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Author Archives: Earl Reed

TV Ratings May Get Even Better For MLS

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Sporting Kansas City Frustrates Philadelphia 2-0

Posted on by Earl Reed

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup resumed on Wednesday night, with the first semifinal pitting the Philadelphia Union against visiting Sporting Kansas City. The Union had recently pounded Kansas City 4-0 in league play, the first win in the John … Continue reading

Union Finds A Playmaker In Farfan

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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?

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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