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Author Archives: Robert Hay

Loss to Seattle Shows Fallacy of Chivas Playoff Hopes

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Lots of Dollars, No Sense: Players Union Releases Salaries

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The MLS Players Union today released their annual list of players’ salaries for the current contract year.  You can see the team-by-team breakdown here and Steven Goff lists the top 25 base salaried players here.  Salaries on the union site … Continue reading

Making Goats Out of the Galaxy – Monday Morning Sweeper

Posted on by Robert Hay

Please enjoy a slightly late and abbreviated Monday Morning Sweeper……… Chivas rules SuperClasico The “SuperClasico” has never been a real rivalry, but more of a grudge match where the “younger brother” constantly falls to the older, more successful brother on … Continue reading

The Best MLS Goals of the Weekend, May 12-13

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Apologies, folks, but Monday Morning Sweeper has to take another week off.  But fear not, because to try and make it up to you, here are the top fives goals of the weekend that was in MLS. 5. David Beckham … Continue reading

MLS Landmarks in Canada – Monday Morning Sweeper

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Canadian Teams Setting New Milestones, Both Good and Bad Canada is the center of the MLS world this week after the results by Montreal and Toronto on Saturday.  The Impact continued to add to the team’s MLS history with their … Continue reading