Author Archives: Jon

This Week in Marthaler

Here’s what I wrote this week.

Northern Pitch Launched a Long Time Ago

I never really sat down to tell the whole story of Northern Pitch, our new Minnesota-focused soccer website, so now – almost two months after it launched – is as good a time as any.

The Sportive, Episode 103: All Together Now

For the first time in podcast history, all four of us physically gathered in one spot. The result was perhaps not our most cohesive podcast – at one point, two people were having two different conversations with other people who were not holding microphones – but it was just a blast to get everyone together. […]

The Sportive, Episode 97: Type it into Wikipedia

We looked things up on Wikipedia in this episode. Things must be spiraling downhill.

Watch Minnesota’s Calum Mallace make a miracle pass to save Montreal

The Montreal Impact beat Pachuca in the last minute of the game – thanks to one amazing pass from a Minnesota native.

Major League Soccer CBA negotiations coming down to the wire

With less than 72 hours to go before the season kicks off, MLS has yet to reach an agreement with its players.

An Absurd MLS / Minneapolis Conspiracy Theory

I have come up with what is surely my craziest theory of all time. Fact #1: Some have wondered why Major League Soccer has not yet awarded a franchise to Minnesota, or made a decision between the Minnesota United and Minnesota Vikings ownership groups. After all, the Vikings have a deal to play in a […]

The Sportive, Episode 94: KG returns and the Wild lose

This week on the Sportive, we spent a lot of time talking about the KG trade, plus the Wild’s difficult schedule, the Cosetta’s expansion, the movie Beerfest, and other such important topics. Sometimes we think we should plan better, but maybe it’s for the best that we don’t.

How MLS’s growth might hurt the US Men’s National Team

Major League Soccer’s growth might mean that it hurts the progress of the American national team – just as happened in both England and Russia.

The Sportive, Episode 93: The Finger Guns

Usually, we have sports to talk about on the podcast. Somehow, though, we avoided them almost entirely on this week’s podcast. I’m not sure if that was a good thing or not.