Barbara Allport

Barbara Allport

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I grew up in a sport obsessed household and ended up loving the one sport my Dad didn't watch. I still follow the Philadelphia teams of my childhood but am preoccupied with the English Premier League. I now live in a college town and was here for Syracuse’s last season in the Big East… don’t tell my neighbors that I’m a ‘Nova fan. I miss the great Philly match ups at the Palestra but hope to enjoy a game or two at the Dome.

My oldest is nine and is fanatical about all things soccer. We watch as many EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, MISL, and MLS matches as we can when not driving my son to games and tournaments. I am a soccer mom who is dealing with the all consuming nature of having a child in a soccer academy. I have very strong feelings about soccer development in the US, especially pay to play and the new rules regarding the ten month academy season.