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Author Archives: Drew Farmer

Young star Matt Miazga is attracting attention from big European clubs

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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New York Red Bulls are quickly becoming the team in Major League Soccer to churn out quality, American center-backs. First it was Tim Ream to come through the Red Bulls before joining Bolton Wanderers, where he has enjoyed personal success, … Continue reading

How Freddy Adu is adapting to the latest chapter of his soccer career

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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Freddy Adu’s signing with Finnish team Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS) was supposed to rejuvenate his ailing career. It was a move that was supposed to remove the haters and critics, and once again put them on the side of support. That … Continue reading

Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard could help propel New York City FC into playoffs

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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Though Andrea Pirlo’s move to New York City FC hasn’t hit saga levels yet, it already feels rather tiresome. While nothing is official as of now, although in the world of football that can change in nanoseconds, Pirlo is expected … Continue reading

Interview with author and journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi about book 20 Great Italian Games II

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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June marked the release of Kindle best-selling author Giancarlo Rinaldi’s 20 Great Italian Games II. Since its release, 20 Great Italian Games II, has garnered praise from readers for its depiction of classic calcio and legendary players. 20 Great Italian … Continue reading

Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco is currently the league’s MVP

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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One thing has been made clear in Toronto FC’s opening 12 matches of the Major League Soccer season – the league’s MVP race goes through BMO Field. Sebastian Giovinco’s signing turned heads in the offseason when the diminutive Italian playmaker … Continue reading

A look back at the United Soccer Association in 1967

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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The 1966 World Cup in England opened America’s eyes to soccer. Those wide-open eyes saw full stadiums and supporters frothing at the mouth to watch a sport that was practically unknown to the majority of the USA population. Now with … Continue reading

Kristian Nemeth is proving his worth with Sporting KC

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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Peter Vermes has had a knack for drafting industrious, contributing forwards during his time with Sporting KC. Teal Bunbury, C.J. Sapong and Dom Dwyer were all drafted under the Vermes regime, and at one point, all provided goals for the … Continue reading

Rafael Benitez has not fulfilled expectations with Napoli

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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Much of Rafael Benitez’s two seasons in charge of Italian club Napoli has resembled his time at Liverpool. The Spaniard won silverware in the form of the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana. However, many will remember his time at … Continue reading

Interview with Miami Fusion’s Vincenzo Bernardo

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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In 2014, after more than six years of playing soccer in Italy, Austria and Guatemala, Vincenzo Bernardo returned to the US. Signed by Miami United FC, Bernardo put together a stellar season for the club during its National Premier Soccer … Continue reading

Genoa loan spell has breathed life back into M’Baye Niang’s career

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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In 38 matches for AC Milan, M’Baye Niang’s stat line was simple – one Coppa Italia goal and two assists in all competitions. A one-time transfer target for Arsenal and Chelsea, the French-born striker was signed by Milan in 2012 … Continue reading

Chicago Fire must find cutting edge to become serious contenders

Posted on by Drew Farmer

At one time in the Chicago Fire’s 17-year history, the club were one of Major League Soccer’s most consistent teams. In 11 of the Fire’s first 12 seasons, the club qualified for the MLS postseason. On top of a fantastic … Continue reading

Interview with Ian Plenderleith, author of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the NASL’

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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In September 2014, Ian Plenderleith’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League hit bookshelves around the world. Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer is a portrait of the original North American Soccer League and … Continue reading

Bolton Wanderers center-back Tim Ream deserves more respect from Jurgen Klinsmann

Posted on by Drew Farmer

Tim Ream gets no respect. Overlooked for selection prior to the 2014 World Cup by USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Ream has been the backbone to Bolton Wanderers for the past two seasons. In that time, Ream has not only made … Continue reading

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli a player at the crossroads

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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When Liverpool shelled out £16 million ($24.6m) for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli, the Reds expected a goal return akin to the one the Italian produced during his time at the San Siro. His Rossoneri return was excellent, 26 goals … Continue reading

Sporting KC are scoring goals, but they need to fix defensive frailties

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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Ten points from two wins and four draws has Sporting KC sitting sixth in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. Peter Vermes’ team picked up its most recent draw last weekend at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium in a wild 4-4 Texas shootout. … Continue reading

Interview with FC United’s Press Officer Andy Walker

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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Set up in direct protest to the Glazer family takeover of Manchester United, FC United of Manchester and its supporters have been the renegade club of England for the last decade. Ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary in June with … Continue reading

Miami Fusion version 2.0 back 13 years after MLS dumping

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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In 2002, months after winning the Major League Soccer Supporters’ Shield, the Miami Fusion was folded by the league due to investor Ken Horowitz deciding he was no longer going to finance the team. Now 14 seasons since the franchise’s … Continue reading

DC United must retain goalkeeper Bill Hamid and fend off interest from European clubs

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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The 2015 Major League Soccer season marks the sixth professional seasons for two of the league’s bright young goalkeepers. DC United’s Bill Hamid and the Chicago Fire’s Sean Johnson both made their debuts for their respective clubs in 2010. The … Continue reading