate even with non-sports fans. Even though she does not think so, Michelle Akers belongs on that list.


December 6, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Greatest American team ever? Not the Galaxy

Following the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo to capture their second straight MLS Cup on Saturday, former Galaxy player and current team executive Chris Klein proclaimed the team the greatest in American soccer history.


December 2, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
A fitting exit for David Beckham

David Beckham left Major League Soccer on Saturday as he entered it – amid happy, celebratory chaos, his welcoming press conference and final hoisting of the MLS Cup trophy bookending a sometimes rocky road through the still-developing landscape of American soccer.


November 22, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Is “sustainability” enough for new women’s league?

No question women’s soccer fans today are thankful that there will be a third attempt at a professional league, as announced by U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati.


October 16, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Home at last

KANSAS CITY,Kan.---For as long as the United States has been playing World Cup qualifiers, it has been looking for someplace where it would truly have a home field advantage.


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