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Author Archives: Richard Farley

Separating Seattle’s Fiasco From The Debate About Turf

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Sunday night’s game between Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field looked like the aftermath of a tire fire, and thanks to a national broadcast, everybody online took note. When the Sounders kicked off ESPN2′s Sunday night game, the … Continue reading

4 Reasons Behind MLS’s All-Star Success

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Red bricks rise toward the sun at dusk, the steps at Pioneer Square’s south and west becoming amphitheater benches when movies play across from the courthouse. When the farmers’ market or weekday lunch crowds relinquish control, the … Continue reading

Mexico And Andres Guardado: The Ups And Downs of El Tri And Its Forgotten Star

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Not so long ago, Andrés Guardado was the most notable Mexican in the club game. Given what’s happened over the last four years, the memory’s been relegated to a footnote, but the span is still there: A small window in … Continue reading

England vs. Italy: Wayne Rooney’s Chance to Transcend Stardom, Embrace Legend

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Wayne Rooney’s match-winner against Ukraine seemed to temper a meaningful critical review of his return. Rusty with his first touch and flashing a footballing mind working quicker than his out-of-practice reflexes, the tournament debit showed he wasn’t far from being … Continue reading

Quarterfinal Run Shows England Can Transcend Hodgson’s Flawed Approach

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Nothing ruins joyous occasion like dour tactics. They can’t overshadow another call for goal line technology, but they obscure Wayne Rooney’s return. They can also put a rousing performance from John Terry on the backburner. Regressing to the approach he … Continue reading

Where Will Wayne Rooney Play for England Against Ukraine?

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Even if Wayne Rooney was available, England would have been happy with four points from their first two group games. And given their inexplicable reverence for a France (as if France weren’t a team that flamed out of the last … Continue reading

Walcott Makes Case for England Start With Inspired Performance Against Sweden

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While it’s a slight exaggeration to say Theo Walcott changed Friday’s game, he certainly defined it. Coming on in the 61st minute, Walcott’s third touch of the match bent the back of Andreas Isaksson’s net. Seventeen minutes later, Walcott blew … Continue reading

Beyond Zlatan: The Swede that Can Team with Ibrahimovic to Sink England

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It’s only recently that congestion in the midfield of French power Olympique Lyonnais finally cleared up, leaving Sweden international Kim Kallstrom as an unlikely last man standing. Four years ago, when free kick specialist Juninho Pernambucano was ending a You … Continue reading

Defense In Place, How Does England Pave a Way Forward?

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Those who kept reminding us about France’s talent forgot to mention inexperience. Franck Ribery and Florent Malouda have been mainstays for some time, but amongst the other key contributors to Les Bleus’ attack, there’s no big tournament experience. Karim Benzema … Continue reading

Revealed: England’s Combination That Could Be Their Best Chance to Beat France — Richard Farley

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Is it too much to suggest the difference between Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Stewart Downing could decide England’s first match? Of course it is. Questions like that are excessively incendiary, particularly when leaned on as leads for blog posts. Accept my … Continue reading

Get Kroenke In Here (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

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Despite a top of the table that’s providing little reason for conversation, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna have plenty to discuss on this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast. In the hours before the show went to tape, Stan … Continue reading

Surprises and Disappointments; DDR and RSL: Major League Soccer Talk Podcast

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On this edition of the Major League Soccer Talk Podcast, co-host Richard Farley returns to join partner Christopher Riordan, giving the duo a chance to take an early look back on their preseason picks, using the season’s first few weeks … Continue reading

Up and Running: Major League Soccer Talk Podcast

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With Richard Farley lost somewhere along the West Coast (yet still able to write this post), your regular co-host Christopher Riordan welcomes Kevin McCauley back to the show just in time for the upcoming Major League Soccer weekend. But before … Continue reading

Using The Full Squad (Mid-Week Review, Weekend Preview): EPL Talk Podcast

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The English Premier League put two more clubs through to the quarterfinals of UEFA Champions League, with mid-week action seeing Manchester United and Chelsea qualify for the final eight. They join Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Milan last week, by sending … Continue reading

The Heads Of The Packs (Season Preview, Part III): Major League Soccer Talk Podcast

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It’s the third and final part of the Major League Soccer Talk Podcast, where myself and co-host Christopher Riordan talk about the teams in each conference we see finishing in the top three. In both the Eastern and Western circuits … Continue reading

The Wrong Kind of Money (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

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Manchesters City and United are slated to meet in the FA Cup semifinals after weekend victories over Reading and Arsenal, with the Royals putting up the better fight. The Gunners were unable to get past a patchwork United side, leaving … Continue reading

EPL Talk Podcast Live Show, Open Thread: FA Cup, Down To Four

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Wins by Manchester United and City have set up a derby in the FA Cup semifinals, though the story of the weekend will be the Gunners, who saw an exit to a third competition in two weeks in failing to … Continue reading

Talkin’ In The Play Ins: Major League Soccer Talk Podcast

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In part two of our season preview, Christopher Riordan and myself take a few minutes to focus on the play-in, wild-card, preliminary, extra, new, another tier of playoffs – why not? – round of Major League Soccer’s postseason cup tournament. … Continue reading