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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.

Rene Meulensteen sees bright future ahead for US Soccer but improvements needed

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Rene Meulensteen played an integral part in four Premier League title winning teams at Manchester United during his tenure as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager from 2007 to 2013. He briefly served as Head Coach of Fulham during the 2013-14 season and achieved … Continue reading

Why Rescuing Jermain Defoe From MLS Is Good Business for Sunderland

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jermain-defoe

With the January transfer window open, here’s my column to sort through all of the good buys and bad buys in this calendar month as clubs across Europe attempt to add depth to their squad while others look for a … Continue reading

More Questions Remain Than Answers at Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League made a splash on Wednesday by unveiling Brazilian legend Ronaldo as a part-owner and potential player. The Strikers got an international and national publicity bump out of the announcement. Ronaldo … Continue reading

Harry Redknapp’s Excuses and Lack of Tactical Acumen Bringing QPR Down

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Harry Redknapp continues to be in a state of denial about the true shape of his Queen Park Rangers side. The expensively assembled group of players have underachieved and lacked real squad cohesion away from home all season. Having been … Continue reading

Why John Carver Deserves the Permanent Newcastle United Manager Job

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John Carver is the perfect person to lead Newcastle United at this tumultuous time. A Geordie who understands the club, worked side-by-side with Sir Bobby Robson and had high-level head coaching experience in Major League Soccer, Carver seems uniquely poised … Continue reading

Why Manchester City May Ultimately Regret Signing Wilfried Bony

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wilfried-bony

With the January transfer window open, here’s my column to sort through all of the good buys and bad buys in this calendar month as clubs across Europe attempt to add depth to their squad while others look for a … Continue reading

Similar to Chelsea, Manchester City Now Faces Squad Conundrum

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manchester-city

Manchester City are beginning to run into the same squad limit problems Chelsea has faced for several seasons now. Beginning in the 2010-11 season, the Premier League required all sides to register at least eight homegrown players if they wanted … Continue reading

The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Shrewd Changes Should Ensure Immediate Success in 2015

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have made big changes since the end of the 2014 North American Soccer League season. Coming off a season where the team struggled, new management has quickly made several moves, including a raid on the rival … Continue reading

How the Over-Protective US Soccer Media Skews MLS Coverage

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Frank Lampard gets giant "Welcome To New York City" billboard

Let me be the first to admit that objective journalism in the world of US soccer is difficult. Those who love the sport in this country and want to see it succeed tend to become cheerleaders for the US men’s … Continue reading

Comparisons Between Lampard and Gerrard Continue to Run Deep Both On And Off the Field

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It is no small irony that after 24 hours of headlines about Frank Lampard that the spotlight has passed to Steven Gerrard.  After all, it’s these two players who are forever inextricably linked in the minds of a generation of fans … Continue reading

Jose Mourinho’s Mind Games Backfire As Chelsea’s 8-Point Lead Is Erased

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Imparting a culture of victimization in his players is an old Jose Mourinho trick. An equally old trick of The Special One is to use the media to his advantage planting statements that give his side in an edge in … Continue reading

West Bromwich’s Ability to Hire Tony Pulis as Head Coach is a Coup for Midlands Club

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For years, it has seemed that West Bromwich Albion was content to be either a yo-yo club or barely scraping by to avoid relegation. Steve Clarke raised the club to unseen heights in the Premier League era finishing 8th in … Continue reading

What Frank Lampard’s Deal Means for NYCFC, MLS, Manchester City and the Player

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Call it the New Year’s Eve Earthquake. The reaction to the news that Manchester City has decided to keep Frank Lampard until the end of the European season sent shockwaves through social media and the American soccer community this afternoon. But … Continue reading

Return of Sam Vokes Will Boost Burnley’s Chances of Avoiding Relegation

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Many pundits predicted that Sean Dyche’s Burnley team would be among the worst in Premier League history. Following promotion to England’s top flight, the Clarets sticked to a tried and tested (and wise) economic model, spending very little money and … Continue reading

How James Milner Playing as a False 9 Has Helped Manchester City Score More Goals

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‘Strikers are meant to score goals,’ the lazy adage goes. For years, fans were subjected to the British press’ mocking of Emile Heskey ‘s inclusion in the England squad even though clear evidence existed that England scored more goals and … Continue reading

What if Martin O’Neill Had Stayed at Aston Villa? Could They Have Won the Title?

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Martin O'Neill - Barclays Manager of the Month - April 2010

The decline of Premier League as a force in European football has been on display for the world to see since the 2009-10 season. That campaign was also the final season in a three-year run where Martin O’Neill guided a … Continue reading

What MLS Fans Can Expect From New Houston Dynamo Coach Owen Coyle

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Former Burnley, Bolton and Wigan manager Owen Coyle was named Head Coach of the Houston Dynamo earlier this month. Coyle replaces Dom Kinnear who is the only manager the Major League Soccer outfit has had since relocating from San Jose … Continue reading

Book Review of ‘The Game Of Our Lives’ by David Goldblatt

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It is difficult to describe in words what an outstanding storyteller and incomparable researcher David Goldblatt is. Following up on his remarkable works Futebol Nation and The Ball is Round, Goldblatt has tackled a topic few have managed to truly understand. … Continue reading