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Bringing IMS to a Close, at Least for Now

2012 December 13
by Brian Quarstad

For regular readers of IMS, you may have noticed a diminishing amount of articles. In fact the last post I made was December 4 and here it is December 13, nine days later. The reduction in posts has been deliberate and planned. In fact I’ve been meaning for some time to announce that IMSoccer News is taking a break, perhaps permanently. Perhaps my delay in making that announcement is my own reluctance to let go after working so hard to build the site into what it is today. But after four years of an ever-increasing amount of posts, I have reached a point where I just need some time off to recover mentally and physically. Over  the last 4 years I’ve not gone more than 4 days away from the site and I’ve only done that twice. As many bloggers and website hosts have found out – most sooner than after 4 years – having a full time job and trying to do an acceptable job of running a website on the side, is an enormous amount of work.

When I started IMS it was done to bring together the many facets of soccer in the state of Minnesota as I felt those groups were splintered and wanted to let each know what the other was doing. In that process and by covering the Minnesota Thunder, I found myself front and center in covering one of the bigger soccer stories in the US in 2010 through 2011, the TOA split from United Soccer Leagues which eventually caused the USSF to create new financial standards for D2 pro soccer and launched the NASL and USL PRO. In fact the coverage of those events earned IMS  an honor, as the site was nominated as one of the country’s “Top 10 Soccer Blogs” in 2010 by US Soccer.

During that time I continued to cover Minnesota soccer but also covered the growing conflict between these groups and added things like US National Team coverage with the help of Kyle Nelson who has remained a mainstay at IMS. As the scope of IMS continued to grow I found help from good people like Gerry Wittmann and eventually Jay Long. But even with the help of other contributors who have come and gone as well as the never-tiring Teresa Petersen who has edited IMS, pretty much from the early days of the site, I still have done the overwhelming majority of the posts. And if you’ve ever written on a consistent basis you know it takes time. Good writing takes even longer. And if you are a news site, which IMS has been, investigating and covering a story beyond what you get in a press release takes even more time because it means you need to pick up the phone and start calling folks, which often leads to more phone calls and lots of transcription. It’s been a joy to work through that process and grow as a writer and grow as a person. But on a personal basis, those same hours spent behind a computer, first at my day job and then in the afternoons and evening at IMS, has taken its toll.

So here we are 4 years and 2,850 posts later. The first article on IMS was posted on October 14, 2008. Since that time the site has had almost 1,600,000 visits with over 2,500,000 pages read and 18,000 of you have graciously left comments. I am truly overwhelmed by those numbers. Because if it wasn’t for the readers of IMS there would not have been any point of carrying on. So to everyone who has made IMS a regular stopping off point, I say thank you so very much. I am humbled that you have chosen to spend your precious time reading the site.

As to the future, you may see the return of IMS in January or February. You may see me start a new site or there is always the option of writing for another site if the situation is correct. And that correct situation? For me it’s the development of the business side of soccer in the US. I find the stories of leagues and teams trying to find their way in this landscape of soccer in North America fascinating. With such an expansive country that has come to the sport of soccer so late compared to the majority of the world, and with MLS being built and developed first, we have a very inverted pyramid. Hopefully that will someday flip right side up with a solid base and foundation of leagues, teams and players. How we get to that point and time is what fascinates me.

Keep checking back to IMS over the next several months and I will attempt to update you on the future of the site.

92 Responses
  1. Jim (aka MLSinSTL) permalink
    December 13, 2012

    BQ, thanks for the hard work and great reporting over the years. IMS has become the first site I check daily and it will be a hard habit to break while you are on your hiatus. Regardless of what you decide to do in the future – thank you! You are first class and that is what always set your site apart!

  2. Michael permalink
    December 13, 2012

    Brian, thanks for all your hard work towards spreading information in the lower division soccer world. Your site has been a busy one for me over the past four years, but I understand the need for a break or a change. Good luck!

  3. Lego7 permalink
    December 13, 2012

    I respect your decision Brian, I’ve been a reader since the division 2 split and have always depended on this site for lower division news. I’m so fascinated by the structure, development, history, and business side of soccer in North America and feel blessed to have been exposed to many great content on your articles and discussions from the other readers. It’s sad to see you go but hope you will remain involved in sharing your love of the game in some capacity.

