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Bayern Munich Comment: Don Jupp Rides Again

Bayern Munich Comment: Don Jupp Rides Again

As everyone surely knows by now, FC Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes is planning to retire at the end of the season.  Believe it or not, this was Heyncke’s third stint as head coach at Bayern: he managed the team for four years starting in 1987, and then again for several weeks at the end of [...]

By May 17, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
SWOL Exclusive: Ellie Jean Discusses Life with United States Under 17 National Team

SWOL Exclusive: Ellie Jean Discusses Life with United States Under 17 National Team

Over recent years, the United Men’s National Team has increasingly captivated the American audience with World Cup runs, coaching changes, and heart-felt victories as Landon Donovan lifted the squad into the next stages in South Africa in 2010.  Numerous young male talents are examined as a number of journalists try an predict their college and professional [...]

Zachary Herold: My Untold Story

Zachary Herold: My Untold Story

Growing up, many of us dream to be the next famous athlete. However, the odds of that actually happening in today’s world are slim to none. For me, the odds were in my favor. The dream of being a professional soccer player was mine to be had. Day in and day out all I did [...]

A Yank Down Under: Holiday Round-Up

A Yank Down Under: Holiday Round-Up

Hello again and Happy New Year to everyone. It has been a mile a minute here in the A-League since my last column. My club, Wellington Pheonix, have played five games in the last two-and-a-bit weeks. We started with a loss against Sydney FC in a game for which we never really showed up. A [...]

By January 9, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
A Yank Down Under: The Wild Ride to A-League Professionalism

A Yank Down Under: The Wild Ride to A-League Professionalism

My footballing story begins on July 16th, 1985 in a hospital in Windsor, England. From the day I was born, I had football in my blood. I would later find out the many ways in which this fact was both good and bad. My parents are English, support Manchester United, and have played and coached for [...]

By December 14, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Lowry Lowdown: My 2012 MLS Best XI and Why

The Lowry Lowdown: My 2012 MLS Best XI and Why

Goalkeeper: Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City) the obvious choice. Nielsen and Sporting Kansas City had an incredible 0.79 goals against average and 15 shutouts this season. I remember playing in KC’s old crappy baseball stadium that was so narrow it was more like playing pinball than soccer. But with their new impressive stadium and stingy [...]

By November 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Lowry Lowdown: An inside look at player trades and transfers in football

The Lowry Lowdown: An inside look at player trades and transfers in football

Let me start off by saying I’ve never been traded. I was expansion-drafted by Portland, which is an entirely different story, but I’ve been almost traded a half dozen times that I know about. Many of my teammates, however, have fallen victim to trades over the years. As a player your primary thoughts and objectives [...]

By November 16, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Lowry Lowdown: The Truth About Injuries

The Lowry Lowdown: The Truth About Injuries

The question is not if you will get an injury as a professional athlete but rather when and just how severe will it be? The average professional soccer player puts in tens of thousands of hours playing soccer in the streets and parks, on youth teams and as a professional. It takes years of time [...]

By November 9, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Lowry Lowdown: On Referees, Bad Calls and Mistakes

The Lowry Lowdown: On Referees, Bad Calls and Mistakes

It’s happened before and it will happen again. Bad calls, missed calls and mistakes on the part of referees are as much a part of the game of soccer as is the ball being round. The officiating of a game can substantially affect outcomes, seasons and jobs of players and coaches alike. I wouldn’t dare [...]

By November 2, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
10 Ways to Follow Women’s Soccer

10 Ways to Follow Women’s Soccer

As the SWOL writer responsible for covering the women’s game, I’m constantly searching for things to write about. I’d love to analyze players and games I’ve seen, but to be honest, most times I feel that I don’t have enough information to do so. The only times I get to watch games from around the [...]

The Lowry Lowdown: The Best MLS Food Cities

The Lowry Lowdown: The Best MLS Food Cities

One of the benefits to playing a sport competitively is the seemingly endless hunt for proper nourishment. Over the years my passion became the search and consumption of local cuisine as I traveled around the world playing soccer. I use to tell people eating was my hobby and there were certain MLS cities I looked [...]

By October 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Lowry Lowdown: The experiences of an American Footballer playing abroad

The Lowry Lowdown: The experiences of an American Footballer playing abroad

Playing in foreign countries is one of the many benefits to playing soccer at a high level and can be a wonderful and eye opening experience. However, the exposure to different cultures presents various challenges. I am guilty of taking for granted the everyday luxuries we have in America and from an early age tried [...]

By October 20, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Lowry Lowdown: Best XI Soccer Players on Twitter

The Lowry Lowdown: Best XI Soccer Players on Twitter

Everyone loves Twitter and their social media links to the world, but there are times when people need new people to follow. With that in mind here is a list of my favorites for all of you to additionally enjoy. [slideshow auto="undefined" thumbs="on"] Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano): As one of the most followed celebrities on Twitter, [...]

By October 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Yael Like A Girl: A women’s allstar starting XI based on hair

Yael Like A Girl: A women’s allstar starting XI based on hair

There are many different ways to categorize and rank an all-star lineup. Most would do so based on who they believed were the best in the game based on their position. However, I felt that a different off the wall approach would be much more interesting and a lot more fun. Check out this lineup [...]