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Author Archives: Earl Reed

Michel Platini’s candidacy for FIFA President hurt by connections to Qatar

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The one topic that unites almost every segment of the soccer world is the need to reform its governing body, FIFA. Unfortunately, the man who is ringing in the changes, one Michel Platini —who officially announced his candidacy Wednesday, has a murky past. He voted … Continue reading

US Soccer needs to be held accountable if it knew about Chuck Blazer corruption

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The United States is a country that stands for freedom, with a hands-off, free market economy. So much so, in fact, that many a rich person has built their fortune using the rather unimposing economic principles that govern our system. … Continue reading

MLS changes rules to benefit LA Galaxy

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You will be hard-pressed to find people involved in soccer in the US (aside from a few of the Owners’ Boxes) who believe that Major League Soccer’s salary structure should remain in it’s current form. But yet again, MLS is getting it all wrong, this … Continue reading

Transition from Women’s World Cup to Gold Cup is a bumpy ride for US soccer fans

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Hardcore soccer fans may appreciate the sport for a number of reasons. As a guy who likes to pay attention to the tactical side, the continuum of style and substance runs the gamut in this sport unlike any other. No … Continue reading

In passing the torch from Abby Wambach to Carli Lloyd, the US found its killer instinct

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article about the apparent Russian roulette mission US Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis and her team were embarking upon – riding the disturbingly out-of-form Abby Wambach until either a) she … Continue reading

CONCACAF Gold Cup team previews, players to watch and schedule

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While the Gold Cup is starting a month later than usual, the meaning for this confederation remains the same: who is the big dog between Mexico and the United States. Maybe the other nations in this region will feel aggrieved … Continue reading

Sepp Blatter reneging on resignation shows his power

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If you went out in the streets and fired off guns in the air on the day Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA President, you were obviously premature in your celebration. Or mistaken. Or maybe both. You see, Uncle Sepp has … Continue reading

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Clint Dempsey should get 3-month ban after ripping up ref’s notebook

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So Tuesday night in their US Open Cup match against Portland, the Seattle Sounders were probably hard-done by a series of bad calls by a relatively inexperienced official. And certainly this tournament means a lot to the Sounders. Add the burn … Continue reading

US Women’s team is on an ‘Abby Wambach or bust’ ride in World Cup

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I’m a Rochesterian at heart. I went to college there, had family that retired from Eastman Kodak, loved Nick Tahou’s, and of course, treasure Abby Wambach. Having said that it’s pretty clear that the best forward this generation has known … Continue reading

Enjoying 2015′s frenetic but marvelous Summer of Soccer

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Good gracious, I feel like I’m somewhere between Cloud 9 and the Nuthouse. And that’s a good thing. June is typically a wacky, wonderful month for the soccer fan. Being a year removed from Brazil 2014, it can leave you … Continue reading

‘World Cup Syndrome’ hits host nation Canada in Women’s World Cup

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Last year, Brazil seemed listless at times against Croatia and drew Mexico on home soil. This year, the Canadian Women’s National Team has the same 4 points, albeit in even less convincing fashion. Granted, the Canadians aren’t the heavy favorites … Continue reading

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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