  4. George Carr permalink
    December 13, 2012

    Brian, I have enjoyed subscribing to your site via Google reader for the last couple years. It was by chance that I even found it. However, it has become my main source of soccer news, not only for Minnesota, but for the USA. For me! You really have ties together much of what is happening in soccer within the state and this nation. My hat goes off to you and I hope you find the perfect fit, whatever that may be.

    Grateful,
    George

  5. WSW permalink
    December 13, 2012

    Thanks for the only/best……. info/blogs/news about NASL on the internet.

  6. Ted permalink
    December 13, 2012

    I look forward to reading your work wherever it may be. Your blog has been my favorite source for info on D2 and D3 soccer in North America and the business of the lower divisions. Enjoy your break and hopefully you can find a way to continue your good work.

  7. December 14, 2012

    Brian,
    Your site has been a joy to read over the years. No-one has covered D2 and D3 soccer better. While I will miss the regular read I know I will look forward to the occasional posts or article in the future. Thank you again.

  8. December 14, 2012

    Thanks Brian. btw, I can relate. Look forward to seeing you pop up in the future.

  9. danwolf permalink
    December 14, 2012

    BQ,
    You have ran a great site and I hope that this isn’t the End but if it is It was a great run. If this is the end i would hope that you have inspired people to Continue where you left off.
    But thank you for all you have done during these crazy times in the lower divisions of American Soccer.

  10. December 14, 2012

    I have found the site to be invaluable for NASL and US PRO news. Is there another site anyone can recommend.

  11. Greg permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Thanks Brian for sharing your knowledge and passion. As a late-comer to the game, I owe much of what I know to you and IMS. Your break, however long, is well-deserved, but IMS will be missed.

  12. December 14, 2012

    Much success to you Brian in all you do. IMS is a gem. You will be missed.

  13. December 14, 2012

    Brian, thank you so much for your service to the American game and its fans. You’ve done an amazing job & certainly have earned a break. We look forward to learning what the next step is.

    Thank you, have a great holiday, and a safe & happy new year!

  14. Brad C permalink
    December 14, 2012

    You have been an incredible cohesive and vital part in narrating the greater soccer story over the last few years in the United States, especially with Minnesota soccer.

    Health and happiness.

  15. Michael Lewis permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian,

    Sorry to hear about that. Hope you can recharge your batteries and hopefully come back soon. If not, I certainly understand.

    Regards,

    Michael

  16. MrTuktoyaktuk permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Thanks for everything you have done, much valuable information shared here. Whether you continue here or as part of a larger effort, I hope you are able to continue to focus on this increasingly important part of the North American game – the lower divisions.

  17. Sean permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Thanks BQ for all the hard work. I will definitely miss this site.

  18. December 14, 2012

    Enjoy the time off BQ, you’ve done a fabulous job covering the American soccer landscape, and for us D2 & D3 fans, I don’t know where we would have gotten our information these last few crazy years without IMS. The site has been outstanding. Cheers sir!

  19. Andrew Davies permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Thanks so much for everything you’ve done over the years, Brian. Good luck and see you at Stars games AS A FAN!

  20. Pat permalink
    December 14, 2012

    BQ,

    You’ve been a great resource for MN soccer these last several years, and I’m sure you will continue to be in the future, in whatever capacity.

    Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put in!

  21. December 14, 2012

    Your absence will be a huge loss to soccer media in the US. Regularly turning out in-depth stories and interviews as well as regular news updates is time-consuming and hard work, not comparable to the quick blog posts and off-the-top editorials flooding the Internet. It’s professional work and requires appropriate compensation.

    You’ve done an outstanding job and have been my go-to site for D2 news. Enjoy your time off.

  22. Teresa aka GumbyGrrl permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian, you’ve done an amazing job with IMSoccer News. I’ve woken up to see you’ve posted 4 or 5 articles many mornings, so it’s easy to forget that you have a full time job and a family besides.
    I’ve thought many times about recommending that you slow down your pace on IMS, but I know that would be difficult. When you’re writing, you want to get all the information out there for us and we appreciate that.
    I respect your decision and your work. At the same time, I’m hoping you’ll find a way to start writing again. :) Very selfish of me, I know. Maybe when you’re ready to retire from your day job, or win the lottery…
    Anyway, much respect to you. Enjoy your time off, however long that may be.

