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Author Archives: Robert Hay

Bruce Arena Punishment Reinforces His Criticisms

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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

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netflix

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

Here Are This Weekend’s Must See Games

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soccer-on-tv

It’s over; the international break is finally over. We get teased by the start of league play only to have to put our excitement on hold for the week while the national teams potentially injure our favorite players. Starting this … Continue reading

New Rules Needed To Safeguard Players Health On International Duty

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angel-di-maria

The tug-and-pull situation the world’s top soccer players find themselves in is an enviable one for 99% of the sport’s players. These players have to balance between playing for their employer club and representing their country at the international level … Continue reading

3 Ways To Improve Transfer Deadline Day

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Callejon

The hysteria of transfer Deadline Day has come and gone, and like a fraternity the day after hosting a “Back to Campus” party, a number of teams have to live with the consequences of their rushed decisions. On World Soccer … Continue reading

Analyzing Manchester United’s Summer Transfer Window

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Shaw

Going into the off-season, we wondered how the mighty Manchester United would react. Or more pressingly, how would they respond to their inter-city rivals winning the title. What could we expect to see from the players as they respond to … Continue reading

A Review Of The Book “Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet”

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usa

The recent World Cup has spawned a number of books that not only look at the recent past of American soccer but what the men’s national team needs to do going forward. Many of these stories are being written by … Continue reading

What If Landon Donovan Stayed At Everton

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Soccer: World Cup Qualifier-Mexico at USA

When he retires at the end of this MLS season – and after the October 10 USMNT friendly in which he will feature – Landon Donovan will be shrouded as the greatest American soccer player of all-time. While some soccer … Continue reading

The Argument Against Arsenal Buying A Replacement For Olivier Giroud

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Giroud Spurs

With Olivier Giroud’s surgery knocking him out of action until January, the buzz around Arsenal is that the team now needs to buy a new striker if they want to compete for a title. This has led to all kinds … Continue reading

MLS Again Creates New Rule to Appease Owners

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jermaine-jones

The transfer of Jermaine Jones to MLS is a great moment for the league. After his stellar play in the World Cup, the veteran midfielder was out of contract and needing one more shot at being a contributor in a … Continue reading

Why Soccer Clubs Should Adopt a Doctor Who Model of Coaching

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doctor-who

At the beginning of last season, the average tenure of a manager in the Premier League was 2 years and 2 months.  This is comparable with the tenure of managers in Serie A and La Liga, and slightly less than … Continue reading

Serie A Preview: Juventus is Still the Team to Beat

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serie-a

As the trophy was hoisted and the players celebrated a third consecutive scudetto, you could forgive Juventus fans from feeling a little giddy.  With one of the best coaches in Italy, an ownership group that seemed interested in boosting the … Continue reading

DC United is the Antithesis of MLS 3.0

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dc-united-logo

MLS 3.0 is in full force and the sports media have focused like a laser on the growth of the league. Soccer-specific stadiums have sprung up across the country, academies are churning out young talent, big names are coming across … Continue reading

Why FOX’s TV Coverage of the Women’s World Cup May Be Doomed

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fox-world-cup-billboard

Confidence in FOX Sports’ expected level of coverage for the 2015 Women’s World Cup and men’s World Cup 2018/2022 is already at a low. I won’t rehash the reasons why (although there is extensive coverage of it on World Soccer … Continue reading

55% Of Top 100 Soccer Blogs Recommended by The Guardian in 2011 Are Now Gone

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run-of-play-blog

In October 2012, World Soccer Talk published an analysis of the health of the top 100 soccer blogs according to a 2011 list that was created by The Guardian newspaper of the best soccer blogs worth following. At the time of the review of … Continue reading

Why Traditional Media is Actually Driving Illegal Soccer Viewing

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illegal-stream-soccer

Pop quiz! Which legal streaming platforms are showing the UEFA Champions League qualifying matches? And where can you watch the English Championship via legal streams? Yeah, we thought so. It’s not easy to know the answers to these questions, right, … Continue reading

Why It’s Time to Adopt a Favorite Second Team for the 2014/15 Season

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bmo-field

Celtic barely advancing in the Champions League and Ted Lasso videos mean one thing to the serious soccer fan – it’s back.  After a tasty appetizer of the World Cup, European club soccer returns this month beginning with the Premier … Continue reading

AS Roma Could Be New Favorites To Win Serie A Title

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ashley-cole

What a turn of events in a week.  Last Thursday, Juventus looked to be stable heading into the preseason as it fought back against clubs trying to poach its young stars while dipping into the transfer market to strengthen a … Continue reading