‘Papers in the Wind’ By Eduardo Sacheri: Book Review
‘Papers in the Wind’ By Eduardo Sacheri: Book Review

One of the things that bugs me most about popular culture is the lack of quality fictional moves about soccer. Bend It Like Beckham may have been the last good fictional account where soccer played a prominent role, and even that is not that wonderful of a movie.  Arguably The Damned […]

Coppa Italia Final Overshadowed By Fan Violence [VIDEO]
Coppa Italia Final Overshadowed By Fan Violence [VIDEO]

The spectacle that took place outside and inside the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday was probably missed by most soccer fans.  The lead-up to the Coppa Italia final was full of anticipation – both Fiorentina and Napoli play an open and exciting brand of soccer. And Rafa Benitez, with a win, […]

Book Review: Distant Corners By David Wangerin
Book Review: Distant Corners By David Wangerin

As MLS and the U.S. Soccer Federation try to create a modern soccer history, complete with its heroes, stories, and even villains, they often set aside our nation’s soccer past to complete their narrative. We often forget that the United States had an incredible soccer history before 1994. Before the […]

Why Serie A Needs The Azzurri To Be Successful
Why Serie A Needs The Azzurri To Be Successful

At first glance, all seems right in Serie A this season.  Traditional power Juventus is atop the league table with the scudetto seemingly in hand, a resurgent traditional power in A.S. Roma sits behind them, and in third is big-spender and recent title challenger Napoli.  None of the top teams […]

NBC Highlights Two of MLS’s Best Rivalries to Mixed Results
NBC Highlights Two of MLS’s Best Rivalries to Mixed Results

Despite some of the more odd pairings for MLS Rivalry Weekend/Day (you can just taste the hatred between the Union and Revs!) the attempt by MLS and its TV partners to drive attention and viewers on a crowded sports weekend by putting so many hated teams on the pitch over […]

Columbus Could Kick Off MLS Stadium Project 2.0
Columbus Could Kick Off MLS Stadium Project 2.0

(New England and DC fans, avert your eyes.  This could hurt). The Columbus Crew hold the distinction of opening MLS’s first soccer specific stadium when Crew Stadium was opened in 1999.  Since then, the stadium has hosted one MLS championship and two All Star games; more importantly, however, it has […]

MLS ’13 – The End of the Western Conference’s Dominance
MLS ’13 – The End of the Western Conference’s Dominance

For the past three years, the gulf between the two MLS conferences has seemingly been as deep as the Grand Canyon.  In 2011 and 2012, the East’s representative in MLS Cup was Houston, a convert from the West.  The last time MLS Cup featured an original Eastern Conference team was […]

MLS ’13 – Accepting MLS as a Feeder League
MLS ’13 – Accepting MLS as a Feeder League

In the United States, we are used to the best.  The best cars, the best electronics, the best TV shows, everything we have is the best.  Even if we did not make it or create it, we still want it here in the U.S.  So when the best version of […]

MLS ’13 – Reviewing the Coaching Hires
MLS ’13 – Reviewing the Coaching Hires

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 new head coaches, all from very diverse backgrounds.  MLS teams […]

Why MLS is Not Immune From Match Fixing
Why MLS is Not Immune From Match Fixing

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 was laid off his longtime manufacturing job four years ago; […]

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

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 qualifier in Honduras.  Usually, the January camp (loving referred to […]

A Walk Down Memory Lane… Reviewing the Previews
A Walk Down Memory Lane… Reviewing the Previews

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 season is well over and the 2013 preseason is in […]

Houston Machine Steamrolls DC to Take Eastern Conference
Houston Machine Steamrolls DC to Take Eastern Conference

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 way at RFK Stadium Sunday afternoon, as a crowd of […]

Stage Set for MLS Cup 2011 Redux
Stage Set for MLS Cup 2011 Redux

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 coming up on Sunday, as a repeat of the 2011 […]

Winner and Losers of the First Round of the 2012 Playoffs
Winner and Losers of the First Round of the 2012 Playoffs

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 round/conference semi-final round, I wanted to approach a wrap-up from […]