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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

Zéro-Zéro: Return Of Le Toux Leads To Goalless Draw

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Sebastien Le Toux came back to Philadelphia on Saturday as expected to face his former club. To the relief of Union fans, the defense they saw in 2011 also reappeared, earning the home team their first point of the 2012 … Continue reading

Tactically Speaking: 3 At The Back

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Two centerbacks, two fullbacks. The modern convention of “four at the back,” is so standard that any time a team adds or subtracts a back, it tends to be towards the end of the match when a team either wants … Continue reading

MLS Power Rankings: A Better Statistical Approach

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Over the last season or so, I’ve been considering the impact of statistics on the sport of soccer, and especially how we might use the numbers to exemplify Major League Soccer and its teams. If you’ve read this blog for … Continue reading

The Torture Of The Morning After

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Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep. The morning breaks, and that scenario described by the recently departed Davy Jones in the song, “Daydream Believer,” unravels. The feet are placed on the floor, maybe a stretch of the arms, and then it hits you. “<Insert expletive>, … Continue reading

Philadelphia Loses Home Opener 2-1 To 10-Man Rapids

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The Colorado Rapids found more success against the Eastern Conference on Sunday, as the Union squandered a half-hour man advantage to fall 2-1. After Jeff Larentowicz was sent off after a second yellow card, the Rapids were able to beat … Continue reading

Tactically Speaking: POR 3:1 PHI

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The first ESPN2 match of the season turned out to be a rainy affair from Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, as the Timbers overcame an early second half deficit to put away the Philadelphia Union, 3-1. The hosts began in a … Continue reading