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Author Archives: Robert Hay

Your New Resource for the Summer 2012 North American Soccer Friendlies

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  You may have noticed when you visited the site today a new tab on the top of your page called “Summer Friendlies Schedule”.  With the recent announcements of a number of high-profile friendlies, the summer exhibition schedule is quickly … Continue reading

Reaction: El Salvador Sneaks 90+ Minute Goal to Eliminate US

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Tonight the U.S. was dumped out of the 2012 Olympics in heart breaking fashion, giving up a very late goal in stoppage time that knotted the score at 3-3.  The U.S. finished third in Group A and, as a result, … Continue reading

Maybe the Eastern Conference Isn’t So Bad… Or Is It?

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[NB 1 This is the first of what we hope will become a popular weekly column about MLS.  There are many places you can go to get a rote review of the weekend, along with who won and lost.  Our … Continue reading

Canada Shocks Yanks 2-0 in Olympic Qualifier

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(Note: we were unable to do a post-game chat for this game at the last minute; however, please join us Monday for the critical last group stage match and post-game analysis) All of the warm fuzzies after Thursday’s thrashing of … Continue reading

Post Game Analysis: Cuba v. USA U-23 Qualifier

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Be here at 11 PM EDT on Thursday, March 22 to join our post-match analysis of the USA v. Cuba U-23 Olympic qualifier.

MLS Talk and the U.S. Men’s U-23 Qualifiers

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We here at MLS Talk are guilty of one thing: we like to try new things.  We’ve had some successes and failures over the years, but we are trying new ways to not only provide important information about the matches … Continue reading

Which Team has the Best Supporters’ Group?

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Watching the video of the Timbers Army sing the National Anthem again and how much attention that gets in mainstream sports media made me think about what an opportunity MLS has to wedge into the American sports mainstream.  People flinch at the … Continue reading

Real Salt Lake Shocks Host Galaxy 3-1

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For the first seventy minutes of yesterday’s First Kick match-up between the Galaxy and RSL, the predictions about the amazing 2012 Galaxy season looked like they were more than just hype.  Only the crossbar and some timely RSL defending denied … Continue reading

Sapong Late Goal Gives KC 1-0 Win Over DC

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Who says you can’t go home? Manassas, VA native C.J. Sapong headed a corner kick into the net in the 93rd minute to help Sporting Kansas City notch a 1-0 road victory over DC United.  While KC had a majority … Continue reading

The MLS Talk 2012 Season Predictions

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The greatest time of the year has finally come.  After weeks of previewing the teams, we are a day away from the beginning of the MLS season.  Looking ahead to 2012, some things have stayed the same (star-powered LA Galaxy, … Continue reading

MLS Preview ’12 – DC United

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Team: D.C. United Coach: Ben Olsen Last Season: 9-13-12, 7th Eastern Conference, 13th Overall Hashtag: #DCU There is a sense of anticipation around the DC United fan base this season, a sense of anticipation that fans have not had for a few years. … Continue reading

MLS Preview ’12 – Seattle Sounders

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Name: Seattle Sounders Coach: Sigi Schmid Last Year: 18-7-9, 2nd Western Conference, 2nd Overall Hashtag: #Sounders Are Sounders fans too demanding?  In its current iteration, the club is entering its fourth MLS season and has made three consecutive conference semifinals. They own … Continue reading

MLS Preview ’12 – San Jose Earthquakes

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Team: San Jose Earthquakes Coach: Frank Yallop Last Season: 8-12-14, 7th Western Conference, 14th Overall Hashtag: #SJEarthquakes Although it is an overused phrase, this year is a critical year for the San Jose ‘Quakes.  The team is at a crossroads and this season … Continue reading

The MLS Expansion Wheel Points to… Orlando?

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Ah the never ending fun of MLS expansion talk.  Because no league can have an odd number of teams, speculation over who will be the 20th MLS team is always a source of debate and discussion for U.S. soccer fans. … Continue reading

MLS ’12 Preview – Houston Dynamo

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Name: Houston Dynamo Head Coach: Dominic Kinnear 2011 Record: 12-9-13, 2nd Eastern Conference, 7th overall Twitter Hashtag: #HoustonDynamo The Dynamo are the defending Eastern Conference champions, but all the talk this offseason has been about other teams.  That’s not to say … Continue reading

MLS ’12 Preview – Colorado Rapids

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Team: Colorado Rapids Coach: Oscar Pareja Last Season: 12-9-13, 5th West, 6th Overall Twitter Hashtag: #Rapids From MLS champions to gutted in the past season, the Colorado Rapids enter the season wondering “what if”.  A new front office and new coach will try to … Continue reading

MLS ’12 Preview – The Chicago Fire

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Team: Chicago Fire Coach: Frank Klopas Last Season: 9-9-16, 6th East, 11th Overall Twitter Hashtag: #CF97 In our 2011 preview of the Chicago Fire, I predicted the Fire would either make a surprise long run in the playoffs or miss the … Continue reading

The 2012 MLS Season Preview Preview

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Did you feel that?  That little shiver down your spine as you clicked on this story to read it.  Was it too much caffeine this morning?  Or was it the sense that the beginning of spring and the MLS season … Continue reading