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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.

Orlando City SC privately-financed stadium deal paves way for MLS expansion teams

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On Friday afternoon, Orlando City SC announced a historic private stadium funding initiative, which includes increasing the capacity of the soon-to-be-built downtown facility to 25,000-28,000 seats. The news represents a political shift for an MLS club away from public funding and … Continue reading

NASL’s deep ties with Traffic Sports create serious questions about league’s future

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

As the dust begins to settle from the initial reaction to the momentous events that resulted in CONCACAF and FIFA officials being charged with corruption among other charges, questions have arisen about the viability and future of the second-division North … Continue reading

NASL’s ties with indicted President of Traffic Sports USA Aaron Davidson run deep

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The North American Soccer League (NASL) began life as a breakaway league from the United Soccer Leagues (USL). Several of the higher-profile professional clubs sought a team-owned league they could manage themselves. The driving force in this move away from … Continue reading

Why NASL expansion to Miami smacks of desperation; By Kartik Krishnaiyer

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NASL’s announcement of an expansion team in Miami beginning in 2016 was met with a wide range of opinions and a certain degree of shock among the American soccer intelligentsia. The new club, Miami FC, which shares the same name of … Continue reading

Florida boosted by rising attendances in Orlando, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

This past weekend, Florida was the showcase home of professional soccer in the United States. On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rowdies defeated the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of a near-sellout crowd at the newly renovated Al Lang Stadium in … Continue reading

‘Tactics Tim’ Sherwood having the last laugh on judgmental UK media

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Large elements of the British press derided Tim Sherwood when he managed Tottenham. While some of the criticisms might have been justified, many of the critiques were over the top. When Sherwood was appointed by a desperate Aston Villa club … Continue reading

Danny Ings would be an ideal signing for Arsenal, Manchester City or Liverpool

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Burnley’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed Saturday despite a 1-0 victory over ailing Hull City. The Clarets fought like lions to stay in the Premier League but ultimately their quality, save one player was not enough to maintain Premiership … Continue reading

MLS is a better option for top American stars than underwhelming Premier League

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A lot of discussion and ink has recently been spent on the need for American players to ply their trade in European soccer. While I tend to agree with this notion, particularly for developing players, I believe not all European leagues … Continue reading

Interview with Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Francisco Marcos about international development

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Francisco Marcos and Bill Edwards

USL Founder Francisco Marcos was recently hired by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of NASL to lead the club’s international development effort. Marcos, who for over four decades has been one of the most influential people in the development of both … Continue reading

Premier League is less compelling than other top European leagues

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This season’s Premier League whimpers to a close with a series of dead rubber matches. For a long time, we’ve been sold the narrative that the league is the most competitive, entertaining and compelling in the world with the greatest … Continue reading

Why Manchester City should retain Manuel Pellegrini for 2015-16

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Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City side recorded a third straight Premier League win on Sunday at White Hart Lane. The victory stopped a four game slide for the Blues away from Manchester and clinched at worst fourth spot in the league … Continue reading

Time for the critics to appreciate John Terry, the Chelsea footballer

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The time has come for those who truly love English soccer to embrace John Terry as a titan of a generation rather than continuing to preface any praise of him with politically correct remarks. Terry is a one-club man who has … Continue reading

Kristian Nicht signing shows NASL’s value to Montreal Impact once again

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Kristian Nicht

The NASL is often ignored by North American soccer fans especially around times like tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League final, which could be a major boon for the league. But the second leg of the final between Montreal and Club America … Continue reading

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe could be the perfect choice as future England manager

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The achievements of AFC Bournemouth and manager Eddie Howe cannot be downplayed. The dynamism of a young but now battle-tested manager was the single driving force in securing three promotions for a historically small club on England’s south coast. Irrespective … Continue reading

New York Cosmos face Atlanta Silverbacks in NASL top of the table weekend clash

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While Real Madrid and Schalke legend Raul’s signing with the New York Cosmos has grabbed the headlines early in the NASL season, the league boasts another undefeated team down in Atlanta. The league-owned Silverbacks managed by former Stevenage and Colorado … Continue reading

Predictable Champions League is bested by more exciting and open Europa League

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Atletico Madrid’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday at the hands of local rival Real Madrid effectively ended the interest of many neutrals in the competition. In this era of Financial Fair Play (FFP), the Champions League has … Continue reading

Orlando stadium situation highlights continued problems for MLS with taxpayer funded facilities

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MLS’ complicated stadium scenarios might have become more complex on Thursday. With a shortfall in funding potentially a real issue for Orlando City SC, the Florida Legislature concludes its annual session in the next eight days. Approximately $30 million is … Continue reading

How the Premier League could split US TV Packages for 2016-19

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Sports Business Daily reported on Tuesday that the Premier League is considering splitting packages for the next round US TV rights, which will run from 2016 to 2019. This would follow the precedent set by the league in other major … Continue reading