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Author Archives: Robert Hay

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

DC Dominates in 4-2 Win Over Fire

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What do the Michigan Bucks and DC United have in common? They are the only two teams to score more than two goals against the Chicago Fire in 2012, but last night the Fire could only blame themselves (and not … Continue reading

The Ten Commandments for a Successful International Friendly

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I had the fortune of attending the DC United and Paris Saint-Germain friendly this past weekend, one which this site has covered fairly extensively due to the debut of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the French side.  The game, as has been noted, was … Continue reading

Why I Am Still Avoiding the MLS All Star Game

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About a year ago on this site, I wrote an article about why I would not be watching the MLS All Stars face off against Manchester United at Red Bull Arena.  In essence, I felt that another meaningless friendly, but … Continue reading

Hope(less): Does Hope Solo Hurt the U.S. National Team?

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The summer games in London are right around the corner, but for the U.S. women’s national team the tournament is about more than a gold medal.  It is a chance to put behind them the disappointing loss in last year’s … Continue reading

Best Goal: Henry, Nguyen or Villareal?

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Last night’s games certainly did not lack offense.  Excluding the Seattle friendly, eighteen goals were scored in the seven MLS games and only two teams (not coincidentally, both playing midday) failed to score a goal on Wednesday.  And anytime you … Continue reading

MLS Must Show Spine and Suspend Beckham

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It’s finally come.  After a few years of dangerous tackles and public outbursts against officials, MLS finally has a very public example of poor behavior by David Beckham that will either lead to a suspension or a discrediting of league … Continue reading

Olsen’s Tactics Carry the Day: DCU 3, Montreal 0

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Tonight’s DC United and Montreal game saw an occurrence that is become more common in MLS – both teams coached by two long-time MLS players. For the home team, that coach is legendary player Ben Olsen, who as a player … Continue reading

Seattle’s Defensive Gaffs Dragging Down Team

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In their last seven MLS games, Seattle has lost four matches and drawn three, falling from near the top of the Western Conference to fourth in the conference, a point behind Cascadia rivals Vancouver but with the Galaxy in their … Continue reading

Why The LA Galaxy Are Not Contenders… Yet

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The Los Angeles Galaxy’s come-from-behind 3-2 win at Rio Tinto Stadium this week sent the MLS crowd into a frenzy, proclaiming “The Galaxy are back!” and “they are who we thought they were!”.  To be honest, some of this was … Continue reading

New Coaches and Same Results for MLS Teams

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For Toronto and Philadelphia, the “international break” was an opportunity for renewal and revival.  Both teams had miserable starts to the season but both still were in shouting distance of fifth place in the Eastern Conference.  For the Union, the … Continue reading

How the U.S. Can Really Win Their First Qualifier

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To be blunt, the U.S. national team will probably face a stiffer challenge from the weather than from their opponents in their opening match of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.  Antigua & Barbuda has a population small enough to fit … Continue reading

DC Inching Closer to New Stadium and Funding

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Longtime MLS watchers and DC sports fans know that every year a hot rumor about DC United’s stadium situation begins to make the rounds, only for that rumor to fall apart and the team move ever closer to leaving the … Continue reading

DC United Moves Into First With 3-2 Win Over Revs

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For at least the next three weeks, a new team will be sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference, as DC United took down the New England Revolution 3-2 tonight at RFK Stadium.  The win moves DC a point … Continue reading