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Author Archives: Matt Lichtenstadter

Do You Support Team Garber or Team Klinsmann?

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
mls-soccer

Whether it’s promotion and relegation, or major USMNT players leaving Europe for the riches of MLS, Jurgen Klinsmann has taken numerous whacks at Don Garber’s piñata recently. And Mr. Garber, desperate not to lose any PR or standing in the … Continue reading

Landon Donovan’s Final USMNT Game Will Celebrate a Legend

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landon-donovan

Since Landon Donovan’s final USMNT game is Friday night in East Hartford, CT, it’s time to talk about legacies. Yes, the well will certainly run dry on this topic in short order, but before it goes as bare as the … Continue reading

Burnley’s August-September Progress Report

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Life is often hard for a promoted team, and Turf Moor has seen some hard times so far. The Scott Arfield stunner against Chelsea feels as if it was eons ago as the Clarets find life under the lights to … Continue reading

Predicted Lineups – Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Derbies are brutal. This isn’t breaking news, but derbies are games that are woefully brutal on the supporters leading up to the match, and the games rarely live up to the pre-match hype. It’s not a stretch to say that … Continue reading

Tottenham Hotspur’s August-September Progress Report

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mauricio-pochettino

If I was being my most Tottenham Hotspur and most cynical, the progress report would be short and only need a handful of words: “Tim Sherwood is gone, we made progress by default”. But, since I dare not be disingenuous … Continue reading

Who Is The MVP? A Breakdown Of The Most Valuable Player In Each BPL Team

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The team crests for this season's Premier League

Each Premier League club is where it is thanks to contributions from a whole heap of players, but there are some that are greater among equals. That’s what this is about: trying to find the most valuable player for each … Continue reading

Tottenham 2014/15 Season Preview: Pochettino Adds Optimism to Spurs

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mauricio-pochettino

Despite a rocky first half of the season with Andre Villas-Boas sacked in December, Tottenham was able to finish the season under head coach Tim Sherwood before he too was sacked. His replacement, Mauricio Pochettino has the unenviable task of … Continue reading

Top 5 Best and Worst Transfers in Europe Thus Far

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The transfer window still has nearly a month to go before it shuts, but there’s never a bad time to look back and the good, bad and ugly of clubs spending money for the sake of it. So it’s time … Continue reading

Southampton Becomes the Premier League’s Version of Udinese; A Selling Club

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Southampton Football Club’s squad of star players has been practically stripped bare by this summer’s transfer market. In many ways, it’s incredibly sad to see a good club rise the way they did only to be torn down. The changes … Continue reading

Jurgen Klinsmann And His Role In Germany’s 2014 World Cup Win

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Klinsmann With Big Choices To Make

Jurgen Klinsmann is a legend of German football, as a player. As a coach, his reputation may be more notable for the 3rd place finish in Germany’s own World Cup 8 years ago, and the spectacular flameout at Bayern Munich … Continue reading

The USA Men’s National Team: “A Better Version of Ourselves”

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Postgame yesterday, Alexi Lalas said this about the recently eliminated US National Team: “They are a better version of ourselves”. He’s absolutely right, whatever that means. What does that mean, and what does that mean for U.S. Soccer going forward? … Continue reading

How the USA Can Defeat Belgium According to a Belgian Expert

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In advance of the US-Belgium game tomorrow, almost everyone has an opinion on the game and both teams from a Stars and Stripes perspective. Very few have been able to get the Belgian perspective, so here’s an interview about the … Continue reading

Miguel Herrera’s Changes Backfire As Mexico Crash Out of World Cup

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Mexico had become a darling of this World Cup of surprises, and Miguel Herrera had become a darling because of his antics. Mexican soccer was back, and with every bit of optimism surrounding the camp they thought they could finally … Continue reading

England Need to Develop Talent at the Youth Level to Succeed in the Future

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Flash back to 2000. Fresh off a 3-0 defeat to Portugal and only 1 point in the group stage, Germany were left reeling only 4 years after winning the competition. Immediately questions were asked about how and why this could … Continue reading

Costa Rica’s World Cup Dreams Are Showing No Signs Of Stopping

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Twenty four years ago on this day, Costa Rica beat Scotland to advance to the Round of 16 at Italia ’90. Fittingly, on the same June 20th on the calendar, Costa Rica produced another historic scalp. Costa Rica, a team … Continue reading

Mexico Control Fate as El Tri Head into Croatia Game

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Mexico has made at least the knockout round in every World Cup since 1994, and once again will attempt to in a winner-take-all game against Croatia in Recife. Unlike Mexico’s previous two games, one against arguably the worst team in … Continue reading

Mexico Restores Belief In El Tri Once Again As Soccer Power After Draw Against Brazil

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Mexico

El Tri has no fear against Brazil. Whether it was the 2003 Gold Cup Final, the 2011 U-17 World Cup Final, the Final of the 2012 Olympics, or almost any time these two teams face each other, there is no … Continue reading

Will This Be Messi and Argentina’s World Cup?

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Lionel Messi has won almost everything in the world of football. He’s won every domestic honor in Spain, the Champions League twice, the Ballon D’Or, and the honor of his name maybe being the most famous in all of football … Continue reading