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Author Archives: Earl Reed

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
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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

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

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

Posted on by Earl Reed
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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?

Posted on by Earl Reed
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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]

Posted on by Earl Reed
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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]

Posted on by Earl Reed
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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]

Posted on by Earl Reed
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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

Posted on by Earl Reed
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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