Odds & Ends – December 7, 2011
Odds & Ends – December 7, 2011

We haven’t left you there MLS fans. While Daniel has been busy with his podcast keeping things up to date audibly, the rest of us have had various other endeavors to distract us from the relatively quiet start to the MLS offseason. With that being said, there has been some […]

The English Commentator Invasion Of American Soccer
The English Commentator Invasion Of American Soccer

Today, NBC confirmed reports that they have hired Arlo White as their primary play-by-play voice for their brand-new Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer coverage. As many of you know, White has been the voice of Seattle Sounders FC, and with the new gig will come the end of his […]

Shake-Up: Twellman To Replace Harkes At ESPN
Shake-Up: Twellman To Replace Harkes At ESPN

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 for viewer angst during ESPN’s coverage of the domestic game, […]

LA Galaxy – Your 2011 MLS Cup Champions
LA Galaxy – Your 2011 MLS Cup Champions

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 ball outside the area, used some slick moves to beat […]

Midweek News Topics – November 17, 2011
Midweek News Topics – November 17, 2011

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 is fast approaching now (November 20, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN […]

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

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 week NFL-style break?” The answer is emphatically, “Yes, we do.” […]

Conference Finals Set As First Leg Victors Hold Serve
Conference Finals Set As First Leg Victors Hold Serve

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 seeds from each Conference. We can address the efficiency of […]

Tactics Talk: About That Five…
Tactics Talk: About That Five…

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 of his hat on Sunday afternoon, playing a 5-deep backline […]

Dynamo Leaves Philly With The Upper Hand
Dynamo Leaves Philly With The Upper Hand

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 a wrinkle. Manager Peter Nowak added defensive midfield specialist Stefani […]

A Television Guide To The MLS Cup Quarterfinals
A Television Guide To The MLS Cup Quarterfinals

 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 of the Titanic Budget Derby, also known as the Los […]

My Ideas On How MLS Should Decide A Champion
My Ideas On How MLS Should Decide A Champion

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 their champion is vast. You could be a straight single […]

The Excitement Of The Final Weekend
The Excitement Of The Final Weekend

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 teams qualify, the way Major League Soccer organized the playoff […]

Liverpool 1 – 1 Norwich City – Tactical Analysis
Liverpool 1 – 1 Norwich City – Tactical Analysis

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 Dalglish chose an attacking 4-4-2 setup. While effectively having three […]

Union Perspective: Managing Expectations In Sophomore Season
Union Perspective: Managing Expectations In Sophomore Season

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 was granted the privilege. For kicks, I just looked back […]

Klinsmann Reveals Concerns About Short MLS Seasons
Klinsmann Reveals Concerns About Short MLS Seasons

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 to the media today at a training session for tomorrow’s […]

2011: A B.C. Place Odyssey
2011: A B.C. Place Odyssey

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 to indicate the time Before Christ (before historians adjusted to […]

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

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, a midfielder who coach Peter Nowak has used in multiple […]