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Author Archives: Earl Reed

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

MLS First Kick Open Thread

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We’re only about 40 minutes away from First Kick! To celebrate, let’s have an open thread where we can discuss all 5 matches from this evening’s docket. From Montreal’s first touch in Major League Soccer, to the beginning of Los … Continue reading

Introducing…Our MLS TV Schedule Page!

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We’d like to take a minute to point out a new feature at MajorLeagueSoccerTalk.com, even though it’s a service that readers who also frequent EPLTalk.com will recognize. We now have a page dedicated to the MLS Broadcast Schedule! You should … Continue reading

MLS ’12 Preview – Vancouver Whitecaps

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Ahh, we’re almost here! Last night’s CONCACAF Champions League showdowns really revved things up for me. There is something unique about the North American game. While not everyone is high on it, give them time…it’s getting there, and last night … Continue reading

MLS ’12 Preview – Toronto F.C.

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TEAM: Toronto F.C. COACH: Aron Winter LAST SEASON: 6 – 13 – 15 = 33 points, 8th Place Eastern, 16th Overall TWITTER HASHTAG: #TFC Could the overhaul be nearing completion in Toronto? 2011 must have been a frustrating season for … Continue reading

MLS ’12 Preview – Portland Timbers

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Team: Portland Timbers Coach: John Spencer Last Season: 11 – 14 – 9 = 42 points, 6rd Place Western, 12th Overall Twitter Hashtag: #RCTID The Portland Timbers had a spectacular first season in Major League Soccer. Did they make the … Continue reading

MLS ’12 Preview – Philadelphia Union

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Team: Philadelphia Union Coach: Piotr Nowak Last Season: 11 – 8 – 15 = 48 points, 3rd Place Eastern, 8th Overall Twitter Hashtag: #DOOP The Sons of Ben certainly couldn’t have imagined an offseason quite like this. The Philadelphia Union … Continue reading

MLS Live – Streaming Portal Rebrands And Expands

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For many of us, our viewing of the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and other European competitions is made possible by a robust, premium online portal known as FOXSoccer2Go. The evolution of that product has been long and often … Continue reading