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Author Archives: Nathan Nipper

FC Dallas defeats Houston Dynamo 2-0 in Texas derby [VIDEO]

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Friday night’s Texas derby leg of MLS rivalry week was marked by incessant rain, six yellow cards (three for each team), and plenty of scoring chances for both sides.  FC Dallas won the first 2015 meeting between these growing rivals … Continue reading

FC Dallas leave it late to defeat LA Galaxy 2-1

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LA Galaxy traveled to Frisco to face FC Dallas Saturday night in the first 2015 meeting between the Western Conference foes. Both teams had unbeaten streaks entering the match (LA with five, FC Dallas with three), yet both teams are … Continue reading

Colorado Rapids score late to earn 1-1 draw against 10-man FC Dallas

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The Colorado Rapids hosted FC Dallas in the physical and controversial second game of the MLS Friday night double-header. The teams met just two weeks ago at FC Dallas where the Rapids won 4-0 in what is their only win … Continue reading

FC Dallas holds on for 3-2 win over Toronto FC after 3 hour rain delay

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After losing 4-0 at home to the Colorado Rapids last week, FC Dallas wasted no time trying to regain form as they scored just 30 seconds into their match against Toronto FC, a match that started Saturday night but ended … Continue reading

Colorado Rapids earn first win of season with emphatic 4-0 win against Dallas [VIDEO]

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Colorado Rapids snapped their long winless and scoreless streak in style, shocking FC Dallas with a 4-0 win in Frisco in the MLS Friday night match. FC Dallas might have known they were in for a long evening against the … Continue reading

Portland earns first win of season, ending FC Dallas’ undefeated streak

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FC Dallas arrived in Portland Saturday night with the best record in MLS (3 wins, 1 draw).  Dallas has never won in Portland however, and that streak continued as the Timbers felled Dallas 3-1 in an overall fast, physical battle … Continue reading

FC Dallas stays atop MLS despite red card and draw against Seattle Sounders

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Saturday night in Frisco, Texas marked the first meeting between FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders FC since the teams’ intense two-legged clash in the 2014 Western Conference Semifinals. The 1-1 aggregate score last November saw Dallas eliminated and Seattle advance … Continue reading

FIFA’s reluctance to rectify construction working conditions ahead of Qatar 2022 is disgraceful

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FIFA’s recent announcement that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place in November/December just undermines what everyone who lives outside of FIFA headquarters knows – that the World Cup never should have been awarded to Qatar in the … Continue reading

FC Dallas’ Season Ended By Seattle Sounders; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders on Monday night was just what the doctor ordered after a weekend of relative blowouts in the other three MLS Playoff Conference Semifinals. If 0-0 draws can be considered classics, the Dallas and Sounders clash … Continue reading

Men In Blazers TV Show Reviewed: The Mystery Science Theater of Soccer

Posted on by Nathan Nipper
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I am a big fan of Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, better known as the Men in Blazers.  Like many soccer fans, I discovered their terrific podcast on Grantland two years ago and haven’t missed an episode since.  Their appreciation … Continue reading

Chelsea vs Leicester City Player Ratings

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Despite Leicester City being the more aggressive, hungrier-looking team in the first half, Chelsea sparked to life in the second half, finding goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard for a 2-0 home win. As for individual performances, here are … Continue reading

Chelsea 2014/15 Season Preview: Crunch Time For Jose Mourinho

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The honeymoon period is over for manager Jose Mourinho in his second stint at Chelsea.  Last season, Chelsea fans serenaded the Special One at virtually every match, celebrating the return of supposed stability at the club after the wacky stretch … Continue reading

An Argument For Watching MLS Now That The World Cup Has Ended

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The World Cup is over and yes, it’s depressing. While no league in the world can truly match the amazing month-long festival of soccer that is the World Cup, America has an immediate outlet where fans can get their soccer … Continue reading

Where The USA Men’s National Team Goes From Here

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Now that the U.S. has, once again, exited the World Cup in the Round of 16, American soccer aficionados are in the self-reflective, hand wringing stage of sports grief.  We’re asking ourselves what went wrong?  What could we have done … Continue reading

America Dares to Dream About the World Cup

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Call it World Cup fever. Call it “I Believe That We Will Win” fervor, or just call me crazy, but if there was ever a World Cup the United States could actually win, Brazil 2014 is it. When you’ve recovered … Continue reading

Bosnia Elimination Should Renew Calls to FIFA For Instant Replay

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In the first half of Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight, Edin Dzeko ran onto a terrific through-ball and beat Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama with a precise finishing shot.  The offside flag went up late and the goal was disallowed.  … Continue reading

Turning Point for American Soccer: World Cup USA ‘94

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If the United States had not hosted the 1994 World Cup, America might still be in the Stone Age, soccer-wise.  With the Brazil 2014 World Cup imminent and the comprehensive ESPN presentation of the tournament that viewers in the U.S. … Continue reading

After Another Scintillating Start, Is FC Dallas For Real This Season?

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At the beginning of the 2013 MLS season, FC Dallas surprised fans and pundits with their quick start. After the first month of the season, Dallas had a league-leading 12 points with four wins and a single loss. By the … Continue reading