Steve Zakuani Suffers Severe Leg Injury
Steve Zakuani Suffers Severe Leg Injury

In the early stages of tonight’s MLS match between the Rapids and Sounders, young Seattle star Steve Zakuani suffered what appears likely to be a tibia fracture after an extremely clumsy challenge by Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan. Here is a link to the video of the incident: WARNING – VIDEO […]

MLS: Why Not Some Forward Thinking?
MLS: Why Not Some Forward Thinking?

I am a football convert. Being in my mid-30′s, I actually remember being exposed to the second season of the English Premier League. That’s not because I cared, but because in my sophomore year at University of Rochester (NY), I roomed with a fellow who reffed for travelling youth leagues […]

Recent Lessons In Clubhouse Chemistry
Recent Lessons In Clubhouse Chemistry

Now that the English teams have pretty well fleshed themselves out in Europe, as well as the Premier League title race, I think it’s time to take a look at some clubs who made personnel moves on the pitch. The January transfer window was as active as ever, and now that […]

Philadelphia 1-0 New York: Tactics Review
Philadelphia 1-0 New York: Tactics Review

(NOTE: This is a tactical analysis of Saturday’s match. For a Red Bull perspective on this match, see my colleague Daniel’s post found here) The Philadelphia Union played host to Red Bull New York on Saturday evening, with the home squad nicking a goal midway through the second half to […]

F.C. Dallas 3-0 Colorado Rapids: MLS Analysis
F.C. Dallas 3-0 Colorado Rapids: MLS Analysis

The first rematch of MLS Cup 2010 saw F.C. Dallas blank Colorado 3-0, as MVP David Ferreira opened his 2011 account with two tallies at Pizza Hut Park. Dallas, struggling to find their form in the early part of this season, at least temporarily halted the experiment that moved Brek […]

Los Angeles 1-0 Philadelphia: Quick Report
Los Angeles 1-0 Philadelphia: Quick Report

Philadelphia picked up their first defeat late Saturday night, as Leonardo headed home a free kick from David Beckham and the Galaxy withstood a man deficiency for over a half an hour to make it happen. In the first half, the Galaxy carried most of the offensive force. They were […]

Columbus 2-0 Dallas: Match Review
Columbus 2-0 Dallas: Match Review

The 2011 Pioneer Cup began with the first leg at Columbus Crew stadium. In a match that may have been perfect for April Fool’s Day, a red card and a penalty fell to Columbus’ benefit, as they dispatched F.C. Dallas, 2-0. The Crew played as a rigid 4-2-3-1 squad, an […]

Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 West Ham: Spotlight Match Review
Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 West Ham: Spotlight Match Review

Spurs’ quest for another UEFA Champions League appearance took a detour yet again, as West Ham United held onto a scoreless draw at White Hart Lane in their London Derby. Formations The home squad was assembled in their familiar 4-4-1-1 formation. Jermain Defoe played the front. The most notable change […]

Seattle 0-1 Los Angeles: MLS Match Review
Seattle 0-1 Los Angeles: MLS Match Review

The 2011 Major League Soccer season opened with a rainy affair at Qwest Field. The LA Galaxy got the best of Seattle in this meeting, 0-1, to christen a new season in front of a national audience. While ESPN’s coverage claimed 4-4-2’s for both teams, in reality Seattle fielded what […]

MLS ’11 Preview – KC Wizardry Sporting New Identity
MLS ’11 Preview – KC Wizardry Sporting New Identity

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 “Sporting KC” for the first time. Owners OnGoal, LLC, decided […]

Fulham 3-2 Blackburn Rovers: Bonus Match Review
Fulham 3-2 Blackburn Rovers: Bonus Match Review

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 (a participant in a tactics interview accessed with a subscription […]

Birmingham City 1-3 West Bromwich: Match Review
Birmingham City 1-3 West Bromwich: Match Review

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 Carling Cup winning eleven. McLeish did lead off with the […]

MLS ’11 Preview: The State Of The Union
MLS ’11 Preview: The State Of The Union

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 matching spare parts into holes for the interim. Many bright […]

MLS ’11 Preview – Go East, Young Dynamo
MLS ’11 Preview – Go East, Young Dynamo

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 they were busy winning their second MLS Cup after their […]

Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham City: Carling Cup Final Review
Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham City: Carling Cup Final Review

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 against Stoke City, so the 4-2-3-1 formation contained Andrei Arshavin […]

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

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 Championship season was that they became yet another talking point […]

MLS ’11 Preview: Info
MLS ’11 Preview: Info

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 the idea for a daily preview leading up to the […]

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

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 Champions League match at Copenhagen. How much would Chelsea play […]