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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.

Who will be the next Miguel Ibarra from NASL to play for USMNT?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
Miguel Ibarra

Jürgen Klinsmann’s scouting of NASL games and continued selection of Minnesota United’s Miguel Ibarra has fueled speculation as to who else in he US 2nd Division NASL could warrant a call-up to the US Men’s National Team squad. The first name … Continue reading

Why USL’s quest for US Soccer’s Division 2 status is problematic

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Tuesday’s news that USL will apply for Division 2 status shook up the US Soccer community. As the former Director of Communications for the North American Soccer League (NASL) when the league battled USL for D2 status in 2010 and … Continue reading

Manchester City’s over dependency on Yaya Toure is hurting the club

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
yaya-toure

For the third time in four seasons, Manchester City has experienced a decline in results during the months of January and February. Not so coincidently, these January/February plummets have occurred when Yaya Toure has been away on Africa Cup of Nations duty. … Continue reading

Klinsmann’s complaints about fitness of MLS players has validity but masks his own failings

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Juergen Klinsmann

US Head Coach and Technical Director Jürgen Klinsmann has made a habit out of challenging the established orthodoxies about Major League Soccer. His latest salvo involves match fitness of several of his US National Team players who ply their trade in … Continue reading

Why Juan Cuadrado may end up being a bad buy for Chelsea

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
juan-cuadrado

With the January transfer window now closed, here’s my column to sort through all of the good buys and bad buys from the deadline day as clubs across Europe attempted to add depth to their squad while others looked for a way … Continue reading

How Chelsea and Manchester City’s creative strategies of dealing with FFP differ

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chelsea-man-city

Manchester City and Chelsea are often cited as the two clubs that were inspirations for UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. The ownership of both clubs have been accused of “hurting football” thanks to big spending, and have been the … Continue reading

Questions arise about the growth of foreign ownership in US soccer

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The recent events regarding Frank Lampard have brought the question of foreign ownership in the U.S. professional soccer leagues back into the spotlight. The Lampard saga has highlighted a growing trend of investment from foreign owners into the United States professional … Continue reading

Arsenal making inroads in US with youth soccer summer camps

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
arsenal soccer schools usa

Arsenal has made an increasing commitment to the American market in recent years. The club toured the United States for the first time in almost 25 years in 2013 and has notably increased its marketing presence recently. Stan Kroenke, the club’s … Continue reading

Wigan fire sale sees Shaun Maloney and Ben Watson exit plus medical for Callum McManaman

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
wigan-athletic

With the news that Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman will have a medical tomorrow ahead of a move to West Bromwich Albion, the exodus from the 2013 FA Cup winning side has begun. In my weekly Good Buys/Bad Buys column, there … Continue reading

Manchester City is dangerously close to losing its soul as a playing club

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manchester-city-legends

Manchester City is veering dangerously close to completely losing its soul as a playing club despite the stated “holistic” approach of management. An English club that once upon a time fielded players almost entirely from the British Isles, the Blues … Continue reading

MLS holding Beckham to a downtown Miami-only stadium location makes zero sense

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David Beckham announcing a MLS team being brought to Miami.

Rumors continue to swirl both in South Florida and nationally about David Beckham’s plans regarding his proposed MLS team in Miami. The global superstar has run into numerous hurdles to build a stadium in the desired downtown location. Major League … Continue reading

Miami catching up with New York and Los Angeles as soccer media capital in US

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The Miami area has in the past few years quickly emerged as the third soccer media hub in the United States rivaling Los Angeles and New York. For a long time, the area hosted GolTV, which was the first national 24-hour … Continue reading

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

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rene-meulensteen

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

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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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

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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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

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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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

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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