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Author Archives: Matt Lichtenstadter

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

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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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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

How Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup Squad Decisions Mirror Germany 2006

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It’s not just Landon Donovan’s exclusion from the US 23-man squad for Brazil that should make people take notice. It’s far deeper than that. Jurgen Klinsmann is taking his formula from years gone by and updating it, just wearing different … Continue reading

Predicting The Roster For USMNT’s Pre-World Cup Friendlies

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The only games that separate the US from their World Cup opener with Ghana in Brazil are three international friendlies. Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 30 players into camp before the game against Azerbaijan, and there are many questions as to … Continue reading

As Bad As It Is, FOX Sports’ Soccer Coverage Is Here To Stay

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Here’s a statement that may send shockwaves throughout the United States soccer-loving community: FOX is not good at covering soccer. Although FOX has played a major role in the growth of soccer in the States for many years, their coverage … Continue reading

Is No News Good News For David Beckham And Don Garber In Miami?

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David Beckham exercising the option in his contract to purchase an MLS expansion franchise is old news. It’s also old news that he was going to do this in Miami, which is apparently his adopted home now. But today’s “big … Continue reading

Bradley, Defoe and Dempsey Signings Signal Next Chapter Of MLS Growth

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Toronto FC put seven years of complete and utter futility behind them on Monday by announcing the signings of Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe in the same press conference. It doesn’t erase it, but now it’s not at the forefront … Continue reading

Why It’s Time For England To Accept Change And Begin Naturalizing Footballers

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Adnan Januzaj is the latest youth sensation to sweep the Premier League, and his two goals against Sunderland made everyone take notice, even the English FA. They have been in contact with David Moyes about Januzaj’s potential eligibility when he … Continue reading