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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.

Similar to Chelsea, Manchester City Now Faces Squad Conundrum

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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

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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

Read Our Progress Report on Manchester City’s Performances for October-November

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Manchester City had a difficult time between the two most recent international breaks. While on paper the squad looks impressive, the lack of depth especially given the financial outlay on many of these players is quite worrying. Sergio Aguero has … Continue reading

Evergreen Frank Lampard Continues To Show His Immense Worth To The Game

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Frank Lampard was supposed to be on holiday. Lampard, the consummate Londoner who has never played for a club north of the Watford Gap was simply thought to be keeping fit by training with the reigning Premier League Champions, Manchester … Continue reading

Beckham’s Miami FC Deal Complicated By Strikers Sale

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David Beckham announcing a MLS team being brought to Miami.

David Beckham’s continued difficulty in securing the long-term stadium deal he wants in Miami to start a new MLS franchise may have just gotten more complicated. On Friday, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL) … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Selling Danny Welbeck Makes Zero Sense For Manchester United

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All the headlines were about Manchester United capturing Radamel Falcao, while Arsenal merely “settled” again after missing bigger targets. But in my mind Arsenal has done a shrewd piece of business in acquiring Danny Welbeck for £16 million, while Manchester United’s … Continue reading

Mancunian Crisis (World Soccer Talk Review Podcast)

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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In this week’s pod the trio of Nick, Kartik and Nate are joined by Fox Sports David Mosse. The poor results for both Manchester clubs is discussed as well as Chelsea’s flying start and a possible European run for Swansea … Continue reading

Why Louis van Gaal May Be the Wrong Choice for Manchester United

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Louis Van Gaal’s “Red Devil Revolution” might have won over the British press quickly but how is he serving as an effective custodian of Manchester United’s future? David Moyes made an effort to transition properly to the next era of … Continue reading