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Author Archives: Earl Reed

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

WWC QF Day #1: Direct To The Door

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July 9, 2011: One of the most memorable days in Women’s World Cup history. If there was anything that could upstage the brilliant cat-and-mouse match won by France over England, it was a determined Japanese squad that deposed the host … Continue reading

Tactics in MLS (And/Or The Supplemental Nature Of OptaStats)

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I tend to consider tactics and Major League Soccer like an unabridged dictionary in a fourth grade classroom. While the study and employment of tactics within MLS happens, there is less tactical sophistication in MLS than in the more established … Continue reading

Philadelphia 3-2 Chivas USA: Paunovic Settles Into Nowak’s System

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The Philadelphia Union had gone nearly a month since their previous victory. The home side overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Chivas USA 3-2. For the second match in a row, manager Peter Nowak fielded a combination 4-1-4-1/4-1-3-2 shape, with … Continue reading

Chalkboards Now Available On MLSSoccer.com

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When MLS announced a partnership with OptaSports before the beginning of the 2011 season, there were hopes that a new level of statistical and tactical analysis would be on the horizon. Those days are here. (h/t the Brotherly Game Twitter … Continue reading

Panama 0-1 United States: Gold Cup Semifinal Review

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On Wednesday, the United States Men’s National Team looked to avenge their Group Stage defeat to Panama at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. Two second-half substitutes contributed to Clint Dempsey’s clincher, as the Americans secured their place in the CONCACAF … Continue reading

Jamaica 0-2 United States: Gold Cup Tactics Review

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The United States reasserted their position within the CONCACAF region, by defeating Group B winners Jamaica 2-0 at RFK Stadium. Theodore Whitmore decided to start in a 3-4-3 formation for Jamaica. The three back formation allowed Demar Phillips and Eric … Continue reading

Soccer and Sabermetrics: Any Future?

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I have always been a statistics nut. The love of the numbers behind sports came early for me, as a young boy “keeping book” for my Yankees (I am now a rehabilitated Yankees fan, firmly rooting for my local Phillies … Continue reading

Guadeloupe 0-1 USA: Missed Chances Overshadow Jozy’s Blast

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The US Men’s National Team knew they needed a quality performance against a lesser side on Tuesday night. They dominated the match, but only managed a 1-0 victory over Guadeloupe, after squandering countless chances to put the match out of … Continue reading

USA 1-2 Panama: Sour First Half Dooms Yanks

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Entering this 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States Men’s National Team had it’s issues. Most figured they would ultimately be exposed in the late stages of the tournament. Instead, those problems, coupled with a lackluster first-half performance, contributed to … Continue reading

Comfortable 2-0 Victory For US Over Northern Neighbors

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In the months since the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Jozy Altidore has been a source of much frustration for United States men’s soccer fans. Tonight he showed America why his Coach Bob Bradley continues to have faith in him. Altidore … Continue reading

My Search For A Team…

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It’s been a long…but fun, year. About 51 weeks and several hours ago, my football obsession began. As Robert Green spilled a Clint Dempsey shot over the goal line last June, my interest was stirred. At the time, I didn’t … Continue reading