The Egypt Friendly and Why Politics Matter in Sports
The Egypt Friendly and Why Politics Matter in Sports

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 there may not be a government in Egypt, or even […]

NASL Releases Schedule and Playoff Format
NASL Releases Schedule and Playoff Format

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 each opponent four times.  The season runs from April 9 […]

USL-PRO Releases Playoff Format, Zings NASL
USL-PRO Releases Playoff Format, Zings NASL

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 as USL PRO. The playoffs will consist of three rounds, […]

NASL Loses Club and Sanction
NASL Loses Club and Sanction

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 worse news came right before the weekend, as Inside Minnesota […]

Report: UEFA Planning to Adopt MLS Scheduling
Report: UEFA Planning to Adopt MLS Scheduling

Recently we’ve shared that various soccer luminaries such as Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson has advocated a spring-to-fall schedule change in advance of the 2022 World Cup.  Now we find out that UEFA itself is advancing well past the thinking stage. The British press is reporting that the English […]

Predictions for the U.S.-Chile Friendly
Predictions for the U.S.-Chile Friendly

Tomorrow night (or evening for those on the West Coast) the United States January camp team will take the pitch against Chile in a friendly where both sides are lacking all of their biggest stars.  Chile is a good South American squad, normally second-tier behind countries like Brazil and Argentina, […]

What Major League Euro Clubs Do You Want to See on a U.S. Tour?
What Major League Euro Clubs Do You Want to See on a U.S. Tour?

Earlier this offseason, I posted a poll and question about what EPL teams you would like to see do a tour of the United States.  Since then we have seen Barcelona confirm a three-stop tour of the U.S., where they will be playing both Manchester United (DC) and AC Milan […]

The Drafts Are Over! Now Give Your Feedback
The Drafts Are Over! Now Give Your Feedback

The MLS drafts are finally over.  After over a month of players being picked, picks being declined, picks being traded, and picks being digested, there will be no more MLS drafts until the Montreal Expansion Draft at the end of this year.  To recap, we’ve seen: The Vancouver and Portland […]

Kenny Cooper Comes Home to MLS
Kenny Cooper Comes Home to MLS

The past few weeks U.S. soccer fans have bemoaned the loss of national team players like Edson Buddle and Robbie Findley, players who, while not top-notch international players, are U.S. nationals whose presence gave MLS some respectability internationally.  However, while we on this site and others were complaining about the […]

USL Pro Releases Schedule and Divisional Alignment
USL Pro Releases Schedule and Divisional Alignment

While we await the final release of the MLS schedule, third-division USL Pro announced their schedule and division alignments on Friday, emphasizing the league’s accessibility and stability. The press release from USL Pro emphasizes that six of their franchises have more than ten years of operational experience. The league will […]

Should FIFA Revote on the 2022 World Cup?
Should FIFA Revote on the 2022 World Cup?

Ok, it’s time to revive the dead horse and ride it some more.  Trust me, I don’t want to but I have to. Since the December 2 vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup, I have made peace with the decision.  While I still believe the country was not […]

Who Will Be the 20th MLS Club?
Who Will Be the 20th MLS Club?

As MLS prepares to begin its first season with 18 clubs, the recent talk on the Internet has focused on its possible 20th team.  Recent talk on this site has centered on Don Garber traveling to Miami to meet with Miami soccer fans; if you have not read The Gaffer’s […]

Edson Buddle Signing with FC Ingolstadt a Disgrace for MLS
Edson Buddle Signing with FC Ingolstadt a Disgrace for MLS

Breaking this weekend was the surprising news that 2010 MLS MVP candidate Edson Buddle was poised to make his long-discussed move overseas.  What made it surprising was that the move was not to Birmingham City, which is where he had long been rumored to go, but to FC Ingolstadt, a […]

The Beckham Experiment Needs to End
The Beckham Experiment Needs to End

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 woman recently ended an intense relationship but does not treat […]

What You Missed in American Soccer Over the Holidays
What You Missed in American Soccer Over the Holidays

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 I normally do.  So as I begin my work week […]

What Would You Like to See from MLS Talk in 2011?
What Would You Like to See from MLS Talk in 2011?

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 of Bob Bradley after the World Cup.  A first MLS […]