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Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.

USA women’s coach Jill Ellis has proven us all wrong

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

During the past few weeks, US soccer fans and media have been highly critical of US Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis and the tactics she has employed. This writer was no exception. My big beef with Ellis’ tactics throughout … Continue reading

Jill Ellis has several key tactical decisions to make ahead of USA vs Germany semi-final

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

US Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis faces several key tactical decisions to make ahead of Tuesday night’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against Germany. Despite excellent results, the United States has struggled throughout the Women’s World Cup to get … Continue reading

FOX’s soccer coverage has improved but is still below bar set by NBC and ESPN

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

FOX’s coverage of the Women’s World Cup has been a mixture of positives and negatives. On the positive, the match commentators have generally been good, especially the standout team of Justin Kutcher and Aly Wagner. Jenn Hildreth, who is a familiar face … Continue reading

Why Manchester City need to close Raheem Sterling deal soon

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Manchester City’s poor transfer dealings the last several windows have allowed the club to lose its English core, to be passed by Chelsea and caught by Arsenal and Manchester United. Again this summer, City’s buying and selling appear to be … Continue reading

Tampa Bay Rowdies strike partnership with Brazilian club São Paulo FC

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The Tampa Bay Rowdies announced a landmark historic partnership with Brazilian club São Paulo FC on Tuesday. According to a Rowdies club statement, “today [marks] a historic international partnership, that will strengthen both clubs’ visions of developing youth and professional … Continue reading

Does North American soccer need super clubs? MLS vs. NASL competition might give us a hint

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Many fans of the Beautiful Game criticize MLS for its single entity structure and salary caps. What has resulted is parity though certain teams like the Los Angeles Galaxy have found a way to “game” the system, but much of … Continue reading

Whose stock is up or down among 10 US Men’s National Team players

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The United States Men’s National Team enjoyed a historic week with friendly wins in Amsterdam against the Netherlands and in Cologne against Germany. While the results were incredible from the perspective of a national team that has historically performed poorly … Continue reading

Carmelo Anthony owned NASL club in Puerto Rico yield questions of viability

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

On Thursday, NASL announced New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony as an owner of a new expansion team in Puerto Rico. The league last had a team in Puerto Rico during the 2012 season. The previous year, in 2011, as … Continue reading

USSF and US soccer leagues have serious questions to answer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

With the world’s attention on Canada and the Women’s World Cup, discussion of the FIFA scandal has begun to fade in the United States. This could not have come at a better time for the USSF and the professional leagues … Continue reading

Traffic Sports’ obsession with challenging MLS/SUM may have fueled alleged misconduct

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Traffic Sports USA and its president Aaron Davidson saw themselves as ultimate competitors to Major League Soccer (MLS) and MLS’ marketing arm Soccer United Marketing (SUM). Following the revelation of alleged misconduct by both Traffic Sports and Davidson this past … Continue reading

Orlando City SC privately-financed stadium deal paves way for MLS expansion teams

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

On Friday afternoon, Orlando City SC announced a historic private stadium funding initiative, which includes increasing the capacity of the soon-to-be-built downtown facility to 25,000-28,000 seats. The news represents a political shift for an MLS club away from public funding and … Continue reading

NASL’s deep ties with Traffic Sports create serious questions about league’s future

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

As the dust begins to settle from the initial reaction to the momentous events that resulted in CONCACAF and FIFA officials being charged with corruption among other charges, questions have arisen about the viability and future of the second-division North … Continue reading

NASL’s ties with indicted President of Traffic Sports USA Aaron Davidson run deep

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The North American Soccer League (NASL) began life as a breakaway league from the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Several of the higher-profile professional clubs sought a team-owned league they could manage themselves. The driving force in this move away from … Continue reading

Why NASL expansion to Miami smacks of desperation; By Kartik Krishnaiyer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

NASL’s announcement of an expansion team in Miami beginning in 2016 was met with a wide range of opinions and a certain degree of shock among the American soccer intelligentsia. The new club, Miami FC, which shares the same name of … Continue reading

Florida boosted by rising attendances in Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

This past weekend, Florida was the showcase home of professional soccer in the United States. On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of a near-sellout crowd at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium in … Continue reading

‘Tactics Tim’ Sherwood having the last laugh on judgmental UK media

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Large elements of the British press derided Tim Sherwood when he managed Tottenham. While some of the criticisms might have been justified, many of the critiques were over the top. When Sherwood was appointed by a desperate Aston Villa club … Continue reading

Danny Ings would be an ideal signing for Arsenal, Manchester City or Liverpool

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Burnley’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed Saturday despite a 1-0 victory over ailing Hull City. The Clarets fought like lions to stay in the Premier League but ultimately their quality, save one player was not enough to maintain Premiership … Continue reading

MLS is a better option for top American stars than underwhelming Premier League

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lot of discussion and ink has recently been spent on the need for American players to ply their trade in European soccer. While I tend to agree with this notion, particularly for developing players, I believe not all European leagues … Continue reading