Rakuten's Barca-Chelsea show misses mark

Soccer | From the Spot Jul 24, 2019

Rakuten's Barca-Chelsea show misses mark

by Dan Orlowitz

The possibility exists that Tuesday's Rakuten Cup match between Barcelona and Chelsea was being considered by some influential soccer figure or another as an audition for Japan's inclusion in the increasingly popular International Champions Cup, the international preseason tournament that is currently taking place ...

J. League embraces discussion of controversy

Soccer | From the Spot Jul 17, 2019

J. League embraces discussion of controversy

by Dan Orlowitz

Knowledge is not always power, but a little communication can go a long way. That's perhaps the biggest takeaway from last Saturday's game between Yokohama F. Marinos and Urawa Reds, where an outside source of information gave Teruhito Nakagawa a somewhat undeserved goal in the ...

Poor scheduling holding back Samurai Blue

Soccer | From the Spot Jun 12, 2019

Poor scheduling holding back Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

Between the U-20 World Cup, the U-22 Toulon Tournament and a Copa America which could see over a dozen Tokyo 2020-eligible players earn their first Samurai Blue caps, it's been an exciting month for Japan supporters awaiting the Olympic men's soccer tournament. The performance of ...

J. League levels up video

Soccer | From the Spot May 15, 2019

J. League levels up video

by Dan Orlowitz

In the third year of the J. League's decade-long, $2 billion domestic broadcasting deal with DAZN, the league is hitting its digital stride and starting to deliver content on par with some of the world's top competitions. The league's ability to rapidly upload viral clips ...