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Author Archives: Earl Reed

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

Why The SuperDraft Underwhelms

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I will admit, I’m not a big fan of the MLS SuperDraft. I’m realizing though that it’s not so much the draft that sours me, it’s the hype. Part of my dislike is that Major League Soccer tends to drive … Continue reading

MLS And Promotion/Relegation – Why It’s Not Yet Time

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It’s the elephant in the room. It’s the uncle that comes to every family function drunk as a skunk – the one that everyone feigns disgust about when the rest of the family is around, but secretly loves – he’s … Continue reading

Early 2013 Matches Announced By MLS

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Major League Soccer fans received that welcome first bit of news for the 2013 season today: the first home match for their favorite team. As in past years, MLS has released the first few weeks of the season ahead of … Continue reading

He Comes Full Circle – Le Toux Returns To Philly

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“Who says you can’t go home?” Those are the words of a popular song by rocker and former Philadelphia Soul owner Jon Bon Jovi. They may also be the words of Sebastien Le Toux, another adopted son of a city … Continue reading

When Will The True Eastern Conference Catch Up?

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We’re nearly through MLS Cup Week (though it’s two weeks really, something that seems overkill after banging out two-pers for the early rounds). It’s a deja vu kind of MLS Cup: the same combatants as 2011. Los Angeles and Houston, … Continue reading

Feuerstein’s Fire #127

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MLS Cup Final Preview Show Guests: Warren Jones Houston Dynamo Supporter Adam Serrano LA Galaxy Insider writter Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer on the new Owner of the Minnesota Stars Other Red Bull discussions and tidbits. Listen to internet radio … Continue reading

Conference Semifinal Second Leg: Open Thread

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I thought I’d start an open thread this evening, as we are about to encounter three second leg matches in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs: 8 PM – NBC Sports Network – New York vs. D.C. United (tied 1-1) 9 … Continue reading

Will MLS Benefit From NBC’s Premier League Deal?

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On this week’s MLSTalk podcast, we spoke of NBC Universal acquiring the US broadcast and digital rights for the English Premier League. For those of you who would like an excellent primer on what NBC envisions for this deal, Jonathan … Continue reading

Red Bulls Dominate Philadelphia 3-0, Cruise Into Playoffs

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While much of the I-95 Corridor was preparing for a likely natural disaster, the New York Red Bulls put the finishing touches on the disaster known as the 2012 Philadelphia Union season. New York rode two tallies by Kenny Cooper … Continue reading

Antigua 1-2 US: EJ Bails Out Klinsmann…Or Does He?

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As the clock pushed on towards the 90-minute mark on Friday night, most United States Men’s National Team supporters were dreading the worst. A 1-1 scoreline against the weakest team in Group A, yet another disappointing away result for a … Continue reading

Klinsmann’s Odd USMNT Roster Antics

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The way that Jurgen Klinsmann has managed the selection and publicity of this weekend’s World Cup Qualifying roster for the Men’s National Team, you’d think this is a simple friendly and not a win or bust set of games. Last … Continue reading

Unbalanced Schedule Could Hurt MLS in The Champions League

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So last night, overcoming Al Gore’s altitude prediction models, San Jose all but secured the Supporters’ Shield with a big 4-1 victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park against the Colorado Rapids. As pointed out by Earthquakes beat writer Robert Jonas, … Continue reading

Manchester City 3:0 Sunderland

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Manchester City v Sunderland 100612 Starting Formations

Sunderland’s trip to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon was not very rewarding. Aleksandar Kolarov contributed a goal and an assist as Manchester City dominated the match, earning a 3-0 victory over the visiting Black Cats. The hosts made a … Continue reading