The Oberlin Review

USSF Needs Kathy Carter As President for Growth, Equality

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

December 8, 2017

Sunil Gulati, the president of the United States Soccer Federation who has been called “the single most important person in the development of soccer in this country” by Major League Soccer founder Alan Rothberg, announced this week that he will not be running for re-election in February. The decision comes after the United States Men’s National Team failed to make the World Cup for the first time since 1986, despite having one of the world’s most electrifying young talents in 19-year-old Christian Pulisic. During Gulati’s time as president — which began when he ran unopposed in 2006 and continued for 12 years through single-candidate re-elections — soccer has grown immensely in the United States. Howev...

Bye Bye, Blatter

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

February 26, 2016

This Friday, it will finally be time for FIFA to elect a new president to replace Sepp Blatter at the special FIFA congress in Zurich. Finally. FIFA, arguably the world’s most powerful international sports organization, has developed a reputation for corruption and dysfunctionality with incredibly slow and ineffective solutions. Blatter was the embodiment — and, in many cases, the origin — of FIFA’s corrupt legacy. He began the mess that was his reign in 1998. Three years later, he engaged in what FIFA representatives innocently called “clumsy” conduct in 2001 that bankrupted FIFA’s marketing partner, the company International Sport and Leisure, likely because of kickbacks to FIFA executives that amounted...

Turf Wars

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

December 11, 2015

As far as soccer is con­cerned, turf sucks. Granted, it’s definitely a better surface than the lumpy, rocky, un­kempt mini-forests that high school, premier (and even, ahem, college-level) leagues often have as alternative or backup fields. But when it comes to professional soccer, where resources are specially allocated to create beautiful, meticulously trimmed swaths of natural grass that make ev­ery step feel like heaven, grass fields leave turf in the dust. This is for obvious rea­sons. Turf smells. It makes you question if you’re being cooked alive on hot, sunny days. It gives you killer turf burn that you’re certain must be riddled with disease from those shady tire pieces — ner­dles, nubs, niblets,...

Qatar Unfit to Host Cup

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

September 25, 2015

Amidst massive contro­versy, Qatar is slated as the official host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy announced recently that construction has be­gun on the country’s flag­ship venue, Lusail Stadium, making it the sixth and fi­nal site to begin construc­tion. This announcement has caused a resurgence of discussions about the ca­pability and plausibility of Qatar as a location for one of the most significant in­ternational sports events in the world, with issues rang­ing from geographical to sociopolitical. Semi-resigned FIFA Pres­ident Sepp Blatter appears to place the importance of cultural interaction in the World Cup above all else. “We don’t want … discrimi­nation,”...

Trauma Drama

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

September 11, 2015

The best way I can de­scribe a seizure is to com­pare it to a dream where it is absolutely imperative that you move, but despite your most concentrated efforts, you realize with dawning terror and limit­ed consciousness that you have no control over your body. I was concussed when I was 12 years old playing defense in a soccer tour­nament for my premier team. It was an unremark­able play — I, a slightly-built spit of a kid, was steamrolled by an attacker twice my size — but this time, instead of popping back up, I stayed down af­ter my head snapped back to meet the ground. My left arm shot up and stayed there for the dura­tion of the two minutes I was seizing, which, ac­cording to witnesses, was a wildly...

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