US Soccer Media we like

Discussion in 'Business and Media' started by christopher d, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. christopher d

    christopher d New Member

    Jun 11, 2002
    Weehawken, NJ
    Ya know, Joey T gets his share of beef on the Galaxy board. He is (was) the GM of the big sports radio station in San Diego/LA, XTRA, and he does Galaxy PBP on TV in LA. Yeoman's work on a station that, by and large, does not appreciate the Beautiful Game. He is a bit, shall we say, emotional in his delivery, but he is a true fan, and manages to get G highlights into every XTRA show he takes part in. Vote one for Joe Tutino. PZ, et al: bash away...
  2. subbuteo

    subbuteo New Member

    Dec 17, 2002
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    me and Andres Cantor down by the school yard
  3. FigoB1

    FigoB1 New Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Josh Hakala from his Detroit radio "Soccer Fanatics" show is pretty good. I know we're talking beat writers and people who do this for a living, but someone should give props to Josh for all the work he puts into the show and essentially does it for free.
  4. houndguy

    houndguy New Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    A big cheer for the people at, and the wide varity of other webzines that cover soccer.

    Most of these people write for free or freelance and deserve credit also. is a site dedicated to those people.
  5. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Among other glaring errors....

    The USWNT didn't win the 2000 Olympics, just so you know.
  6. houndguy

    houndguy New Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    Re: Among other glaring errors....

    Remind me to kill the other writer. I don't believe we missed that.

  7. monster

    monster Member

    Oct 19, 1999
    Hanover, PA
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My favoritest Christmas present.

    Santa loves the ECG. :D
  8. csh2000

    csh2000 New Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    That guy's a joke.
  9. cafrine

    cafrine New Member

    Oct 13, 2002
    is GONE
    great thread.

    gotta give props to Tobias Xavier-Lopez at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. every once in a while he'll dig up some stadium news for us grateful burn fans to chew on.

    also, does FSW count? :)
  10. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Leicester City FC
    Jack Bell does a lot more than just scour the web - he's been providing a lot of good info. Btw did you see Friday's Alecko article?

    Does Ives Galarcep make print editions in NJ? I like him better than Goff -- probably doesn't get as much space as Goff, but when he writes, he writes the way we all wish soccer was covered in this country.
  11. Eliezar

    Eliezar Member+

    Jan 27, 2002
    12 de Octubre
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Announcers JP Dellacamera and Alexi Lalas

    Writers Grant Wahl

    Weekly Newspaper Writers Glenn Davis is okay in Houston's paper
  12. concrete

    concrete New Member

    Jul 9, 2002
    Bell and Galarcep are excellent writers, but neither one breaks many stories. The two biggest scoops of the offseason concerning the MetroStars were reported by other papers: Bob Bradley getting hired (by the Newark Star Ledger) and the big D.C. trade (by the Washington Post). Otherwise, I enjoy their work a lot.
  13. JerzyRebel

    JerzyRebel New Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Land of Paulie Walnuts
    I totally forgot to mention Galarcep earlier. I began reading his stuff during the World Cup because he was the only reporter from Jersey in Korea. It wasn't easy finding copies of his paper, the Herald & News, but from what I saw they do tons of soccer. I went back to their website a few weeks ago to take a look at his World Cup stories but they were gone. Now I just get his stuff off the website but I don't think all his stories get on.

    I got on Bell in the earlier post because I just don't see any originality out of that guy, although to his credit he did a good job on Eskandarian and he was the first to have Diallo's transfer.

    As far as breaking stuff in Metrosland goes, I think Galarcep, Lewis and Giase all get their share. Galarcep seems to get anything involving Mathis. When Clint didn't play against Portugal I think he was the first to report that Clint was completely healthy. He was also the first to get Clint to open up about his problems last season. As for the big D.C. trade, Galarcep did have something about that very deal a week before it happened, I'm pretty sure it was the same day as Goff's. Not to compare them. I'm pretty sure Goff is the top guy in the country at getting national team scoops and anything D.C. related.

    Giase got Bradley being the coach, which was big and pretty damn surprising, and the Ledger seems to get all the stadium news. Even with that, I don't bother subcribing to the Ledger because they'll go six days without soccer and what's the point in buying a paper for one day of soccer? Lewis gets good stuff pretty regularly too even though he seems to get the least space. I think he's been covering soccer longer than any of them.

    I forgot to mention TV guys. Max Bretos seems like a funny guy while Pedro Pinto seems pompous. Does anyone top Tommy Smythe though? He's the best.
  14. Go2NY

    Go2NY New Member

    Feb 19, 2000
    Croton-on-Hudson NY
    First Annual MLS All Star Writers - First 11

    from -Go2NY - to you, here are the

    .....First Annual Soccer Journalism MLS All Stars....

