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Author Archives: Robert Hay

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

Weekend Updates: February 4-6, 2011

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It was an admittedly slow week in American soccer as the American sports scene shifted to Dallas and the American football Super Bowl.  Within the soccer world some amazing results and goals from the English Premier League overshadowed almost all … Continue reading

Could Charlie Davies Make DC United an MLS Cup Contender?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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