New Jersey – The Garden State with Soccer Roots
New Jersey – The Garden State with Soccer Roots

New Jersey, the Garden State, is famous and infamous for many things: the Mafia, Atlantic City, Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, stone-washed jeans, the Pine Barrens, Bruce Springsteen, teased hair, the Meadowlands, the Jersey Devil, pharmaceutical companies, the Turnpike, the Lindbergh Kidnapping, diners, and soccer, yes, soccer. While many American soccer […]

An American Tradition: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
An American Tradition: The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

American critics of the Beautiful Game often complain that it is a foreign sport or it is a new sport, heck I recently heard one person call it a 1970s fad. Next time you come across such a critic, you might wish to educate him on the Lamar Hunt U.S. […]

Match Preview: New England Revolution v. Houston Dynamo
Match Preview: New England Revolution v. Houston Dynamo

- Photo by Katy Umana After what appeared to be another typical slow Dynamo start to the 2009 MLS Season, losing away matches to the San Jose Earthquakes and D.C. United and only getting draws with Columbus Crew and RedBull New York at home, the pressure was on the Dynamo […]

The Ballad of Freddy Adu
The Ballad of Freddy Adu

On Saturday in Monaco, A.S. Monaco beat Stade Rennes, 3 to 1, giving Monaco 40 points on the season thus far and securing a spot in the middle of the French Ligue 1 table. Sitting on Monaco’s bench, was one Freddy Adu, watching his team take on a Rennes’ squad […]

Soccer Thoughts on Jackie Robinson Day
Soccer Thoughts on Jackie Robinson Day

In the world of the Beautiful Game April 15th is most known for Hillsborough, but in the United States, April 15th is best know for one of the most significant sporting and cultural moments of the 20th Century. It was on April 15, 1947 that Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson made […]

Give me the MLS & USL, or Give Me Death!
Give me the MLS & USL, or Give Me Death!

In the comments made to my last post on this site, an individual stated that they were sick of hearing about ways to grow the MLS and suggested it should be shut down, put out of its misery. Well as both a fan and commentator on the Beautiful Game (whether […]

Not so Fantastic: Advice to the MLS from The Special One
Not so Fantastic: Advice to the MLS from The Special One

Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore Jose Mourinho, because he is the proverbial moth drawn to the media spotlight. This recent FIFA International Break found the Special One in the United States as he prepared for the World Football Challenge, which will be occurring here this summer. While […]

A Stadium for the Dynamo
A Stadium for the Dynamo

Lots of news coming out about the soccer specific stadium for the Houston Dynamo, and it seems to be good news. The projected cost of the stadium is $80 million, and the Dynamo will fund $60 million of that price tag. Looks like the financing of that private funding has […]

If I Ran the MLS
If I Ran the MLS

A couple weeks ago I was a guest on Mad About Futbol and the hosts asked me what I would do if I were the commissioner of the MLS. I kept my answer short and only touched on a couple topics, but in the back of my head was a […]

DeRo – The Right Trade at the Right Time
DeRo – The Right Trade at the Right Time

In 2046, when the history of the first 50 years of the MLS is published, I have no doubt that Dwayne De Rosario will be highlighted as one of the top players of the league’s first 20 years of existence. After spending time with the Toronto Lynx, FSV Zwickau, and […]

Shameful! The Houston Dynamo bow out of the CCL
Shameful! The Houston Dynamo bow out of the CCL

- Photo by Katy Umana In contemplating the Houston Dynamo’s performance on Tuesday night in Cancun, the only thing that pops into my head is Dusty Rhodes saying “Shameful!”. The Dynamo were the only MLS squad to make it out of the CONCACAF Champions League group-stage and into the quarter-finals. […]

Dynamo sign Goalkeeper from Youth Academy/UNC
Dynamo sign Goalkeeper from Youth Academy/UNC

Earlier today the Houston Dynamo announced they would be signing a player to the squad tomorrow, in a World Soccer Wrap/MLS Talk exclusive, we have learned that the signing will be goalkeeper Tyler Deric. Deric is a native of Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, a graduate of Klein High […]

Dynamo Lose Lead Against Atlante in First Leg of CCL Quarterfinal Tie
Dynamo Lose Lead Against Atlante in First Leg of CCL Quarterfinal Tie

-Photo by Katy Umana The quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League kicked off last night and the Houston Dynamo hosted Atlante in front of a crowd of 10, 203 at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas. Defender Bobby Boswell scored the first goal of the night giving the Dynamo the lead […]