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Author Archives: Earl Reed

Spanish Champions Make Short Work Of United States, 4-0

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In their final preparation match for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States were outclassed by the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners Spain, as the visitors dominated 4-0. The Americans came into this match simply wanting to stay healthy, while … Continue reading

Philadelphia’s Search For Consistency On Offense

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Before the season, the Philadelphia Union offense may have been thought of as a three-headed monster. Last year, the duo of Danny Mwanga and Sebastien LeToux accounted for 60% of the goals scored by the team. Adding the unpredictable Carlos … Continue reading

Philadelphia 1-1 LA Galaxy: Match Review

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A Beckham-less Galaxy squad flew into the City of Brotherly Love, dominated much of the match, but only took one point back to Southern California as the Union capitalized on a defensive error. The match was mostly a battle of … Continue reading

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea: Analysis of Tactics and Formations

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Sunday’s clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford featured two teams set on trying to win the Premier League title. There was only one victor, as we know, but what happened on the pitch – in the form … Continue reading

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Analysis of Tactics and Formations

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Soccer fans will long remember the Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur match from April 30, 2011. It featured a wonderful long-range effort from Sandro, followed by a controversial goal awarded to Frank Lampard and then a winner from Chelsea which, if … Continue reading

Houston Dynamo 4 – 1 D.C. United: Match Review

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Houston pulled ahead of Red Bull New York in the Eastern Conference, in a 4-1 rout of DC United as Will Bruin scored three times. The Dynamo fielded an attacking diamond 4-1-3-2. Geoff Cameron was the distribution midfielder, with Will … Continue reading

It’d Be A Big Night, If Anyone Knew

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I hate to be the pessimist in the party, but guess what? The hype surrounding tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League match is being overplayed. Don’t get me wrong, a Real Salt Lake win (or a tie conceding one goal or fewer) … Continue reading

A Tale Of Two Forwards

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In scientific analysis, there is a relationship called inverse proportionality. You see this in the case of gas properties, for instance, where pressure inside a constant temperature container must rise as the volume of the container shrinks. In other words, … Continue reading

Manchester United 1-0 Everton: Analysis of Tactics and Formations (Video)

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Editor’s note: We’re trying out a new feature on EPL Talk that we want to get your feedback on. It’s a new segment called Chalk Talk, which takes a close look at the tactics and formations featured in Premier League … Continue reading

Steve Zakuani Suffers Severe Leg Injury

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In the early stages of tonight’s MLS match between the Rapids and Sounders, young Seattle star Steve Zakuani suffered what appears likely to be a tibia fracture after an extremely clumsy challenge by Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan. Here is a … Continue reading

MLS: Why Not Some Forward Thinking?

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I am a football convert. Being in my mid-30′s, I actually remember being exposed to the second season of the English Premier League. That’s not because I cared, but because in my sophomore year at University of Rochester (NY), I … Continue reading

Recent Lessons In Clubhouse Chemistry

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Now that the English teams have pretty well fleshed themselves out in Europe, as well as the Premier League title race, I think it’s time to take a look at some clubs who made personnel moves on the pitch. The January … Continue reading

Philadelphia 1-0 New York: Tactics Review

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(NOTE: This is a tactical analysis of Saturday’s match. For a Red Bull perspective on this match, see my colleague Daniel’s post found here) The Philadelphia Union played host to Red Bull New York on Saturday evening, with the home … Continue reading

F.C. Dallas 3-0 Colorado Rapids: MLS Analysis

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The first rematch of MLS Cup 2010 saw F.C. Dallas blank Colorado 3-0, as MVP David Ferreira opened his 2011 account with two tallies at Pizza Hut Park. Dallas, struggling to find their form in the early part of this … Continue reading

Los Angeles 1-0 Philadelphia: Quick Report

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Philadelphia picked up their first defeat late Saturday night, as Leonardo headed home a free kick from David Beckham and the Galaxy withstood a man deficiency for over a half an hour to make it happen. In the first half, … Continue reading

Columbus 2-0 Dallas: Match Review

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The 2011 Pioneer Cup began with the first leg at Columbus Crew stadium. In a match that may have been perfect for April Fool’s Day, a red card and a penalty fell to Columbus’ benefit, as they dispatched F.C. Dallas, … Continue reading

Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 West Ham: Spotlight Match Review

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Spurs’ quest for another UEFA Champions League appearance took a detour yet again, as West Ham United held onto a scoreless draw at White Hart Lane in their London Derby. Formations The home squad was assembled in their familiar 4-4-1-1 … Continue reading

Seattle 0-1 Los Angeles: MLS Match Review

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The 2011 Major League Soccer season opened with a rainy affair at Qwest Field. The LA Galaxy got the best of Seattle in this meeting, 0-1, to christen a new season in front of a national audience. While ESPN’s coverage … Continue reading