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Author Archives: Earl Reed

Shake-Up: Twellman To Replace Harkes At ESPN

Posted on by Earl Reed

In a move that releases a collective, “Hoorah!” from most American soccer fans I know, Grant Wahl reports over at SI.com that ESPN will not bring back John Harkes for color commentary in 2012. Harkes has been a consistent lightning rod … Continue reading

LA Galaxy – Your 2011 MLS Cup Champions

Posted on by Earl Reed

The second try turned out to be the charm for Bruce Arena and his Los Angeles Galaxy. Landon Donovan’s outside right-foot finish past Tally Hall in the 72nd minute put the Galaxy on top for good. Keane picked up the … Continue reading

Midweek News Topics – November 17, 2011

Posted on by Earl Reed

It’s Thursday, November 17th. In less than four days, we will crown the 2011 Major League Soccer Cup Champions. Here are some topics that have impacted over the last day or three: MLS Cup 2011 As mentioned above, MLS Cup … Continue reading

Break Time (Or What To Do During The Awkward Two Week Hiatus)

Posted on by Earl Reed

Here at Major League Soccer Talk, we strive to provide the best services to all of our MLS-loving patrons. As fans ourselves, we know that you’re looking at the schedule and saying to yourself, “Do we really need this two … Continue reading

Conference Finals Set As First Leg Victors Hold Serve

Posted on by Earl Reed

An interesting thing happened in the four Conference Semifinal showdowns: the team winning the first leg fended off their foes’ stout challenges and advanced. Additionally, the higher seed went 3 out of 4 in the Semifinal round, leaving the top … Continue reading

Tactics Talk: About That Five…

Posted on by Earl Reed

There have been some raised eyebrows across the Major League Soccer punditry about Peter Nowak and his choice of formation to begin the Eastern Conference Semifinal First Leg. The iconic manager of the Philadelphia Union pulled a tactical rabbit out … Continue reading

Dynamo Leaves Philly With The Upper Hand

Posted on by Earl Reed

The Houston Dynamo took advantage of two defensive lapses in the first half, then relied on goalkeeper Tally Hall to edge the Philadelphia Union in the first leg of their MLS Cup Quarterfinal series 2-1. Philadelphia began the match with … Continue reading

A Television Guide To The MLS Cup Quarterfinals

Posted on by Earl Reed

 Tomorrow, the meat of the MLS Cup Playoffs begin, and we can look forward to seeing all of the matches televised. Some of us, that is. ESPN publicized their plans for the Quarterfinals today. ESPN2 will be airing both legs … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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

Posted on by Earl Reed

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