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.
Why Chelsea’s best chance of a top 4 finish is to sack Jose Mourinho
Why Chelsea’s best chance of a top 4 finish is to sack Jose Mourinho

Chelsea’s start to the Premier League season, which has seen the west London club lose two of its last three home matches in the league and drop four of the last seven overall in league play, is the worst start for a defending champion in memory. Manager Jose Mourinho’s 7-minute […]

How a Group Stage exit for Arsenal can help the team’s title aspirations
How a Group Stage exit for Arsenal can help the team’s title aspirations

Arsenal’s 3-2 setback against Olympiacos at the Emirates on Tuesday set off the usual alarm bells among Gunners supporters as well as the annual ‘bash Arsene Wenger’ circus that ensues after the club puts up a result like this. Once again, the calls for Wenger’s sacking from some quarters are […]

Why US Soccer should consider eliminating designations for D1, D2 and D3
Why US Soccer should consider eliminating designations for D1, D2 and D3

The continuing battle being waged publicly over the value of Division 1 sanctioning within the US Soccer pyramid has the making of the start of another “soccer war,” which the sport in North America can scarcely afford. While many fans of the game in the United States and Canada simply […]

Pique and McClean episodes show the ugly side of Spanish and English fandom
Pique and McClean episodes show the ugly side of Spanish and English fandom

Nationalism continues to rear its ugly head among soccer fans in Western Europe. While media coverage is extensive of any hint of racism, fascism or right-wing political behavior around matches in Eastern Europe, often times the ugliness in England and Spain is ignored. Spain and England have become more accommodating […]

NASL pursuing litigation against US Soccer; Here’s how it might play out
NASL pursuing litigation against US Soccer; Here’s how it might play out

On Monday, The Financial Times newspaper reported that the second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL) has launched a legal case against the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) regarding first division sanctioning. In a nation without promotion and relegation, USSF is able to create arbitrary standards with the first-tier league MLS to determine […]

The changing relationship between MLS, NASL and USL
The changing relationship between MLS, NASL and USL

This week’s episode of Divers and Cheats focused its discussion on the NASL, USL and MLS, and it created more buzz on social media than any of our previous three shows. The change in tact by the NASL since 2012 is striking. The mission statement of the league in the 2012 media guide […]

New York Cosmos and NASL need to stop focusing on MLS competition
New York Cosmos and NASL need to stop focusing on MLS competition

This week, The Guardian newspaper was able to score a rare interview with New York Cosmos owner Seamus O’Brien regarding the future of the iconic soccer brand he leads in the United States. O’Brien purchased the Cosmos in 2012 soon after opting to join the second-tier North American Soccer League […]

Manchester City’s strong start to the season a direct result of Raheem Sterling
Manchester City’s strong start to the season a direct result of Raheem Sterling

Many a pundit and fan has cast Raheem Sterling, Manchester City’s £49 million man, as this season’s pantomime villain in the Premier League. Sterling’s demand of a move away from Liverpool, which is historically a more successful club than City and his schemes to force the move, made Sterling’s transfer one […]

Has Jose Mourinho finally worn out his welcome in England?
Has Jose Mourinho finally worn out his welcome in England?

For years, Jose Mourinho has mesmerized the British press with both clever catchphrases and insensitive remarks. As the master of mind games, the Chelsea manager has used the media as an ally to get under the skin of opposing managers and players. Even while media in other countries appeared dubious about […]

NASL’s Bill Peterson moves promotion/relegation conversation forward
NASL’s Bill Peterson moves promotion/relegation conversation forward

NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson gave a wide-ranging interview on an array of topics related to the second division in the United States and Canada to The Telegraph newspaper this week. The most talked about and controversial comments by Peterson relate to promotion and relegation within the league system in North […]

Jamaica’s Gold Cup form typifies improvement made throughout Caribbean
Jamaica’s Gold Cup form typifies improvement made throughout Caribbean

While some American soccer pundits and fans were quick to write-off Jamaica as a CONCACAF “minnow” that should have been easily dispatched by the US in the Gold Cup semifinals, the reality about this new version of the Reggae Boyz is actually quite different. Jamaica boasts nine players featuring in […]