  23. thesuperrookie permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Thanks.

  24. Jeremy permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian,

    Thanks for all your hard work over the past years. You have made a home for all things MN Soccer. Few questions for you: Will you be hanging out with Donovan while you are on hiatus? If he decides to come back, can you promise that you’ll do the same? ;-)

  25. bruce permalink
    December 14, 2012

    enjoy yourself my friend, you deserve it

  26. Kurt Naumann permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian,

    IMS will be missed! An informative, impartial, fan based soccer site is neeeded in the US to keep the momentum of D1, D2 & D3 soccer moving forward. I hope the void will be filled soon.

    Kurt

  27. Mark Cook permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian,

    I remember talking to you at a Thunder event at Brits and we talked about a way to bring MN soccer together. It has been great to watch this sight grow and it will be missed. All the best!!

  28. rafijoepr permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Thank You Brian,

    All soccer fans in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico are indebted to you for your hard work in covering the lower divisions.

  29. Eric Anderson permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian

    Just wanted to echo many of the other comments mentioned. You built this into a wonderful site, the source for Minnesota soccer and NASL news, and put many, many hours into doing it the right way. I completely understand your decision to take a break — enjoy your holidays, and hopefully we’ll see you on the interwebs writing about soccer again in the future.

    With much respect,
    Eric

  30. Chris A. permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian,
    You owe no one anything, but we, collectively, owe you a great deal of thanks for all the work you have put in to this passion. Step back and enjoy the beautiful game again purely as a fan.
    Sincerely,
    Chris A.

  31. The Fan's Attic permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Job well done. Take a break. Replenish yourself and maybe find some new inspiration. Having gone through the same thing with UnprofessionalFoul.com I really understand where you are coming from. Good luck with your future endeavors.

  32. Steven Sandor permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian, everyone involved with The11.ca wishes you the best. Your work in covering lower divisions, collegiate soccer and the NASL has been exemplary. You have really helped further the game and soccer media in North America. Enjoy some down time!

  33. Soccer Boy permalink
    December 14, 2012

    BQ, thank you for your hard work and dedicating to this site. It was great to be given the opportunity to contribute to the cause by writing several articles over the last few years. I also enjoyed sharing my thoughts and opinions. Have a merry Christmas and continued success in 2013!

  34. December 14, 2012

    I remember I was living in North Texas and at the time I learned that my hometown, San Antonio, might be getting an MLS team. The deal had a lot to do with the possibility of a new stadium. I then learned that the USL and NASL were both interested in moving to San Antonio. I began to grow frustrated with the lack of coverage by the local media and searched the internet daily for anything remotely related to coverage of professional soccer in San Antonio. Until one day, my eyes fell upon a little known blog written by a guy in Minnesota.

    I thought to myself, what does this dude in Minnesota know about soccer in San Antonio???

    Well, he knew quite a bit. And I began to read his coverage not just because he was the only person on the internet who decided to cover the subject but also because of the quality, care and attention he gave to each story. IMS became my resource for what was going on in San Antonio, as the local coverage at the time was very poor.

    I moved back to San Antonio a few years later, and established my own soccer blog and wondered if that guy from Minnesota needed a contributing writer to cover the Scorpions. I had no idea ….

    Thank you Brian, for your mentorship and the opportunity to provide coverage on my sport and my city to a national audience. Your advice, encouragement, and willingness to listen to the whole story have proven to be invaluable and serves as an example to young would be bloggers such as myself!

    Good luck, and I’m sure I’ll be reading more from you soon! :)

    Regards in Soccer,

    Andrew

  35. December 14, 2012

    Thanks for all you have done Brian, I know how much work it is having run my site with daily updates for coming on eight years now. Will miss your coverage, especially of the NASL.

  36. Dust permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Thank you for what you have done, Brian. You helped pique my interest in the NASL and MN soccer. It is people like you who are truly helping to grow soccer in the US.

