Author: Drew Farmer

Follow Drew Farmer on Twitter @DrewMFarmer. Drew Farmer is a Manchester, England-based journalist/blogger that writes for World Soccer Talk. Drew also writes his on blog at Soccer Travels. Drew has contributed to Radio Yorkshire MLS Monday, Forza Italian Football, MLSGB and Soccerly. Originally from southwest Missouri, Drew covers Italy’s Serie A, English Premier League, German Bundesliga and the USA’s Major League Soccer.

5 reasons Toronto FC are MLS Cup pretenders

Toronto FC may sit in third place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference – tied with two other teams on 30 points – but the Reds have shown a history of up and down performances. As much as time changes, things seem to stay the same for the Reds. This season, the team has compiled 30 points from 21 matches, but fans and the team should be worried that the attacking problems from last year are still apparent. At least the defense has been sorted out in 2016. This week, World Soccer Talk looks at 5 reasons Toronto FC is ... Read more

5 reasons Seattle Sounders can’t blame Sigi Schmid for 2016 shortcomings

Photo credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports After more than seven years in Major League Soccer, the Seattle Sounders finally cut ties with coach Sigi Schmid. The two parties agreed to a mutual parting following Seattle’s thrashing at the hands of Western Conference rivals Sporting KC. However, to blame Schmid for the Sounders’ problems on the pitch would be erroneous. It is his job to get the team ready tactically on the pitch, but the players let him down from the moment the season kicked off. In addition, Schmid wasn’t helped by the assembling of the side this season, which has ... Read more

5 Reasons Colorado Rapids are MLS Supporters’ Shield contenders

In six of the last nine Major League Soccer seasons, Colorado Rapids have failed to reach the playoffs. Since winning the MLS Cup in 2010 against FC Dallas, the Rapids have made the playoffs twice, and in each of those five seasons, finished fifth or lower in the MLS’s Western Conference. The 2016 season has been surprisingly different, especially after so many fans, journalists and pundits called for coach Pablo Mastroeni’s firing after two less than impressive seasons. The former Rapids’ player has got the ship straightened out for the moment, with Colorado pushing the top of MLS’s overall points ... Read more

5 reasons FC Dallas is the class of Major League Soccer

FC Dallas is the class of Major League Soccer in 2016, and the club has done it with few – if any – big named players. Excellent coaching, brilliant defending and timely scoring have all pushed Dallas to the top of MLS’s overall points table, three points more than nearest Western Conference rival Colorado Rapid, and seven more than the Eastern Conference’s New York City FC. With 20 of the team’s 34 games now in the books, Dallas has its eyes on the Supporters’ Shield. This week World Soccer Talk looks at 5 reasons FC Dallas is the class of ... Read more

United London FC brings Football Manager to life

  It sounds crazy, or perhaps so crazy it could work, that a soccer club would allow its fans to pick its weekly starting XI. Well, that is just what United London FC is doing. The start-up, non-league English side is working to bring fans back into the game, in a Football Manager meets fantasy sports way. Starting play this season, United London will be the first ever club to be managed by its supporters. It is a team that will allow its fans to pick the starting XI week after week, thanks to updated scouting reports from the first ... Read more

Casemiro is Real Madrid’s new Claude Makelele

When Claude Makelele was sold to Chelsea from Real Madrid, there was backlash. How could the Real Madrid president not understand the defensive midfielder’s worth? Teammates spoke about the influence and importance of the player, but it was lost on the suit wearing, non-playing personnel. Makelele went on to have five successful seasons in the English Premier League with Chelsea. In west London, Makelele was the anchor to six trophies that included two English Premier League titles and an FA Cup. In fact, the term “Makelele role” was invented for a calm, tough tackling defensive midfielder that could keep the ... Read more

Giovinco’s omission could hurt MLS’s player recruitment

Sebastian Giovinco has been left out of the Italy squad ahead of the 2016 European tournament. Of course, most US soccer fans know this since Major League Soccer has been up in arms over his omission, or at least Antonio Conte’s comments. Giovinco played a small role, if any, in Italy’s qualification for this summer’s finals. Yes, he has been brilliant at Toronto, scoring 57% of their goals in 2016. However, Giovinco hasn’t played against the same level of talent as others selected in Conte’s provisional 30-man squad. As James Horncastle pointed out in a recent article, the likes of ... Read more

Chicharito no longer a super sub after scoring 38% of Leverkusen’s goals

Down two-nil in Saturday’s top of the table clash, Bayer Leverkusen made a remarkable second half comeback to solidify their place in the Bundesliga’s top three. Bayer’s six minute goal blitzkrieg was capped off by Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in the 60th minute. The Mexican international’s go-ahead goal came during Bayer’s brilliant counter attack, as Chicharito scored from an acute angle. His game winning goal has now put distance between the club and the chasing pack; with five points between them and Hertha Berlin. In form Saturday’s performance was just another in a long line of brilliant Chicharito matches in 2015/16. With ... Read more