Soccer coverage in traditional daily newspapers is typically spotty and often ill informed. Yet such articles are important for a sport trying to reach markets beyond those who frequent soccer websites, sports television and other media that regularly covers the game. Every so often we like to take a look at those outlets and their coverage of the beautiful game.
We’ll start with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Although not home to a Major League Soccer franchise, Atlanta has a rich soccer history and the AJC does offer occasional takes on the beautiful game. Here, Doug Roberson of the AJC weighs in on local product Sean Johnson, the starting ‘keeper of the Chicago Fire. The feature piece devotes a substantial amount of ink to Johnson’s negative performance in a friendly against El Salvador. To review the piece, click here.
Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle weighs in with a nice piece looking at Geoff Cameron’s efforts to move to Europe. Ortiz posits that Cameron may depart the Dynamo during the upcoming transfer window and provides the type of rumor mongering common to coverage of other sports but atypical. This type of coverage is great for the league and provides great story lines for those developing an interest in the sport. You can find the article here.
Finally, the San Francisco Chronicle weighs in with this piece about the San Jose Earthquakes’s run in the US Open Cup. The Cup is a unique tournament that is starved for coverage. To read Tom Fitzgerald’s article, click here.