Stale Performance From U.S. Elicits Concern Before Qualifying
Stale Performance From U.S. Elicits Concern Before Qualifying

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 to face Canada, who celebrated the recent Centennial of the […]

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

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 which saw Brazil conclude as the 4-1 victors, but also […]

Philadelphia Wins In Rainy U.S. Open Cup Affair
Philadelphia Wins In Rainy U.S. Open Cup Affair

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. With manager Peter Nowak suspended for an infraction at last […]

Chicago 2-1 Dallas – Fire Bites Back Against Hoops
Chicago 2-1 Dallas – Fire Bites Back Against Hoops

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 minute off of a set piece. Bryan Leyva pumped a […]

Union’s Old Guard Dwindles To None With Califf Trade
Union’s Old Guard Dwindles To None With Califf Trade

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 theme of trading away veteran fan favorites today, as they […]

The Championship Promotion Playoffs: America In English Soccer
The Championship Promotion Playoffs: America In English Soccer

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 back into the Premier League after a year in exile. […]

Penalty Yields Union First Victory, 1-0
Penalty Yields Union First Victory, 1-0

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. He stepped to the spot and coolly chipped the ball […]

Stats In MLS: Completed Passes and the Standings
Stats In MLS: Completed Passes and the Standings

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 relinquished their spot at the top yet, especially notching a […]

MLS Live Product Review
MLS Live Product Review

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, “MLS Live.” In this MLS Live product review, I will […]

Blackburn Rovers 0 – 2 Manchester United: Tactics
Blackburn Rovers 0 – 2 Manchester United: Tactics

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 home side knew that the key for their day would […]

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

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 season in a 0-0 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The […]

Tactically Speaking: 3 At The Back
Tactically Speaking: 3 At The Back

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 to go for it or protect their advantage. This season, […]

MLS Power Rankings: A Better Statistical Approach
MLS Power Rankings: A Better Statistical Approach

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 awhile, I had a post last year which talked about […]

The Torture Of The Morning After
The Torture Of The Morning After

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>, why do I feel like a zombie? Oh yeah…we…..lost….” This […]

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

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 Philadelphia on the break. Tony Cascio, 14th overall pick in […]

Tactically Speaking: POR 3:1 PHI
Tactically Speaking: POR 3:1 PHI

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 compact 4-4-2 diamond formation. New signing Kris Boyd paired up […]

MLS First Kick Open Thread
MLS First Kick Open Thread

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 Angeles’ campaign to repeat as MLS Cup Champions, let’s enjoy […]

Introducing…Our MLS TV Schedule Page!
Introducing…Our MLS TV Schedule Page!

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 be able to drop in whenever you need to coordinate […]