Author Archives: Earl Reed

My Ideas On How MLS Should Decide A Champion

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With the MLS Cup Playoffs on the verge of beginning, I’m going to embark on a post here that tends to evoke some debate. The diversity of opinions when it comes to how the top-flight of American soccer should decide … Continue reading

The Excitement Of The Final Weekend

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So has everyone caught their breath? Well, if you were a fan of four Eastern Conference teams, this evening was a pins-and-needles expedition. With as much criticism as has been leveled towards a playoff system where 10 out of 18 … Continue reading

Liverpool 1 – 1 Norwich City – Tactical Analysis

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The late game on the Saturday docket for the Premier League saw Norwich City equalize and hold on, earning a point at Anfield against Liverpool. Without Lucas Leiva, who was serving a mandatory match suspension for yellow card accumulation, Kenny … Continue reading

Union Perspective: Managing Expectations In Sophomore Season

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It’s tough to believe we’ve reached the end of the 2011 season already. Seems like yesterday that Robert, Daniel, Kristan and I were hashing out who would be previewing which teams. I wanted to preview the local Philadelphia Union, and … Continue reading

Klinsmann Reveals Concerns About Short MLS Seasons

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While I realize that the above graphic may be a bit misleading (MLS has already stated their 2012 season will begin in early March), February start dates for the league may not be far off. In a surprisingly candid statement … Continue reading

2011: A B.C. Place Odyssey

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B.C. These letters can mean a number of different things. In mainstream American sports, Boston College immediately comes to mind, primarily as a college football mainstay. For the non-sport initiated, B.C. used to be a time annotation. It was meant … Continue reading

FOX’s Coverage of Premier League Brings Soccer to a Whole New Audience

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Monday morning, the day we all tend to dread. Roll out of bed, put on your threads and head off to either work or school to put in your “eight hours.” For Americans like myself, one of the first talking … Continue reading

Philadelphia 3-2 DC United: Farfan’s Goal Drops DC

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A season-defining September match, three points towards a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Philadelphia Union, behind a clinical strike from their second round draft pick, stated their intentions for the Eastern Conference, defeating DC United 3-2. Michael Farfan, … Continue reading

Manchester City 2 – 0 Everton: Tactics

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Manchester City found a way through at Etihad Stadium against a venerable Everton group, earning the 2-0 victory and a share of first place in the Barclays Premier League. City set up in the same formation they’ve used in the … Continue reading

United States 0-1 Costa Rica: Wake-Up Call

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Expectations were high for the United States Men’s National Team entering their friendly versus Costa Rica late Friday night. While the Americans dominated large portions of the match, Costa Rica’s knife-sharp counterattack yielded them the only goal in the contest, … Continue reading

Chelsea 3-1 Norwich City: Tactics Review

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While the result was in doubt deep into the second half, Chelsea rose to earn a 3-1 result at Stamford Bridge. The Torres-Drogba saga was revived in this match. Manager Andre Villas-Boas started both forwards up front. AVB settled on … Continue reading

MLS Announces Youth Designated Player Initiative

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On Tuesday, Major League Soccer announced that they will be making a change in the Designated Player Rules for the 2012 season. The rules will be augmented to allow overseas players under the age of 23 to sign as Designated … Continue reading

Liverpool 1:1 Sunderland – Tactics

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One of the tactical questions needing answered to start this new Premier League season is what to make of Liverpool’s glut of midfielders. On Saturday, we got our first glimpse at Kenny Dalglish’s early ideas for his plentiful midfield options; … Continue reading

The Need For Broader Exposure: MLS On NBC Sports

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In an American sports landscape dominated by four primary sports (football, baseball, basketball, and hockey), Major League Soccer has always faced an uphill battle since it’s inception in the mid-90′s. Some would say that the saturation point may have been … Continue reading

Breaking News: Freddy Adu To Sign With Union

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According to Ives Galarcep, Freddy Adu will return to Major League Soccer after signing with the Philadelphia Union. Soccer By Ives claims that Chivas USA management were unwilling to support the signing of Adu to a designated player deal. Will … Continue reading

United States 1-1 Mexico: The Next Chapter

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No one should have been looking for redemption in Wednesday night’s friendly with Mexico. The next chapter in US Soccer’s metamorphosis was opened instead, as Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad fought back from an early hole and drew Mexico at 1. Still … Continue reading

NBC Sports Network and MLS Press Conference: Audio

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber met with the press on Wednesday evening to discuss more details about the announcement earlier today that NBC Sports Network will begin broadcasting MLS games from 2012-2014. According to Sports Business Daily, the deal is worth … Continue reading

With Thin Squad, Union Fans Hoping For Upgrades

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For a second year club, the Philadelphia Union have made huge strides in improving their squad. Most Major League Soccer prognosticators considered them a mid-finisher in the Eastern Conference, just missing out on the MLS Cup playoffs. Two key acquisitions … Continue reading