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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.

Jamaica’s Gold Cup form typifies improvement made throughout Caribbean

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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 … Continue reading

The fact that Klinsmann has been dealt a bad hand is ignored by many in US soccer media

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As expected, the USA’s 2-1 loss in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals to Jamaica was met by the usual chorus of critiques from some quarters of the American soccer press and reactive US fans. The criticism was quite predictable –“Jürgen … Continue reading

Will Jeffrey Webb and Aaron Davidson try to bring down US Soccer in their plea deals?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

It’s difficult to conceive that US Soccer President Sunil Gulati and USSF CEO Flynn had no inkling of CONCACAF corruption. Gulati regularly would have been in contact with Blazer, Warner and Jeffrey Webb, who succeeded Jack Warner as CONCACAF President. … Continue reading

Freddy Adu given opportunity to salvage his career at Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Freddy Adu’s career trajectory has gone off the rails in the past few years. The one-time American prodigy who was compared to the greats of the game at a young age has cycled through club after club all over the … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

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 … Continue reading

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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