  37. Marc Silverstein permalink
    December 14, 2012

    you are a class act and a mensch…the soccer world will miss your all of your wonderful talents. Peace, health and happiness to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Referee Marc

  38. Brian A permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian, thanks from this Brian for the great job you have done covering all things soccer in MN. I stumbled onto IMS about the time the Thunder went belly up and I was wondering whether I would be able to continue to see higher level soccer locally. For one who has only learned to appreciate the beautiful game in my 50′s, you have provided me with a window into the “behind the scenes” stuff of D2 and D3 soccer. Enjoy your hiatus.

  39. snack permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian,

    Why not propose to NASL a job position for yourself as their online content director? Lord knows they could use one. The MLS site has constant article updates, a blog, and a podcast. The NASL site is paltry in comparison. Ask them to pay you full time to do what you love. Ya never know, they might do it.

    Either way, thanks for all the effort over the last few years.

  40. snack permalink
    December 14, 2012

    P.S. – I first found out about IMS when I emailed David Downs and asked if they had an NASL podcast. He directed me to your site. You probably have some clout over there.

  41. December 14, 2012

    Brian, Thanks for all you’ve done. I pretty much check your site daily and think you’ve done an terrific job covering the MN soccer scene along with the great coverage of 2nd and 3rd division goings-on. I always wondered how you had the time to post on the site and have a job and family. I guess the more important stuff needs to take precedence now, but hopeful you’ll come back…

  42. ERic permalink
    December 14, 2012

    BQ — best of luck, and I completely understand. I wrote a weekly lower division article for a website called Soccerspot back 15 years ago or so. It was hard work, and I only managed to keep it up for a couple years. If the site hadn’t folded, I don’t know how much longer I could’ve kept it up. But, man, was it fun.

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work. I have eagerly awaited your updates on all the stuff that’s gone on with the NASL and USL, and respect all the impressive work you’ve done.

    I know that, even if you don’t come back to this, you have been a big influence on many people. I know that I was, in my own little way back then, and I like to think of all of us as a thread that just continues forward, weaving into a more amazing future.

    And Happy Holidays!

  43. Tom permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Thanks BQ!!!!

  44. Steven Beauregard permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Thanks Brian for all your hard work running one of the best soccer sites out there!

    I have been a regular quasi-daily visitor to your site and it was always great to have a one stop place for all D2 news when Montreal was still in division 2, though I did continue to visit your site regularly even after the Impact went to MLS.

    Also, I appreciate you giving me the chance to contribute to your site on 2-3 occasions for the D2 season previews , it was always a fun experience.

    Good luck to you in your future endeavors!

  45. Fotbalist permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brain,
    Naturally, I want to THANK YOU for all your dedication to the beautiful game. I wish you nothing but the VERY BEST in your time-off and whatever endeavors you embark on. Having said that, I wish to add that I am unhappy to see you pull back. The US/MN soccer fan experience will be “poorer” without you at the helm of news communication. I will miss checking ‘insidemnsoccer.com’ as i have done every single morning for about 3 years. Lastly, I look forward to watching what your next chapter of soccer involvement will be.
    With the greatest of wishes,
    T. A. Simeria

  46. December 14, 2012

    Brian:

    Thank you for the mentoring and all the hard work you have put into IMS. I am a Stars fan because of you.

  47. December 14, 2012

    You’ve been a great source for news and always a fun read. Best of luck to you.

  48. Stephen permalink
    December 14, 2012

    BQ,

    This has been a fantastic website and your work has delivered many fans. Know that your name is spoken in soccer circles around the country as one of the best sources of information for soccer news. Thank you for what you have done, and I hope we will see you in the future!

    -Stephen

  49. Bart permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Well, USL should now breath a sigh of relief, knowing that their competition will not be constantly highlighted on a third party site such as this.

    NASL should be in a state of mourning, the free PR that has been generated through the articles and postings has been nothing less than incredulous and right on the frontline.

    So USL wins and NASL loses, an untidy finish to this site, HOWEVER, the real losers are those loyal fans that have attended this site for the last 4 years.

    Let’s not make this a wake, but a time to reflect. BQ, you were in the right place at the right time, no question about it. Kudos to you and your dedication and hard work.

