Our Team

Here at The18, we are building a world where the day begins and ends with the beautiful game, and we invite you to join us.

We have thought about everything that fuels our passion for soccer / football / Fútbol and used that knowledge to craft the quintessential experience for you, no matter what you call the sport.

From the newest boots, to the greatest goals, and all the way around to that one piece of skill that you didn’t think was quite possible, we have opinions that matter and those that don’t. We strive to make you think, share, and discuss all things soccer, from around the block to around the world.

As you immerse yourself in The18, we invite you to learn more about us. Check out our team below. Interested in writing for us? Send us an email at: info@the18.com

Pete Burridge

President And CEO

There is deep and rich history. There is infinite nuance and subtlety. There is pure physicality and raw aggression. And of course, there is grace. Soccer is that rare combination of elements that results in beauty....

Matt Jenkins

Chief Operating Officer

It's a rare sport that counts its fans in billions. It's an even rarer sport that counts as fans everyone from Prince William to Will Ferrell, Pope Francis to Russell Brand, Sheikh Mansour to Shakira....

Bryce Badwan

Project Manager

It is called 'the world's game' for a reason, as no sport can bring different cultures and communities together like the sport of futbol. It is the only sport in the world that has stopped a war, yet it's the only sport that also...

Connor Fleming

Staff Writer

Soccer is a game that emphasizes the journey much more than the result......

Saul Huerta

Accountant

There is nothing in the world that brings the world together like soccer. The beauty, simplicity and passion around soccer are what make it special....

Sam Klomhaus

Staff Writer

The USMNT will improve as soon as American defenders stop kicking the ball as hard as they can whenever they get it and attempt to actually play the game of soccer (or football, or futbol. Whatever)....

Nicki Goldstein

Graphic Design | Intern

There’s no question that sports bring people together. But soccer does even more than that. It’s the world’s sport and it’s bigger than all of us...

Samantha Harvitt

Writer, Social | Intern

Soccer is the only sport that brings everyone around the world together. The one sport where women are taken seriously...

Spencer Jackman

Writer | Intern

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Evan Kiesow

Intern

There is only one sport that unites and divides places, people, and countries. That sport is soccer...

Tricia Parker

Videographer, Editor | Intern

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JJ Seaward

Writer | Intern

Soccer is the only sport in the world everyone can say that they have something in common...

Ben Bressler

Advisor

I have maintained touch with the soccer world by coaching for 20 years and playing in Boulder, Colorado rec leagues, as well as for the US Men’s Master's team in the Macabbi Games in Israel, Chile and Australia. ...

Nikki Marshall

Advisor

Soccer is a way of life, and this way of life has allowed me an opportunity - to be a part of something special, to have a voice and to make a positive impact....

Kevin Van Lieshout

Player, Freelancer & Advisor

Soccer is the world's game. It's a way of life in how it influences the culture of countries and sparks passion in the people. Soccer has the ability to light up the darkness. It brings us together....

Joe Amyx

Freelance Writer

Barcelona fan. Big time supporter of the “Stop the Flop” movement....

Ivan Anich

Freelance Writer

The only thing that is keeping Arsenal from rising to the level of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid is the very nature of humanity itself. That, and Stan Kroenke....

Giorgio Ausenda

Freelance Videographer & Editor

Born close to Stamford Bridge, grew up near San Siro, raised on soccer and pasta......

Jamie Bartlett

Freelance Writer

Attack, attack, attack. Players will fatigue from chasing, they never fatigue from scoring...

Stefan Borge

Freelance Writer

Soccer is an art form. The three greatest artists of my generation? Zidane, Iniesta and Scholes. Messi? No, he's not an artist...he's a magician....

Grant Burkhardt

Freelance Writer

On a deep level, at my core, meaning no irony and hoping not to patronize, I think Lionel Messi might be the higher power that created the known universe....

Wesley Chow

Freelance Videographer & Editor

Soccer provides a platform for international competition and can bring countries together even when governments can't...

Brian Dunleavy

Freelance Writer

Conventional wisdom holds that sports and politics shouldn’t mix. They shouldn’t, but they often do. I am as fascinated by these intersections...

Misty Faucheux

Freelance Writer

Soccer is the epitome of endurance - both in mind and body. ...

Marco Gamez

Freelance Writer

Soccer seems to have been designed for humans of the 21st century. It works against the clock, is global in nature and gives us a banquet of idols that marketers worldwide can feast upon....

