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Author Archives: Robert Hay

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

Who is the Best Head Coach in MLS?

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As the preseason gets into full swing and rosters begin to stabilize, it’s time to take a look at the men who pull the strings and have the greatest impact on the team itself.  The modern manager is part tactician, … Continue reading

The Dempsey Conundrum: Promotion or Status Quo?

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On the eve of the much-anticipated American Civil War between Everton and Fulham, American soccer fans are relishing the chance to see three of their best players take the pitch at the same time at the highest level of competition. … Continue reading

Cooper Trade Speaks Volumes on Red Bulls Future

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The most intriguing pick-up in the 2012 MLS Superdraft was the one not made in Kansas City.  The Portland Timbers traded forward Kenny Cooper to the New York Red Bulls for the team’s 2013 first round Superdraft pick and conditional … Continue reading

Why the New Format Will Save the US Open Cup

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The U.S. Soccer Federation yesterday announced an expanded Open Cup format and schedule, one that will incorporate all MLS and lower division teams in a newly and hopefully more condensed way.  In essence, the changes allow the Lamar Hunt U.S. … Continue reading

Three Offseason Questions for the Defending Champs: LA Galaxy

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Today we wrap up our “Three Questions” series with the defending MLS champions, the Los Angeles Galaxy.  By any definition, they were the best team in MLS last season: they convincingly led the Supporters Shield’s race most of the season, … Continue reading

Sustained Run or One-Hit Wonder? Three Questions for Houston Dynamo

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“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” said a famous philosopher centuries ago, but he may as well have been writing for MLS Talk about the 2011 Eastern Conference champions.  The Houston Dynamo took advantage of a … Continue reading

Has RSL Reached Its High Water Mark? Three Questions for the 2009 Champs

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We are nearing the end of our Three Questions series, and I hope you have found it insightful and useful during the offseason.  We’ll end the series tomorrow and Tuesday with the MLS Cup participants, prior to the 2012 Superdraft. … Continue reading

Is Sporting KC the Eastern Conference Favorites? Three Questions for KC

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If Sporting Kansas City’s season had a title, it would be “Night and Day”.  A tough start to the season, no doubt spurred on by the never-ending road trip, saw the team open Livestrong Park and use its great atmosphere … Continue reading

Retooling or Rebuilding? Three Questions for the Seattle Sounders

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Last year was a good year for one of MLS’s premier franchises.  The Sounders won yet another U.S. Open Cup and advanced past the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.  While they could not vanquish their nemesis Galaxy in … Continue reading

Navigating the Rapids: Three Questions for Colorado

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Defending champions in all sports have had down subsequent seasons, but few have imploded quite like Colorado.  Despite qualifying for the playoffs, the Rapids’ season was a roller coaster.  Struggling with injuries and added games the entire season, the team … Continue reading

What is the ceiling for Philly? Three Questions on the Union

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In their second year in MLS, the Philadelphia Union surprised the league by combining unbreakable defense with timely scoring.  Philly was in the top three of the East most of the season before slipping a bit at the end of … Continue reading

The Amazing Tim Howard Goal

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Who says the U.S. national team is weak at forward? During yesterday’s Everton v. Bolton match, keeper Tim Howard broke the scoreless tie with a 100 yard strike that was aided by the wind.  I am not sure which is … Continue reading

The Post Where We Limit Ourselves to 3 Questions About the NY Offseason

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Poor New York Red Bulls. In a season when it was all supposed to come together (young stars! established DPs! weak conference! newish stadium!) it all fell apart.  New York struggled all season and barely made the playoffs, defeating a … Continue reading

Is Dallas an MLS Cup Contender? Three Questions for 2012

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FC Dallas was an up-and-down team last season, getting off to a slow start (remember Brek Shea as a fullback) before surging in the summer then falling off a cliff in the fall.  The team ended the season on a … Continue reading

Twelve U.S. Soccer Predictions for 2012

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This past season in U.S. soccer was certainly an interesting one.  In MLS, two new teams were promoted and the soccer world fell in love with them and their passionate fans.  Coaches were hired and fired, players finally fulfilled their … Continue reading

Are the Crew Contenders or Pretenders in ’12? Three Questions for Columbus

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The Columbus Crew were certainly a surprise team last season.  After cutting ties with a number of veterans and going with a roster that looked lacking on almost every part of the pitch, head coach Robert Warzycha coaxed a great … Continue reading

Are the Fire Playoff Bound? Three Questions for Chicago

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Chicago ended the year as potentially the best non-playoff team in MLS.  They caught “fire” and had a winning record for the final third of the season, almost stealing the tenth playoff spot from New York.  The same team that … Continue reading