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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.

Orlando City fans hope Charleston journey is first of many away trips in next several weeks

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
orlando-city-fans

Last weekend, Orlando City’s supporters made their first road trip to a match since the club made the jump from third division USL PRO to Major League Soccer, following the conclusion of the 2014 campaign. The preseason trip to Charleston for … Continue reading

7 reasons Manchester City keeps getting exposed in the Champions League

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Manchester City’s defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday was deja vu for most City supporters. Here are 7 reasons why Manchester City keeps getting exposed in the Champions League: 1- Tactical Naivety … Continue reading

9 reasons why the Premier League needs NBC for 2016-19 TV rights deal

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
nbc-epl-commitment

In the last year and a half, the Premier League has reached a new level of recognition and marketability in the United States. While to some it might appear this is simply part of a natural evolution toward more interest … Continue reading

FIFA’s Qatar decision will face backlash of growing club power

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
world-cup-germany-champions

FIFA’s pending announcement to officially announce that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be moved to November-December has already caused shockwaves throughout the sport. Most importantly perhaps is its impact on the European club calendar and the knock-on impact the … Continue reading

Instant replays not the solution after poor weekend of Premier League officiating

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Referee Andre Marriner

The case for some sort of instant replay in the Premier League was made by Jose Mourinho on Sunday’s surprising appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday program. Following Kevin Friend’s shocking first half performance in Southampton’s loss at St … Continue reading

Pressure is on Wilfried Bony to make immediate impact against Newcastle and Barcelona

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
wilfried-bony

Wilfried Bony’s addition to the Manchester City lineup should help the Blues improve the rest of the season. But a question that will beg itself from here on out is whether the Ivorian striker is worth £28 million in January since City … Continue reading

Europa League Round of 32 ties make their mark with exciting start

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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With four arguably stale and largely predictable first leg ties in the books in the UEFA Champions League, continental focus shifted to the Europa League on Thursday. What the day threw up in terms of 16 different Round of 32 … Continue reading

Who will be the next Miguel Ibarra from NASL to play for USMNT?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
Miguel Ibarra

Jürgen Klinsmann’s scouting of NASL games and continued selection of Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra has fueled speculation as to who else in he US 2nd Division NASL could warrant a call-up to the US Men’s National Team squad. The first name … Continue reading

Why USL’s quest for US Soccer’s Division 2 status is problematic

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Tuesday’s news that USL will apply for Division 2 status shook up the US Soccer community. As the former Director of Communications for the North American Soccer League (NASL) when the league battled USL for D2 status in 2010 and … Continue reading

Manchester City’s over dependency on Yaya Toure is hurting the club

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
yaya-toure

For the third time in four seasons, Manchester City has experienced a decline in results during the months of January and February. Not so coincidently, these January/February plummets have occurred when Yaya Toure has been away on Africa Cup of Nations duty. … Continue reading

Klinsmann’s complaints about fitness of MLS players has validity but masks his own failings

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
Juergen Klinsmann

US Head Coach and Technical Director Jürgen Klinsmann has made a habit out of challenging the established orthodoxies about Major League Soccer. His latest salvo involves match fitness of several of his US National Team players who ply their trade in … Continue reading

Why Juan Cuadrado may end up being a bad buy for Chelsea

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With the January transfer window now closed, here’s my column to sort through all of the good buys and bad buys from the deadline day as clubs across Europe attempted to add depth to their squad while others looked for a way … Continue reading

How Chelsea and Manchester City’s creative strategies of dealing with FFP differ

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Manchester City and Chelsea are often cited as the two clubs that were inspirations for UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The ownership of both clubs have been accused of “hurting football” thanks to big spending, and have been the … Continue reading

Questions arise about the growth of foreign ownership in US soccer

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us-soccer-foreign-ownership

The recent events regarding Frank Lampard have brought the question of foreign ownership in the U.S. professional soccer leagues back into the spotlight. The Lampard saga has highlighted a growing trend of investment from foreign owners into the United States professional … Continue reading

Arsenal making inroads in US with youth soccer summer camps

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
arsenal soccer schools usa

Arsenal has made an increasing commitment to the American market in recent years. The club toured the United States for the first time in almost 25 years in 2013 and has notably increased its marketing presence recently. Stan Kroenke, the club’s … Continue reading

Wigan fire sale sees Shaun Maloney and Ben Watson exit plus medical for Callum McManaman

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
wigan-athletic

With the news that Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman will have a medical tomorrow ahead of a move to West Bromwich Albion, the exodus from the 2013 FA Cup winning side has begun. In my weekly Good Buys/Bad Buys column, there … Continue reading

Manchester City is dangerously close to losing its soul as a playing club

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Manchester City is veering dangerously close to completely losing its soul as a playing club despite the stated “holistic” approach of management. An English club that once upon a time fielded players almost entirely from the British Isles, the Blues … Continue reading

MLS holding Beckham to a downtown Miami-only stadium location makes zero sense

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
David Beckham announcing a MLS team being brought to Miami.

Rumors continue to swirl both in South Florida and nationally about David Beckham’s plans regarding his proposed MLS team in Miami. The global superstar has run into numerous hurdles to build a stadium in the desired downtown location. Major League … Continue reading