    I wish you and your family great tidings of joy through this holiday season!

  50. Fotbalist permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian,
    I can’t believe I forgot to mention this, but a secondary benefit of IMS Soccer has been the great community of dedicated fans/commenters created by your guidance (and sometimes scolding). I shall truly miss not just BQ, but all the passionate and thoughtful contributors and commenters. With that in mind, I second BART’S motion to not allow this to be a wake but a time for reflection.
    Thank you to everyone here. I shall miss you.

  51. December 14, 2012

    Brian, if it’s alright, I’d like to post a link to this article…http://www.americanizesoccer.com/2012/12/should-20th-mls-team-be-winner-of-minor.html
    I dedicate the article to your site.

  52. December 14, 2012

    Brian -

    Thanks for all you have done here. If this is indeed the end, we can truthfully say you left it all on the pitch.

    We have been very fortunate to have your unique insight local to us in our neck of the woods, and I don’t take it for granted. The stream of breaking news you provided will be missed as the new season ramps up.

    Enjoy your time off and good luck with your future endeavors, here or elsewhere.

    And now, I’m off to dig through the archives!

  53. December 14, 2012

    Brian, I have always called your site “The Best Source for Soccer News Under MLS”, to anyone I speak with. I wasn’t aware that we each started our projects in the same year (2008). I’m glad we are ‘soccer buddies’ and hopefully we can collaborate on something in the near future!
    Clent (@FlashSoccerCEO)

  54. Mike Firpo permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Brian – you did such an amazing and admirable job with IMS. Bringing soccer news and views consistently to MN, the US and North America. You will be very missed and so glad you were there all these years.

  55. Neil Morris permalink
    December 14, 2012

    Although I’ve already issued some well wishes on Google+, the social media for discerning Internet users (sorry, I couldn’t resist), let me add my name to this registry of fans, colleagues and admirers. As I wrote elsewhere, your insight and energy has been a key component to my journey into soccer journalism, and your kind words about my work have been both generous and motivating. We’ve frequently discussed the personal/professional balance that applies to both of us and is prompting you to take this needed break. But, as a point of personal privilege, I’m betting that once the D2 season grows closer, some expansion city is announced, some scheduling snafu emerges or some stadium construction deal falls through, you’ll get that itch that’ll be hard to scratch absent diving headlong back into the online arena. Until then, to quote one of your native sons, “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

  56. Darren L permalink
    December 14, 2012

    You deserve a break, Brian. I’ll look forward to seeing you at Stars games, whatever you decide here.

  57. Edward permalink
    December 15, 2012

    I came to nitpick minor grammatical errors, I stayed for the great soccer coverage. Thank you, BQ!

  58. JXU permalink
    December 15, 2012

    Thanks for all of the great articles over the years. No one could have covered lower division U.S. soccer as well as you have. Your blog will be missed.

  59. December 15, 2012

    Brian, you have done an amazing job, and having been in your shoes know exactly where you are. Take the break, breath, and see how much your hard work is appreciated by so many. You DID accomplish what you set out to do.

    All the best, and Happy Holidays!
    Dan

  60. tomASS permalink
    December 15, 2012

    Ya hoser – see you at a pub soon. Mange Takk!

  61. Kevin A. permalink
    December 15, 2012

    Thanks for all you’ve done, BQ! I hope to see your writing again in one form or another soon!

    Kevin–

  62. Dan Baxter permalink
    December 15, 2012

    Been following this site from Canada since the D2 breakup. I’ve developed a keen interest in Division 2 footy since then. This has always been one of the main sites I’ve followed daily. Enjoy the break, and hope to see you writing somewhere online soon.

  63. rustcp permalink
    December 15, 2012

    Thank you for your tremendous work. All the posts above, and this post, should tell you a hole will be felt in our soccer lives with your departure. Best of luck in the future.

  64. Mike Zalk permalink
    December 15, 2012

    Brian, we can only say THANK YOU! for all you have done with your site. In addition to your superb coverage of D2 pro soccer, you have highlighted the success of many Minnesota youth players as they have developed into nationally competitve players. We all thank you for your voice and your passion, and for your unending support of Minnesota youth soccer.

