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Author Archives: Robert Hay

Best Goal: Henry, Nguyen or Villareal?

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

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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

Lots of Dollars, No Sense: Players Union Releases Salaries

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

A “Scary” Weekend – Monday Morning Sweeper

Posted on by Robert Hay

New York Defense Reaches New Lows After his team’s 4-1 thrashing of the New York Red Bull, Ben Olsen called Chris Pontius’ potential as a forward “scary”.  You can’t blame him for his word choice as Pontius, just coming back … Continue reading

Streaks Continue for Two MLS Teams on Wednesday Night

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There were only two Wednesday MLS games this week and they seemingly had little in common.  The results, however, were all about streaks that were on the line in the games.  Both streaks are amazing in their own way and … Continue reading

Under Further Review – Monday Morning Sweeper

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MLS Review Policy to be Tested this Week Over the past few weeks, MLS players midweek have been issued suspensions or fines by the league for actions that occurred in the past.  The league’s new policy of reviewing harsh fouls … Continue reading

Why Sporting KC-RSL Isn’t This Weekend’s Best Match

Posted on by Robert Hay

All of the hype and eyes of the American soccer community will be on MLS Live Saturday night (yes, someone forgot to negotiate this game into NBC or ESPN’s deal) as Sporting Kansas City host Real Salt Lake in the … Continue reading

Something’s Boiling in the Cauldron – Monday Morning Sweeper

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Sporting Kansas City is for Real… for Now You can reel off the excuses arguing against the early dominance of Sporting Kansas City.  Their opponents so far are only 8-13-3.  The Galaxy team they faced on Saturday was missing key … Continue reading