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Author Archives: Robert Hay

GQ meets Howler: Review of ‘Associated,’ the new soccer magazine

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Soccer in America has forever been the domain of those who enjoy combining philosophy and sport.  Until the recent growth of MLS, soccer fans tended to gather in their corners of the internet and often try to create enclaves of … Continue reading

US Soccer announces schedule and format for 102nd U.S Open Cup tournament

Posted on by Robert Hay
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U.S. Soccer announced today the field and schedule for the 102nd Lamar Hunt tournament.  The big news is the size of the field – 91 teams including all 47 professional teams from the top divisions of USSF.  The other 44 … Continue reading

The Search for a New American Hero in European Soccer

Posted on by Robert Hay
deandre-yedlin

The exodus of the United States’ best players from Europe to the homeland continued this winter, with Mix Diskerud and possibly Sacha Kljestan signing with MLS clubs. We have written a novel’s worth of stories about its impact on the … Continue reading

U.S National Team to Renew Mexico Rivalry This April in San Antonio

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Coming off of surprising Round of 16 appearances in the 2014 World Cup, the United States men’s national team will renew its rivalry with Mexico this April, according to an announcement today by the US Soccer Federation.  The match will … Continue reading

DC United Midfield Enforcer Perry Kitchen is the Next Kyle Beckerman

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Jurgen Klinmann’s call-ups for the most recent January camp contained a few names known only to the most knowledgeable MLS fans. One of those was DC United’s Perry Kitchen, who may not be famous but has long been the next … Continue reading

Book Review of ‘The Special One: The Secret World of Jose Mourinho’

Posted on by Robert Hay
jose-mourinho

The boy genius gone wrong – this is a familiar theme in the soccer world. The hot-shot young manager slays every challenge he faces until he reaches the summit, the biggest challenge. Then inexplicably he fails, undercutting his genius and … Continue reading

Frank Lampard/New York City FC Fiasco Clouds MLS Progress Made Under Don Garber

Posted on by Robert Hay
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The past few weeks have been tumultuous ones for America’s top professional soccer division. Instead of slowly transitioning the league’s marketing to its new superstars and priming the way for its new high-profile clubs, the top office has instead been … Continue reading

Stadium Announcement is a Time of Celebration And Reflection For DC United Fans

Posted on by Robert Hay

The way to tell if someone was a knowledgeable DC United fan has always been to check their opinion on a new stadium. The most diehard, knowledgeable fans always answered with a variation of this phase: “I’ll believe it when … Continue reading

Thierry Henry’s MLS Retirement Sees Him Leave Behind an Unfulfilled Legacy

Posted on by Robert Hay
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I remember that night like it was yesterday; in April 2012 I had the privilege of doing a post-game interview with Thierry Henry. As a Gunners fan, I was salivating at the chance to put my microphone in front of … Continue reading

English Premier League Would be Better if ‘Smaller’ Teams Could Win Titles

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Admittedly I am a newer soccer fan. The 2006 World Cup helped me truly fall in love with the beautiful game to the point where I began to actively follow it online and on TV. Since that World Cup, I … Continue reading

A Convert’s Journey to MLS: A Review of Dallas ‘Til I Cry

Posted on by Robert Hay
fc-dallas

While it most certainly was not the first, Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch set the tone for the soccer fan autobiography. Launching him to fame (and gaining Arsenal two fans in my household), the famous books details the passion and heartbreak … Continue reading

A Guide On How To Build The Perfect MLS Team

Posted on by Robert Hay
landon-donovan

Hey there, New York City FC and Orlando City FC. Welcome to the league LA #2. Your teams are the newest members of an exclusive club called MLS, a soccer league that is unique in the world. It is unique … Continue reading

3 Ways MLS Can Combat the Fierce Competition From Foreign Leagues

Posted on by Robert Hay
landon-donovan

As we’ve discussed for weeks now on this site, the new MLS brand (“MLS Next”) comes at a time of incredible importance to the league. For most of the front office and media, the focus has been on the league’s … Continue reading

Hey New York Times, Here Are Soccer’s Most Authentic People

Posted on by Robert Hay
Keane

On Tuesday morning, The New York Times took over as the PR firm of New York City FC and wrote a puff piece on their most recognizable names, Frank Lampard and David Villa. The piece was primarily about the system of … Continue reading

If Frank Lampard Extends Loan at Manchester City, It’s Another Missed Opportunity for MLS

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Frank Lampard leaving Chelsea was an awkward moment. The legend embraced the Chelsea blue and seemingly would retire with the club. When he left London, it was for New York City and to become the cornerstone of the flashy new … Continue reading

Vincent Tan as a Minority Investor At Chivas USA; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!

Posted on by Robert Hay
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The debacle that Chivas USA has become is an indictment of MLS’s obsession with the shiniest new objects while their current properties rot. Reports are now flying that the team could be put on hiatus, folded, or neither, and as … Continue reading

Bruce Arena Punishment Reinforces His Criticisms

Posted on by Robert Hay
Bruce Arena

It is not a surprise that the MLS league office passed on a hefty fine to Bruce Arena this week for his comments on the strange Sacha Kljestan transfer saga. What is a surprise is how it was handled, and … Continue reading

A Soccer Fan’s Guide to Netflix Viewing

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Netflix is the unquestioned leader in movie streaming and, even though other services may have a better selection for your particular tastes, it has become the gold standard and most used service. As a movie connoisseur I can safely say … Continue reading