Urban Outfitters

Portland has arrogated to itself the title “Soccer City USA” — an overreach, but it points up that football in the United States has become a game of cities, a confederation of weird Austins and sweet home Chicagos that is the true Red State. “Football, the most global sport, has ironically become the vessel for the most fervent and eccentric localist impulses. In a world of unacknowledged city-states, our clubs allow us to rally to the flags that matter.” (Zach Dundas/The Run of Play)

(Image credit: MuddyRavine/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.)

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