    ..........................Starting 11............................






    1 – Keeper - Michael Lewis NY Daily News –
    Old enough to remember NY ethnic teams from the 50s
    2 - Right Wing Back – Frank Dell’Apa Boston Globe – The voice of NE Soccer
    23 - Utility Back - Doug Chapman - no affiliation -
    Great soccer story teller, dearly missed
    3 - Right Center Back – Steven Goff - Washington Post – DC & MLS Cronicler
    4 - Left Center Back – Grahame Jones LA Times – Covers good stuff no one else does
    5 - Left WingBack - Ann Killion SJ Mercury News – Brilliant well researched pieces
    6 - Defensive Mid - Bob Wagman – Soccer Times/ESPN, Solid USNMT Analyst
    7 - Holding Mid – Dave Dir - ESPN –
    Best U.S. Television Analyst
    10 - Attacking Mid, Capt - Marc Connoly ABC/ESPN – #1 Soccer writer in the business
    8 - 65th Minute Impact Resereve – Beau Dure USA Today – Always positive, Nice work
    9 - Withdrawn Forward - Jeff Wahl - Sports Illustrated – Not afraid to say good things about soccer
    11 – Target Striker – Jack Bell - New York Times – Superb WorldCup coverage
    20 – Rotation Striker 3 - BigSoccer’s USMNT Game & Player Analysis Crew

    Coach –

    Don Garber –
    Powerfully eloquent piece on the new American soccer

    Top Rookies

    17 – Right Winger - Chris Bergen – USsoccerUK - hard working, enterprising journalist
    16 – Rotation Defensive Mid - SUM –
    Purchasing & marketing WC & MLS airtime

    Referee Crew

    Howard Ulman, Tom Canavan, Charlie Gillespie, Stephen Wade - AP staff –
    cover everything often with no byline

    Bench Impact Reserves

    Contacto Deportivo - Jorge Perez – Reynan Cordova – only daily TV soccer highlight show –
    Andres Cantor - Telemundo -
    Who reminds us that soccer announcing is as exciting as the sport
    Alex Yannis, Jack Cavanaugh, George Vescey – New York Times
    Paul Gutierez – Los Angeles Times
    Gus Martins– Boston Herald
    Bill Griffith – Boston Globe
    Jack McCarthy – Chicago Tribune
    Len Ziehm – Chicago Sun Times
    Kent McDill – Chicago Daily Herald
    Rick Alanzo, Steve Davies – Dallas Morning News
    Tobias Lopes – Fort Worth Star Telegram
    Sam Mellinger – Kansas City Star
    Fred Rabledo – Long Beach Press Telegram
    Al Baldaros – Orange County Register

    Waiting ComeBack

    Teamless - Michelle Kaufmann – Miami Herald, excellent writer

    Yellow Card

    Soccer America – A dollar short and a day late, occasional moments of brilliance
    Emerald City Gazette - Could clean up its act to become legitimate competition
    Jeff Bradley – ESPN Mag - Cute sophomoric kiddie writer

    Red Card

    U.S.Soccer – fat salaried 19th century fiefdom gatekeepers – a sad lot
    MLSNet – too low budget and uncaring – lack fan sensitivity
    ESPN – another arrogant and sad lot, goal of the year, Wow! Love tnast 8 seconds of caverage, sorry I missed it!


    Trecker – Deposed Capt of junk mail
    Paul Gardner – cheap shot UK scandal sheet artist, once a good writer

    Cut before tryouts

    Pay $4.95 - or no Columbus Dispatch for you

    NY MetroStars Regional Team

    Colin Stephenson, Frank Giasi, Newark Star Ledger -Ives Galarcep, North, Herald News - Jason McIntire, Bergen Record -
    Tom Rock, Steve Zipay, NewsDay

    Add your best selections, for 2003, I'm just a U.S. and Metro fan
  15. dcajedi

    dcajedi Member

    Jul 16, 2001
    When did the Dispatch start charging?

    And you forgot J Hutcherson of for his excellent Soccer Business Daily. Great stuff on such things as TV rights, etc.
  16. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Sporting Kansas City
    Re: First Annual MLS All Star Writers - First 11

    1) It's "Yellow Card Journalism, LLC"

    2) Exactly which ECG have you read?

    curiously yours,
  17. concrete

    concrete New Member

    Jul 9, 2002
    Re: First Annual MLS All Star Writers - First 11

    Great stuff! Very creative!

    A few problems, though.....

