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Author Archives: Matt Lichtenstadter

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
shane

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
brendan-rodgers

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
brendan-rodgers

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

4 Ways That Tottenham Hotspur Can Resolve Their Current Cyclical Crisis

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
white-hart-lane

“Club in crisis” is a broadsheet headline that sells many papers but doesn’t really tell us much since every club is seemingly in crisis at every moment. However, while Tottenham Hotspur isn’t in crisis in that sense, the atmosphere around … Continue reading

Southampton’s Stunning Form And League Position Are Certainly No Fluke

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Last year Southampton were the apple of the Premier League’s eye under Mauricio Pochettino with all of the homegrown English talent they produced. Under manager Ronald Koeman, with much of that talent now at other Premier League squads, the Saints … Continue reading

Bradley Wright-Phillips Continues to do the Business for New York Red Bulls

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Chris Wondolowski and Roy Lassiter hold the joint record for the top scorer in a MLS season with 27 goals. Now Bradley Wright-Phillips has joined them after last night’s emphatic 2-0 away win against Sporting KC. In a season where the … Continue reading

Spurs Supporters Need To Give Mauricio Pochettino Time And Patience

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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For any Tottenham Hotspur fan, it must be extremely frustrating to lose to Newcastle United at home, especially on the day the club honored Bill Nicholson. For far too long these matches have been the club’s Achilles heel, and it’s almost … Continue reading

Do You Support Team Garber or Team Klinsmann?

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
burnley

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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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