Monday, February 02, 2009

Officially On Hiatus

I am definitely going to take a break from du Nord.
I have no idea if it will be for days, weeks, months or forever.
But I do know that I am burnt out, and need to step away.
As soon as I know more, so will you.
Thanks for all the great patronage.


Anonymous Neal said...

Glad to hear you're taking a much deserved break, my friend.

We all look forward to your return with refreshed insight into futbol news of the world.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Dominghosa said...

The world won't be the same without Dunord's hoping you have a great break, replenish and come back as strong as ever.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Martek said...

Glad to hear it il Brucio. You will be missed, there's no doubt, as what you provide is unique out there. Hope you rest, recreate and come back when you can. You deserve the time.

6:43 PM  
Blogger dallen said...

l: >(

Rest up and come back, plz.

7:19 PM  
Blogger George said...

brucio, your site is one of the FEW i make a habit of visiting on a daily basis.
thanks for all the help you've given me.
i understand what you're going through, sir.
good luck with du Nord or whatever your next move may be.
FC Rocky

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever you decide, please know how much we all appreciated your dedication and insight.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Arelcao Akleos said...

Thank you for all you have done to establish and maintain such an excellent site. I hope you come back, with fire and firm vision. But if you say "enough!", and march onto other happiness in life, then best wishes.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Drew said...

Thanks for the hard work, Bruce!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you, you rock! Second to everything "George" said.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your site is great. Hopefully you'll be back...but if not..thanks!!

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for everything its been a pleasure coming to this site everyday.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Flatlander said...

I completely understand blogger burnout. After a while, it feels like more of a chore than a fun hobby. Give yourself some space from it and then start thinking about what you truly feel like writing about rather than what you feel like you have to write about. Then follow the former. That's the only way past the burnout.

Good luck.

9:07 PM  
Blogger The Beautiful Game said...

take care bruce, we've all been there

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Enjoy Bruce. The amount of work you put into du Nord is amazing and it's no wonder you need a break. Now if I can just keep myself from going back to Big Soccer.....

10:50 PM  
Blogger shawnlevy said...

I bet if you put out a call for temporary/semi-permanent replacements you'd find more than a few folks willing to keep the blog up to the standards you've set: that's down to how stellar you've been.

Thanks for what you've done, and enjoy your time off.

Dr. Bickle

11:14 PM  
Blogger blurp2000 said...

Life without "Du Nord" = "no life at all."

But seriously, Bruce, take care of yourself. You are 100 times more important to the U.S. soccer community than Beckman, Landon, and Feilhaber combined.

--Richard in L.A.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous McCrum said...


Take it easy, listen to the groundhog and take 6 weeks off for hibernation. :) You need an offseason too. Thanks for all the hard work, you are certainly appreciated more than you think.

Come back when, or if, you want to, we'll still follow you.


1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, rest on! You are a vibrant man who needs a little rejuvenation. But like the mafia, soccer will pull you back in (phew), and I guarantee it happens with some ignorant, brash comment from south of the border in the run-up to Feb. 11. I give it 6 days.

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Manton said...

Enjoy the time off. I was astonished daily at how much great info you would compile and felt spoiled every time. Hope you come back with fresh legs (and hopefully some paychecks for this magical blog!).

2:01 AM  
Blogger Zane said...

Good luck buddy. Enjoy the rest. I am sure the US/Mexico game will get you in the mood again

2:44 AM  
Blogger Graham said...

Godspeed brucio, I can only imagine the amount of time you've spent working on du Nord updates.

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Du Nord -- you truly are the man - take a few weeks to chill - get your money up - fly out to Europe and catch a match - you'll be back - I guarantee it!

Definitely been there myself son - you deserve every accolade you get - Du Nord is the #10 of all the soccer blogs!

Godspeed son and see you back on the front lines soon - thanks for all your hard work and dedication --you've done American footy proud!!



8:38 AM  
Blogger digchros said...

You deserve it, Brucio. Hoping to see you at the Thunder focus group tomorrow?

8:42 AM  
Anonymous chad said...

Thanks for the great blog!

ps: bob bradley sucks. :-)

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce, Only you can decide if this is a finished body of work or one still in progress. Congratulations on what you have accomplished here, and thanks for all your hard work. You will be missed. AJF

9:21 AM  
Anonymous dug said...

Thanks for all your passion and hard work! Take care of yourself bro, and we'll hold down the proverbial fort for you. All the best!

dug (from the Smelly)

11:28 AM  
Blogger a said...

noooooooo, Ives is great for most of my soccer news needs but you always have extra nuggets of info that he doesn't touch on. get some rest and come back soon!

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your site is great. I visit it every day. Hopefully you'll be back...

Michael slack

1:47 PM  
Blogger The Gaffer said...

Hope you return soon Bruce! We'll miss you.

The Gaffer

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ciao Brucio. I understand how hard ho follow a passion in a better than professional way, while ah the same time keep going with life, job and everything else. I believe the comments you see here will see the best medicine ho get you back. If not, thanks a lot anyway for what you have done in these last years, for both ha and US soccer. Hope to read about you really soon. Best whishes for whatever will ne your intentions. Franco from Rome (

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your sabbatical amigo; you've certainly earned it!

Kevin A.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous sasha said...

Thanks for all the effort Bruce.


