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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.

A Final for the Ages

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Final Italy v France - World Cup 2006

What a final! Two evenly matched teams gave the world a show, and perhaps the better team didn’t win (after all I am partial to France, my pre-World Cup pick to win the title) but the real winner was the … Continue reading

Reviewing our picks

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Several American TV broadcasts have labeled the French run to the World Cup Final as a major “surprise,” and analysts such as Nick Webster (who picked the mighty three lions of England to win the World Cup), Julie Foudy and … Continue reading

Kahn and Figo Retire from International Soccer

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luis figo oliver kahn 2006

Two greats of the game, Portugal’s Luis Figo and Germany’s Oliver Kahn who was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 World Cup announced their retirment from International Soccer following Germany’s 3-1 victory over Portugal in the third place match.

The Future of This Website

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The last few days I have gotten several questions regarding the future of this website since it is event specific and World Cup concludes on Sunday. When I created World Cup USA 2006, I had originally envisioned the site only … Continue reading

Shaka Hislop signs with MLS

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Shaka Hislop who was the man of the match in Trinidad’s improbable draw with Sweden in the first match of the World Cup will leave West Ham United of the EPL where he was the first choice goalkeeper and sign … Continue reading

Disbelief in Dortmund

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Del Piero beats Lehmann to secure a 2-0 extra time stunner for Italy/Yahoo   SemiFinal Open Thread…………….Whom will Italy face in the finals and your thoughts about the dramatic finish in Dotmund. Post your comments here.

Western Europe’s World Cup

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Thierry Henry nets the game winner for France/AP Four short years after Soccer proved to be more of worldwide game than many Europeans would give credit for, thanks to the Quarterfinal runs of Senegal and USA as well as the … Continue reading

Looking Ahead Part 2 of 2: The US Player Pool

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Thanks to Michael Haley for his contributions The results of the 2006 World Cup in Germany clearly demonstrated that while our national team remains talented, the player pool is not as deep nor as experienced as the pool was in … Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Where does US Soccer go from here? Part 1 of 2

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Soccer: World Cup Qualifier-Mexico at USA

A few short years ago a former German National Team attacking player living in Southern California called up his friend, the manager of the USA National Team for an internship so that he could learn the ropes of coaching on … Continue reading

Quarterfinal Matchups and Other Thoughts

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10 - Zidane

France’s leading midfield players: Zidane, Makelele and Vierra have a great understanding of one another’s game and the experience that comes from playing together for so long. For example, Zidane and Vierra always know where one another are going to … Continue reading

The Future of US Soccer

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A full report and anaylsis coming on Friday.

Grading the US Roster post World Cup

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Soccer: World Cup Qualifier-Mexico at USA

GRADING BY MICHAEL HALEY WITH ADDITIONAL COMMENTS BY KARTIK KRISHNAIYER 1 Howard – DNP Kartik’s Thoughts: Could he have made the critical save that sparked this team? Keller surely didn’t. 2 Albright – DNP Kartik’s Thoughts: This team sorely missed … Continue reading

Assessing Arena

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bruce arena

Arena in full control during the 2002 World Cup/YahooSports John O’Brien’s goal against Portugal in 2002 sent Arena’s side on its way to a deep World Cup run/yahoospots Assessing Arena Prior to the 2002 World Cup Bruce Arena tempered the … Continue reading

Full USA Elimination Coverage

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Tonight or early Tomorrow Eastern Time: What mistakes did Bruce Arena make? Saturday: Which players stood out for the United States in this World Cup, and which players fell flat on their faces Sunday: What changes do the US Soccer … Continue reading

Reuters: Reyna Retires from National Team

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Reuters news service is reporting that US Captain Claudio Reyna will retire from the Men’s National Team. I certainly expect the USSF to give him a send off game in the next few months. Reyna made some mistakes in this … Continue reading

Expectations Unfulfilled

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Soccer: World Cup Qualifier-Mexico at USA

The 2006 United States World Cup squad not only had higher expectations than any previous American team but also more interest in the team back home in the United States. Today’s devastating (and controversial) loss to Ghana was just the … Continue reading

The Stakes could not be Higher

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Nigeria at United States, friendly

Four years of speculation and anticipation will end for those of us obsessed with US Soccer tomorrow as our side faces a mammoth challenge to reach the knock out stages of Germany 2006. We must beat Ghana, which involves scoring … Continue reading

Random World Cup Thoughts

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I grew up watching Gerd Mueller, the all time leading goal scorer in World Cup History in his NASL stint with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. (where he played alongside worldwide greats Elias Figeroua, Nene Cubilias and George Best). Mueller’s record … Continue reading