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Author Archives: Eric Altshule

The Next Best Thing to Being a World Cup Seed

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Every fan of the US team has been hoping that the stars could align, the flipped coin could land on its edge and that somehow the US could be seeded in the World Cup draw.  Being among those top eight … Continue reading

Galaxy Win in a Long, Dark Night in Carson

Posted on by Eric Altshule

The Western Conference Finals was a long, hard slog between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo.  With an 8:30 starting time to accommodate ESPN2’s college football schedule, two blackouts that interrupted play in each half, and a half … Continue reading

LA Galaxy 1- Chivas USA 0 – Thoughts from the HDC

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Soccer is a cruel game, and Chivas USA felt that cruelty tonight.  While the Galaxy may have done enough to win the game, Chivas did not deserve to lose it.  On the pitch, the differences between Chivas and the Galaxy … Continue reading

British Journalists Have a Lousy Deal, and the Fans Suffer for It

Posted on by Eric Altshule

I once read about a British sports journalist’s amazement at the access that American sportswriters had.  The British writer was visiting Chicago and asked to tag along with the Sun Times reporter who covered the Bulls.  First, he went to … Continue reading

Odd Weekend of Playoffs Exposes the Worst Flaw of the MLS

Posted on by Eric Altshule

For those of us that follow a major European team, there is a weekly pattern that develops over the season.  After the weekend game, many fans like myself spend a couple of days absorbing commentary about the game.  Youtube is … Continue reading

LA Galaxy – Chivas USA Preview

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When Don Garber finally assented to allowing the Chivas USA franchise to call Los Angeles its home in 2004, it was a sacrifice.  The MLS cares about geographic expansion, and was looking to grow into Canada, the Northwest, and back … Continue reading

Arsene Wenger’s Moneyball Strategy

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When Michael Lewis published Moneyball in 2003, it instantly became one of the most influential books about American sports in a generation.  Michael Lewis, normally a financial writer, analyzed how baseball’s Oakland A’s managed to consistently produce highly competitive teams … Continue reading

Final MLS Table

Posted on by Eric Altshule

The season is over and, after a wild weekend, we have our playoff teams.  The first round of playoffs looks like this: West LA Galaxy vs Chivas USA Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders East Columbus Crew vs Real Salt Lake … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at Fox Soccer Channel

Posted on by Eric Altshule

As Fox Soccer Channel’s Nick Webster told me, “Americans have more access to soccer from around the world than in any other country on earth.”  That is undoubtedly true.  On any given weekend, you can flip around the dial and … Continue reading

Random Thoughts From USA 2 – Costa Rica 2

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  Some random thoughts from RFK….. DC soccer fans are among the best in the nation.  My only previous experience seeing a soccer game at RFK was when I saw Norway play Mexico in the 1994 World Cup, so last … Continue reading

Random Thoughts on the US Win

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Some random thoughts on the US win and the upcoming game against Costa Rica The Greatest US Win I Have Never Seen.   A lot has already been said about how absurd it was that this game was not broadcast to … Continue reading

Where to See USA v Honduras – Open Thread

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I just got a friendly call from the LA Galaxy front office letting me know that a local bar, the Off-Campus Pub on Avelon Blvd. right near the HDC, will be showing the game in English.  Similarly, a commenter to my previous … Continue reading

Random Thoughts on the US-Honduras WCQ

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The game against Honduras this weekend is massive.  Win, and the US can start buying those non-refundable tickets to South Africa and will probably win CONCACF.  Lose, and the game against Costa Rica the following Wednesday will be a pressure-cooker.  … Continue reading

Movie Review – The Damned United

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There is a thin line between being a mad genius and simply being mad.  If Brian Clough was the mad genius of English football, the new film The Damned United explores Clough’s simply mad stage when he got fired at … Continue reading

MLS Table As It Stands Now – 10/4 Update

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This is the updated table after the weekend action:   A week later, and though the table has tightened a little, the same eight teams as last week are still on track for the playoffs.  As it stands now, the playoffs … Continue reading

MLS Table As It Stands Now

Posted on by Eric Altshule

With less than a month left in the season, this is promising to be one of the more exciting run-ups the MLS has ever had.  The new playoff format which allows wild card teams (teams that finish outside of the … Continue reading

LA Galaxy 2 – Toronto FC 0 Some Random Thoughts From the HDC

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Kartik was right.   There was a buzz about this game – two solid, mature teams with something to prove.  In the end, the Galaxy went out deserved winners.  Some thoughts… Welcome back Sean Franklin. When 2008 Rookie of the Year … Continue reading