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 […]

Is the 2022 World Cup Worth MLS Selling Out?
Is the 2022 World Cup Worth MLS Selling Out?

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 MLS has considered shifting its schedule, Garber said that the […]

Seven DPs Left Unprotected in Expansion Draft
Seven DPs Left Unprotected in Expansion Draft

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 MLS, and the unprotected list for this draft has some […]

MLS Cup 2010 – The Live Blog
MLS Cup 2010 – The Live Blog

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 as humor and pop culture references. I look forward to […]

Who Will Resurrect the DC United Franchise?
Who Will Resurrect the DC United Franchise?

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 of Curt Onalfo toward the end of the season and […]

2010 MLS Cup Preview – Canadian Style
2010 MLS Cup Preview – Canadian Style

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 this site to share thoughts on the two teams, ESPN’s […]