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CHARLES CUTTONE

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. While winning back-to-back MLS Cups is impressive, the Galaxy are not even close to the best ever, by a number of measures.


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.


August 11, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
What’s the point? Too many meaningless games

PHILADELPHIA---Now that the travelling road show that is the “Summer of Soccer” has packed up its tent and headed home to play games that count, I say good riddance.


August 6, 2012
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
A true classic

In the short history of women's soccer at the world level, there have been a handful of epic games and epic performances. Monday’s Olympic semifinal match between the United States and Canada was one of the best.


July 29, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
All for One?

Hope Solo is probably the best women’s goalkeeper in the world. But there is something Solo is even better at than stopping opponents’ shots---stirring up controversy.


July 26, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Cutting through the clutter

If you’re a soccer fan, these days you can be gorging yourself on a veritable buffet of soccer. I’m not just talking the 24/7 variety available on cable TV.


July 8, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Zakuani and Mullan give us one of those moments

On Saturday night, Steve Zakuani and Brian Mullan gave us one of those moment s sports are supposed to be about.


May 30, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
U.S. celebrates its past, dreams about the future

LANDOVER, Md.---While those of us who have been big supporters of the Soccer Hall of Fame mourn the loss of the campus and museum in Oneonta, NY, one of the nice things about combining the annual Hall of Fame inductions with a U.S. National Team game is that it provides the opportunity to not only reminisce about the rich past of the sport, but also look at the present, and perhaps even a little ahead to the future.


April 2, 2012
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
Chinaglia--The real straw that stirred the drink

In the 15 years that the North American Soccer League bounced its red white and blue star-laden ball across the continent, there were many great players who played in the league. World Cup winners, international superstars and legends like Pele, George Best, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto and Gerd Mueller.

None dominated the league and the headlines like Giorgio Chinaglia, who died on Sunday at age 65 in Florida.


March 10, 2012
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
Ghost of NASL still haunts MLS

It’s not clear if, when working late at Major League's Soccer's midtown Manhattan offices, Don Garber hears the wind blowing through long abandoned soccer nets, or if he hears the eerie guttural chant of “Cos-Mos, Cos-Mos” that once cascaded down on the now demolished Giants Stadium. But it is clear the Commissioner of Major League Soccer knows there is an otherworldly presence hanging over MLS, which kicks off its 17th season Saturday with 19 teams.


January 30, 2012
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
A bad day for American soccer

Monday was a bad day for American soccer. And it shouldn't have been.


January 17, 2012
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
Indoor soccer is alive in Kansas City

Indoor soccer is alive and relatively well in Kansas City. Even if it is in a bit of a time warp. But hey, that's always been part of the beauty of indoor soccer. Turn out the lights, pump smoke on the field, blare 80s disco music and watch guys run around on the turf like they were in a pinball machine.


January 7, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Whoops, WPS misses big opportunity

Thursday afternoon in the main ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber will step up to the podium to announce the first pick of the MLS Super Draft. Twenty-four hours later, Women’s Professional Soccer CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan will step up to a similar podium in a much smaller room at the same convention center and announce the women’s league’s first pick.


January 3, 2012
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
Broaden the bookshelf

Being both a devoted reader and a soccer junkie, I am usually excited when a new soccer book arrives.


November 26, 2011
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Memo to US Soccer: time to step up

It’s time for U.S. Soccer to step up for women’s soccer.


September 27, 2011
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
KC got it right

KANSAS CITY, Kan.---With all due respect to PPL Park and Red Bull Arena, both wonderful MLS stadiums, Kansas City has raised the bar.


July 10, 2011
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Indomitable Abby

It’s not always the best teams, with the best players, with the most skill, that win. Sometimes it requires guts, persistence, a little luck and a player that can pick up the team and almost singlehandedly will them to victory.


June 10, 2011
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Shouldn’t all-star event be a showcase?

Of all the major sports leagues, and I will include Major League Soccer here, MLS is the only one that has a habit of devaluing its own all-star game.


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