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Author Archives: Robert Hay

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

Toronto FC Continues Its Befuddling Offseason with De Rosario Controversy

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Toronto FC is the type of club that MLS would love to be successful.  They have a loyal and dedicated fan base, Toronto is a growing soccer market that hosted the 2008 All Star Game, and the team has a … Continue reading

Migration of Stars to MLS to Continue in Next Five Years

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!  While the United States paused work to celebrate the holidays, MLS was busy receiving come hither glances from foreign soccer stars who, seeing Thierry Henry and Beckham’s success in the U.S., have decided that … Continue reading

Barcelona is Coming to America in 2011

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Update: Get your DC tickets here. Congratulations D.C, Miami, and Dallas – according to the FC Barcelona website this morning you will have the opportunity to witness the world’s best team in person. The team has announced its summer 2011 … Continue reading

Arsene Wenger Endorses Spring-to-Fall Football

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Two of the more controversial things in the soccer world combined yesterday for an early Christmas present to both soccer bloggers and Don Garber. In an interview with Arsenal Magazine (and reported on The Telegraph website), Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger … Continue reading

Bob Bradley’s January Call-Ups Barely Old Enough to Drink

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The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the players who have been called up and accepted the invitation to the U.S. men’s national team training camp in January.  These players are the ones who will play in the next friendly against Chile … Continue reading

MLS Unveils First Matches of 2011 Season

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The cold days of winter have gotten a little sunlight – MLS today unveiled their schedule for “First Kick 2011″, the first home games for every MLS team in the upcoming season.  The week will be the first week of … Continue reading