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Author Archives: Robert Hay

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

How Brazil’s Failure Could Help MLS

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There are myriad reasons for Brazil’s abrupt departure from the World Cup and honestly there is a sliver of truth in every theory or reason given for their poor play.  One reason, however, for the change in the Brazilian soccer … Continue reading

Young USA Players Looking to Move Beyond MLS

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Going into the World Cup, a major storyline around the U.S. national team was the number of key players who had left overseas clubs to return to MLS.  Facing a logjam in the AS Roma midfield, Michael Bradley accepted a … Continue reading

USA Lightning Rod Landon Donovan Faces Uncertain Future

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From the moment he was excluded from the U.S. World Cup roster, Landon Donovan faced a critical choice.  He could accept, map out the rest of his playing career, and begin to work on his post-playing options.  Or he could … Continue reading

Eight Reasons for U.S. Soccer Fans to Continue Watching the World Cup

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As the streets that once held thousands for watch parties are swept clean, and the inevitable myriad articles blaming everyone and anyone for the U.S.’s loss are Tweeted, this is a sad day for U.S. soccer fans.  Those of us … Continue reading

Mistakes of Past USA Games Haunt Team in World Cup Loss to Belgium

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In the end, the United States can only blame themselves for their elimination from the World Cup.  Although Belgium on paper were a more talented team, this game showed the United States was actually presented with a good match-up that … Continue reading

US Hero Tim Howard Breaks World Cup Record For Most Saves In a Game; Watch Post-Match Interview [VIDEO]

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US goalkeeper Tim Howard made an incredible 16 saves during the USA-Belgium Round of 16 World Cup game, which broke the record for the most number of saves in one World Cup match. Despite the USA’s eventual 2-1 loss to … Continue reading