    Many of your readers may not know that in a prior life Brian Quarstad was a superb youth soccer coach (where he experimented with soccer blogs for our youth club and his team), but he retired from that vocation to follow his interest in writing generally about soccer in the U.S. We’d love to see you back on the pitch Brian!! But we also know that you, more than anyone I can think of, have earned a rest. Enjoy your holiday Brian!

  65. Forrest permalink
    December 15, 2012

    Brian,

    I will miss reading IMS every day! It’s the very first thing I do when I wake up, and if I wake up late, I risk being late for class because I need to know what is going on in the soccer world. I want to give you a big thank you for your entertaining articles and insight for the past four years, you’ve actually helped me write a few papers in my college classes!
    It’s nice reading and seeing something other than MLS. It is because of the Stars and this website that I view the NASL as the best league in the world. Living far from the cities we never hear a drop of news about the Stars, even though they won a championship the year before and were 2nd place this year! At least one Minnesota team can perform well enough to bring some trophies home! But, sadly, it lacks media coverage.
    Well, whether I be driving from Duluth or Moorhead, I’m looking forward to attending every home game this coming season and hope to meet you. Again thank you so much for everything you have done for D2 and D3 soccer. Both divisions and we fans owe you so much! Have a good rest, holiday season, and hope to see you writing again for IMS in the near future!

  66. December 15, 2012

    Brian – thanks for your hard work and your professionalism in all that you do. Your insights and expertise will be missed. I hope you recouperate and get back in the game!! Best wishes from all at Coerver Coaching Minnesota.

  67. Pirloschip permalink
    December 15, 2012

    Thank you Brian, you have done the sport a great service.

  68. Jspech permalink
    December 16, 2012

    Very sad reading this, but I really appreciated all the hard work u guys did. One life to live. Enjoy! Hopefully this isn’t a long goodbye.

  69. Mac permalink
    December 16, 2012

    A big Thank You to you, Brian, and everyone who has contributed to this site. You’ve provided a real service to the development of the sport in the States and Canada. So where in the hell are we gonna get the 2nd and 3rd division coverage like this?
    Enjoy your well deserved down time, and I look forward to reading your work wherever and whenever you surface.
    Take it easy, and if it’s easy, take some more.

  70. Etch permalink
    December 16, 2012

    Brian, good luck in everthing you do from this day forward.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  71. Taylor permalink
    December 16, 2012

    BQ, Thanks for your hardwork and dedication to IMS. I’ve truly enjoyed visiting this website. All the best in your future endeavor !

  72. December 16, 2012

    I’ll just simply say I am truly humbled by all the generous comments. Thank you very much!

  73. Steve Bellis permalink
    December 17, 2012

    BQ – Thanks for the years of hard work.

    Hopefully this is not the end.

    Best wishes

    Steve Bellis

  74. Dave permalink
    December 17, 2012

    BQ,

    Thanks for all of your work and commitment to the sport, and the people involved. You deserve a break, and I look forward to hearing about your future endeavors.

    Dave Laidig

  75. Patrick permalink
    December 17, 2012

    Wow. Sad to say I just stumbled onto your site a couple of months ago, but I check it regularly now for anything USL Pro or NASL related. Big loss to the coverage of the sport at those levels, but totally understand the need to recharge. Really appreciate all you have done. Hope to get lucky and see you back on here or in some other form.

    Best,
    Patrick

  76. Strikers Return permalink
    December 17, 2012

    What a pleasure it has been over the last couple of years knowing I had a place to go to for the best information available about my beloved Strikers and the NASL. You were always fair with your comments and articles, and your NASL podcasts were a must listen for myself and lots of other soccer fans. Can’t thank you and your contributors enough for your passion and hard work in living and breathing this site BQ. We are all going to miss it greatly. Whatever life brings you, I wish you and yours all the best.

