Manchester City 2 – 0 Everton: Tactics
Manchester City 2 – 0 Everton: Tactics

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 league since the close of the transfer window. It’s 4-2-2-2, […]

United States 0-1 Costa Rica: Wake-Up Call
United States 0-1 Costa Rica: Wake-Up Call

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, disappointing a quiet, undersized crowd at the Home Depot Center. […]

Chelsea 3-1 Norwich City: Tactics Review
Chelsea 3-1 Norwich City: Tactics Review

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 an attacking diamond formation, with John Obi Mikel set back […]

MLS Announces Youth Designated Player Initiative
MLS Announces Youth Designated Player Initiative

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 Players with a reduced cap hit to the team. For […]

Liverpool 1:1 Sunderland – Tactics
Liverpool 1:1 Sunderland – Tactics

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; unfortunately for the Reds and their fans, they managed only […]

The Need For Broader Exposure: MLS On NBC Sports
The Need For Broader Exposure: MLS On NBC Sports

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 reached long ago, especially with the increased popularity of fringe […]

Breaking News: Freddy Adu To Sign With Union
Breaking News: Freddy Adu To Sign With Union

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 add details as they become available.

United States 1-1 Mexico: The Next Chapter
United States 1-1 Mexico: The Next Chapter

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 fresh in many minds was the four-goal collapse against El […]

NBC Sports Network and MLS Press Conference: Audio
NBC Sports Network and MLS Press Conference: Audio

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 close to $10 million per year to MLS — far […]

With Thin Squad, Union Fans Hoping For Upgrades
With Thin Squad, Union Fans Hoping For Upgrades

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 have bolstered their defense, former F.C. Koln goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon […]

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

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 Ronaldo, on the bench. Their formation was 4-2-3-1. Their squad, […]

Philadelphia 1-0 Everton: Match Report
Philadelphia 1-0 Everton: Match Report

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 and humidity, including captain Phil Neville, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, […]

Youth Shines In Union 1-0 Victory Over Everton
Youth Shines In Union 1-0 Victory Over Everton

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 suburban Philadelphia, a mixture of Union first team and youngsters […]

Everton Friendlies: Tim Howard May Not Appear
Everton Friendlies: Tim Howard May Not Appear

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 Goff (Twitter @SoccerInsider) that goalkeeper Tim Howard would not be […]

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

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 twenty minutes saw the Americans squander at least 5 quality […]

The Match That Upstaged South Africa
The Match That Upstaged South Africa

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 soccer history, regardless of the gender involved. If that paragraph […]

WWC QF Day #1: Direct To The Door
WWC QF Day #1: Direct To The Door

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 nation Germany with a stunning extra time goal. There was […]

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

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 leagues of the world. One thing is clear about tactics: […]