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Author Archives: Eric Altshule

The Hypocrisy of the British Press about Shawcross is Mind-Boggling

Posted on by Eric Altshule

In a well-known game in England, one footballer slid into another late.  The challenge was poor, two-footed, and probably deserved a card, but there was no malice associated with it.  Unfortunately, the defender missed the ball and caught the other player’s … Continue reading

Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal Victimized by “Getting Stuck In”

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Ryan Shawcross had no intention of turning Aaron Ramsey‘s leg into putty when he went into his tackle yesterday.  Martin Taylor had no interest in seeing Eduardo’s leg shattered in two when he went studs up against him two years … Continue reading

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Fox Soccer Plus Could Have a PR Problem

Posted on by Eric Altshule

As the Setanta era of soccer broadcasting in America comes to a close, and Fox Soccer Plus looks to fill in its spot, the good people at Newscorp will have to wrestle with one important difference between Setanta and Fox … Continue reading

The FA Cup That Killed Portsmouth

Posted on by Eric Altshule

  Since 1996, every Championship Trophy and FA Cup has rested in the trophy case of either Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool with one singular exception.  All 30 of those pieces of silverware have gone to the Big Four … Continue reading

Charlie Davies Heads Back to Football

Posted on by Eric Altshule

  If he is on the plane to South Africa this summer, Charlie Davies will be the story of the tournament.  It was only four months ago that Davies was in a horrific car accident that killed one passenger and … Continue reading

Who is to Blame for Foolish Arsenal Goal?

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Porto’s second goal against Arsenal in today’s Champion’s League game is destined to live forever on any number of football blooper DVDs.   It was a comedy of errors that resulted in a goal that any 7 year old could score. … Continue reading

Donovan Will Make a Permanent Move to Everton

Posted on by Eric Altshule

To call Landon Donovan’s loan to Everton a success is to call the Grand Canyon a decent-sized hole.  Tthe loan has exceeded everyone’s expectations.  Beyond fitting in well from the start, starting every game, scoring one and creating a good … Continue reading

Landon – This Saturday is Why You Went to Everton

Posted on by Eric Altshule

On Saturday morning, Landon Donovan will board a bus at Goodison Park, the stadium at the top of the photo amid all the working class houses, and travel about a mile to Anfield, the stadium at the bottom of the … Continue reading

Having MLS Stars Go to Europe is Great for US Soccer … and Good for the MLS

Posted on by Eric Altshule

As Landon Donovan settles into the Everton, Michael Bradley becomes even more a fixture at the Bundesliga, and Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark leave the US and take big career risks to fight for a position on European teams, many … Continue reading

Landon Donovan Puts One in the Net as Everton Cruises

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Landon Donovan gets to put a check mark next to “Score a Goal” on his loan to-do list as he neatly put one in the net and almost had a second in Everton’s comfortable 2-0 win over Sunderland. After Tim … Continue reading

US 1 Honduras 3 as Bob Bradley Looks to Fill Some Holes

Posted on by Eric Altshule

As the US took the field to play Honduras Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, nobody was any under illusions about the nature of the game.  It was a friendly in the friendliest sense.  The pregame party in the … Continue reading

Buy Bornstein’s Boots and Help Haiti

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Here at MLStalk.com and EPLtalk.com, we are working on a soccer-centric way to help the youth of Haiti that we will be announcing next week.  In the meantime, if you want to make a major contribution to the Red Cross … Continue reading

Clark to Frankfurt. Dempsey to Avoid the Knife. Other US News.

Posted on by Eric Altshule

For most Europeans, the January transfer window is all tease and no touch.  Very few moves of true import happen in January, and that is especially true in a World Cup year, where players would rather see if the tournament … Continue reading

Liverpool is at the Abyss. Do They Have the Stomach for the Hard Decisions to Come?

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Having crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages, the FA Cup in the third round, and hanging out in 7th place on the table with their three best players out of action, Liverpool are staring straight at … Continue reading

The Glazers Have Done a Fine Job of Managing Manchester United

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Jesse Chula is not alone in thinking that the Glazers are a blight on Manchester United’s proud history.  It is almost conventional wisdom that the Glazers represent an uncomfortable trend – wealthy foreign interlopers with more money than passion buying … Continue reading

Sepp Blatter is a World Class Weenie

Posted on by Eric Altshule

In a FIFA sanctioned event of great importance to the football world, the African Cup of Nations, the Togolese team is attacked by a bunch of machine gun wielding whackos.  Three people are killed and two players are shot and … Continue reading

Everton Unlucky, Donovan Solid in Debut

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Landon Donovan may not have put all the doubts to rest, but on a frigid day in North London, he clearly showed that he has the skills to play against a top team in a top league.   Everton should have … Continue reading

Arsenal vs Galaxy

Posted on by Eric Altshule

As both an Arsenal fan and a longtime Los Angeles Galaxy season ticket holder, I have been asked how I reconcile my support for two different teams.  I always reply that supporting Arsenal and the Galaxy is like having two … Continue reading