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Author Archives: Earl Reed

New MLS TV deal hasn’t lived up to its billing yet

Posted on by Earl Reed
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We’re two months into the 2015 Major League Soccer season, and it’s tough to say that the league’s new TV deal has done much to live up to the billing. Last year brought a lot of excitement as MLS locked … Continue reading

Philadelphia finding you don’t need to buy good goalkeeping

Posted on by Earl Reed
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If I had written a story about the Philadelphia Union a week ago, I might have rightly considered them the worst team in Major League Soccer. However, a victory and a draw over New York City F.C. has at least … Continue reading

Review of MLS Live: It isn’t ESPN3 but it’s good enough

Posted on by Earl Reed
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Just when you thought it was going away, MLS Live is back. And while it could be better, the internet streaming package offered by Major League Soccer ($75.99 for the full season) is a product worth considering. In 2014, MLS … Continue reading

It’s MLS or the highway for American soccer

Posted on by Earl Reed
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If it hasn’t been clear to you over the last decade or two, get used to this idea: in American soccer, it’s either the MLS way or the highway. Yesterday marked the announcement of Minnesota United FC (MNUFC) making the … Continue reading

Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet

Posted on by Earl Reed
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Even if you haven’t filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket (or five) yet, you are probably still aware that there’s some big college basketball tournament about to explode onto several networks today. Colloquially it is known as “March Madness”. In … Continue reading

MLS, NASL and USL soccer pyramid has plenty of opportunity to be successful

Posted on by Earl Reed
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The growth of soccer in the United States is something that can be easily taken for granted. We’ve seen the disastrous fallout that occurs when leagues overextend themselves, lacking the financial support to reach the lofty strata they desire to … Continue reading

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to justify MLS’s flawed Single Entity policy

Posted on by Earl Reed
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On Twitter, I have seen more and more MLS pundits sitting firmly behind the MLS Players Union, wanting to see them hold strong and fight for free agency. This is an interesting position for these pundits, who over the years … Continue reading

Delays in MLS’s streaming partnership with ESPN leads to further disappointment

Posted on by Earl Reed
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When MLS announced the new television carriage deal, one of the most promising aspects was the out-of-market streaming rights. ESPN insisted on procuring those rights, with reported plans to deliver via the ESPN3/WatchESPN platform. This would have been a welcome … Continue reading

Volatile Allocation Rules Continue to dog MLS in Jozy Altidore Saga

Posted on by Earl Reed
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If you thought by now that Major League Soccer would have eliminated the confusion over American international allocation, you’d be wrong. The truth is, they’ve thrown us for yet another loop. Word is that Jozy Altidore is on his way … Continue reading

The Healthy Predicament Facing Bruce Arena And Whether to Explore Opportunities in Europe

Posted on by Earl Reed
Bruce Arena

He’s the greatest coach that Major League Soccer has enjoyed – and maybe the country altogether. Bruce Arena helped turn MLS’s glamour squad into a bona fide champion three times over. Before that, he helped the US Men’s National Team … Continue reading

MLS Marginalizes Regular Season By Placing Emphasis On MLS Cup, Not Supporters’ Shield

Posted on by Earl Reed
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Sometimes in the world of Major League Soccer, the only real candor you observe comes when the harsh reality of defeat sets in for a well-experienced head coach. Such was the case on Sunday night. Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, … Continue reading

Jurgen Klinsmann Criticism is Meant To Soften MLS’ Shell

Posted on by Earl Reed
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Our readers have already read a few stories about the Klinsmann/Garber mud-slinging affair. Don Garber finally took the bait, as Klinsmann had spent the better part of 6 months goading him into a war of words. For instance, Klinsmann begrudgingly … Continue reading

Prodigal Shea Getting Another Chance At Brum

Posted on by Earl Reed
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A couple of years ago, Brek Shea was percolating through the minds of US soccer fans as potentially “The American Gareth Bale.” At FC Dallas, he was a young, left-footed defender who seemed like a shoe-in to develop into the … Continue reading

Analysing The Race For The MLS Playoffs

Posted on by Earl Reed
Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas

September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that … Continue reading

Upheaval at Toronto FC And Headaches for Maple Leaf Sports

Posted on by Earl Reed
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I’m not a person who believes in the alleged universe-balancing force of karma, where the bad Déjà vu brings forth an action that was the result of your own misdemeanour. But as a native Western New Yorker, it’s hard to ignore … Continue reading

Jermaine Jones’ MLS Introduction Could Land New England Trophy Success

Posted on by Earl Reed
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When you think of the high-profile American internationals that have come home to Major League Soccer in the last two years, Jermaine Jones doesn’t quite fit the model. Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, and Damarcus Beasley all … Continue reading

Geoff Cameron Must be Calculated and Logical About His Playing Future

Posted on by Earl Reed
geoff cameron

Rumors abound that American international Geoff Cameron is being courted both within the Premier League as well as on the continent. ProSoccerTalk links Cameron to a number of clubs, the biggest name being traditional Serie A contender Lazio. But recent … Continue reading

After Great Gains During World Cup, Hard Part Begins Again For American Soccer Fans

Posted on by Earl Reed
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It’s been such a great ride, this World Cup. We still have two matches left to consume, but the TV ratings have been through the roof, and the buzz for soccer has never been stronger around the United States. Now … Continue reading