Alex Fairchild

Alex is a student at Boston College, who has been covering soccer for multiple websites since the age of 16. In addition to writing about soccer around the web, he is the assistant sports editor for the school's independent student newspaper, The Heights. You can find him on Twitter@alexsfairchild and on Google+.
Analyzing The Use of Liverpool Starlet Raheem Sterling as The Main Striker
Analyzing The Use of Liverpool Starlet Raheem Sterling as The Main Striker

It’s about 90 degrees in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Raheem Sterling is drenched in sweat. He’s exhausted from the second of two training sessions, and at the age of 17, he is on the verge of breaking through to Liverpool’s first team on a regular basis. Supporters are excited about what […]

Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing West Brom’s Lack of Pressing
Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing West Brom’s Lack of Pressing

When a smaller club plays a bigger club, it isn’t rare to see the smaller club play outstanding soccer for about 10 minutes before being beaten back by the better side. This was the case when Arsenal played West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, but the Baggies could have kept on […]

Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing The Manchester Derby
Premier League Tactics Corner; Analyzing The Manchester Derby

Manchester United fans have hope. After a very rough start to the season, the Red Devils have picked up the pieces despite drawing with West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, before losing to Manchester City. It’s was a rough start for Louis van Gaal, but there have been some encouraging signs. […]

Premier League Tactics Corner – Gameweek 7
Premier League Tactics Corner – Gameweek 7

Two of fluid attacks were on in form in the Premier League at the weekend via Manchester City and Southampton. Manchester City The 4-4-2 has a lot of critics in the modern game. Some say it cannot be played because the shape gets outmanned in midfield. Others say the 4-4-2 […]

Analyzing Liverpool’s Problems When Defending Against Set Pieces
Analyzing Liverpool’s Problems When Defending Against Set Pieces

When Liverpool played AS Roma at Boston’s Fenway Park in a pre-season friendly over the summer, the weather could best be described as sultry. Boston is a workingman’s city, full of the blue collar and the white collar, and people are tired at 9 o’clock on a 90 plus degree […]

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 6
Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 6

Through wide areas, Hull City has found a lot of its success, and Steven Naismith has become the centerpiece of Everton’s alternative system of play. Hull Raids The Flanks When Ahmed Elmohamady went on trial with Steve Bruce’s Sunderland in 2009, the Egyptian flank-raider changed his career. The Wearside club […]

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 5
Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 5

Two of the Premier League’s most glamorous teams showed us how to, and how not to break down a defense this weekend. Schurrle’s Movement Unzips Manchester City Andre Schurrle got to hang out with Thomas Muller a lot this summer and it is starting to show. The German’s quickness has […]

Southampton’s August-September Progress Report
Southampton’s August-September Progress Report

Last season, we saw a lot of this from Southampton’s attack… And this… But once “this,” left for Champions League football, Southampton supporters were left asking themselves, now what? Who could possibly fulfill the rolls of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, and who could partner with Jose Fonte at center-back? […]

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 4
Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 4

Liverpool has not learned the lesson that Jose Mourinho taught it, while Louis van Gaal ended his affair with the three-center back system. The Stagnant Reds Go Marching In Staring at screens around the world and sitting in the Kop, Liverpool fans will think back to ‘that’ Sunday in late April. […]

Chelsea vs. Swansea City Player Ratings; Battle For Top Of The League Ends 4-2
Chelsea vs. Swansea City Player Ratings; Battle For Top Of The League Ends 4-2

Heading into today’s game at Stamford Bridge, neither team had dropped points thus far in Premier League play. Following the international break and transfer window both teams were looking to stretch their “legs” and earn their place at top of the League table. Despite an early start from Swansea, Chelsea […]

Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 3
Premier League Tactics Corner – Round 3

In this week’s edition of Premier League Tactics Corner, we analyze Diego Costa’s movement and pressing, as well as Stoke City’s defensive tactics against Manchester City. Chelsea’s Costa Costa does three things really well. He presses, he uses his speed, and he finishes. He’s as old school as center forwards […]