  77. Hans VanOekel permalink
    December 17, 2012

    Brian
    As the parent of Matt (goalkeeper, Thunder and Stars) I want to truly thank you for your hard work and dedication to this phenomenal sport. Your articles were clearly written, honest and to the point. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you and your family all the best. As many have stated we all look forward to seeing even a glimmer of an article once in a while. Happy Holidays to you all. Hans VanOekel

  78. Mark Kulda permalink
    December 17, 2012

    Brian, As a former journalist for 15 years, including a very brief stint as a soccer writer at a small startup soccer newspaper in Kansas City, I must say you’ve done far better on this site with your depth of coverage than any full-time professional journalist could have ever done.
    Your passion for the game and the desire to want to help spread that passion really showed as you went ‘deep into the weeds’ on so many important stories.
    A wise journalism mentor once taught me the basic mantra of all journalists should be “seek the truth and report if fully.” Your site really lived up to that mantra.
    But you also gave voice to those of us who have commented here over the years and brought us along on this wonderful journey as well. We can’t thank you enough for that.
    Peace to you if you decided to ride off into the sunset and let the site go, but certainly know that there would be a very willing community ready to welcome you back, should you so choose.
    Take care! Mark Kulda

  79. Ivan permalink
    December 17, 2012

    Brian:
    I have enjoyed your blog very much and I am sorry to hear you are taking a break for the time being.
    As someone already said above, I hope this is not the end!
    Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and thank you for the great work over the years!

  80. BEASTOFNEWYORK permalink
    December 17, 2012

    Any other blog like yours, that cover D2 and D3

  81. Tony permalink
    December 18, 2012

    Brian,

    Thanks for all the work you have done to keep the rest of us informed on what is happening in the world of soccer as it relates to Minnesota and beyond. I have always found your articles and insight very well written and thought out. I hope you can come back and keep it going but I totally understand the need for a break – enjoy!

  82. Neil Cassidy permalink
    December 18, 2012

    Brian,

    It was sad to read that story, but wish you well for the future!!! I hope our paths will cross. You have done an amazing job and the comments justify all that you did for the sport in MN and beyond.

    Have a well deserved break
    Neil

  83. CoconutMonkey permalink
    December 18, 2012

    Thank you for all your hard work, BQ. Whether you’ve realized it or not, you’ve had a big impact on how the soccer fans in America follow the game. I’ve enjoyed your blog immensely.

    You’re a quality journalist.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Tony

  84. Gerry Wittmann permalink
    December 19, 2012

    BQ,

    The integrity and hard work represented by your site is epic. You have played an important role in the growth of the beautiful game in the U.S., creating a great deal more interest in lower division soccer than anyone else. What I admire most is that you have ALWAYS gone the extra mile to get both sides of a story, to be fair to all parties involved. That says a lot about who you are both as a writer and publisher, and also as a person.

  85. Bob Dobalina permalink
    December 19, 2012

    BQ, your working on the lower tiers of American soccer were always top notch. Thank you for such a great site and good luck to you in the future.

  86. Robert N. permalink
    December 19, 2012

    Thanks for your year of work, the job you have done with this site is tremendous.

  87. El Padre permalink
    December 22, 2012

    Brian, thanks for all of your hard work and effort. IMS was an amazing part of one of the best times in my life. I can never thank you enough for what you did here. God bless you. I wish you great success in all of your future projects.

  88. Ben permalink
    December 23, 2012

    Dear Brian

    Thank You for all the hard work and excellent soccer journalism that you’ve done. I wish you all the best for whatever and whenever comes next, but sincerly hope your talents won’t be lost on the North American Soccer scene for good.

    a regular reader from overseas.

  89. December 23, 2012

    Brian,
    I can’t believe I missed this. As the hiatus of my publishing the Emerald City Gazette pushes into its seventh year, I understand you completely.

    Thanks for what you’ve done so far. Good luck with whatever comes next.

  90. December 24, 2012

    BQ, your articles will be sorely missed also here in Italy. Yours was real journalism, as it should be on the newspaper (but it’s often not).
    I hope you’ll find new energies during the Christmas break.

  91. Dan permalink
    December 25, 2012

    Brian, great work with IMS, I wish you good health and all the best

  92. Daniel Feuerstein permalink
    December 26, 2012

    It’s been a pleasure working with you Brian thru my American Internet Soccer Show, reading your articles and of course listening to you when Kartik was doing the MLS Talk Podcasts.
    If anyone deserves to take a break it is definetly you sir.

    Enjoy the Holidays and hope to see you come back to this site stronger than ever. Take care sir.

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