WHAT IF 2010: What If Colorado Hadn’t Landed Jeff Larentowicz?
WHAT IF 2010: What If Colorado Hadn’t Landed Jeff Larentowicz?

In any sport, a championship season depends on getting some breaks at the right times.  Some of those breaks occur in the offseason, when the current season’s roster is composed of trades scrutinized by the media as well as those that fly under the radar.  The trade of Jeff Larentowicz […]

WHAT IF 2010: What if the U.S. had Beaten Ghana?
WHAT IF 2010: What if the U.S. had Beaten Ghana?

As we close the books on 2010 and go through our retrospectives (including MLS Talk’s own awards) I wanted to take a different look back on the year that was through a different lens: what if what happened didn’t happen, or vice versa.  Over the weekend I intend to take […]

Migration of Stars to MLS to Continue in Next Five Years
Migration of Stars to MLS to Continue in Next Five Years

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!  While the United States paused work to celebrate the holidays, MLS was busy receiving come hither glances from foreign soccer stars who, seeing Thierry Henry and Beckham’s success in the U.S., have decided that coming to American to finish their career would be most […]

Barcelona is Coming to America in 2011
Barcelona is Coming to America in 2011

Update: Get your DC tickets here. Congratulations D.C, Miami, and Dallas – according to the FC Barcelona website this morning you will have the opportunity to witness the world’s best team in person. The team has announced its summer 2011 tour and it is a monster one.  The club will […]

Arsene Wenger Endorses Spring-to-Fall Football
Arsene Wenger Endorses Spring-to-Fall Football

Two of the more controversial things in the soccer world combined yesterday for an early Christmas present to both soccer bloggers and Don Garber. In an interview with Arsenal Magazine (and reported on The Telegraph website), Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger complained about fixture back-up due to inclement weather and how […]

Bob Bradley’s January Call-Ups Barely Old Enough to Drink
Bob Bradley’s January Call-Ups Barely Old Enough to Drink

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 in California and likely Egypt in Cairo.  And the theme […]

MLS Unveils First Matches of 2011 Season
MLS Unveils First Matches of 2011 Season

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 the new balanced scheduling and offers some tantalizing match-ups for […]

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

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 can show they can compete with their international colleagues while […]

Timbers Acquire Perkins to Start in Goal
Timbers Acquire Perkins to Start in Goal

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 expansion draft D.C. sent Portland Rodney Wallace for first overall […]

New Venues Highlight 2011 Gold Cup Sites
New Venues Highlight 2011 Gold Cup Sites

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 that were inexplicably left off the list. As a reminder […]

A Winter World Cup in 2022?
A Winter World Cup in 2022?

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 to the Club World Cup, the FIFA president said that […]

Winners and Losers of the First MLS Re-Entry Draft
Winners and Losers of the First MLS Re-Entry Draft

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 it is has enough memory to run fairly quickly and […]

Akron Wins College Cup, and What It Means for MLS
Akron Wins College Cup, and What It Means for MLS

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 sought-after commodity on the MLS market (in DC at least).  […]

Americans Holden, Howard and Friedel Shine in England
Americans Holden, Howard and Friedel Shine in England

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 weekend it was three more Americans who provided the key […]

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

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 had much success in the Israeli league and needing a […]

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

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 or a shady process overwhelmed everything, and even whether U.S. […]

First Round of MLS Re-Entry Draft is Boring
First Round of MLS Re-Entry Draft is Boring

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 in the league and contract status, were available for selection.  […]