Author Archives: Earl Reed

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

Blackpool 2-3 Manchester United: Bonus Match Review

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On a rainy day on the western shore of England, Blackpool put a scare into the Red Devils of Manchester in an entertaining match. In the end, United prevailed as the Tangerines were unable to finish off the League leaders, … Continue reading

Why Blackpool Should Have Accepted Adam’s Transfer Request (UPDATED)

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As has been reported extensively this morning, Charlie Adam submitted a transfer request to Blackpool management today. The Seasiders in turn denied the request, clinging to the premise that Adam is worth more than the £4 million offer suggested by … Continue reading

Wolves 0-3 Liverpool – Spotlight Match Review

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In a match that may be seen as a turning point in their season, Liverpool endured a lousy pitch and some inspired second half play from Wolves to lodge a 3-0 victory. Wolves Form: The home side was organized in … Continue reading

Report: Sunderland Sells Darren Bent to Villa

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According to news reports today, Aston Villa have made a major move to fill a desperate need, signing Darren Bent from Sunderland for a reported £18 million transfer fee. At the moment, the Black Cats are 12 points ahead of … Continue reading

Manchester City 4 – 3 Wolverhampton: Match Review

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On a day when the Barclay’s Premier League came back into action after a Cup break, Wolverhampton made the trip north to face Manchester City. The match was won by City, but not without some tense moments brought on by … Continue reading

Can Manchester City Survive The Turmoil?

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So I wake up this morning, a day off for me. I fire up the laptop, check the news, and see that Manchester City’s splash signing, Edin Dzeko, would have preferred signing with Juventus according to his agent. You have to … Continue reading

Manchester United 2-1 Stoke City – Spotlight Match Review

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Old Trafford hosted the midweek Premier League duel between Manchester United and visiting Stoke City. United have been soaring, tied with crosstown City with two games in hand, and they haven’t experienced a defeat this season. Stoke had won two … Continue reading