Author Archives: Earl Reed

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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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

Looking Ahead: Pre-WCQ Edition

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This is a great weekend if you love Major League Soccer. Great match-ups will dot your TV screen nearly the entire weekend long, starting tomorrow afternoon and winding up late on Sunday night. Of course when you have some high-quality … Continue reading

Midweek Recap – Chicago Stumbles Again, Whitecaps Continue Chivas USA Misery

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Two matches on Wednesday night, two completely different results for the playoff teams involved. Chicago 1:3 Philadelphia What is happening to Chicago? This is the second match in a row where the Fire looked outclassed. While that kind of result … Continue reading

Looking Ahead – MLS Weekend Preview

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With a new site design, we’re hoping to kick off some new ideas going forward. I will begin a series called, “Looking Ahead,” which will preview each weekend’s action. I’ll also try my hand at prognostication, which may or may … Continue reading

Big 3: Questions Heading Into USA vs. Jamaica

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On a day in September that continues to weigh heavily on minds in this country. the United States will face Jamaica in mid-Ohio this evening. Rather than hash over the previous disappointment, here are what I feel are the looming … Continue reading

Men’s National Team: Are We Overreacting?

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Friday night, things didn’t go as well as had been hoped. A trip to “The Office,” officially known as National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, spelled a 2-1 loss for the U.S. Men’s National Team. With three games played in Group … Continue reading

MLS Economics – End The Salary Cap Mystery

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Must we perpetually deal with the cloak-and-dagger nature of the salary cap situation in Major League Soccer? There is nothing like watching international players enter the league, primarily to the Big Two teams of Los Angeles and New York, when … Continue reading

Union Loss To Crew Punctuates Their August Swoon

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Another year, another winless August for the Philadelphia Union. But unlike 2011, the team didn’t have a fast start to rest upon, and now they sit at a point where the MLS Cup Playoffs are a fading image. On Wednesday … Continue reading

LA Galaxy 2:0 F.C. Dallas – Mistake At The Back Costs Dallas

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The Los Angeles Galaxy can be tough enough to beat when you play the perfect game at the back. When you commit an unforced error the way Matt Hedges did this evening, you’re certainly in trouble. Juninho earned the spoils … Continue reading

Columbus 4:3 New England – Here Comes The Crew

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A couple months ago, you might have circled a Columbus Crew match on your schedule as one that you might want to avoid. Jairo Arrieta and Federico Higuain should make you think otherwise. Each of these two recent acquisitions for … Continue reading

Banner Week For MLS Clubs In Champions League

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So far, so good. That’s the general theme for Major League Soccer squads competing in this incarnation of the CONCACAF Champions League. It’s going to have to remain that way if they want to advance to the knockout rounds, given … Continue reading

beIn Sport Acquires Rights For US Away World Cup Qualifiers

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United States Men’s National Team fans, if you haven’t had a reason to lobby your local carrier for the new beIn Sport network, you just might have one now. The rumors I spoke of on this week’s MLSTalk Podcast have … Continue reading