Archive for the 'Conversations in Soccer' Category

June 16th, 2011

Portrait Of A Sport – Joe Cummings

I met the man above when I was just 20 years old, having signed with Major League Soccer back in 1997 (via one of the first Project 40 signings) and then allocated to the New England Revolution.  Never did I think that the man who was my General Manager with the Revs would turn out to be one of the greatest people I've ever met and someone I would be ...
April 19th, 2011

Ethan King – Charity Ball

A couple of weeks ago I stumble across a Twitter handle called Charity Ball that helps get soccer balls to impoverished kids. I think this sounds very cool so I start following them. Shortly after I get an email saying that the organization is interested in seeing if there is a way that Bumpy Pitch and Charity Ball could do something together. I say of ...
March 7th, 2011

Portrait of a Sport – Charlie Davies

When people talk about American soccer, or American soccer players, one attribute is often discussed. We're fighters. We work hard. We've always had to punch above our weight. (more…)
March 1st, 2011

Portait of a Sport – Grant Wahl

There are always a handful of people in any industry that seem to know just about everything and everyone. These people always seem to be in the right place at the right time, know the right people and have information and access that the vast majority of people just don't. In the case of American soccer, Grant Wahl is that guy. (more…)
February 17th, 2011

Portrait of a Sport – Jason Kreis

Jason Kreis is not the first to make the jump from MLS player to MLS coach. But there seems to be something different not only about how he made the jump, but how he has done in a role he had never undertaken before. Going from player to head coach virtually overnight was not something we are all that accustomed to, so not only was there some shock ...
February 10th, 2011

Portrait of a Sport – CosmosCopa

Imagine having a conversation with a friend about wanting to make a difference in the sport you love. You have an idea, some experience in the market and a passion to get things done. Now fast forward a couple of years. Your concept that only recently was nothing more than an idea is now in full bloom and happening exactly as you had envisioned. In ...
February 2nd, 2011

Portrait of a Sport – John O’Brien

When I was putting the initial list together of people to include in this project, John O'Brien was one of the first that was put on the list. His story is well known to most US soccer fans, yet who he is has often times been a mystery to those same people who supported his career. In many ways he has been an enigma for soccer fans in the US. Equal ...
January 25th, 2011

Portrait of a Sport – Justin Braun

If you have stopped by this site before, or checked in at Bumpy Pitch, then you most likely know that I look at soccer as much more than a sport. You no doubt have gotten the sense that we are inspired by not only the game, but by the culture and lifestyle that it inspires as well as by the individuals that participate in the sport. For awhile now, ...