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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.

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

World Cup ratings surprise ABC & ESPN

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ABC and ESPN’s ratings for World Cup have been excellent despite the cynics and obvious contempt of the soccer hating sports media in this country. The Czech Republic-USA match was the highest rated program thus far in 2006 on ESPN … Continue reading

Jorge vs. Hugh

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I just want to do a little poll. Question: Who did a worse job officiating their game? Hugh Dallas (2002 v. Germany) or Jorge Larrionda (2006 v. Italy)?

Random World Cup Thoughts

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We’ve discussed the red cards and yellow cards from the USA-Italy match to death, but the overall booking situation needs to be addressed by FIFA. My thinking is that if FIFA is going to insist on issuing yellow cards in … Continue reading

USA v. Italy Open Thread

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Put your remarks about the USA v. Italy game on this thread.

Czech Republic v. Ghana Open Thread

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Put your remarks about the Czech Republic v. Ghana on this thread.

Iran – Portugal Open Thread

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Put your remarks about the Iran v. Portugal game on this thread.

Arena’s Dilemma

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Bruce Arena lacks the options he had in 2002 to shake up the team The embarrassing performance of the USA in the World Cup opener on Monday would be enough force most coaches to seek asylum in some foreign nation … Continue reading

Heading to Europe…

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Greetings fellow bloggers. In the coming weeks I will be visiting the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg for leisure and hope to bring you all some local flavor from the World Cup. I cant promise much more than that, but certainly … Continue reading

Waldo’s World

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Eric Wynalda is a breath of fresh air on ESPN and ABC American soccer is still in its growth stages and throughout the evolution of our national team, ESPN and ABC have essentially employed yes men and rally around the … Continue reading

Stand Up Speak Out Against Racism

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Today ABC’s Brent Musberger had an excellent feature on the World Cup telecast about Stand up and Speak Out an effort started by Arsenal and France Striker Theirry Henry and Nike to counter the racism that is prevalent in many … Continue reading

A Milestone I Never Thought I’d See

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France/Slovaquie - Match amical

Today France’s Vikash Dharasoo became the first player of Indian descent to ever play in a World Cup match. He entered the match in 84th minute and almost scored the game winner in the 89th minute. France and Switzerland drew … Continue reading

American Spirit? Where is it?

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There was one aspect of yesterdays game versus the Czech Republic that I didn’t see, and that was passion. The players didn’t seem to have a passion to play today. As Americans, we are a very proud country. Remember Lake … Continue reading

As Bad As It Has Ever Gotten: The USA and the World Cup

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Soccer: World Cup Qualifier-Mexico at USA

I consider myself an avid follower of the US Men’s National Team. No, I don’t follow the team around like Sams Army, but I have watched just about every meaningful game for our national team since we qualified for the … Continue reading

France’s Starting 11 for Tomorrow’s Match

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This will be the starting eleven for France’s match tomorrow against Switzerland. They will more than likely play a 4-2-3-1 formation, which will look like this: Fabien Barthez William Gallas, Lilian Thuram, Willy Sagnol, Eric Abidal Claude Makelele, Patrick Vieira … Continue reading

USA-Czech Post Game Analysis

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Soccer: World Cup Qualifier-Mexico at USA

I have decided to watch the game which I taped a second time before commenting on individual player performances and coaching. Today was a very frustrating, humiliating and disappointing day for all of us who have watched the positive growth … Continue reading

If I were Bruce: The US Lineup For the Opener

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Keller Onyewu Pope Cherundolo Lewis Mastroeni Dempsey Reyna Beasley Donovan McBride First subs of the bench: Convey Johnson O’BrienI would employ a 4-5-1 or more truly a 4-4-1-1 formation that utilizes Landon Donovan’s playmaking by using him as a withdrawn … Continue reading

Trinadad’s Beenhakker is One of a Kind

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The offficial FIFA World Cup site has this excellent article on Leo Beenhakker, whose Trinidad and Tobago side surprised just about every observer with an excellent performance in a draw with Sweden yesterday. The Dutch born Beenhakker who has coached … Continue reading