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Author Archives: Robert Hay

Soccer is the sport that has the power to unite the United States

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Is the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team “America’s Team”? As the team prepares for its possible third World Cup title today, the increased viewership and buzz after the team’s win over Germany has made them media darlings.  It also highlights … Continue reading

5 players to watch in the Women’s World Cup final

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The 2015 Women’s World Cup final has a familiar feel to it, but U.S. fans are hoping it is not deja vu all over again. With the Americans making a statement against No. 1 Germany and Japan benefiting from an … Continue reading

5 players to watch in USA vs. Germany Women’s World Cup semi-final

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cari lloyd

For the first time possibly ever, the U.S. Women’s National Team is facing a World Cup elimination match as underdogs. Today will see the two top ranked women’s teams in the world face off for the right to play Japan or … Continue reading

5 concerns for U.S. Women’s National Team in Women’s World Cup

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With yesterday’s win over Colombia, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has three wins and a draw in the Women’s World Cup, finished first in the Group of Death, and has shown it may have the strongest defense of … Continue reading

Wales’ victory over Belgium shows they are ready to compete on the big stage

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Three years ago, I drove across the United Kingdom just to see a soccer match.  Stupidly I had planned a vacation during an international break and the one exciting match occurring in the U.K. during that time was the Wales … Continue reading

First World Cup win inspires little confidence in USWNT coach Jill Ellis

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jill ellis

The best quality of the U.S. women’s national team is that when they play as poorly as they did Monday night, they are able to win and win with style.  While Australia may ultimately prove to be a legitimately world … Continue reading

Three reasons why Sepp Blatter can still control FIFA

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Last week, just days after winning re-election to a fifth term, Sepp Blatter placed a call to the heads of every continental confederation (at least those not in jail) to inform them that he was resigning as head of soccer’s … Continue reading

What should happen to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups?

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The shockingly sudden resignation of Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA prompts a number of questions, many of which are a long way from being answered. Some will remain unanswered until the prosecutors and various police forces announce the results … Continue reading

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup schedule for US TV and Internet: May 29 to June 20

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fifa 20

This weekend the United States kicks off its participation in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.  Featuring rising stars like Gedion Zelalem of the U.S. and Andreas Pereira of Brazil, this tournament can be a stage for players’ Q ratings to … Continue reading

It’s time for the US Soccer Federation to demand change in FIFA and CONCACAF

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Sunil Gulati

The news of U.S. and Swiss authorities executing arrests and warrants on FIFA and CONCACAF today are shaking the sports world, and while the news is quickly changing with constant updates and information, there is one thing that we can … Continue reading

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Could Amazon be a surprise contender for Premier League bidding rights in US?

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epl rights

As many have written, the bidding for the Premier League rights in the United States will be intense.  With NBC growing the property to incredible heights and the popularity of the sport skyrocketing, the next rounding of bidding could lead … Continue reading

The Lost Savior: A Review of “I Am Sam” by James Durose-Rayner

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i am sam

What if?  It’s a question fans of history and sports always like to ask, usually at a pub or in the depths of despair.  What if this person did this, or a manager made that decision?  When authors write about … Continue reading

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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