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.
MLS Power Rankings Week 5
MLS Power Rankings Week 5

We lost several voters this week and gained a few new ones. Anyway that may account for the shake up in the rankings, or perhaps two teams are now clearly better than the rest of the league. 1. CHICAGO (5)2. RED BULL NEW YORK (4)3. KANSAS CITY4. FC DALLAS5. CHIVAS […]

What Future Awaits Yanks in England?
What Future Awaits Yanks in England?

As the seasons in both the Premiership and Championship draw to a close the fate of several American Internationals lies in the balance. Some Americans including Leeds United’s Eddie Lewis and Watford’s Jay DeMerit have already been relegated. Others including Jonathan Spector, Cory Gibbs and the three Americans on Fulham […]

Random Thoughts on MLS Week Four Thus Far
Random Thoughts on MLS Week Four Thus Far

The atmosphere for last night’s Super Classico was once again outstanding. Not only was the Home Depot Center full, but unlike most American soccer matches which seem too family friendly for typical Latin or European football fans, the crowd was rocking and the play on the pitch intense. The Galaxy […]

The Real Deal?
The Real Deal?

MLSNET.com has an outstanding story on the impact new signing Carlos Marinelli has made on Kansas City already this season. While Marinelli is not a “Beckham Rule” player he has arguably played at better clubs abroad than four of the five “Beckham Rule” players, the notable exception being David Beckham […]

MLS officiating is not up to International Standards
MLS officiating is not up to International Standards

While Major League Soccer has made great strides in its level of play it cannot be considered a truly top flight international league until the quality of referees improves. Since 1996 the league has had a program in place to evaluate referees and to reward top referees with plum assignments […]

US to play Sweden
US to play Sweden

The US Men’s National Team will play Sweden in Gothenberg on August 22nd. It will be first true road game for the United States since the end of World Cup 2006 qualifying.

MLS Power Rankings Changes
MLS Power Rankings Changes

Due to numerous requests the deadline for all future power poll rankings will be extended until Tuesday at Midnight PST. (Wednesday morning on the east coast.) I had initially anticipated only a handful of people voting but because of the Beckham affect or perhaps because of the lack of available […]

Brian McBride ’s Goal vs Man United
Brian McBride ’s Goal vs Man United

Fulham is facing relegation currently, but enjoy Brian McBride’s goal that briefly gave Fulham a lead over Man United last month. United eventually got a draw in the match and continue to lead Chelsea by 3 points in the premiership title race

Joey Barton vs Stuart Pearce
Joey Barton vs Stuart Pearce

Thi post about Manchester City isn’t US Soccer related so it is over at my EPL Talk Blog: http://epltalk.communityserver.com/blogs/kkfla737/default.aspx Check it out.

MLS Power Poll Week 3
MLS Power Poll Week 3

Last week Houston got all ten first place votes. This week we had nine voters, and five different first place teams on ballots. An interesting shake up in the poll finds Red Bull New York closing in on the top. Quite honestly if it were not for two voters (one […]

Is The Beckham Rule a Farce?
Is The Beckham Rule a Farce?

For years Major League Soccer has protected its financial records with a ruthlessness that is both admirable and somewhat worrying. Outsiders can only speculate as to whether the league’s financial health is good or not, and to whether teams actually adhere to salary cap. Much positive press was generated this […]

Memo to ESPN: Keep Tommy Smyth on the MLS telecasts!
Memo to ESPN: Keep Tommy Smyth on the MLS telecasts!

ESPN’s typical amateurish MLS telecast gained some new life tonight as Tommy Smyth joined Eric Wynalda and Rob Stone on the call of New England-Columbus. Smyth’s presence in the booth made an otherwise unwatchable midweek game between two teams who were completely out of form watchable. Both Derek Rae and […]

Daniele Dichio Signs With Toronto
Daniele Dichio Signs With Toronto

Daniele Dichio who has floated around England the past several years signed with Toronto FC yesterday after securing his release from Preston North End. Dichio, a forward benefited from playing alongside Kevin Phillips with Sunderland between 1999 and 2001, scoring 11 goals in two seasons of EPL action. His production […]

Cisse “It’s a bit early to go to New York.”
Cisse “It’s a bit early to go to New York.”

The signings of David Beckham and Juan Pablo Angel were supposed to change the image of MLS in Europe. To put it quite frankly, they have not. Robbie Fowler has discounted a move to MLS preferring a potential move to Australia’s A-league and now Djbril Cisse who is the property […]

Greg Lalas on MLS International Signings
Greg Lalas on MLS International Signings

As I have said before in the face of constant criticism, MLS had far superior international players in the early days of the league, than it has had in the past six or seven seasons. Greg Lalas of SI.com has a good column on MLS rolling the dice on new […]

Beckham to Visit Vancouver
Beckham to Visit Vancouver

LA Galaxy has scheduled a friendly with USL side Vncouver Whitecaps for October. It’s nice to see that the Galaxy are willing to involve USL teams in the Beckham mania that will sweep the US Soccer world. Hopefully Beckham will visit Rochester, Portland and other top USL towns in the […]