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Author Archives: Robert Hay

Is the US Finally Winning the Foreign Player Battle?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Bob Bradley went against conventional wisdom with his squad for the South Africa match next week and picked a good number of young players to make the squad.  Three young MLS players and three international professionals will have the chance … Continue reading

MLS Free Agents Get A Little More Freedom

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Remember back in the scary days of March when this MLS season was on the brink due to the expired collective bargaining agreement?  And at the almost last second the two sides agreed to a new CBA, which would include … Continue reading

Who Will Make the US Roster for the South Africa Friendly?

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One week from today, the US Men’s National Team will play South Africa in a friendly in Cape Town, and Bob Bradley has yet to release his squad for the match.  The friendly comes at a bad time for most … Continue reading

Five US Players I Want to See in MLS

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The news that Wolves and U.S. national team keeper Marcus Hahnemann is open to retuning to MLS in 2011 got me thinking about other Americans abroad.  As the MLS has matured in a good and competitive soccer league, it is … Continue reading

How To Prevent an Upset by a Lower Seed

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The story of the MLS playoffs coming into Sunday night was the futility of being a higher seed.  None of the higher seeds had advanced and the playoffs were seemingly wide-open for a new champion.  Then LA took the pitch … Continue reading

FC Dallas Solves Rio Tinto and Knocks Off Champs

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Soccer fans in the U.S. have long debated whether playoffs should be part of the beautiful game.  Yesterday’s Real Salt Lake/FC Dallas match showed exactly why the MLS playoffs can be special, as the lower-seeded Dallas knocked off the defending … Continue reading

Which Team(s) Will Pull the Upset This Weekend?

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With San Jose’s dramatic victory last night, they will await this weekend’s slate of matches to see who their next round opponent will be.  Their upset victory has set the stage for an interest weekend of matches where we could … Continue reading

Will Wondolowski Get a Call Up to the National Team?

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Chris Wondolowski has had a dream season.  He finally broke out this year with a league-leading 18 goals and almost single-handedly led San Jose to the playoffs, where they will try and pull out a win at New York tonight.  … Continue reading

Predicting the MLS Best XI

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MLS has already announced its award finalists for the 2010 season and throughout the month will be slowly unveiling the winners of each award (congratulations Andy Najar and Donovan Ricketts).  On November 15, MLS will announce the Best XI for … Continue reading

How to Improve The MLS TV Playoff Experience

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I want to begin by stating that I am a fan of the current MLS playoffs and in general I enjoy the way Major League Soccer organizes them.  Like all MLS fans, I have things I love and things I … Continue reading

Buddle’s Goal Lifts Galaxy Past Sounders

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For all the talk of the LA Galaxy slumping towards the playoffs, Bruce Arena’s club showed no signs of rust as they dominated a resilient Sounders team in the first leg of the Galaxy/Sounders playoff matchup.  The difference in the … Continue reading

FC Dallas Pulls Out 2-1 Win Over Real Salt Lake

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The defending MLS champions were out-coached and outplayed in today’s first round matchup between the two Western Conference clubs, as FC Dallas got a late goal from Eric Avila to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1. The match saw FC Dallas … Continue reading

Colorado Kicks Off MLS Playoffs with a Win

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The quest for the MLS Cup began last night with a late arriving crowd, an ironic “One Goal” MLS playoff video, and a match of two teams with vastly different playoff histories and playing styles.  The end result was a … Continue reading

Finalists Announced for MLS Awards

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On the eve of the beginning of the 2010 playoffs, MLS announced the finalists for the end-of-season awards.  While it does not have the international prestige of the Ballon D’Or, there is always a good lively debate about the nominees, … Continue reading

Will FIFA Bribery Scandal Endanger US Bid?

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When the United States dropped its bid for the 2018 World Cup, it was seen as a move to placate FIFA’s desire to have the World Cup held that year in soccer’s birthplace (literally, if England wins the bid).  By … Continue reading

Toronto FC Does the Unthinkable: It Listens to Fans

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Have you ever questioned rooting for a team?  It doesn’t even have to be a soccer team – maybe you watch pro football or baseball, and your hometown/local team is just bad.  Because you love the sport and the team, … Continue reading

Fire Send Off McBride, Brown in Style

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Jaime Moreno was not the only big-name retiree this weekend; the Chicago Fire said goodbye to American soccer legend Brian McBride and longtime defender C.J. Brown.  The club’s overall record was disappointing to fans, but by getting ten points in … Continue reading

What Jaime Moreno’s Retirement Means for MLS

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On Saturday night, Jaime Moreno took the pitch for the last time as a member of DC United.  The United and MLS legend is the league’s all-time leading goal scorer and the only player with triple digit goals and assists … Continue reading