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Author Archives: Matt Lichtenstadter

USMNT can finally look at positives after 2-0 victory against Mexico

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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The best news for a US Men’s National Team desperate for good news is that the biggest story emerging from their friendly encounter with Mexico was not the disaster that was the Alamodome turf. Instead, the story can be how … Continue reading

Derby result proves that Manchester United are rising while City are falling fast

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
manchester-united-manchester-city

Derbies can often times be the culmination of trends; the apex of stories bubbling up waiting to explode. The Manchester Derby today was no exception. Watching Manchester United simple tear Manchester City to shreds after Sergio Aguero’s early opener confirmed … Continue reading

Tim Sherwood must forget Tottenham Hotspur tenure and focus on Aston Villa’s survival

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
timmy sher

If it wasn’t for the Manchester Derby on Sunday, Tim Sherwood’s return to White Hart Lane would be getting even more play than it already has. Sherwood’s Aston Villa are in a relegation dogfight, where Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs feel resigned … Continue reading

Montreal’s Champions League success would enhance MLS credentials

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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The Montreal Impact exercised some long held demons last night by advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League final, becoming the first Major League Soccer team to do so since Real Salt Lake in 2011 and only the second since the … Continue reading

Manchester City need an overhaul to reassert title credentials

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
man city

Manchester City’s 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park all but marked the end of their title defense. They looked lethargic, slow, and lacking energy against a team that had little to play for other than protecting their role … Continue reading

Euro 2016 qualifying rounds are captivating to watch

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
bale wales

With the Euros expanded to 24 for the next tournament in France, this was the cue for many to call out qualifying for the tournament, with some calling it “academic” and “boring”. To the surprise of so many, not only … Continue reading

USMNT must rectify second half fadeouts

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Every Nicklas Bendtner joke aside (and there are a cavalcade of them to be made), it’s another game for the United States that has brought up more questions than answers. It’s still early in a World Cup cycle, and the … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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