Nathan Nipper

Dallas Texas

Nathan Nipper grew up primarily in Arkansas and Dakar, Senegal.  He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1999 with majors in history and communication and Regent University in 2002 with a master’s degree in communication.  He spent several years working as a television writer until 2010 when he began coaching soccer and teaching American history.  His varsity boys high school soccer team won back-to-back Texas private school state championships in 2013 and 2014.  In addition to his blog Total Football Cafe, he is a frequent contributor to World Soccer Talk.  He lives near Dallas – 4,754 miles from Stamford Bridge and 32 miles from Toyota Stadium – with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

DALLAS 'TIL I CRY: Learning to Love Major League Soccer

Can a diehard Premier League fan learn to love Major League Soccer?

In 2013, American soccer fan Nathan Nipper, a self-described "Euro Snob" because of his preference for following the English Premier League over Major League Soccer, decided to give MLS a serious try for the first time.  As an American who wants to see soccer continue thriving in the United States, he felt it was time to stop ignoring America's top-flight league.  Dallas 'Til I Cry recounts his experience as he becomes a Season Ticket Holder for his local club, FC Dallas, determined to give the team, and MLS, his undivided attention for one season.

Part soccer fan memoir, part MLS critique, Dallas 'Til I Cry explores American soccer fandom in all its joys, agonies, and quirks through personal accounts filled with humor, insight, and heart.  It's an American twist on the kind of British soccer fan passion chronicled in books like Fever PitchBloody Confused!, and 32 Programmes.  Whether already a fan of MLS, cynical about the league, or a curious fan who simply enjoys narratives of soccer cultures around the world, Dallas 'Til I Cry offers a funny, heart-warming examination of the much-maligned, resilient, and emergent Major League Soccer.