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Author Archives: Earl Reed

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

MLS ’13 – The Designated Player Rule: How Is It Working?

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Finances are always a hot button in any sport, and American soccer is no different. With a sometimes controversial system that is quite unique in an international world of football, Major League Soccer continues to do business with a salary … Continue reading

MLS ’13: Is Generation Adidas Working?

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When Robert Hay and I were tossing around the idea of a Season Preview series, the team-by-team thing seemed a little tedious. I asked him to start throwing out some general ideas, and I tossed in a few of my … Continue reading

2013 MLS Season Preview – A Tactical Switch

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Eighteen football stadiums have lain dormant for long enough. We begin the march towards Season Eighteen of the United States’ and Canada’s top division, Major League Soccer! We here at MajorLeagueSoccerTalk.com cannot wait for the commencement of the next chapter … Continue reading

The Hex Begins With Disappointing 2-1 Loss For US

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There are those times when it seems everything possible can work against you to turn the average day into a complete and utter failure. The circumstances surrounding the United States’ opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final Round … Continue reading

US 0-0 Canada, or Why Should Fans Care About Camp Cupcake?

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It’s been nearly two months since MLS Cup, and even longer since most fans’ teams cleared out their lockers and headed home for the winter. The holidays came and passed, as did the doom scenarios (whether you feared the Mayan … Continue reading