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Author Archives: Brian Zygo

Top 5 Highlights of American Soccer in 2009

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As promised last week, here are my highlights from 2009 in American Soccer, in no particular order: U.S. National Team Beats Spain in Confederations Cup Semi-Finals: On June 24, 2009, in the Semi-Finals of the Confederations Cup, the U.S. National … Continue reading

Top 5 Lowlights of American Soccer in 2009

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2010 is upon us, which means that it’s the time of year when we journalists, pundits, analysts, and/or columnists take stock of the year that has passed and provide you with our lists of the past years highlights and lowlights. … Continue reading

After A Bumpy Season The Houston Dynamo Finish Second in the MLS West

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The Houston Dynamo’s 2009 regular season came to an end on Sunday as they beat Chivas USA 3-2 at the Home Depot Center. Coming into Sunday’s match, both teams had secured playoff berths, but the outcome would decide the seeding … Continue reading

The Weekend That Was in American Soccer/Football

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With a 3-2 victory over Honduras in San Pedro Sula, the US National Team secured its spot in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. This is the sixth straight World Cup qualification for the US, following a 40 … Continue reading

Houston Dynamo Secure Playoff Berth With 1-1 Draw Against Kansas City Wizards

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Going into Sunday’s home match against the Kansas City Wizards, the Houston Dynamo knew the needed a result to secure their fourth straight playoff berth since moving to the Bayou City, but when forward Cam Weaver received a red card … Continue reading

The 2010 MLS Season: Fair To The World Cup & Balanced

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A common complaint about Major League Soccer is its failure or unwillingness to observe FIFA International breaks. As recently as this month we have seen MLS matches played at the same time as crucial World Cup Qualifiers involving the United … Continue reading

2010 MLS All-Star Match To Be Held At Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas

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Tomorrow, Major League Soccer, the Houston Dynamo, and Lone Star Sports and Entertainment will officially announce that the 2010 MLS All-Star Game will be held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, not Robertson Stadium. While Reliant Stadium, which was officially … Continue reading

Vincenzo Bernardo Is A Free Agent But Will Major League Soccer Let Another Italian Get Away?

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This past week it was officially announced that Vincenzo Bernardo had opted out of his contract with Italian Serie A club Napoli and is now a free agent. For some weeks there has been speculation that the New Jersey native, … Continue reading

A Stadium Of Their Own: The Time is Now For A Dynamo Stadium Announcement

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Recently there has been some chatter that the Houston Dynamo will have a big announcement this week. Since the Dynamo signed Mexican forward Luis Angel Landin on Thursday, its seems that this will be one of three things: an announcement … Continue reading

MLS Teams Need To Take CONCACAF Champions League Seriously

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The group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League is set to start this coming week, and a question on the minds of many MLS fans is: “Will the MLS clubs involved in this competition step up and take it seriously?” … Continue reading

Transforming Major League Soccer into a Super League

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One of the lessons learned in this “Summer of Soccer” is that there is a sizable group of Americans who enjoy high level soccer and are willing to pay top dollar for the opportunity to see clubs like Real Madrid, … Continue reading

Dominic Kinnear: A Model MLS Coach

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The English Premier League is one of the most popular football leagues in the world for many reasons, especially its coaching soap opera. No other league has managed to turn coaching vendettas and spats into a complex, highly entertaining mix … Continue reading

Stuart Holden – The Future of American Soccer?

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Say what you will about the U.S. National Team’s performance in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, after all it is an experimental squad seemingly designed to give Coach Bob Bradley a better idea of the quality and the extent of … Continue reading

Kansas City 0 – 1 Houston Dynamo: Post Match Video Reaction

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On Saturday, July 4th, the Kansas City Wizards hosted the Houston Dynamo at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in front of a sell out crowd of 10,385. The Dynamo were coming off a lackluster loss to Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday and a … Continue reading

A Toast to the US Soccer Fan as We Await the Confederations Cup Final

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As both a fan and observer of American Soccer in general and the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in particular, Confederations Cup 2009 has been a rollercoaster with amazing emotional highs and lows. As we all know, the US started … Continue reading

Defending Guiseppe Rossi and His Decision to Play for Italy Instead of the United States

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In the eyes and opinions of many of you, I am about to defend the indefensible: the decision of Guiseppe Rossi to play for the Italian National Team instead of the United States National Team. This issue came to head … Continue reading

The Future is Now: US Soccer’s Future Rests in the Hands of Peter Nowak’s Replacement

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Wednesday night’s Saprissa Massacre has to be considered one of the lowest points for the U.S. National Team since returning to the World Cup in 1990, and instead of dissecting that game and breaking down the various reasons for the … Continue reading