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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.

Interview with Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Francisco Marcos about international development

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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

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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

7 interesting observations from most followed Premier League clubs around the world

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The Guardian ran a fascinating infographic today showing the most popular Premier League team by geographic region worldwide. At first glance, it’s a melting pot of colors, but Arsenal is yellow, Chelsea is blue, Liverpool is green while Manchester United is … Continue reading

New York Cosmos and Rowdies to renew one of the biggest US soccer rivalries Saturday

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Professional soccer in the United States is still relatively young when compared to that of other countries across the globe, but a few major traditional rivalries have developed through the years. Perhaps the biggest cross-sectional rivalry in the USA is the … Continue reading

NASL reaching new heights in 2015 with improvements across the board

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The North American Soccer League (NASL) has faced many questions about expansion and its long-term goals over this offseason. However, with the 2015 Spring Season underway, those questions have been put on the back burner and the league has shown … Continue reading

5 steps Manchester City need to take to regain its long-term dominance

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Manuel Pellegrini seems certain to be the fall guy for the failings of Manchester City during the 2014-15 club season. While his tactics and stubbornness can certainly be critiqued, the positives about the Chilean manager have not been seen in sometime. … Continue reading

David Beckham can learn lessons about South Florida from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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David Beckham’s lofty ambitions to build an MLS superclub in Miami have gone virtually nowhere over the past 14 months, but up I-95 about 25 miles, the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers are teaching Beckham thing or two about marketing. The … Continue reading

Appetite for pro soccer in Florida proving critics dead wrong

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Florida has been kicked around long and hard by the critics over the years. Often seen as a pro soccer wasteland and a place that could not support the American pro game, the state has been the biggest storyline of this … Continue reading

2015 NASL season preview: Predicted winners and major talking points

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The North American Soccer League (NASL) will begin its fifth season as an independent league on April 4. The league, which features the world-famous New York Cosmos, faces numerous challenges in the marketplace. Currently, the NASL is the only designated … Continue reading

One World Sports looks forward to a 2015 filled with its soccer programming

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At the Sportel Conference in Miami last week, World Soccer Talk sat down with One World Sports’ Executive Vice President for Programming and Production Joel Feld to discuss the TV network’s contract to televise New York Cosmos games, as well … Continue reading