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Author Archives: Robert Hay

MLS ’13 – Reviewing the Coaching Hires

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As Earl said yesterday, we’re doing the MLS preview a little differently this year, and our first article today is on the men on the bench, the new head coaches.  This offseason five teams from various situations and needs hired … Continue reading

Why MLS is Not Immune From Match Fixing

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Joe Thomas is a (fictional) 23 year old defender who is in his second year playing in MLS.  He was drafted out of a local university in the second round.  He is from a blue collar family and his father … Continue reading

Be Bold Jurgen: Pick These Players for the US Men’s National Team

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Tomorrow Jurgen Klinsmann will announce the roster invitations for the U.S. national team camp.  These players will make up the eligible roster for selection for the January 29 friendly against Canada as well as possibly the February 6 World Cup … Continue reading

A Walk Down Memory Lane… Reviewing the Previews

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One thing we are not afraid to do here at MLS Talk is to take a look back on our predictions and previews to highlight what we got both awesomely right and so terribly wrong.  Now that the 2012 MLS … Continue reading

Houston Machine Steamrolls DC to Take Eastern Conference

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In retrospect, it was obvious.  Houston is so good playing with an aggregate lead in the playoffs and with DC missing Chris Pontius and a fully healthy Dwayne De Rosario, the task really was impossible.  But it didn’t feel that … Continue reading

Stage Set for MLS Cup 2011 Redux

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After only twelve goals total being scored in the conference semifinals, fans could be forgiven for expecting low-scoring first legs of the conference finals.  Instead, tired legs and teams pressing advantages led to seven goals and seemingly anti-climatic second legs … Continue reading

Winner and Losers of the First Round of the 2012 Playoffs

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As you may have noticed when you excitedly opened your podcast app this morning, we were unable to record a post-Thursday episode of the MLS Talk podcast due to a variety of conflicts.  However, after a wild and crazy first … Continue reading

New York and DC Driven By Own Goals to 1-1 Draw

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A night after Real Salt Lake and Seattle played a tactically entertaining game that ended in a goalless draw, DC United and New York opened the formal Eastern Conference playoffs with a sloppier but as engaging one-all draw at RFK. … Continue reading

The Eliminated: Who Are You Rooting for in the Playoffs?

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In MLS, 56% of teams made the playoffs this year, meaning your team had a pretty good chance to make at least the 4 v. 5 game of the playoffs (except you, Toronto fans, sorry).  Of course, at the end … Continue reading

What Your Team Needs to do to Win MLS Cup 2012

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Tonight the road to MLS Cup 2012 begins with Chicago hosting Houston in the Eastern Conference 4/5 game.  Over the next month ten teams will battle to determine who is the best team in MLS this season (at least, the … Continue reading

MLS Doubles Down on a Bad Bet

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In last night’s MLS Talk podcast, the crew discussed the news broken by Don Garber that MLS was helping Chivas stabilize their geographic situation by seeking a permanent soccer-specific stadium in downtown Los Angles.  Speaking with Abraham Madkour of Sports … Continue reading

DC Shuts the Playoff Door on Columbus 3-2

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As the seconds in stoppage time ticked away, the stands shook at RFK Stadium like they had on the old days. As the chants from both sides of the pitch reverberated and DC tried to keep the ball away from … Continue reading

Weekend Results Tighten Eastern Conference Race

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Injuries, an international break, and a bevy of good matches gave MLS fans a number of games to watch Friday and Saturday.  With the number of games to be played dwindling, every match-up takes on that much more importance, and … Continue reading

The Warning Signs in a Big Win for U.S. National Team

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This morning, U.S. soccer fans are again wearing their rose-colored glasses and celebrating the home team’s necessary 1-0 win over Jamaica last night at Crew Stadium.  With the win, the Yanks sit atop Group A and control their destiny in … Continue reading

New Markets Are Challenging MLS Appeal For Europe’s Name Players

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In the beginning, MLS was a little league that merited little notice internationally.  On occasion an all star went overseas and their previous career was noted by pundits, but MLS itself was paid little heed by the Sky Sports of … Continue reading

DeRo and Draw Dominate Definitive Atlantic Cup Duel

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An Atlantic Cup match is always a show. The dueling cheering sections always cheer a little louder, the players are a bit more physical, and the soccer world is reminded that league rivalries can be just as fierce on the … Continue reading

The Americanization of Stoke City is Bad for the U.S. National Team

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On Sunday, Geoff Cameron was named man-of-the-match in his first game for his new team, Stoke City.  After weeks of waiting and paperwork, Cameron was finally able to take the pitch after a transfer that continued the gradual march of … Continue reading

Loss to Seattle Shows Fallacy of Chivas Playoff Hopes

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In political parlance, the “laugh test” is the method to determine the reality of a proposal or idea, as in if a person laughs when you tell them your solution to a problem, it both unrealistic and ridiculous.  A few … Continue reading