4 Reasons Behind MLS’s All-Star Success
4 Reasons Behind MLS’s All-Star Success

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 40,000 square foot block between Morrison and Yamhill is split […]

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

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 his usual self, even if he clearly was not ready […]

Quarterfinal Run Shows England Can Transcend Hodgson’s Flawed Approach
Quarterfinal Run Shows England Can Transcend Hodgson’s Flawed Approach

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 employed versus France, Roy Hodgson again proved himself the most […]

Where Will Wayne Rooney Play for England Against Ukraine?
Where Will Wayne Rooney Play for England Against Ukraine?

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 World Cup), the Three Lions probably would not have approached […]

Walcott Makes Case for England Start With Inspired Performance Against Sweden
Walcott Makes Case for England Start With Inspired Performance Against Sweden

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 through the right channel, eventually providing for Danny Welbeck’s 78th […]

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

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 Tube-stocking run in eastern France, OL’s midfield also included him, […]

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

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 and Samir Nasri were controversial omissions from the ill-fated World […]

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

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 Kroenke’s bid for controlling interest in Arsenal was reported. We […]

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

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 to assess surprises and disappointments. Amongst the surprises, Dwayne De […]

Up and Running: Major League Soccer Talk Podcast
Up and Running: Major League Soccer Talk Podcast

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 they can preview, they have to review: two weeks of […]

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

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 Marseille and Copenhagen home. On this edition of the EPL […]

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

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 them with one win in their last 11 meetings with […]

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

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 beat a patchwork United side on Saturday. As downtrodden as […]

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

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. Which teams do we see playing those final matches to […]

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

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. Which teams do we see playing those final matches to […]