Archives: 2012 Season

A Walk Down Memory Lane… Reviewing the Previews

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One thing we are not afraid to do here at MLS Talk is to take a look back on our predictions and previews to highlight what we got both awesomely right and so terribly wrong.  Now that the 2012 MLS … Continue reading

Houston Machine Steamrolls DC to Take Eastern Conference

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In retrospect, it was obvious.  Houston is so good playing with an aggregate lead in the playoffs and with DC missing Chris Pontius and a fully healthy Dwayne De Rosario, the task really was impossible.  But it didn’t feel that … Continue reading

Stage Set for MLS Cup 2011 Redux

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After only twelve goals total being scored in the conference semifinals, fans could be forgiven for expecting low-scoring first legs of the conference finals.  Instead, tired legs and teams pressing advantages led to seven goals and seemingly anti-climatic second legs … Continue reading

Winner and Losers of the First Round of the 2012 Playoffs

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As you may have noticed when you excitedly opened your podcast app this morning, we were unable to record a post-Thursday episode of the MLS Talk podcast due to a variety of conflicts.  However, after a wild and crazy first … Continue reading

Weekend Results Tighten Eastern Conference Race

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Injuries, an international break, and a bevy of good matches gave MLS fans a number of games to watch Friday and Saturday.  With the number of games to be played dwindling, every match-up takes on that much more importance, and … Continue reading

The Ten Commandments for a Successful International Friendly

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I had the fortune of attending the DC United and Paris Saint-Germain friendly this past weekend, one which this site has covered fairly extensively due to the debut of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the French side.  The game, as has been noted, was … 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

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 – 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

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 – 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