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.
Arena’s Dilemma
Arena’s Dilemma

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 instead of returning home after the competition with the team. […]

Heading to Europe…
Heading to Europe…

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 hope to entertain you with stories of rowdy pubs and […]

Waldo’s World
Waldo’s World

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 flag jingoistic type analysts to cover the World Cup and […]

Stand Up Speak Out Against Racism
Stand Up Speak Out Against Racism

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 European Football stadiums particularly in Italy, and Spain. Recently the […]

A Milestone I Never Thought I’d See
A Milestone I Never Thought I’d See

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 0-0 and now the 1998 World Champions have gone four […]

American Spirit? Where is it?
American Spirit? Where is it?

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 Placid…1980, U.S. v. Soviet Union. The Miracle. Of course. American […]

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

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 1990 World Cup, the first of five consecutive qualifications. In […]

France’s Starting 11 for Tomorrow’s Match
France’s Starting 11 for Tomorrow’s Match

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 Zinedine Zidane, Sylvain Wiltord, Franck Ribery Thierry Henry

USA-Czech Post Game Analysis
USA-Czech Post Game Analysis

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 of US Soccer over the past 20 years, like it […]

If I were Bruce: The US Lineup For the Opener
If I were Bruce: The US Lineup For the Opener

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 striker/attacking midfielder. I have doubts about John O’Brien’s fitness and […]

Trinadad’s Beenhakker is One of a Kind
Trinadad’s Beenhakker is One of a Kind

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 Real Madrid, Ajax, the Dutch National Team and several other […]

Portugal – Angola Open Thread
Portugal – Angola Open Thread

On of the first ‘blood matches’ of the World Cup. Will former colony Angola beat their former occupiers Portugal? Put your remarks on the match here.

Iran – Mexico Open Thread
Iran – Mexico Open Thread

Another match where an underdog can have a good result. Who will American fans support…their soccer rival, Mexico, or one of their arch enemies Iran. I say Mexico. Game is at 11:55 PM EST. Put your remarks on the game here.

Got to Feel Good About the US Chances. CONCACAF and the MLS Look Good
Got to Feel Good About the US Chances. CONCACAF and the MLS Look Good

A great moral victory for CONCACAF, the MLS and Trinidad & Tobago After watching a marvelous display of defensive football by Trinidad’s “Soca Warriors,” I feel really good about the chances for both the USA and Mexico to have a good World Cup. Trinidad whom the US has had little […]

Gregg’s World Cup Predictions
Gregg’s World Cup Predictions

  Group A 1) Germany 2) Ecuador 3) Costa Rica 4) Poland Group B 1) England 2) Sweden 3) Paraguay 4) T & T Group C 1) Argentina 2) Netherlands 3) Ivory Coast 4) Serbia Group D 1) Portugal 2) Mexico 3) Iran 4) Angola Group E 1) Italy 2) […]

Picks
Picks

Yes, I had the advantage of seeing the games yesterday before I made these picks. June 24th Germany beats Paraguay Mexico beats Holland June 25th England beats Ecuador Portugal beats Argentina June 26th U.S.A. beats Australia France beats Ukraine June 27th Brazil beats Czech Republic South Korea beats Spain June […]

Argentina-Ivory Coast open thread
Argentina-Ivory Coast open thread

This could be one of the great games of the first round. Game time is 2:55 EST, or close 9 pm German time. Post your thoughts, before, during and after the game here.