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Author Archives: Earl Reed

MLS ’11 Preview – KC Wizardry Sporting New Identity

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TEAM: Sporting Kansas City (neé Wizards) COACH: Peter Vermes (USA) 2010 RESULTS: 39 points, 3rd Place, Eastern Conference (missed playoffs) Casual fans of the big-league Kansas City soccer franchise may perform a double-take when they turn on their sets and hear … Continue reading

Fulham 3-2 Blackburn Rovers: Bonus Match Review

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Allow me start with some nuts and bolts. When I first embarked on writing tactics-flavored match reports, I planned to focus on mid-to-lower table clubs, like my initial report on Wigan v. WBA. This was because Michael Cox of Zonal Marking … Continue reading

Birmingham City 1-3 West Bromwich: Match Review

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ESPN’s feature match in America looked wearisome and sloppy after 45 minutes. West Bromwich responded though, by wresting the match away from a Birmingham City side that looked wistful at times. There were several changes for the Blues from the … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview: The State Of The Union

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TEAM: Philadelphia Union HEAD COACH: Piotr Nowak 2010 RESULTS: 31 pts, 8-15-7 record, 7th Eastern Conference The inaugural season for the Philadelphia Union epitomized the difficulties that can hamper a team trying to ensure a strong future while mixing and … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Go East, Young Dynamo

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TEAM: Houston Dynamo COACH: Dominic Kinnear 2010 SEASON RESULTS: 9-15-6, 33 points, 7th place in Western Conference Houston continues to retool their team, which two years ago finished first in the Western Conference. It seems not that long ago that … Continue reading

Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham City: Carling Cup Final Review

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This odd season of English football continued today, as Birmingham City persisted and stole the Carling Cup from a more ambitious-yet snakebitten- Arsenal side, 2-1 at Wembley Stadium. Arsene Wenger lost Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas in their midweek match … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview: The Mile High Champions’ Title Defense

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TEAM: Colorado Rapids COACH: Gary Smith (ENG) 2010 LEAGUE RESULTS: 46 pts (12-8-10), 5th Western Conference, MLS Cup Champions 2010 REVIEW: In 2010, the Colorado Rapids became the 9th team to capture the MLS Cup. The unfortunate truth about their … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview: Info

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If you’ve checked out the site for the last two days, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that we have embarked on a new series. Robert Hay approached some of the frequent contributors to MLS Talk (Daniel Feuerstein, Kristan Heneage, and myself) with … Continue reading

Chelsea 1 – 1 Everton (3 – 4 PKS) – FA Cup Replay Review

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The 4th Round replay of Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge needed penalties to decide the outcome, with the Merseyside club pulling out the upset. I chose to cover this match because Chelsea had a dilemma; they have a midweek … Continue reading

In The Immortal Words Of Gomer Pyle, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”

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With USSF’s simultaneous announcement of the NASL’s sanctioning as the D2 pyramid level, as well as their exclusion from the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 2011 (covered by our own Daniel Feuerstein), red flags started being raised. USSF President … Continue reading

Fulham 0-0 Chelsea: Quick Match Report

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You like the title of this? I took a little respite from the match reports this weekend, but in catching up on Fulham’s draw with neighbor Chelsea, I thought I’d remark that this had 4 or 5 of the most … Continue reading

Television, MLS, and The Snake Exhibit

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In the relatively short span that I’ve being a fan of MLS, I have grown to consider the television coverage of MLS to be like the Snake Exhibit at your local zoo: isolated, thought of in a wide variety of … Continue reading

Stoke City 3-2 Sunderland: Spotlight Match Review

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A dismal day in Staffordshire didn’t dampen the spirits at the Brittania, as Stoke City overwhelmed the Black Cats from Sunderland with two set-piece goals in the final 10 minutes. STOKE CITY FORM: In the first home game for newly-acquired … Continue reading

Arsenal 2-1 Everton: Spotlight Match Review

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The Gunners battled back from a controversial goal, and exploited two defensive assignment miscues to scrape out a 2-1 victory against visiting Everton. ARSENAL START FORM: In the absence of injured winger Samir Nasri, Arsene Wenger gave Tomas Rosicky a … Continue reading

Why The Hold-Up On The Schedule?

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While MLS has posted the early fixture list for each team, doesn’t it seem odd that a release of the full schedule has been delayed? Is there some form of uncertainty at this point that leaves them concerned about publicizing … Continue reading

Birmingham City 3-2 Coventry City: FA Cup Bonus Match Review

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In a departure from what some may have expected, this FA Cup tie between Birmingham City and Coventry City turned into a goal fest. The home side clawed back from a two-goal deficit to end up the victors, 3-2. BIRMINGHAM … Continue reading

Could The Window Be Cracked For American Soccer?

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Mid-July 2011. What is the significance of this date? That’s when training camps for the 2011-12 NFL season would open. For the first time since 1987 however, the National Football League may experience a work stoppage due to the expiration … Continue reading

The Curious Career Of Oguchi Onyewu

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One of the main concerns for the US Men’s National Team over the last few years is defensive coverage, especially in the first 15 minutes of every match. The one stalwart that always seems to give us hope as a … Continue reading