Welcome to Backheeled

I don’t think there’s ever been a better time than right now to be a soccer fan in the United States.

The U.S. men’s national team is headed back to the World Cup later this year, which is exciting enough on its own before you remember that they’re going to play England on Black Friday. Is there anything more American than watching the U.S. play England on a heavily discounted TV from Best Buy? Well, yeah, probably. But it’s close to the top of the list.

The U.S. women’s national team has a great group of up-and-coming attackers. Catarina Macario, Mallory Pugh, Trinity Rodman, Sophia Smith, and Ashley Sanchez are the real deal – and they’re forcing head coach Vlatko Andonovski to make some difficult decisions when it comes to picking his starting XI for big games.

Domestically, MLS’s on-field quality has never been higher. The NWSL is putting up some impressive TV numbers and impacting new markets. The USL is expanding and starting to find its place in the American youth development landscape.

For those of us who love soccer, there is more of it to watch, think about, and talk about than ever before.

For those of us who love soccer, there is more of it to watch, think about, and talk about than ever before.

With that in mind, I’d like to introduce Backheeled, a place where we can dive into American soccer together. On a weekly basis, our team will cover topics from all over the American soccer landscape. That includes MLS, the NWSL, the USL, the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams, and more. From tactics and data to humor and betting, we’ll discuss things from a host of different angles.

Here at Backheeled, we’re going to answer your questions, too. Every single day, a member of our team will answer a reader-submitted question about something in the American soccer sphere. 

We’re excited about the future of soccer in this region, just like you are. So if you’re looking for informative and engaging soccer content, why don’t you stick around? You can read about how the Seattle Sounders became the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League and what things are on the USMNT’s to-do list ahead of the World Cup. Or you can learn about some surprises at the NWSL Challenge Cup, Charlotte FC’s expansion season, and an emerging young star in the USL Championship.

And don’t forget to check out our Q&A page, where there are already several questions and thoughtful answers.

If you like what you see, follow us on Twitter and tell a friend about us! We’re super excited to get started.