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Author Archives: Nathan Nipper

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

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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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MLS

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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Dzeko onside

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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FC Dallas

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

FC Dallas 0-1 Stoke City: Mark Hughes’s Attacking Tactics Are A Work In Progress

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In Friday’s press conference at FC Dallas Stadium, new Stoke City manager Mark Hughes confirmed his desire to help his new club play a more “progressive” style than the straight ahead, defensive style they’re known for, without getting rid of … Continue reading

Stoke City Focusing On Attacking Mindset On US Preseason Tour

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes, striker Peter Crouch and US defender Geoff Cameron attended a press conference yesterday evening at FC Dallas Stadium ahead of their preseason friendly tonight versus FC Dallas. The trio discussed a number of topics relating … Continue reading

One Night Ticket to Jerry World’s Gold Cup Soccer Fiesta, Semi-Final Style

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Gold Cup US Honduras Soccer

It’s not every day that you get a chance to attend two international semifinals on the same night, in the same stadium.  Wednesday evening was a rare soccer spectacular at Cowboys Stadium, aka Jerry World, in Arlington, Texas, just a … Continue reading

Why The New Manchester City-Backed MLS Franchise Shouldn’t Be in New York City

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As much good work as MLS Commissioner Don Garber has done for MLS in the United States, he occasionally makes American soccer fans scratch their collective heads, like with his recent comment that there’s way too much soccer on television.  … Continue reading

Why Brek Shea’s Transfer to Stoke City is a Catch-22 For American Soccer Fans

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Brek Shea was the face of FC Dallas the past two seasons, but now — pending international clearance — he will play for Stoke City.  I’m glad for Shea.  It’s always good to see American players get a shot in … Continue reading

Why Jozy Altidore’s Omission From The US National Team is a Good Thing

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This week some American soccer fans have decried Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to leave Jozy Altidore off the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala.  Altidore’s omission is a wise … Continue reading

If Clint Dempsey Leaves Fulham, Who Should Replace Him?

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There is much speculation about which team may acquire American Clint Dempsey from Fulham at the end of this season.  Arsenal is one of the latest teams rumored to be interested in him.  Dempsey is in high demand after scoring … Continue reading

Why the Premier League Should Embrace Officiating Technology

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Controversial calls have been a prominent feature of the Premier League this season. Barely a week goes by without claims of a diving incident, debatable red cards, or phantom goals. Of course this often irritates fans, particularly if your team … Continue reading

Why Mourinho Shouldn’t Be Chelsea’s Next Manager (And Who Should Be)

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In the brief period since Andre Villas-Boas’s dismissal as Chelsea manager, there has already been an entertaining array of names floated in the press as potential replacements. First it was former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez. Then of … Continue reading