Author Archives: Robert Hay

New Look Reds Marching In? 3 Questions for Toronto FC

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In my 2011 season preview, I predicted that Toronto would struggle for the first few months under its newest leadership structure (new general manager and head coach) but toward the end of the year start to look like a promising … Continue reading

Heaps of Trouble? Three Questions for NE Revolution

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The New England Revolution are a team in transition this offseason.  Long-time coach Steve Nicol has been fired and replaced by a man familiar to Revs fans: former player Jay Heaps.  The new head man comes in at a time … Continue reading

Whitecaps Looking Up for 2012

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The Vancouver Whitecaps’ first season in MLS ended as so many other “expansion” teams’ season have ended in U.S. leagues throughout the years: basement and struggling to build for the future.*  After the near immediate success of recent MLS additions … Continue reading

The Agony and Ecstasy of Brian Ching

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It’s always a drag when work gets in the way of your retirement dreams.  On Wednesday as millions of us were travelling to Thanksgiving dinner, the Montreal Impact selected ten players left unprotected by their fellow MLS clubs and, for … Continue reading

A Review of the MLS Talk Preseason Predictions

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As our long-time readers know, MLS Talk likes to provide serious, well-thought out news analysis mixed with offbeat and laughable soccer-related thoughts.  This is the latter type of post. Prior to First Kick 2011, the MLS Talk writers got together … Continue reading

Are the 2011 Galaxy the best MLS team ever?

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With their 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo yesterday, the Galaxy reached their season-long goal of winning an MLS Cup and certain high-profile players notched their first North American championship.  Anytime a team wins a championship, writers and bloggers take … Continue reading

MLS Cup 2011 Live Chat

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Los Angeles v. Houston.  Galaxy v. Dynamo.  Western Conference v. Eastern Conference. Game on. Join Earl Reed and I here beginning at 9 PM for our live chat of the MLS Cup 2011.  We’re looking forward to it!

Au Revoir? Intriguing Expansion Draft Options

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Undoubtedly, expansion is an exciting time for MLS fans, as it allows them to see and experience a “new” market, a new potential rival, and the possibility of the next great soccer city.  With the success of recent expansion clubs … Continue reading

The MLS Talk 2011 MLS Cup Live Chat

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Join MLS Talk this Sunday night beginning at 9 PM ET as we provide live analysis and insight into the match between the Houston Dynamo and the LA Galaxy.  Join us for a discussion on the teams and tactics, as … Continue reading

MLS Blows it Badly With Comeback, Coach of the Year Awards

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Leave it to MLS to miss a slam dunk.  As part of their daily unveiling of award winners leading up to the MLS Cup (an idea that I like that they do), the league announced the winners of the Comeback … Continue reading

My Free Advice to Jurgen Klinsmann

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As the U.S. men’s national team struggled through yet another 1-0 loss in an international friendly, Twitter was afire with criticisms of the team and the new boss.  The most damning criticism might have been this: that the team played … Continue reading

State of the Union: Garber Talks Cosmos, Baltimore, and World Domination

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The annual MLS State of the League audio conference, held prior to the MLS Cup, is usually good for some news and gossip from the MLS league office.  This year’s conference was no different, as The Commish touched on the … Continue reading

MLS Finals Set as LA, Houston Cruise to Victory

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The 2011 MLS Cup will truly be a David v. Goliath affair.  In this corner, you have the regular season’s best team with the most star power and biggest names who, by the way, will be playing at home.  In … Continue reading

MLS Gauging Market for a Team in Baltimore

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On the eve of the second leg of the conference semifinals, the league has stirred some intrigue around one of its teams not in the playoffs.  According to Steven Goff of The Washington Post, soccer fans in the Baltimore, MD … Continue reading

Details on Major League Soccer Talk Playoff Contest

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As you may have heard, the MLS Talk Podcast is running its playoff contest to reward the reader/listener who most correctly picks the winners for each round of the MLS playoffs.  For the basics, check out this week’s podcast.  For … Continue reading

Who Will Win Tonight: New York or Dallas?

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Tonight MLS shifts from the regular season to the postseason as two teams that could have entries in the DSM-IV face off on Fox Soccer Channel at 9 PM ET.  The New York Red Bulls will try to advance to face … Continue reading

Portland Playoff Hopes Stay Alive With 1-1 Draw

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The difference between MLS and most other major American sports leagues is that two teams with losing records can play a low scoring game in the rain and have it be one of the most exciting games of the year. … Continue reading

Video: Seattle Pays Tribute to Kasey Keller

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On Saturday night the Seattle Sounders publicly saluted keeper Kasey Keller, who is retiring at the end of the season.  The club had a great pre post-game ceremony complete with gifts of a Honda off-road vehicle (driven in by minority owner … Continue reading