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Author Archives: Robert Hay

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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frank-lampard-new-york-city-fc

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?!

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vincent-tan

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

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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