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Can Brad Guzan Challenge Tim Howard for the USA Number One Shirt?

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Tim Howard established himself as the United States number one right after World Cup 2006. While Kasey Keller was still in the US mix at the time, Howard was named the starter by Bob Bradley, then the interim Head Coach, … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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England’s 4-1 thrashing of a good, albeit injury depleted, Montenegro side should be further evidence that the self-loathing elements of the British press just do not see what Roy Hodgson is building and why he has England playing the way … Continue reading

England Need to Naturalize Players Or Forget About World Cup Glory

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The debate this week about the potential use of naturalized players of non-English descent in the England national team has flared up once again. For me, it is partly an ugly debate that has elements of xenophobia in it but … Continue reading

Why Lower Divisions in US Soccer Prove Fertile Ground for Players from the British Isles

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When I worked as the communications officer for the second division North American Soccer League, I was often asked by English friends why so many players from the British Isles gravitated to the lower leagues of North American soccer. To … Continue reading

Safety Concerns Continue At Lower Division US Soccer Leagues

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Recently, many soccer supporters associated with lower-division clubs in the United States have discussed security and safety for traveling fans as a concern.  On Saturday, the North American Soccer League (NASL) convened a supporters summit where this was raised as … Continue reading

Does the NASL Have a New York Cosmos Problem?

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The return of the New York Cosmos has been met with fanfare throughout much of the country. The revival of the 1970s superclub brought more attention and eyeballs on North America’s Second Division than any time since the exodus of … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Jose Mourinho is figuring it out, showing his tactical flexibility and his willingness to admit mistakes with his squad selection. Chelsea’s side now looks more pragmatic yet able to play on the break. With a remarkable amount of depth and … Continue reading

Tactics, Not Joe Hart, Are To Blame For Manchester City’s Woes

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A simple narrative blaming Joe Hart for Manchester City’s problems has emerged. This one-dimensional analysis ignores the realities of the Blues new style and tactics under Manuel Pellegrini, a system that leaves City open to quick counter attacks by the … Continue reading

FOX Sports Ups Its Soccer Coverage After Years of Malaise

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American fans of the beautiful game have, by and large, lauded NBC’s coverage of the Premier League. Many of those same fans were dissatisfied with how FOX Soccer and the other FOX Networks covered the Premier League prior to losing … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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In the Championship, not enough credit or attention is being placed on the job Paul Ince has done at Blackpool thus far this season. The Tangerines have a thin squad, and I tipped them to be relegated to League One … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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For starters, congratulations to my local club the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on a (revived) club record 7,653 in attendance for the renewal of the old NASL rivalry with the New York Cosmos. The Flight 19 Supporters Group, which I am … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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In Ligue Un, it was a difficult turnaround for Laurent Blanc to face his former side Bordeaux, with whom he won the Ligue 1 title in 2009 with such a quick turnaround after much of his side featured on international … Continue reading

Homegrown Player Lists for 2013/14 Premier League Squads

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The 20 teams in the Premier League have unveiled their homegrown players for the 2013/14 season Before we reveal the homegrown players rule, here’s a refresher on the squad rules thanks to the BBC Sport. Important notes are bolded. – … Continue reading

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Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Jose Mourinho’s second act at Chelsea is starting very much where his first left off with the manager’s comments becoming more a caricature of himself than anything deep and thoughtful. While I felt the almost universal skepticism in the British … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider with Kartik Krishnaiyer

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It’s funny how many of those constantly calling on Arsene Wenger to “SPEND SPEND SPEND” previously criticized Wenger for bringing too many foreign players into the Premier League. Right now, no other top six side in England is so reliant … Continue reading

The Battle of the Daily Soccer US TV Shows: ESPN FC vs FOX Soccer Daily

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In the last two weeks, we’ve seen two new daily soccer news programs launch on American television — FOX Soccer Daily and ESPN FC. The addition of these two new shows meant that we bid adieu to their predecessors. FOX Soccer … Continue reading

Jesus Navas is a Game Changer for Manchester City in His Debut Premier League Appearance

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Manchester City’s new Manuel Pellegrini era began with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Newcastle United tonight. The Blues created chance after chance throughout the match, which is nothing new for City against the Magpies. Newcastle has fared worse against City … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider With Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Here in the United States, NBC’s Premier League debut was amazing even to the point of engaging non-soccer fans and non-Premier League supporters. The studio shows hosted by Rebecca Lowe were informative and engaging. The only complaint I have was with … Continue reading