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Author Archives: Robert Hay

What I Am Thankful For – MLS Edition

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  The last week has been a barrage of news and rumors in the world of MLS, and the next few weeks will likely be the same with the 2018/2022 bid announcements and re-entry draft.  But for one … Continue reading

You Be The Commissioner – What Would You Change?

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MLS Talk has been buzzing all week about the proposed changes to the 2011 season and the reaction to the most recent playoffs.  Some of this is spurred by Don Garber’s press conference and MLS Cup halftime show; some by … Continue reading

Is the 2022 World Cup Worth MLS Selling Out?

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As part of his second state of the union at halftime of the MLS Cup, Don Garber revealed that MLS would be considering shifting the season from spring-to-fall to the FIFA-endorsed fall-to-spring schedule.  While this is not the first time … Continue reading

Seven DPs Left Unprotected in Expansion Draft

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Not even 24 hours after crowning its champion, MLS was back to business by requiring its clubs to list its protected players for the expansion draft.  The expansion draft is just one of several drafts taking place this offseason for … Continue reading

MLS Cup 2010 – The Live Blog

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Beginning at 8:30 Eastern, MLS Talk will be live blogging the 2010 MLS Cup.  Join us here to discuss the players, coaches, BMO Field, ESPN, and everything else around the fifteenth MLS Cup.  Insightful analysis will be welcome, as well … Continue reading

Who Will Resurrect the DC United Franchise?

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As the MLS world check their passports and descend upon Toronto, the league’s premier and winningest team is searching for its next manager, its third in the past three season (if you include interim Ben Olsen).  The team let go … Continue reading

2010 MLS Cup Preview – Canadian Style

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To kick off our MLS Cup 2010 Preview, I am pleased to share that we will be live blogging the match on this site Sunday night beginning at 8:30 PM Eastern.  For those of us not in Toronto, please visit … Continue reading

What Defines Success in South Africa?

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Today, the US returns to the country where four months ago they experienced greatness and disappointment, and are once again being led there by Bob Bradley.  This time the stakes are much lower, as the team is playing a midweek … Continue reading

Don Garber Addresses the Nation

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Prior to the MLS Cup Final on Sunday, Don Garber held court today to discuss the good, the bad, and the future of MLS.  Much of what he said is in no way surprising, but he did shed some light … Continue reading

What’s Next for the LA Galaxy?

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The LA Galaxy are MLS’s most glamorous team in its second largest market.  It is coached by the most successful American soccer coach of all time, is captained by the most famous American soccer player today, and employs if not … Continue reading

FC Dallas Advances to First MLS Cup

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In the end, what was most impressive about the LA Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders was also their undoing in the Western Conference finals.  The home team’s back line were spectators for an impressive Dallas attack, the LA superstars played … Continue reading

Ambitious Predictions for the Eastern Conference Final

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Tonight the Eastern Conference final will kick off in Colorado at 9:30 Eastern on Fox Soccer Channel.  In a playoff full of upsets, this matchup epitomizes the postseason so far: the visitors are the lowest playoff seed who were led … Continue reading

Is the US Finally Winning the Foreign Player Battle?

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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