Book Review of ‘The Special One: The Secret World of Jose Mourinho’
Book Review of ‘The Special One: The Secret World of Jose Mourinho’

The boy genius gone wrong – this is a familiar theme in the soccer world. The hot-shot young manager slays every challenge he faces until he reaches the summit, the biggest challenge. Then inexplicably he fails, undercutting his genius and showing his soccer mortality. Some, like Brian Clough, bounce back […]

Frank Lampard/New York City FC Fiasco Clouds MLS Progress Made Under Don Garber
Frank Lampard/New York City FC Fiasco Clouds MLS Progress Made Under Don Garber

The past few weeks have been tumultuous ones for America’s top professional soccer division. Instead of slowly transitioning the league’s marketing to its new superstars and priming the way for its new high-profile clubs, the top office has instead been sidetracked by controversy.  The Frank Lampard “will he or won’t […]

A Convert’s Journey to MLS: A Review of Dallas ‘Til I Cry
A Convert’s Journey to MLS: A Review of Dallas ‘Til I Cry

While it most certainly was not the first, Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch set the tone for the soccer fan autobiography. Launching him to fame (and gaining Arsenal two fans in my household), the famous books details the passion and heartbreak of being an Arsenal fan. Since its publication in 1992, […]

A Guide On How To Build The Perfect MLS Team
A Guide On How To Build The Perfect MLS Team

Hey there, New York City FC and Orlando City FC. Welcome to the league LA #2. Your teams are the newest members of an exclusive club called MLS, a soccer league that is unique in the world. It is unique because the way to dominate the league is very different […]

3 Ways MLS Can Combat the Fierce Competition From Foreign Leagues
3 Ways MLS Can Combat the Fierce Competition From Foreign Leagues

As we’ve discussed for weeks now on this site, the new MLS brand (“MLS Next”) comes at a time of incredible importance to the league. For most of the front office and media, the focus has been on the league’s future and how bright it looks. However, the league needs […]

Hey New York Times, Here Are Soccer’s Most Authentic People
Hey New York Times, Here Are Soccer’s Most Authentic People

On Tuesday morning, The New York Times took over as the PR firm of New York City FC and wrote a puff piece on their most recognizable names, Frank Lampard and David Villa. The piece was primarily about the system of franchises Manchester City is establishing across the globe, but it […]

Bruce Arena Punishment Reinforces His Criticisms
Bruce Arena Punishment Reinforces His Criticisms

It is not a surprise that the MLS league office passed on a hefty fine to Bruce Arena this week for his comments on the strange Sacha Kljestan transfer saga. What is a surprise is how it was handled, and the process by which Arena was told of the fine […]

A Soccer Fan’s Guide to Netflix Viewing
A Soccer Fan’s Guide to Netflix Viewing

Netflix is the unquestioned leader in movie streaming and, even though other services may have a better selection for your particular tastes, it has become the gold standard and most used service. As a movie connoisseur I can safely say you can find any kind of movie on there; even […]

Here Are This Weekend’s Must See Games
Here Are This Weekend’s Must See Games

It’s over; the international break is finally over. We get teased by the start of league play only to have to put our excitement on hold for the week while the national teams potentially injure our favorite players. Starting this weekend, however, the club games start again and we have […]

New Rules Needed To Safeguard Players Health On International Duty
New Rules Needed To Safeguard Players Health On International Duty

The tug-and-pull situation the world’s top soccer players find themselves in is an enviable one for 99% of the sport’s players. These players have to balance between playing for their employer club and representing their country at the international level and, depending on the nation’s success, the competition for both […]

3 Ways To Improve Transfer Deadline Day
3 Ways To Improve Transfer Deadline Day

The hysteria of transfer Deadline Day has come and gone, and like a fraternity the day after hosting a “Back to Campus” party, a number of teams have to live with the consequences of their rushed decisions. On World Soccer Talk we’ve covered a number of angles on the pros […]

Analyzing Manchester United’s Summer Transfer Window
Analyzing Manchester United’s Summer Transfer Window

Going into the off-season, we wondered how the mighty Manchester United would react. Or more pressingly, how would they respond to their inter-city rivals winning the title. What could we expect to see from the players as they respond to David Moyes’ feeble efforts after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure? And […]

A Review Of The Book “Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet”
A Review Of The Book “Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet”

The recent World Cup has spawned a number of books that not only look at the recent past of American soccer but what the men’s national team needs to do going forward. Many of these stories are being written by journalists, but it is rare we hear from people who […]