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Author Archives: Earl Reed

Union Finds A Playmaker In Farfan

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If there are two things that Philadelphia Union fans have craved over the last two seasons, it’s a steady lineup and a playmaking midfielder. It turns out that the first, combined with some shrewd personnel deployment, has begotten the second. … Continue reading

Montreal’s First Season Sees Challenges To Go With Hope

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The Montreal Impact are cruising along in their first season. They were buoyed by a few positive early results and a couple of huge crowds at their temporary home, Olympic Stadium. Now that revamped Saputo Stadium is open and an … Continue reading

To The Semis: Union Topples Harrisburg 5-2

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The Harrisburg City Islanders, a USL-Pro side in the third division of the US pyramid, had previously shown that they could overcome a 3 goal deficit against an MLS squad. On Tuesday evening, a repeat of their 3rd Round heroics … Continue reading

Offense Explodes As Union Pounds KC 4-0

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Soccer can be a cruel sport. Dominance doesn’t always equal points, and the last two matches at PPL Park have proven that. After being zapped late by D.C. United to lose 1-0 last weekend while dominating possession and shots taken, … Continue reading

USMNT Fallout Of The Rangers Collapse

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Scottish football is currently at a pivotal moment in its illustrious history. While the Scottish National Team has taken a dip (as evidenced by the thrashing the United States awarded the Scots in May), their Premier League has continued to … Continue reading

Long Since Time For Nowak To Go

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Relationships are tough. The wide range of emotions that flood one’s psyche can cloud the senses and make things seem better (or worse) than they really are. Remorse, nostalgia, jealousy, betrayal, lust – well on a soccer blog, that last … Continue reading

Is 4 Points Good Enough So Far?

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The United States’ first sojourn into 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying is over, concluding with a 1-1 draw in Guatemala City. This result has put the US in first place in Group A on goal difference, level on points with … Continue reading

Guatemala-US Preview: Time To Grind Out A Result

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We’ve heard the rhetoric from Klinsmann. Tonight will be his team’s first test at playing the right kind of nasty. Nearly a fortnight ago, the United States fell to visiting Brazil 4-1 at FedEx Field outside of Washington, D.C. The … Continue reading

Stale Performance From U.S. Elicits Concern Before Qualifying

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It’s a handful of days before CONCACAF World Cup 2014 Qualifying begins, and there is little clarity for supporters about the United States’ chances against regional opposition as Friday’s opener looms. Sunday evening saw the American team travel to Toronto … Continue reading

US 1:4 Brazil – The True Definition Of A Tune-up

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The United States is nearing the early stages of their quest to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In a friendly match against the hosts of the tournament, the Americans were given a true tune-up – a match … Continue reading

Philadelphia Wins In Rainy U.S. Open Cup Affair

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The new-look U.S. Open Cup saw most of the American-based Major League Soccer clubs in action on Tuesday evening. At PPL Park, the Philadelphia Union rode two goals from Freddy Adu to outmatch the visiting USL-Pro side Rochester Rhinos, 3-0. … Continue reading

Chicago 2-1 Dallas – Fire Bites Back Against Hoops

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In a match with just about everything, it was the Chicago Fire that eventually benefited from a beautiful goal and a suspect call to overcome a banged-up F.C. Dallas squad, 2-1 at home. Dallas opened the scoring in the 41st … Continue reading

Union’s Old Guard Dwindles To None With Califf Trade

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Mwanga. McInerney. Torres. Okugo. Williams. What do these names have in common? Besides all being under the age of 23, as of today they are the only remnants of the inaugural 2010 Philadelphia Union season. The Union continued with their … Continue reading

The Championship Promotion Playoffs: America In English Soccer

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The Championship Promotion playoffs began yesterday with West Ham United crossing into Wales to take a massive 2-0 lead in the two-legged tie against Cardiff City. The Hammers, much like their Manager Sam Allardyce, are trying to earn a trip … Continue reading

Penalty Yields Union First Victory, 1-0

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After a month without a win to start the 2012 season, Peter Nowak’s squad took full advantage of a first half penalty to overcome the visiting Columbus Crew, 1-0. Gabriel Gomez scored the lone goal, his second in Union colors. … Continue reading

Stats In MLS: Completed Passes and the Standings

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I will continue my attempts to quantify what’s happening in Major League Soccer through some statistics discussion. I’m going to put aside the Power Rankings for a week or two, but suffice it to say, Sporting Kansas City has not … Continue reading

MLS Live Product Review

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We’re coming upon the end of the first month of 2012 Major League Soccer season action. Heading into this season, MLS Digital decided to completely rebuild their MLS Matchday Live (MDL) setup, and rebrand the product to the simpler title, … Continue reading

Blackburn Rovers 0 – 2 Manchester United: Tactics

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In an instant, an impending stalemate at Ewood Park became another step to the title for Manchester United, as Antonio Valencia broke the deadlock in the final 10 minutes to spur the defending champions onto victory over Blackburn, 0-2. The … Continue reading