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Author Archives: Matt Lichtenstadter

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
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Start to 2015 MLS season hinges on solving the free agency dilemma

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
toronto-fc

Lost in the news of major DP signings and the Frank Lampard fiasco is MLS’ ongoing CBA negotiations. Now as teams begin preparations for the 2015 season, the war of words has begun on both sides. MLS’ current structure is … Continue reading

Sebastian Giovinco is Arguably The Most Important MLS Signing in Recent History

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Today quite possibly the most important player signing in MLS’ recent history was unveiled in Toronto. La formica atomica, Sebastian Giovinco was introduced as another marquee signing for the flagging Toronto FC. Last year it was a “bloody big deal” … Continue reading

U-20 US National Team Are Extremely Talented But Experiencing Problems

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Friday night I posted here that there is a bright future ahead of US Soccer based on the U-20 team that is attempting to qualify for its World Cup, and that still stands. The talent on that team is miles … Continue reading

Future of US Soccer Is Bright Based on Strong US U-20 Team

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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If there are frustrated fans of the US Men’s National Team looking for a beacon of light before the January camp gets underway, look to some younger Yanks in Jamaica. The CONCACAF U-20 qualification tournament for the 2015 U-20 World … Continue reading

6 Key Soccer Questions to Ponder Ahead of 2015

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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As the year 2014 winds down, it is a good time to look back at what was a pretty eventful year for the beautiful game. We saw transfer madness, the slip seen around the world, the bite(s) felt around the … Continue reading

Liverpool Replicating Tottenham Hotspur After A Spending Spree That Has Gone Awfully Wrong

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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When Brendan Rodgers was asked about his Liverpool side suffering the same fate as Spurs after their summer spending spree, he responded, “At Liverpool there’s a strategy behind what we are doing.” This was in July as Liverpool was completing the … Continue reading

Arsenal Fans Abusing Arsene Wenger Is Just Wrong [VIDEO]

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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It has not been a good season at the Emirates. They’re 13 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League, they have already been eliminated from the Capital One Cup, and they’re likely to finish second in an easy UEFA Champions League … Continue reading

USMNT Must Avoid A Letdown After Their Promising World Cup

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
Juergen Klinsmann

Usually in football when your recent form is two draws and two losses, questions start to be asked of the manager in question. But with the current US National Team, surprisingly that’s not the case. In a sport that is … Continue reading

Read Our Progress Report on Tottenham Hotspur’s Performances for October-November

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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It seems that I’ve written many Tottenham Hotspur progress report pieces since the last one came out on September 19th without actually calling it a “progress report”. They’ve more been referendums on the slog at White Hart Lane. But since this … Continue reading