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Author Archives: Drew Farmer

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

Sporting KC should not pursue ex-Real Madrid and Tottenham attacker Rafael van der Vaart

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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Despite having a mixed record with designated player signings from abroad, Sporting KC is reportedly ready to splash significant cash on Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart. While the signing would bring in a player that has played at the … Continue reading

Sampdoria’s hopes of European qualification fading after poor run of form

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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Sampdoria were Serie A’s surprise package team in the early part of the season. However, since the end of January, things have begun to come undone for the Ligurian side Winless in their last five matches in all competitions, Sampdoria … Continue reading

Palermo striker Paulo Dybala on the radar of Premier League clubs

Posted on by Drew Farmer
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When outspoken Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini set a minimum €40 million fee on Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, some didn’t bat an eye. The club’s owner has been known for making outlandish remarks as he sacked coaches left and right. However, … Continue reading

Dominant Kansas City Held To Draw By Pesky Chicago

Posted on by Drew Farmer

A nearly full Sporting Park saw the one-time Wizards dominate play against Chicago Fire in Sporting’s home opener, but ultimately come away with nothing but a single point in the standings. Sporting started the match brightly, deploying C.J. Sapong on … Continue reading

MLS, Chivas USA, & NY2: Why The Goats Will Stay In LA

Posted on by Drew Farmer

Though the attendance for Chivas USA’s home match against the Columbus Crew was announced at 7,121; it is easy to believe there may have been less inside the Home Depot Center. It is also easy to believe that the single … Continue reading

MLS ’13: Will The Beckham Departure Hurt MLS?

Posted on by Drew Farmer

In 2007, David Beckham was tasked with putting Major League Soccer on the map of the world’s game, and though he may have regretted making that move at times, he succeeded. Beckham did not, however, do it alone and many … Continue reading

MLS ’13: Which Teams Improved Most This Offseason?

Posted on by Drew Farmer

The New York Red Bulls and Sporting KC seemed to be the only teams to get their signings done early, and much was in the works or finished before the 19 clubs in MLS began preseason training. Sporting began back … Continue reading