Big Changes at MLS Talk and EPL Talk

major-league-soccer-talk-logo-197x81It’s with great pleasure to announce spectacular news today, and that is Kartik Krishnaiyer, the host of the EPL Talk and MLS Talk Podcasts, as well as writer for both sites, has been appointed Public Relations Director for the North American Soccer League (NASL).

As a result of the full-time position, Krishnaiyer will be stepping down as the host of both podcasts. However, he will be a guest on some future EPL Talk episodes and will return to writing for EPL Talk once the World Cup tournament kicks off this summer.

Due to his position as PR Director at the NASL, Krishnaiyer will not be writing for MLS Talk for the foreseeable future due to the obvious conflict of interest.

Krishnaiyer’s appointment as PR Director is testament to the hard work and dedication he has given to the coverage of the sport in this country as well as the connections he has made since joining the EPL Talk Network in 2006.

While it’ll be sad to see Krishnaiyer move on, I’m very pleased to announce that his replacement as host of the EPL Talk and MLS Talk Podcasts, as well as contributing writer for both sites, will be Richard Farley, an accomplished writer and podcaster who is extremely well versed on world football.

Farley has previously written and appeared on websites such as Set Piece Analysts, World Soccer Digest, World Soccer Reader and has hosted several podcasts including Set Piece Analysts, Inside The Six and Russian Football Now.

We have no doubt that Farley, being a scholar of the game, will be warmly welcomed by both the EPL Talk and MLS Talk readers. His understanding of the tactics of the game is exemplary, and I am personally looking forward to his contributions to both podcasts and sites.

Between now and the end of the month, Krishnaiyer will continue hosting the EPL Talk Podcast and will then officially hand over the reins to Farley on February 1, 2010.

Please join me in welcoming Richard Farley to the network and congratulating Kartik Krishnaiyer on his well-deserved appointment as the NASL PR Director.

NASL released a press release today to announce the news.

23 thoughts on “Big Changes at MLS Talk and EPL Talk”

  1. Could have fooled me. I thought Kartik was already was the PR Director of NASL (former USL1). Congrats on getting the official title, and presumably a paycheck.

    1. If anything Kartik was doing PR for your Dynamo. He’s been disgraceful in never criticizing Houston and as recently as a few weeks ago maligning Seattle’s support saying Houston was better and even worse giving DeRosario player of the decade over Donovan.

      His biases are always clear with MLS. I think he’s a fantastic writer and analyst of the game but hope within the new NASL he does not favor his “houston” over his “seattle.”

      But as far as knowing soccer, no doubt this is a fantastic choice for NASL.

  2. After all of the grief he got for already holding that position, I guess he thought he might as well take it. Congrats Kartik, I appreciate the past and look forward to blog posting about your future.

    Who does the new guy have as the best soccer city of the last decade in the US ? 😉

  3. in no time, it’ll be commissioner Kartik. BTW, didnt this website have articles critical about Sunil and his dealings with the Indian football federation? Maybe I’m just presuming since they are both Indian. Ok, maybe I seem to recall now that it may have been another website with the word “rumor” in it. Anyway, congratulations.

  4. Regardless of NASL, this is a sad day.

    I wish K could have held off through the World Cup. I think we all miss the critical and sharp analysis he brings about the national team.

    NASL’s gain is the rest of our loss. Thanks Kartik for your contributions to the game!

  5. Don’t spin doctors need to know how to write a grammatically correct sentence?

    This reminds me—Krishnaiyer admitted he sat on news of the USL sale for almost six months—

    That was way too long. Obviously, he had become part of the story at that point and should not have been misrepresenting himself as an objective observer on this blog. Is one’s journalistic integrity worth a flack job in minor league soccer? And more importantly, shouldn’t his extremist views on the USMNT and its players be just as discredited at this point as his writings about the USL/TOA/NASL?

  6. I am of two minds about this.

    First off congrats to Kartik. You’ve worked hard and taken a lot of abuse from people who know less about the game than you do.


    I think this raises some questions.

    1- Kartik knows the sport really well. His analytical coverage is not appreciated by some, but the silent majority has enjoyed it and that is why we keep coming here. But, you tend to speak above the head of many, and that is why you get so much abuse. If you truly want to be a PR director for a big league, you need to dumb down your writing and analysis so it is understood. Sometimes it seems you want to show how smart you are and go too far.
    2- You use way too many English terms. Pitch, football, side, team sheet, etc. If you use these terms in NASL media releases the league will look elitist and out of touch.
    3- I think we have a massive void in the coverage of the USMNT that has just been opened up. I understand career moves, but to me it is nearly tragic that someone who can properly analyze the USMNT in a manner most writers, message board posters and bloggers cannot is leaving in a World Cup year, just as the number of fan boy blogs and wave the flag posters is reaching a level of critical mass. I certainly hope Richard Farley, whose opinions are also razor sharp continues your good work. I personally will be disappointed as I believe most readers of this site will be if the critical, sharp lens you have put on the USSF and USMNT suddenly disappears with your departure from this site.

    Best of luck, you will be missed.

    1. “2- You use way too many English terms. Pitch, football, side, team sheet, etc. If you use these terms in NASL media releases the league will look elitist and out of touch.”

      OMFG. *rolleyes*

      Congrats, Kartik. Please do not take the advice above from Ace. I’m sure he means well, but please don’t listen to him.

    2. I agree 100% on the English terms comment. Not that I noticed that Kartik used them too much, but it really is a turn off to new fans…err I mean supporters of the game.

      Besides why English terms, we should be using a successful soccer…dang, I mean football….countries terms…maybe Portuguese ( Brazil’s language ).

  7. MLStalk will miss him badly as well the blogsphere pertaining to MLS. KK was one of the first ones I listened about soccer having just really followed the sport for 3 years. Thanks for all your knowledge/information and now I will really want to read NASL press releases!

  8. Good job to Kartik and congrats.

    Problem here though. Kartik took a lot of abuse from MLS Talk posters, but if you look back through the archives of this site going back to 2007, you’ll see he was eventually proven correct on over half the topics that became threads for flaming.

    He knows the sport and was never afraid to compare MLS and the US team to other national federations and leagues around the world to expose what we could and should do better and how our team could be made better.

    I like Richard Farley and hope he keeps Kartik’s good work going. I wish for the best at NASL, but wonder if the posters and flame throwers here, who just want to hear rah rah stuff about MLS and the USA did not play a role in Kartik getting out.

    If that were the case Kartik, despite my immense respect for you as an independent thinker and writer about this game, I would be very disappointed.

    I am an NASL fan being in Florida, but if K jumped ship to avoid the continued barrage of criticism from trolls and others who don’t understand the game, I cannot help but feel disappointed and even angry.

  9. A great hire for MLS is a major loss for the soccer press. The hard hitting, no holes barred analysis K gave will be sorely missed. Most of the time he proved to be right, but even when he was not right, you could always see where he was coming from.

  10. I’m sad to see Kartik go, extremely happy for him, and wish him luck in his new position. The good news is that in my (obviously far from objective) opinion, you’ve gotten the best replacement humanly possible.

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