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.  […]

USL PRO Goes Coastal with New LA Franchise
USL PRO Goes Coastal with New LA Franchise

The West Coast is getting USL PRO representation next year with the announcement of the new LA Blues franchise, set to begin play in 2011.  The club, which had been rumored for about a month to be the newest franchise for U.S. soccer’s new third division, will play in Cal […]

Which MLS Star Will be the Next Designated Player?
Which MLS Star Will be the Next Designated Player?

Overlooked in the American World Cup hype was the move by Seattle to sign their young striker Freddy Montero to an extension which also makes him a designated player.  Montero, 23, becomes Seattle’s third DP, joining Blaise Nkufo and Alvaro Fernandez.  More importantly, the signing prevents the young talent and […]

Why A 2026 U.S. World Cup is Not A Slam Dunk
Why A 2026 U.S. World Cup is Not A Slam Dunk

In the wake of Thursday’s loss to Qatar in maybe the only place U.S. soccer can lose to them (the FIFA boardroom), many American soccer fans tried to rally their spirits by immediately turning their focus to the 2026 World Cup process.  An initial glance at the state of play […]

MLS List of “Free Agents” Has a Familiar Look
MLS List of “Free Agents” Has a Familiar Look

The final list of MLS players eligible for the new re-entry draft was released today, and many of the more famous players were the same ones on the expansion draft list from last month’s draft.  As a reminder, players with a certain amount of service time with a club who […]

Musings of a Disappointed American on the 2022 World Cup
Musings of a Disappointed American on the 2022 World Cup

I’ve had about eleven hours to think about the results of the 2022 World Cup announcement, read my peers, and come to grips with the failure of the USSF to land the World Cup.  And I think I have a handle on my thoughts and emotions about today.  I watched […]

United States Loses 2022 World Cup Bid
United States Loses 2022 World Cup Bid

By now you have likely heard that the United States lost its bid to host the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a country with a population smaller than Latvia but who promised FIFA a truly revolutionary and peace-bringing World Cup. What you may not know is the vote was not […]

Where Will You Watch the World Cup Announcement?
Where Will You Watch the World Cup Announcement?

EPL Talk Network Live Blogging can be seen by clicking here. The time for waiting is over.  The final arguments are being made during the night in Zurich (and I’ll leave it to your imagination what “persuasion” means in Zurich) and all that’s left is the nervous waiting.  So, here’s […]

Who is USA Bid’s Most Effective Spokesperson?
Who is USA Bid’s Most Effective Spokesperson?

Less than 48 hours from now, we will know whether the U.S. bid for the 2022 World Cup was a success or a failure.  In Zurich the U.S. delegation is counting votes, firming up yeses and feeling out no votes.  One advantage the U.S. has is star power, something a […]

DC United Wins Hearts, Loses Its Mind
DC United Wins Hearts, Loses Its Mind

Let me step back from my normal neutral MLS observer/blogger and enter fan mode for a few minutes.  I think this is the best way to analyze the Ben Olsen hiring. As a DC United supporter, I am ecstatic that Ben Olsen is the new head coach of the club.  […]

What if the U.S. Loses 2022 World Cup bid?
What if the U.S. Loses 2022 World Cup bid?

The United States has been the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup bid since it dropped its 2018 bid to clear the way for a European nation.  Going up against a Middle Eastern country, two Asian nations that previously hosted, and an island nation with little soccer culture, the […]

Why I’m Optimistic for US Soccer
Why I’m Optimistic for US Soccer

A little more than a week after Colorado, an original club, won its first MLS Cup and less than a week before the U.S. potentially wins a second World Cup bid, I am optimistic about the progress of American soccer overall. The progress made since the 1994 World Cup has […]

What I Am Thankful For – MLS Edition
What I Am Thankful For – MLS Edition

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 day, let us step back and give thanks for all […]

You Be The Commissioner – What Would You Change?
You Be The Commissioner – What Would You Change?

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 the abysmal TV ratings and odd playoff pairings; and some […]