Author Archives: Earl Reed

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

MLS ’11 Preview – KC Wizardry Sporting New Identity

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TEAM: Sporting Kansas City (neé Wizards) COACH: Peter Vermes (USA) 2010 RESULTS: 39 points, 3rd Place, Eastern Conference (missed playoffs) Casual fans of the big-league Kansas City soccer franchise may perform a double-take when they turn on their sets and hear … Continue reading

Fulham 3-2 Blackburn Rovers: Bonus Match Review

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Allow me start with some nuts and bolts. When I first embarked on writing tactics-flavored match reports, I planned to focus on mid-to-lower table clubs, like my initial report on Wigan v. WBA. This was because Michael Cox of Zonal Marking … Continue reading

Birmingham City 1-3 West Bromwich: Match Review

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ESPN’s feature match in America looked wearisome and sloppy after 45 minutes. West Bromwich responded though, by wresting the match away from a Birmingham City side that looked wistful at times. There were several changes for the Blues from the … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview: The State Of The Union

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TEAM: Philadelphia Union HEAD COACH: Piotr Nowak 2010 RESULTS: 31 pts, 8-15-7 record, 7th Eastern Conference The inaugural season for the Philadelphia Union epitomized the difficulties that can hamper a team trying to ensure a strong future while mixing and … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Go East, Young Dynamo

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TEAM: Houston Dynamo COACH: Dominic Kinnear 2010 SEASON RESULTS: 9-15-6, 33 points, 7th place in Western Conference Houston continues to retool their team, which two years ago finished first in the Western Conference. It seems not that long ago that … Continue reading

Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham City: Carling Cup Final Review

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This odd season of English football continued today, as Birmingham City persisted and stole the Carling Cup from a more ambitious-yet snakebitten- Arsenal side, 2-1 at Wembley Stadium. Arsene Wenger lost Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas in their midweek match … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview: The Mile High Champions’ Title Defense

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TEAM: Colorado Rapids COACH: Gary Smith (ENG) 2010 LEAGUE RESULTS: 46 pts (12-8-10), 5th Western Conference, MLS Cup Champions 2010 REVIEW: In 2010, the Colorado Rapids became the 9th team to capture the MLS Cup. The unfortunate truth about their … Continue reading