Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Monday Soccer Insider With Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side will keep the Bundesliga race tight this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a player I had hoped several Premier League sides would pursue instead, ended up with the European runners-up as somewhat of an afterthought. On Saturday … Continue reading

Jose Mourinho Gets Last Laugh as Spanish Media Try to Wind Him Up at International Champions Cup

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Following Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday night in Miami, the majority of the focus of Jose’s Mourinho’s post match press conference was on his former life as Real Madrid boss. Given the context of this match, it … Continue reading

Everton’s 3-5-2 Formation is Ready to Shake Up the Premier League Under Martinez

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Under new manager Roberto Martinez, Everton have experimented heavily with the 3-5-2 during this preseason. On Tuesday night at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, the Toffees were beaten 1-0 by Valencia in the Guinness International Champions Cup.  Martinez had Everton set … Continue reading

Monday Soccer Insider With Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Editor’s note: World Soccer Talk’s Kartik Krishnaiyer kicks off a brand-new weekly column that’ll delve deeper into many of his insights from the past weekend of world football. Look for his column every Monday. The Football League kicked off its 125th season … Continue reading

4 Reasons Why Tonight is an Historic Night For Soccer Fans In the US #DempseyWatch

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You could argue that tonight will be one of the most significant nights for club soccer teams on American soil in years, for four different reasons: One. Clint Dempsey is set to be unveiled as a Seattle Sounders player at 10:15pm … Continue reading

Watch ‘Tampa Bay Rowdies: Trophies and Tradition’ — A World Soccer Talk Mini-Documentary

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Today marks the release of Tampa Bay Rowdies: Trophies and Tradition, a mini-documentary that focuses on one of the great soccer legacies in North America. Directed by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Joshua Tomlinson for World Soccer Talk, the 25-minute documentary takes … Continue reading

ESPN FC Daily Soccer Show Will Feature Craig Burley As One of the Experts

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Exclusive: Craig Burley, one of ESPN’s top soccer analysts, will be featured as one of the pundits on ESPN’s upcoming daily TV show named ESPN FC that will launch on ESPN2 beginning August 11, 2013. Burley is well-known to many … Continue reading

Alexi Lalas Strikes Again In Argument About MLS Inferiority Complex

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In Roger Bennett’s latest offering on ESPNFC.com, Alexi Lalas has once again said some incendiary things about soccer in the United States. In some cases Lalas is on the mark, but as is his custom, he overreaches and defeats his … Continue reading

Despite Excellent Gold Cup, Landon Donovan Has Not Earned Automatic Selection

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All of the headlines and analysis over the course of the last three weeks has been about how Landon Donovan has forced his way back into the United States starting XI with his performances against lesser competition and the Costa … Continue reading

Leeds United Finally Liberated From Ken Bates After 9 Frustrating Years

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Leeds United have finally been liberated from the clutches of Ken Bates. The former Chelsea owner, whose stewardship of Leeds since 2005 was characterized by a lack of transparency, continuing financial shell games, high ticket prices and ultimately failure on … Continue reading

NASL Adds Oklahoma City and Jacksonville Teams Thanks To Buzz About NY Cosmos

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The announcement by the North American Soccer League of two new teams yesterday increased the scope of the region’s second division in the United States. Jacksonville and Oklahoma City will begin play in 2015. With the New York Cosmos about … Continue reading

US Soccer Pioneer Phil Woosnam Dies Aged 80

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One of the pioneers of the sport in North America, Phil Woosnam passed away this week  in Marrieta, Georgia after a long illness. He was 80 years old. Along with Clive Toye, Woosnam was the driving force behind the foundation … Continue reading

Bert Trautmann: Farewell Manchester City Legend

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When goalkeeper Bert Trautmann signed for Manchester City in 1949, 20,000 people demonstrated against the signing of a former German paratrooper. When Trautmann would retire in 1964 after 545 appearances for the Blues, his name was sung along with Bill … Continue reading

Tampa Bay Rowdies Legend Mike Connell to be Honored with Jersey Retirement

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies, whose tradition and history will be the subject of a forthcoming World Soccer Talk video documentary, announced this week they would retire the kit number of legendary defender Mike Connell who played ten seasons with the … Continue reading

Manchester City’s South Africa Tour Exposes Why Club Upgraded Its Attack This Week

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You can’t read too much into preseason matches especially this early in training. But Manchester City’s two loses in South Africa this week were more alarming for the lack of cutting edge in attack and industry from attacking players than … Continue reading

Will American Owners Eventually Rip The Soul Out Of English Football?

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While I find David Conn’s alarmist piece in today’s Guardian excessively xenophobic and reactionary, the continued buying of English football clubs by American owners does pose larger questions long term. Having bought teams that had this most previous season just … Continue reading

Alexi Lalas Critique of US Based Fans Ignores Local Game Outside MLS

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In March, Alexi Lalas loudly proclaimed that to be a true soccer fan in the United States, you must watch and support Major League Soccer. “Think globally act locally,” Lalas proclaimed. While the sentiment is nice, the promotion of Major … Continue reading

Eric Wynalda Has Earned a Chance to Manage at a High Level in the US

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The Atlanta Silverbacks completed an improbable run to win the NASL Spring season title with a three to nothing victory over Minnesota United on Thursday night. The victory came a year and one day after Eric Wynalda made his coaching … Continue reading