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Author Archives: Matt Lichtenstadter

Juan Mata showcases why he’s becoming a necessity for Manchester United

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
juan-mata

It cost Manchester United £37.1 million to buy Juan Mata from Chelsea in January of last year. He didn’t fit in well in the tactical system of David Moyes, and he has mainly been on the periphery of Louis Van … Continue reading

Major talking points; Liverpool vs. Manchester United

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Anfield View

It seems as if it was eons ago when Liverpool lost 3-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford back in December. Manchester United (as has been the story of their season), were clinical with their chances, while Liverpool had large … Continue reading

Man United show best form at perfect time of the season against Spurs

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Rooney

Recently, Manchester United had done nothing to inspire confidence. They had been winning games, but winning games in spite of themselves. They were lethargic, slow, lacking ideas in the final third, and the elimination from the FA Cup at the … Continue reading

Chelsea’s Champions League exit will overshadow their probable Premier League success

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
chelsea-psg

Chelsea were supposed to be the great English hope for lifting the Champions League trophy in Berlin in June. Now, they’ve crashed out spectacularly at the hands of the team they sucker punched last year in the quarter-finals. A trophy … Continue reading

Manchester United can have no complaints if they fail to make top four

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louis-van-gaal

When Manchester United hired Louis Van Gaal, it seemed like just the right man at just the right time was being brought in to right the rudderless ship that was Manchester United last season. Now more than six months into … Continue reading

Medical team should be praised for how they handled Bafetimbi Gomis scare

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swansea gomis

Tottenham’s opening goal against Swansea City was beautiful, but that was quickly overshadowed by what happened after they scored. Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis appeared to faint at the edge of the center circle, leading to six nervous minutes when everyone at … Continue reading

The five-year CBA deal in MLS is an important step to ensuring future growth

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Barely 48 hours before Chicago takes on the LA Galaxy in Carson, MLS and the Major League Soccer Players Association have agreed to a five-year long Collective Bargaining Agreement. Just two days ago, it looked like this deal would never … Continue reading

Tottenham Hotspur have cause for optimism despite League Cup final defeat

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
spurs

The Capital One Cup final was revenge for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, as they almost totally neutered Tottenham’s few advances and took advantage of their mental errors and injuries while cruising to a 2-0 win. Chelsea showed their experience, nous, … Continue reading

Chelsea vs Spurs, Capital One Cup Final preview

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capital-one-cup-final

The last time Tottenham hoisted a trophy, it was just a shade more than 7 years ago. Their opponent: Chelsea. A 2-1 win in extra time in the 2008 League Cup Final was a crowning moment for Juande Ramos (who … Continue reading

Reasons why the English Premier League teams are suffering in Europe

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gunn

The Premier League is regarded by so many as the best league in world soccer. But why then do Premier League teams struggle so much when they take their game to the continent? The English flag is being flown the … Continue reading

It’s time for Manchester City to stand up and deliver in Europe

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manchester-city

When Manuel Pellegrini was hired by Manchester City, he was charged with bringing stability to a squad that had little of it, and take the Etihad club to new heights. In his first season, he won a double, which included … Continue reading

Poor officiating overshadows a weekend of exciting Premier League soccer

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kevin-friend

If it wasn’t abundantly clear before this weekend, it should be now. The referees of the English Premier League are detracting from an otherwise great season of soccer. Normally when a team like Burnley steals points from a team like … Continue reading

Tim Sherwood’s claim to have a Tottenham Hotspur legacy is laughable

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tim-sherwood

Tim Sherwood thinks he has a legacy. How cute. Yes, he introduced the world to Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane. For that, we should all be thankful. Yes, he won many games as Tottenham Hotspur manager, but had just as … Continue reading

The predicament facing Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur as they juggle domestic and European duties

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For Spurs, their Europa League campaign continues Thursday against Fiorentina. For Liverpool, another campaign begins at Anfield against Besiktas. Both are in similar league positions, form, and a similar predicament – how seriously do we take the Europa League when … Continue reading

Patience is key with the USMNT given that it’s the start of a new cycle

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michael-bradley

Through all of the arguments about fitness, Jurgen Klinsmann himself, his tactics, how the US “should” play soccer, all of it, the popular narrative has missed a critical point: It’s February of 2015. It’s the beginning of a cycle, the … Continue reading

Mauricio Pochettino deserves immense credit for Tottenham Hotspurs’ emphatic form

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poche

Among all of the hysteria surrounding a derby day win against Arsenal, and the plaudits seemingly going to one man named Harry Kane, there is another who has been shunned from the limelight – Mauricio Pochettino. He deserves as much … Continue reading

Spurs-Arsenal derby could be best in recent history

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Derby games are sometimes cagey affairs with far more interesting events happening in the stands than on the pitch. The last four North London derbies have been like that. Two 1-0 wins for Arsenal, a 2-0 win in the FA … Continue reading

Tactical lessons learned from Chile 3-2 US Men’s National Team

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Rumors had been spreading throughout January that Jurgen Klinsmann would implement a 3-5-2 formation when the US took on Chile in Rancagua. The lineup that was sent out Wednesday validated those rumors. Klinsmann has always been a fan of pushing players … Continue reading