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Author Archives: Earl Reed

Prodigal Shea Getting Another Chance At Brum

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

WATCH How Germany Was Able to Nullify France in World Cup Quarterfinal; Tactical Analysis [VIDEO]

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Watch the following tactical analysis video to better understand how Germany was able to nullify France and prevent them from getting back into the game after Germany scored the early goal in the World Cup quarterfinal. During the video below, … Continue reading

Can The USA Resharpen Their Countering Sword?

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In the Group Stages of the World Cup, there were three teams that gave up only a single goal to their opponents. One of those teams was Belgium. So to think about the Americans’ play thus far heading into this … Continue reading

WATCH Netherlands Tactical Changes Against Mexico Result in World Cup Win [VIDEO]

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Watch the following tactical analysis video to discover what changes Holland made during the game that had a profound outcome on the final result of the World Cup Round of 16 match. Controversies aside, there were several key changes that … Continue reading

WATCH How The USA Approach vs Germany Helped Them Escape Group G [VIDEO]

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In this the latest edition of World Soccer Talk’s Tactics Corner, World Soccer Talk’s Earl Reed looks at the USA versus Germany match. The US escapes the “Group Of Death” after suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to Germany. What was … Continue reading

WATCH How Chile’s Tactics Prevented Spain From Winning World Cup Game [VIDEO]

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Before the World Cup began, Spain had an 89% probability of advancing from Group B, while Chile had a 40% chance. Against Spain, Chile beat the odds with a fantastic first half performance in front of tens of thousands of … Continue reading

U.S. vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifying Preview: 4 Talking Points and 3 Keys to Victory

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After disappointing losses on Friday for both the United States and Mexico, the two sworn enemies come face to face Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying game where both teams will want to win for … Continue reading

Pragmatism Or Luck In USMNT’s 0-0 Draw With Mexico?

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We’ve seen this script many times so far in the United States Mens National Team’s attempts to get results on foreign soil in 2014 World Cup Qualifying. -US plays football for a decent portion of the first half, -US holds … Continue reading

March 22nd: A Memory That Will Persist

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In a different year, a different city, a different era, a 1-0 United States Men’s National Team home victory over Costa Rica may have been a ho-hum, run-of-the-mill result ground out in front of a sellout crowd. But this was … Continue reading

Another Game Winner For McInerney, Union Defeat Revs 1-0

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If the Philadelphia Union want to return to being in the 2013 Eastern Conference playoff picture, it figures that the partnership of Jack McInerney and Sebastien Le Toux needs to blossom. On Saturday evening in the Delaware Valley, that tandem … Continue reading

USMNT Loses Tim Howard For March Qualifiers

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The steady singularity that has stewarded the area for the United States Men’s National Team for the last few years is about to be disrupted. The Guardian reported today that Tim Howard suffered two bone fractures in his back while … Continue reading

Timely Finishing Propels KC Over Philadelphia, 3-1

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The 2013 Major League Soccer season shoved off from the shores of the Delaware River on Saturday. The host Philadelphia Union were the dominant team in the match, but Sporting Kansas City took better advantage of their fewer chances and … Continue reading

MLS ’13: Our Predictions

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Tomorrow hatches the 2013 campaign for the 19 teams in Major League Soccer. When we began our series of previews a couple of weeks ago, I had asked a number of contributors to the site and podcast to give me … Continue reading