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Author Archives: Robert Hay

Timbers Supporters Ratcheting Up Rivalry with Seattle

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On the same day Seattle set an attendance record for an MLS match, the rival Portland Timbers sent out a press release designed to show that their fans too can pack a stadium for a soccer match.  This was another tactic in … Continue reading

MLS First Kick 2011 Live Chat

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Join us here at 9:30 PM Eastern as we kick off the season with MLS’s First Kick, a game featuring two MLS Cup hopefuls with the Galaxy visiting the Sounders.  Bring your analysis, thoughts, and witty banter as we celebrate … Continue reading

The MLS Talk 2011 Season Predictions

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After weeks of previews, discussions, and debates, we are roughly 36 hours away from the beginning of the fifteenth MLS season.  The league has seen an offseason full of drafts, some national team names fleeing to Europe, some old friends … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Is Toronto the League’s Worst Team?

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Team: Toronto FC Coach: Aron Winter Last Year’s Finish: 9-8-15, 35 points.  Eastern Conference: 5th Toronto’s offseason can be described in one word – tumultuous.  The team couldn’t win the media cycle because every time it had a positive offseason … Continue reading

Fox Soccer Announces Broadcast Team for 2011 Season

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Fresh off the news that JP Dellacamera is making the move from ESPN to Fox Soccer, the network announced its pairings for the upcoming MLS season.  Not surprisingly, Dellacamera is the Friday night play-by-play man, and in my opinion Fox … Continue reading

The MLS Talk Fantasy League, Plus the Rest of the Preview Schedule

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We are exactly one week away from the Sounders and Galaxy kicking off the beginning of the 2011 MLS Season, and over the next week I wanted to share the exciting content you will be able to read on this … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Should RSL be the Favorites?

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Team: Real Salt Lake Coach: Jason Kreis Last Year’s Finish: 15-11-4, 56 points.  Western Conference: 2nd In a sense, RSL’s season has already begun with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Columbus in the CONCACAF Champions League.  In the second of … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Stadiums Helping League Finances Stay Healthy

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Fifteen years ago, MLS launched with teams in downright psychedelic uniforms playing on football fields; some of MLS’s earliest highlights look like the two teams are playing on a lacrosse field.  In 2011, the situation has vastly changed, as most … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Can New England Reclaim the Glory?

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Team: New England Revolution Coach: Steve Nicol Last Year’s Finish: 9-5-16, 32 points.  Eastern Conference: 6th The big news this offseason was the recent arrest and suspension of Shalrie Joseph and Kevin Alston.  While the situation is still under investigation, … Continue reading

Week in Review – February 22-27, 2011

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Good morning MLS fans!  We are now mere weeks away from the season and, if you’re like me, the previews we have been running on the site have been getting you fired up for an exciting season.  Amidst all the … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Has the Beckham Rule Improved American Soccer?

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Note: As part of the MLS Talk preview, we will be examining some of the major trends in MLS that will have an impact on the league this year.  Feel free to suggest other big picture topics in the comments. … Continue reading

New Playoff Format Cements Role of Conferences in MLS

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Just weeks before the beginning of the season, MLS yesterday finally released its playoff format for the 2011 season.  As dreaded, it will include 10 of the 18 MLS teams, and officials acknowledged the number could change as more teams … Continue reading

Red Cards Upset Goals in CONCACAF First Leg

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Last night was the unofficial start to the MLS season, as Real Salt Lake and Columbus faced off in their first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal.  In a night that was below freezing and in front of a … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview: Can International Signings Spark a Fire Under Chicago?

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Team: Chicago Fire Coach: Carlos de la Cobos Last Year’s Finish: 4th Eastern Conference, 10th Overall, 9-9-12 Last year’s Chicago Fire were going through a transition regardless of the tumultuous offseason they’ve had.  With the retirement of U.S. legend Brian … Continue reading

MLS and Fox Soccer Channel Announce One Year Deal

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It’s official – Major League Soccer and Fox Soccer Channel are back together again, at least for one more year. The two sent out a press release today trumpeting the agreement which will see 31 regular season games and three … Continue reading

Why International Stars Should Consider Destinations Besides NY and LA

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The weekly MLS Talk podcast (subscribe via iTunes) discussed this week among other things the newest international star giving “come hither” looks to the American soccer league: AC Milan’s Clarence Seedorf.  Seedorf of course is (reportedly) looking to make one … Continue reading

Week in Review: February 8-13, 2011

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  With the Egyptian friendly canceled, it was a slow week in American soccer.  MLS clubs are playing pre-season matches against youth clubs, colleges, and each other, and the season is less than one month away.  Besides … Continue reading

The MLS Schedule is Finally Released!

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Our long national nightmare is over.  The MLS schedule is out. About a month before the beginning of the season, MLS finally released the entire schedule for all 18 MLS teams.  Previously, only each team’s first home game was known, … Continue reading