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Author Archives: Robert Hay

Could Charlie Davies Make DC United an MLS Cup Contender?

Posted on by Robert Hay

The rumor mill was in full tilt Tuesday with the news that national team member Charlie Davies was sent by his French club Sochaux to train with D.C. United in Florida, with a successful training leading to a year-long loan.  … Continue reading

Americans Caught Up in Transfer Whirlwind

Posted on by Robert Hay

While the MLS transfer window is still open for another three months, the international transfer window closed Monday.  If you are a fan of an international league, you know how crazy this January transfer window was with money and players … Continue reading

Weekend Updates: January 28-31, 2011

Posted on by Robert Hay

At the beginning of the year, I asked readers for feedback on different features they would like to see on the site, with the hope of giving some new content and new opportunities for discussion.  One new idea was to … Continue reading

The Egypt Friendly and Why Politics Matter in Sports

Posted on by Robert Hay

The United States is scheduled to play an international friendly next week in Egypt against the host country, and as many of you are well aware, the political situation is unsettled, to put is lightly.  By the February 9 friendly … Continue reading

NASL Releases Schedule and Playoff Format

Posted on by Robert Hay

Amidst our discussions over USL-PRO and the USSF soccer pyramid, the NASL released some good news this week and announced its 2011 season schedule. The NASL, now composed of eight clubs, will have each club play 28 games and face … Continue reading

USL-PRO Releases Playoff Format, Zings NASL

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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?

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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?

Posted on by Robert Hay

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?

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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