Author Archives: Earl Reed

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

Real Madrid 2-1 Philadelphia: Union Nearly Redeem Early Mistakes

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Real Madrid wrapped up it’s American jaunt in the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge with a modest 2-1 result in their friendly against the local MLS club Philadelphia Union. Jose Mourinho started the match with their most prolific scorer, Cristiano … Continue reading

Philadelphia 1-0 Everton: Match Report

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Everton FC opened their 2011 American Tour by squaring off against Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night. The match featured a number of the first team Toffees playing a full 90 minutes in a sweltering bowl of heat … Continue reading

Youth Shines In Union 1-0 Victory Over Everton

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Midsummer friendlies are controversial in nature. Fans point to the extra workload on first team players as being detrimental to the league, especially during what are often the hottest weeks of the year. In yesterday’s friendly at PPL Park in … Continue reading

Everton Friendlies: Tim Howard May Not Appear

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Liverpool-based Everton FC will begin their brief United States Preseason Tour tomorrow night, as they face the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. In a blow for fans of the US Men’s National Team, it was reported this afternoon by Steven … Continue reading

Japan 2(3)-2(1) USA: Japan Accepts American Gifts For World Cup Glory

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The United States twice gave away leads, and series of poor penalty takes opened the door for Japan as they captured the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The match was dominated for large portions by the United States. The first … Continue reading

The Match That Upstaged South Africa

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If, for whatever reason, you’ve dismissed the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and didn’t bother to watch this afternoon’s war between the United States and Brazil, you missed one helluva match. Some might call it the greatest finish in US … Continue reading