Robert Gordon

Freelance Writer

Football, at the highest level, has become an absurdity. Grown fat on the teat of oligarchs, sheikhs and conglomerates, the beautiful game is as much a procession of commercialism...

Keith Greenawalt

Freelance Writer & Advisor

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Jose Guzman

Freelance Writer

What I'm about to say is totally a cliche, but I don't care I'll say it anyway. Football or soccer, whatever you call it, is a religion to me...

James Hansen

Freelance Writer

One of the things that I always thought was funny about football was the fact that it seems to be a sport second, and a community first......

Matheus Honorato

Freelance Writer

There are many countries, religions, cultures, and dialects around the globe, but there is only one language we all speak....

Ryan Huettel

Freelance Writer

Described by my former teammates as a Yannick Bolassie-type with no power, and somehow less end product, I’ve always emulated the few-and-far-between mavericks that never forgot how to play...

Harry Kettle

Freelance Writer

From a young age I became obsessed with the sport of football. ...

Thuya Kyaw

Freelance Writer

There will never be another sport that brings the whole world together, stops wars, unites countries, and brings people an enormous joy during hard times....

Javier Martinez

Freelance Writer

It is incredible that one sport can have such a big impact around the world...

Noa Medford

Freelance Videographer & Editor

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Devon Newport

Freelance Writer

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Rob Nicoletti

Freelance Writer

There is no sport that allows history, politics, and even religion to all be played out on the same field quite like soccer......

Mitch Petit-Frere

Freelance Writer

Soccer is the world's universal language. It's the one thing on earth that can bridge any communication gap. No matter where you are in the world, a kickabout is the perfect icebreaker. ...

Jack Ramos

Freelance Writer & Videographer

There's a reason soccer is the most popular sport in the world. It's exciting, competitive, and most importantly, there are no commercials....

Jack Redman

Freelancer

Jack served as an intern for The18 during the summer of 2016...

Thomas Regur

Freelance Writer

Soccer is like a box of chocolates. One moment you're in the box and the next Luis Suarez is taking a sweet bite out of you. You never know what you’re gonna get....

Nathan Reynolds

Freelance Writer

Soccer is the beautiful game and should be played as such....

Kery Ruiz

Freelance Writer & Videographer

Soccer made money from ticket entrances in the past. But now we've added TV and a splash of marketing to it. We have turned soccer into Walt Disney......

Steven Solomon

Freelance Writer & Ambassador

Soccer is the peoples’ sport. The barriers to entry for players and fans alike are low to non-existent....

Mike Smith

Freelance Writer

Football teaches us how to love, to hate, to laugh, and to cry. All within 90 minutes. Plus it's an excuse to have a pint at 10 a.m....

Ian Troyan

Freelance Writer

There are few things in the world that will send shivers down your spine like the sound of tens of thousands of fans surrounding you cheering and singing in unison for a soccer club that means everything to you....

Felipe Vieyra

Freelance Writer

I’ve always had a lot to say about soccer, especially when it comes to the Mexican national team and Mexican players abroad....

Steven Wagener

Freelance Writer

Soccer would not be so incredible if it weren't for the millions of fans flocking to stadiums each week. That’s why it is called "The Beautiful Game."...

Siobhan Weathers

Freelance Writer

I believe soccer is the only sport that both men and women both play in which women are taken as seriously as the men who play....

Matias Wodner

Freelance Writer

Soccer can be the cruelest of sports, yet also the most gratifying and beautiful. Trust me, I would know, as an Argentine who has been traumatized by three straight major tournament finals losses. ...

Morgan Zimmerglass

Freelance Writer

I'm presently considering numerous big money offers from China...

Bryan Zarpentine

Freelance Writer

Soccer, more than any other sport, has the ability to take large groups of people who would otherwise be strangers, or even adversaries, and bring them together as one. ...

Nate Axvig

Freelance Writer

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Adam Carter

Freelance Writer

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Daiana Lopes Da Costa

Freelance Writer

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Sean Maslin

Freelance Writer

Andrea Pirlo has his own winery. Is his wine like his playing style: elegant, smooth, and polished? ...

Stacey Mickles

Freelance Writer

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McKenzie Munson

Freelance Writer

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Juan Pimiento

Freelance Writer

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Andy Simmons

Freelance Writer

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Huw Thomas

Freelance Writer

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Andrew Young

Freelance Writer

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John Zurz

Freelance Writer

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