Author: Ryan Rosenblatt

It’s time for the LA Galaxy to bench Steven Gerrard

The Galaxy have made a habit of signing high profile talent, and when he arrived this summer, Steven Gerrard seemed to fit the pattern. He, like those who came before him, was going to fit in and help the team bring another MLS Cup back to the StubHub Center. But with the playoffs and the presumed run to another trophy set to begin, Gerrard isn’t driving the team forward. Instead, the Liverpool legend is dragging the Galaxy down. Gerrard’s stay in LA started brilliantly, with a goal and an assist in his first MLS match. His fitness wasn’t great, but ... Read more

The neutral’s guide to the MLS playoffs: Western Conference edition

Seven months ago, Major League Soccer kicked off its 20th season with 20 teams, an all-time league high. Now, one day before the league’s postseason begin, the field has been trimmed to 12, but if you’ve focused your soccer attention on other leagues, you may have missed how and why the final dozen have survived into late October. Take heart, MLS-adjacent friend: We’re here to help.  You’re neutral, you’re curious, and we’re committed to bridging taht gap. With our Eastern Conference view published last night, here’s Ryan Rosenblatt with who to watch and who will win – our neutral’s guide to the Western Conference playoffs:  Who to ... Read more

The neutral’s guide to the MLS playoffs: Eastern Conference edition

Seven months ago, Major League Soccer kicked off its 20th season with 20 teams, an all-time league high. Now, one day before the league’s postseason begin, the field has been trimmed to 12, but if you’ve focused your soccer attention on other leagues, you may have missed how and why the final dozen have survived into late October. Take heart, MLS-adjacent friend: We’re here to help.  You’re neutral, you’re curious, and we’re committed to bridging taht gap. With our Western Conference view set for Wednesday, here’s Ryan Rosenblatt with who to watch and who will win – our neutral’s guide to the Eastern Conference playoffs: ... Read more

Alex Morgan’s trade from Portland to Orlando will make her the NWSL’s Herschel Walker

This is The Alex Morgan Trade. The U.S. international striker is reportedly moving from the National Women’s Soccer League’s best supported team, the Portland Thorns, to its newest, the Orlando Pride. Going the other way are Meghan Klingenberg, the rights to Lindsey Horan, two international slots and the first overall pick in this winter’s college draft, though all for that is the small print – the subhead, listed far below the block font headline. Morgan, arguably American soccer’s most popular player, is the point of this trade, and when it happens, it will go down with her name on it. ... Read more

Defensive midfield is Jurgen Klinsmann’s biggest problem

The United States men’s national team is still starting Jozy Altidore at striker because, well, they don’t have anyone better. The four-year search for centerbacks is still plaguing Jurgen Klinsmann’s team, too, and left back is the same black hole that it has been for the better part of two decades. And yet, none of those create the same problems for the US that the absence of a good defensive midfielder does. It’s not a coincidence that the US’s best stretch of play under Jurgen Klinsmann came with Kyle Beckerman in the team and playing well. His ability to shield ... Read more

One of the U.S.’s best goalkeepers is not getting a chance at the starting job

Tim Howard was the United States’ goalkeeper, then he took a year off and Brad Guzan became the man between the sticks for Jurgen Klinsmann. Now Howard is back and, after the Confederations Cup final, the two goalkeepers will have a Battle of the Bald for the job. But that competition comes with a hole – it excludes arguably the best American goalkeeper. While Howard has kept playing for Everton — usually adequately, but with some bad goals mixed in — and Guzan got demoted at Aston Villa only to win the starting job back, Bill Hamid has been the ... Read more