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Author Archives: Todd Shenk

About Todd Shenk

Todd Shenk is a fan of the EPL and runs the fantasy Premier League focused blog Premier Soccer Chat He works full time as a children's therapist and spends his free time watching soccer and playing sports such as soccer and volleyball. In addition he is a Manchester United supporter and enjoys watching baseball and attending games throughout the summer. He can be found on Twitter @Todd_Shenk

Center-back concerns could derail Manchester United’s title bid

Posted on by Todd Shenk
smalling jones

The center-back position at Manchester United has never been the same following the decline of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. While Sir Alex seemingly bolstered the central defensive ranks by purchasing young players like Phil Jones and Chris Smalling and … Continue reading

Manchester United have a healthy midfield conundrum

Posted on by Todd Shenk
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With Morgan Schneiderlin joining Bastian Schweinsteiger at Manchester United there are growing questions about where these two will fit into a central midfield that is already packed. This is just the thing that United supporters have been craving for years, … Continue reading

Where could Morgan Schneiderlin fit in at Manchester United?

Posted on by Todd Shenk
morg

Speculation is high that Morgan Schneiderlin is set to sign for Manchester United this summer, with a possible transfer occurring as early as this week in a deal worth somewhere in the range of $37 million. Schneiderlin’s contract at Southampton … Continue reading

Manchester United considering US tour to Atlanta, Ohio and New Jersey

Posted on by Todd Shenk
manchester-united-fans

This summer of 2015 Manchester United look set to play in a short three-match tour of America. This summer’s trip to the United States looks likely to take place on the East Coast with possible targets in Atlanta, Ohio, and … Continue reading

Burnley vs. Manchester United Match Review and Player Ratings

Posted on by Todd Shenk
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The last time that these two teams met at Turf Moor was in the 2009 Premier League season, with Burnley coming away as 1-0 winners. The Premier League newcomers were hoping to produce another shocking result, even if it comes … Continue reading

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A Remarkable World Cup Moment That Went Unnoticed In the USA-Belgium Game

Posted on by Todd Shenk
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This World Cup has been one of the best in recent memory, despite all of the concerns with the tournament being held in Brazil. There have been some fantastic goals and amazing matches. Of course, any World Cup will have … Continue reading

Can the Netherlands Return to the Final? Can They Win it All?

Posted on by Todd Shenk
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It is somewhat incredible to think that the Netherlands World Cup run has become something of a surprise. After all, they were in the final of the 2010 World Cup and only narrowly lost in extra time. Their 2012 Euro … Continue reading

Netherlands vs. Spain Tactical Preview – Why The Dutch Could Surprise

Posted on by Todd Shenk
Netherlands' midfielder Wesley Sneijder

With the Netherlands taking on Spain in their first group match this Friday, the main headline has been to depict this as a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final. I, however, disagree with this. Both of these teams are … Continue reading

Netherlands World Cup 2014 Preview: A Test of Youth Mixed with Experience

Posted on by Todd Shenk
netherlands-kit-nike

The Oranje. The Royal Netherlands Football Team (KNVB), aka Netherlands or Holland, is a team well known for its moments of brilliance, but so often eclipsed by moments of madness. Their fans can always be seen wildly cheering on their … Continue reading

How Southampton Has Turned Into This Season’s Surprise Team

Posted on by Todd Shenk
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Southampton has become the biggest surprise of this Premier League season. After being promoted just last year, they have catapulted themselves into third place after the first 11 matches. Even more amazing, they have the chance to go top of … Continue reading

The Race for Europe: Which EPL Clubs Will Qualify for the Champions League?

Posted on by Todd Shenk
europe

As it the Premier League table stands at the moment, Manchester United are looking set to snatch back the trophy from the blue half of Manchester. Twelve points clear with 12 matches to play is a rather large hurdle, but … Continue reading

Which 3 Premier League Clubs Will Be Relegated This Season?

Posted on by Todd Shenk
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As an American, when I was first introduced to the Premier League I was intrigued by the idea of relegation to a lower league along with lower tier teams moving up. I will admit that it took me a bit … Continue reading

Defending David De Gea: 3 Reasons Why Manchester United Should Keep Him

Posted on by Todd Shenk
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The amount of hostility that David De Gea receives each week is somewhat bemusing to me. I know he’s made mistakes, but so have many other world class goalkeepers. In a way, it is part of the job, and especially … Continue reading

NFL Fans Hate Soccer But We Don’t Care

Posted on by Todd Shenk
nfl-fans

“It’s too boring.” “There’s never any scoring.” “They’re all pansies.” “They’re always rolling around on the ground pretending to be hurt.” These seem to be the standard arguments I get from my American football loving friends and acquaintances whenever soccer … Continue reading

Why the Lack of Defending is Good for the Premier League. Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the EPL

Posted on by Todd Shenk
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Pretty much every pundit of the Premier League has bemoaned the lack of defending in the league this season. This may seem like a bad thing for the Premier League, but I’m going to make the case that it doesn’t really … Continue reading