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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.

With NASL-ESPN deal, NASL games now more accessible online than MLS

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
espn-nasl

The North American Soccer League (NASL) today announced a global partnership with ESPN whereby a minimum of a 120 NASL matches each season will be carried across 75 nations on various ESPN online platforms including ESPN3.com in the United States. … Continue reading

How faith and hard work paid off for Minnesota’s soccer supporters

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
minnesota-united

Minnesota is perhaps the most deserving market for MLS that has joined the league since Portland was announced in April 2009. The region, which has played host to a team in a professional league since 1990 — the longest such streak … Continue reading

Steven Gerrard’s red card caps off career that promised so much more

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
steven-gerrard

The celebration of Steven Gerrard’s career will be a main area of focus over the player’s final weeks as a Liverpool player. However, for many, Steven Gerrard is exiting his career in Europe as a figure of tragedy. While Liverpool fans … Continue reading

Time for MLS to pull the plug on Miami debacle

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
downtown-miami

The time has come for MLS to pull the plug on the Miami debacle. The league, which has begun its 20th season in a strong position, now has the ability to pick and choose expansion markets. David Beckham’s commitment to … Continue reading

4 ways Manchester City can give Barcelona a run for its money

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manuel-pellegrini

Manchester City’s recent league form has resembled the club’s constant struggles in Europe – lots of meaningless possession punctuated by defensive errors and eventual capitulation. Now Manuel Pellegrini faces Barcelona for the fourth time in thirteen months with his job … Continue reading

Manchester City’s problems go way beyond Manuel Pellegrini

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
manuel-pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure as Manchester City manager has been called into question after a series of indifferent performances that culminated in a 1-0 loss against Burnley on Saturday. The Chilean manager’s position, depending on what source you consider, is either safe or … Continue reading

Time for MLS to look beyond Miami for second Florida soccer team

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
orlando-city

The time for Major League Soccer to look past Miami and David Beckham has come to pass. Don Garber’s 45-day deadline is almost certain to come and go without a resolution in Miami’s favor. Thus the time has come to … Continue reading

Van Gaal’s big buys underwhelm, leaving Manchester United vulnerable

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
louis-van-gaal

Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United tenure appears to be getting rockier by the day. In hindsight, Monday’s 2-1 loss at Old Trafford to Arsenal in the FA Cup Sixth Round seems predictable given the recent performances of the Red Devils. … Continue reading

Orlando City 1-1 New York City FC match report; By Kartik Krishnaiyer

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orlando-nycfc

Florida has been kicked around by critics for years as a place where professional soccer could not thrive. But as I wrote on Thursday, things have changed in three major Florida markets. Foremost among them is Orlando who played its … Continue reading

Excitement for Orlando’s MLS debut embodies renewed passion for soccer throughout Florida

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
citrus-bowl

Florida has often been seen as a soccer backwater, mocked by critics and misunderstood by fans across the United States. However on Sunday, the eyes of the nation will be fixed on Orlando as new MLS entry Orlando City SC … Continue reading

NASL could suffer greatly due to MLS and its new CBA deal

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
NASL-Story

The new MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) appears to be a big victory for MLS players and for the league’s management. With four new expansion clubs having paid large fees to join the league and a new TV deal along … Continue reading

Orlando City fans hope Charleston journey is first of many away trips in next several weeks

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
orlando-city-fans

Last weekend, Orlando City’s supporters made their first road trip to a match since the club made the jump from third division USL PRO to Major League Soccer, following the conclusion of the 2014 campaign. The preseason trip to Charleston for … Continue reading

7 reasons Manchester City keeps getting exposed in the Champions League

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
etihad-stadium

Manchester City’s defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday was deja vu for most City supporters. Here are 7 reasons why Manchester City keeps getting exposed in the Champions League: 1- Tactical Naivety … Continue reading

9 reasons why the Premier League needs NBC for 2016-19 TV rights deal

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
nbc-epl-commitment

In the last year and a half, the Premier League has reached a new level of recognition and marketability in the United States. While to some it might appear this is simply part of a natural evolution toward more interest … Continue reading

FIFA’s Qatar decision will face backlash of growing club power

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
world-cup-germany-champions

FIFA’s pending announcement to officially announce that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be moved to November-December has already caused shockwaves throughout the sport. Most importantly perhaps is its impact on the European club calendar and the knock-on impact the … Continue reading

Instant replays not the solution after poor weekend of Premier League officiating

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
Referee Andre Marriner

The case for some sort of instant replay in the Premier League was made by Jose Mourinho on Sunday’s surprising appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday program. Following Kevin Friend’s shocking first half performance in Southampton’s loss at St … Continue reading

Pressure is on Wilfried Bony to make immediate impact against Newcastle and Barcelona

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
wilfried-bony

Wilfried Bony’s addition to the Manchester City lineup should help the Blues improve the rest of the season. But a question that will beg itself from here on out is whether the Ivorian striker is worth £28 million in January since City … Continue reading

Europa League Round of 32 ties make their mark with exciting start

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
EuropaLeague

With four arguably stale and largely predictable first leg ties in the books in the UEFA Champions League, continental focus shifted to the Europa League on Thursday. What the day threw up in terms of 16 different Round of 32 … Continue reading