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.
NASL pursuing litigation against US Soccer; Here’s how it might play out
NASL pursuing litigation against US Soccer; Here’s how it might play out

On Monday, The Financial Times newspaper reported that the second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL) has launched a legal case against the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) regarding first division sanctioning. In a nation without promotion and relegation, USSF is able to create arbitrary standards with the first-tier league MLS to determine […]

The changing relationship between MLS, NASL and USL
The changing relationship between MLS, NASL and USL

This week’s episode of Divers and Cheats focused its discussion on the NASL, USL and MLS, and it created more buzz on social media than any of our previous three shows. The change in tact by the NASL since 2012 is striking. The mission statement of the league in the 2012 media guide […]

New York Cosmos and NASL need to stop focusing on MLS competition
New York Cosmos and NASL need to stop focusing on MLS competition

This week, The Guardian newspaper was able to score a rare interview with New York Cosmos owner Seamus O’Brien regarding the future of the iconic soccer brand he leads in the United States. O’Brien purchased the Cosmos in 2012 soon after opting to join the second-tier North American Soccer League […]

Manchester City’s strong start to the season a direct result of Raheem Sterling
Manchester City’s strong start to the season a direct result of Raheem Sterling

Many a pundit and fan has cast Raheem Sterling, Manchester City’s £49 million man, as this season’s pantomime villain in the Premier League. Sterling’s demand of a move away from Liverpool, which is historically a more successful club than City and his schemes to force the move, made Sterling’s transfer one […]

Has Jose Mourinho finally worn out his welcome in England?
Has Jose Mourinho finally worn out his welcome in England?

For years, Jose Mourinho has mesmerized the British press with both clever catchphrases and insensitive remarks. As the master of mind games, the Chelsea manager has used the media as an ally to get under the skin of opposing managers and players. Even while media in other countries appeared dubious about […]

NASL’s Bill Peterson moves promotion/relegation conversation forward
NASL’s Bill Peterson moves promotion/relegation conversation forward

NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson gave a wide-ranging interview on an array of topics related to the second division in the United States and Canada to The Telegraph newspaper this week. The most talked about and controversial comments by Peterson relate to promotion and relegation within the league system in North […]

Jamaica’s Gold Cup form typifies improvement made throughout Caribbean
Jamaica’s Gold Cup form typifies improvement made throughout Caribbean

While some American soccer pundits and fans were quick to write-off Jamaica as a CONCACAF “minnow” that should have been easily dispatched by the US in the Gold Cup semifinals, the reality about this new version of the Reggae Boyz is actually quite different. Jamaica boasts nine players featuring in […]

Raheem Sterling the right buy at a critical time for Manchester City
Raheem Sterling the right buy at a critical time for Manchester City

By many pundits, Raheem Sterling is being called “overpriced” at £49 million. However, when you consider the £35 million Liverpool spent on Andy Carroll, the £50 million Chelsea spent on Fernando Torres and even the £28 million Manchester City just spent in January on Wilfried Bony, Sterling looks a potential bargain. Sterling […]

It’s time for CONCACAF to rotate the Gold Cup hosting rights
It’s time for CONCACAF to rotate the Gold Cup hosting rights

Former CONCACAF General Secretary and FIFA Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer has been banned from all soccer activities for life on Thursday. The announcement’s timing was ironic as the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Blazer’s biggest contribution to the world soccer landscape, had just kicked off in suburban Dallas on Tuesday. The 2015 Gold […]

US men’s soccer game against Honduras a chore to watch compared to USWNT
US men’s soccer game against Honduras a chore to watch compared to USWNT

The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) began the defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title with an underwhelming and fortuitous 2-1 victory over Honduras in Frisco, Texas on Tuesday evening. This match came just two nights after the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) wowed the nation and won the […]

What did MLS and US Soccer know about Traffic and CONCACAF’s improprieties?
What did MLS and US Soccer know about Traffic and CONCACAF’s improprieties?

With the CONCACAF Gold Cup about to kick off, the FIFA scandal should be on the front-burner for most American journalists. As the FBI indictments against several CONCACAF and Traffic Sports officials indicate, the governing body for the sport in North and Central America as well as the Caribbean, has […]

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

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 the Group stage and in the first Knockout round was […]

Why Manchester City need to close Raheem Sterling deal soon
Why Manchester City need to close Raheem Sterling deal soon

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 belated and perhaps based more on hopefulness and naivety than […]