    Jack Bell didn't cover the World Cup for the New York Times. From what I can tell, his editors don't let him cover anything beyond the Meadowlands.

    George Vecsey a reserve???? Surely you jest. No one writes more eloquently about soccer, or any other sport, in this country than GV.

    It's Grant Wahl, not Jeff Wahl.

    All is forgiven!:)
  18. JerzyRebel

    JerzyRebel New Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Land of Paulie Walnuts
    Media Best 11

    Go2NY, nice spin on this topic but you lost me when you called Grant Wahl Jeff and had Jack Bell in your best 11. NY Times had two guys in Korea and Bell wasn't one of them, that should tell you something.

    Using the 2002 World Cup as a requirement (Had to be there to make the Best 11) here's my Best 11 of 2002.

    GK-Michael Lewis (He wrote Soccer for Dummies for crissakes.)

    D-Kelly Whiteside (Good stuff at the World Cup for a high-profile national paper.)

    D-Marc Connolly (Only exception to World Cup rule. His stories read as if he were there.)

    D-Frank Dell'Apa (Keeps Boston soccer blanketed and had interesting stuff from Japan).

    D-Ives Galarcep (Wrote a ton at World Cup and seems to have Metros covered.)

    M-Ridge Mahoney (Soccer America staple had solid Cup stuff and MNT info all year long)

    M-Paul Gardner (Yes, he seems to be a bit negative and bitter, but we can't have a team full of ultra-positive American soccer apologists)

    M-Steven Goff (The best at getting MNT and D.C. info first and covered World Cup well)

    M-Filip Bondy (Had some of the more entertaining tales from Korea and delivers great columns whenever he's allowed to do soccer.)

    F-Grant Wahl (Funny and soccer knowledgeable, a rare combo.)

    F-Grahame Jones (Grumpy old man the only American media member who covers international stuff on a regular basis.)

    Bench: Michelle Kaufman, Jerry+Jamie Trecker, Bob Wagman, Jeff Bradley (no Cup trip only reason he's not in Best 11) Ty Keough and Veronica Payse (Hey, it's my team :)

    I made the World Cup a requisite because it was just plain embarrassing that some newspapers and magazines (ESPN) didn't bother attending the world's biggest sporting event. I know it isn't the fault of the reporters who didn't go but those who went were able to do some special things.
  19. sregis

    sregis Member

    Nov 5, 1999
    Hoboken, USA
    lots of great choices. and as is my habit, i'd add mark starr at newsweek to the list. he consistantly battles a reluctant editorial heirachy to present soccer pieces (read by many millions) to a market who would otherwise not bother. his web columns, especially, are underappreciated.
  20. Pmoliu

    Pmoliu New Member

    Jun 7, 1999
    Princeton, NJ
    Can't leave out Brian Trusdell, who I consider to be the most thorough reporter out of everyone. Unfortunately, the name may not ring a bell since he works for Bloomberg, much like the AP reporters.

    He's been to the past four times... and every other major tourney. If you ask me, he should be in the starting 11.

  21. irishFS1921

    irishFS1921 New Member

    Aug 2, 2002
    WB05 Compound
    i'm a big fan of jeff bradley. unfortunately i don't really know of anyone at all around here in chicago the local sun tends to be the best paper which is a shame because i mean there's the Sun Times and the Tribune in the city and they usually just have results.

    i think the best description of the overall attitude of us news media towards soccer would be this bit they did on the daily show where they had a guy pretending to cover the world cup. and it basically came down to him saying "yeah...they're playing soccer over here um....i guess these guys are good but i'm gonna be honest..i just don't care"

    i got a real kick out of it. that's also really loosely translated. i can't remember all that well.
  22. dcajedi

    dcajedi Member

    Jul 16, 2001
    I'll agree with that.

    And I feel like we are forgetting just about everybody who ever worked at Oliu (who also could use some shameless self-promotion), Aris Ohanessian (who else gets stuff on Yanks Abroad like that?), and others.

    We also forget that Peter Brewington, ex-of USA Today and InternetSoccer, seems to have fallen by the wayside these days.
  23. geordienation

    geordienation Moderator

    Apr 21, 2001
    Newcastle United FC
    Aris is overrated, right Buff? ;)
  24. BuffloSoldier

    BuffloSoldier BigSoccer Supporter

    Jan 31, 2000
    Northern NJ
  25. JerzyRebel

    JerzyRebel New Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Land of Paulie Walnuts
    Forgot about Truesdell

    My mistake, thanks for pointing him out Paul. I'd plug him in for Paul Gardner, who may be too old to start anyway. LOL

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