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Author Archives: Robert Hay

The Beckham Experiment Needs to End

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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?

Posted on by Robert Hay

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?

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

What EPL Clubs Do You Want to See on an American Tour?

Posted on by Robert Hay

As winter settles in and the MLS offseason is in full swing, it is not too soon to plan those warm weather summer tours where international teams play MLS squads.  The advantages to both sides are obvious – MLS teams … Continue reading

Timbers Acquire Perkins to Start in Goal

Posted on by Robert Hay

The Portland Timbers made a move to upgrade in goal yesterday by swapping keepers with D.C. United, sending Steve Cronin to the nation’s capital in exchange for Troy Perkins.  It was the two club’s second trade of the offseason; during the … Continue reading

New Venues Highlight 2011 Gold Cup Sites

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The list of the 2011 Gold Cup sites was unveiled yesterday and there were two story lines coming out of the announcement: the number of venues that would be hosting their first Gold Cup matches and the number of cities … Continue reading

A Winter World Cup in 2022?

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Just as the outrage of the U.S. losing the World Cup to Qatar seems to be settling down, Sepp Blatter and FIFA decided to open the controversy back up again.  In an interview with journalists in Qatar during a visit … Continue reading

Winners and Losers of the First MLS Re-Entry Draft

Posted on by Robert Hay

Recently my computer ran into a series of issues that has rendered it incapacitated and made me realize its place in my life.  It loads slowly and lacks many of the modern amenities in many computers, but when working properly … Continue reading

Akron Wins College Cup, and What It Means for MLS

Posted on by Robert Hay

The media attention around the 2010 College Cup was focused squarely on the University of Akron.  The Zips one of the most successful men’s college soccer program the past two seasons, losing only twice and making coach Caleb Porter a … Continue reading

Americans Holden, Howard and Friedel Shine in England

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Two weeks ago American international Jonathan Spector scored twice to lead underdog West Ham United in an upset of Manchester United in the Carling Cup.  It was hailed as a young American showing his promise in a critical match.  This … Continue reading