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Author Archives: Robert Hay

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Is Now Avram Grant’s Time to Move to MLS?

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Last year, after Portsmouth fired Avram Grant, the rumor mill began to churn that his next move would be to MLS, specifically New York.  The former Israeli and Chelsea manager seemed like a good fit for an American club, having … Continue reading

Sunil Gulati’s (Fictional) Address to U.S. Soccer

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A week after the US loss of the 2022 World Cup, much ink and internet type has been spilled on whether the U.S. deserved the bid or was robbed, whether we American soccer fans have a false sense of entitlement … Continue reading

First Round of MLS Re-Entry Draft is Boring

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The first round of the MLS re-entry draft is in the books, and the result of the new process to improve player movement among clubs is……meh.  Every club had a chance to select the 35 players who, due to time … Continue reading

USL PRO Goes Coastal with New LA Franchise

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The West Coast is getting USL PRO representation next year with the announcement of the new LA Blues franchise, set to begin play in 2011.  The club, which had been rumored for about a month to be the newest franchise … Continue reading

Which MLS Star Will be the Next Designated Player?

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Overlooked in the American World Cup hype was the move by Seattle to sign their young striker Freddy Montero to an extension which also makes him a designated player.  Montero, 23, becomes Seattle’s third DP, joining Blaise Nkufo and Alvaro … Continue reading

Why A 2026 U.S. World Cup is Not A Slam Dunk

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In the wake of Thursday’s loss to Qatar in maybe the only place U.S. soccer can lose to them (the FIFA boardroom), many American soccer fans tried to rally their spirits by immediately turning their focus to the 2026 World … Continue reading

MLS List of “Free Agents” Has a Familiar Look

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The final list of MLS players eligible for the new re-entry draft was released today, and many of the more famous players were the same ones on the expansion draft list from last month’s draft.  As a reminder, players with … Continue reading

Musings of a Disappointed American on the 2022 World Cup

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I’ve had about eleven hours to think about the results of the 2022 World Cup announcement, read my peers, and come to grips with the failure of the USSF to land the World Cup.  And I think I have a … Continue reading

United States Loses 2022 World Cup Bid

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By now you have likely heard that the United States lost its bid to host the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a country with a population smaller than Latvia but who promised FIFA a truly revolutionary and peace-bringing World Cup. … Continue reading