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Author Archives: Robert Hay

USL-PRO Releases Playoff Format, Zings NASL

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This week USL PRO continued its development as a USSF minor league by releasing its playoff schedule. Last week it had released a season schedule and division format outlining how its clubs would compete in its first year of existence … Continue reading

NASL Loses Club and Sanction

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As USL Pro is moving forward with its realignment and scheduling, the NASL has taken some huge step backwards.  On Wednesday, A.C. St. Louis announced it was ceasing operations, depriving the fledgling NASL of a critical metropolitan area.  But even … Continue reading

Report: UEFA Planning to Adopt MLS Scheduling

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Recently we’ve shared that various soccer luminaries such as Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson has advocated a spring-to-fall schedule change in advance of the 2022 World Cup.  Now we find out that UEFA itself is advancing well past the … Continue reading

Predictions for the U.S.-Chile Friendly

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Tomorrow night (or evening for those on the West Coast) the United States January camp team will take the pitch against Chile in a friendly where both sides are lacking all of their biggest stars.  Chile is a good South … Continue reading

What Major League Euro Clubs Do You Want to See on a U.S. Tour?

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Earlier this offseason, I posted a poll and question about what EPL teams you would like to see do a tour of the United States.  Since then we have seen Barcelona confirm a three-stop tour of the U.S., where they … Continue reading

The Drafts Are Over! Now Give Your Feedback

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The MLS drafts are finally over.  After over a month of players being picked, picks being declined, picks being traded, and picks being digested, there will be no more MLS drafts until the Montreal Expansion Draft at the end of … Continue reading

Kenny Cooper Comes Home to MLS

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The past few weeks U.S. soccer fans have bemoaned the loss of national team players like Edson Buddle and Robbie Findley, players who, while not top-notch international players, are U.S. nationals whose presence gave MLS some respectability internationally.  However, while … Continue reading

USL Pro Releases Schedule and Divisional Alignment

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While we await the final release of the MLS schedule, third-division USL Pro announced their schedule and division alignments on Friday, emphasizing the league’s accessibility and stability. The press release from USL Pro emphasizes that six of their franchises have … Continue reading

MLS Draft Throws Plenty of Curves But Leaves Unanswered Questions

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The MLS is certainly unique among major U.S. sports – it is the only draft in which a team passes on a player because he needs to establish residency.  But such is the reason why MLS fans love the MLS … Continue reading

Should FIFA Revote on the 2022 World Cup?

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Ok, it’s time to revive the dead horse and ride it some more.  Trust me, I don’t want to but I have to. Since the December 2 vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup, I have made peace with … Continue reading

Who Will Be the 20th MLS Club?

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As MLS prepares to begin its first season with 18 clubs, the recent talk on the Internet has focused on its possible 20th team.  Recent talk on this site has centered on Don Garber traveling to Miami to meet with … Continue reading

Edson Buddle Signing with FC Ingolstadt a Disgrace for MLS

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Breaking this weekend was the surprising news that 2010 MLS MVP candidate Edson Buddle was poised to make his long-discussed move overseas.  What made it surprising was that the move was not to Birmingham City, which is where he had … Continue reading

Ten Superdraft Players Who Will Make An Immediate Impact in MLS Next Year

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One thing I like about the MLS Superdraft is that it is the type of draft where a first round player can make an almost immediate impact.  Some sports try to hype their drafts, but at the end of the … Continue reading

The Beckham Experiment Needs to End

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All of us have had friends who are in a complicated relationship.  It may even have been us: the guy recently began dating a much more attractive woman who, while not a young bombshell, is still a gorgeous woman.  This … Continue reading

What You Missed in American Soccer Over the Holidays

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If you’re like me, the holidays are a time of getting out of your workday routines due to relaxation/travel/stress.  In fact, at times I miss news stories because I tend not to check news sites or Twitter as much as … Continue reading

What Would You Like to See from MLS Talk in 2011?

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Happy New Year to all our readers and best wishes in 2011! The past year was a big one for American soccer.  A good but not great World Cup run, a highlight goal from Landon Donovan, and the controversial rehiring … Continue reading

WHAT IF 2010: What If Colorado Hadn’t Landed Jeff Larentowicz?

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In any sport, a championship season depends on getting some breaks at the right times.  Some of those breaks occur in the offseason, when the current season’s roster is composed of trades scrutinized by the media as well as those … Continue reading

WHAT IF 2010: What if the U.S. had Beaten Ghana?

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As we close the books on 2010 and go through our retrospectives (including MLS Talk’s own awards) I wanted to take a different look back on the year that was through a different lens: what if what happened didn’t happen, … Continue reading