7:07 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Congrats on a great run. If you never post again, you'll have left a legacy of how one fan can cover a worldwide sport across every time zone.

You'll be missed! Good luck.
Steve P

10:04 PM  
Blogger Hello Katty said...

Hope you return well rested and refreshed.


10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks from another loyal reader.

Tough to do all that labor with minimal compensation, no?

We appreciate it.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Rob @ Off The Post said...

All the best, Bruce. Here's to DuNord returning stronger when you're rested up.

Rob, Off The Post

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Mario in SJ said...

Bruce, DUNORD has been my first read of the day for the last year. Thank you so much for all your work. I certainly hope you will return, nevertheless, best of luck to you.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace Homey!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

Your blog was fantastic and I wish you the best.

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Handle it, homes. We need you healthy, ese.


3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best blog in the land and it makes me so happy to see that it comes from my home state of Minnesota. Bruce you rock and you deserve a break. I hope you come back better than ever though so please don't keep us waiting too long ;)

Zach W.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

Brucio - You're no doubt aware of this, but you are true legend in the American soccer scene already. As you've mentioned so many times, this is a game (and culture) ruled by the internet here in the states, and you are the focal point for so many "futbol fanaticos" out there who have trouble navigating the various news sources out there (or who have become disgruntled with the bickering and cliques on the Bigsoccer boards). The "Designated Players" do a great job, but no one pulls it all together on a daily basis like you do. Here's to hoping for good health and happiness no matter what you decide. Thanks for all you've done for so many of us US soccer fans.


11:55 AM  
Blogger M. said...

Miss ya man. Be well.

12:11 PM  
Blogger adam said...

I have appreciated very very much your work. This kind of quality can only lead to someone burning out.

Thanks Thanks Thanks.

2:57 PM  
Blogger FC said...

Thank you for the past and best wishes for the future.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous shane said...

best of luck to you. thanks for what you've done in the past.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous EricPZ said...

I know the feeling brucio. Take your time and be ready before you come back. I've been there and spending so much time on a labor of love can eventually kill off the passion. Good luck and I hope to see you back soon...if not, I completely understand. Thanks for everything.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Chris Courtney said...

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3:04 PM  
Blogger Chris Courtney said...

Bruce, take all the time you need. I burned out back in 2004 and took almost a year to come back.

To Brucio's fans and readers, if you really want to show your appreciation for his thousands of dedicated hours - please follow the links from his blog and buy something from one of his sponsors!



Letters from Vagabondia

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexico are staying at the Westin downtown
Westin Columbus
310 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 228-3800

I hear their favorite late night snack is Chinese food. We midwesterners are known for our hospitality. I think having a snack delivered at 3 in the morning every day this week would be downright neighborly of us.

8:14 PM  
Anonymous kduffyb said...

Thank you for your great service to the soccer community. It's a lion share.
I will to look to support your sponsors.
Thank you again.
All the best.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Demko said...

i believe rafa Marquez's favorite midest delicacy is cheese curds.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous joel es latest soccer news said...

Good luck with everything.

7:02 PM  
Blogger el diablo said...

Incredible work. Thanks for all that you do.

-Brian C. in Portland

8:39 PM  
Blogger Arelcao Akleos said...

Man, the lack of knowledge is getting to me. I thought that just maybe Ignorance would be bliss, but at this point I need an information fix on my footie, and Now!

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Soccer Source said...

We know blogger burnout, having experienced it ourselves (see February through July, 2008). It's really tough to do it all by yourself.

Best of luck and hopefully you'll be back!

In the meantime, for those hungering for U.S. soccer news I recommend or

6:53 PM  
Blogger 12th man said...

I'm going through Du Nord withdrawal. You provided a service unavailable anywhere else. Come back as soon as you are able.

7:09 PM  
Blogger 12th man said...

I'm going through Du Nord withdrawal. You provided a service unavailable anywhere else. Come back as soon as you are able.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Rob said...


Always enjoyed the site and the work it must have taken to put it together everyday. Hope you come back, but if not, thanks again.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss you Du Nord! Hope to see you back some day, but if not, thanks for all you did. Greatly appreciated!

10:47 AM  
Anonymous CC said...

I've always been amazed by how much info you put together on a daily basis. Thanks for all your hard work. Du Nord was my favorite blog. I'll selfishly keep hoping you get through the burnout and come back soon. Good luck to you, Bruce.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To correct the above poster, the site that is attempting to do the Du Nord-style daily news updates is

They've been doing it for about three weeks now, and generally have links to between 50-70 stories each day to peruse (during the week).

5:53 AM  
Blogger dallen said...

You're killin me, Bruce. My productivity has shot through the roof since your break started.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess that means DuNord can no longer be considered a Designated Player (DP).

What will we all do?!!!!!

Oh yeah, it's just a blog so it's no big deal. See that was easy folks.

Move along now, nothing to see here.

DuNord = This is Not Doug Logan.


12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss having such a great soccer blog, rest up though.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Bret said...

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! This was the best place to get soccer news. I think I am going to cry.

4:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still check here everyday hoping to catch the Return of Du Nord!

You are missed my man. Enjoy the vacation!

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matchnight = Not Doug Logan = MLS Underground = DuNord.

You can always get your daily fill of MLS News and Whatnot here.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Honored to call you a friend Bruce. Carry on....

1:17 PM  

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