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Author Archives: Earl Reed

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

Where Is The Referee Improvement In MLS?

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3 Red Cards. A fight. A penalty retaken. These things, when combined, might be seen in one full weekend of action in any other soccer league in the world. Yet it all happened in a single night of Major League Soccer action. … Continue reading

Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland: Same Old Story For Wenger

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What’s that saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same?” So was the story for Arsenal fans on Saturday, as Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland squad stifled, squashed, and blocked their way to a point at the Emirates. Everyone … Continue reading

FOX Soccer Acquires US Media Rights to Gold Cup and CCL

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The CONCACAF Champions League is taking a step towards it’s UEFA counterpart in it’s United States distribution. For American consumers who have enjoyed free, legal feeds from the Confederation’s site, that convenience should soon go away. CONCACAF and FOX Soccer, … Continue reading

Chelsea 2:3 Manchester City – League Champs Prevail

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The excitement of a new season is merely days away, as the friendlies are nearly complete, and the Barclay’s Premier League season will kickoff on Saturday. Today, the yearly tradition of the Community Shield took place at Villa Park, displaced … Continue reading

TV Ratings May Get Even Better For MLS

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As we go through this first season of Major League Soccer’s contract with NBC Sports, we’ve read many a story about the way that the league has received increased exposure (here’s one). The move from FOX Soccer to NBC Sports … Continue reading

Late McInerney Goal Earns Union Big Three Points

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The Philadelphia Union punished a wasteful New England Revolution side on Sunday evening, as Jack McInerney notched the late winner to give the Union a solid victory between two teams whose playoff lives hinge on matches like these. The winning … Continue reading

Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool: America’s Version Of An EPL Game

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There have been a number of friendlies over the course of the past two weeks, as teams from England and beyond look to prepare for the start of the league campaign. The difference with most of those matches is that … Continue reading

All-Star Comebacks: Pontius and EJ Score To Down Chelsea

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Debate the meaning, debate the significance, debate the need all you want. The MLS All-Star Game garnered plenty of fine moments, and it was especially pleasing if you are a fan of the comeback. It’s a friendly, of course. If … Continue reading

Philadelphia 0-1 Aston Villa: Villans Open US Tour With Deserved Victory

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The first friendly of Aston Villa’s US tour was a success for newly appointed manager Paul Lambert, as they opened a 3 game preseason set in the United States. Their first stop was PPL Park in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An … Continue reading

Wild Finish Gives Union 2-1 Victory Over Montreal

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A match that appeared to be headed to a scoreless draw came alive in the final 10 minutes, as the Philadelphia Union prevailed 2-1, beating back the Montreal Impact with a stoppage time goal by Carlos Valdes. The tactical match … Continue reading

Beckham’s Ridiculous ESPY

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If you’re like me, you put very little credence in the ESPY’s. I can’t remember a time when I’ve sat down after a hard day’s work and said, “Gee, I wonder who’s going to win the ESPY for Outstanding Team???” … Continue reading