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Archives: Major League Soccer

How Brazil’s Failure Could Help MLS

Posted on by Robert Hay
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There are myriad reasons for Brazil’s abrupt departure from the World Cup and honestly there is a sliver of truth in every theory or reason given for their poor play.  One reason, however, for the change in the Brazilian soccer … Continue reading

Young USA Players Looking to Move Beyond MLS

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Going into the World Cup, a major storyline around the U.S. national team was the number of key players who had left overseas clubs to return to MLS.  Facing a logjam in the AS Roma midfield, Michael Bradley accepted a … Continue reading

Failure of USA to Beat Belgium Reflects Negatively On MLS

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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An easy, somewhat lazy narrative has developed through the years that Major League Soccer has helped the United States Men’s National Team grow. While this is true from a pure standpoint of quality of squad depth, the league has from … Continue reading

Could Beckham’s Miami Experiment Kill Local Pro Soccer?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers just completed a season where the club set an average attendance record for a local lower-division professional club, breaking a mark that was set a quarter-century ago in during the 1988 APSL season. The continued discussion … Continue reading

Alexi Lalas Critique of US Based Fans Ignores Local Game Outside MLS

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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In March, Alexi Lalas loudly proclaimed that to be a true soccer fan in the United States, you must watch and support Major League Soccer. “Think globally act locally,” Lalas proclaimed. While the sentiment is nice, the promotion of Major … Continue reading

A Walk Down Memory Lane… Reviewing the Previews

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Stage Set for MLS Cup 2011 Redux

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

New Markets Are Challenging MLS Appeal For Europe’s Name Players

Posted on by Robert Hay

In the beginning, MLS was a little league that merited little notice internationally.  On occasion an all star went overseas and their previous career was noted by pundits, but MLS itself was paid little heed by the Sky Sports of … Continue reading

The Ten Commandments for a Successful International Friendly

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

Who is the Best Head Coach in MLS?

Posted on by Robert Hay

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

MLS Blows it Badly With Comeback, Coach of the Year Awards

Posted on by Robert Hay

Leave it to MLS to miss a slam dunk.  As part of their daily unveiling of award winners leading up to the MLS Cup (an idea that I like that they do), the league announced the winners of the Comeback … Continue reading

MLS Gets It Right Regarding International Breaks

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

Video: Klinsmann gets the win Who remembers the last time that Major League Soccer played a regular season match during an international date? Who remembers the last time when an important World Cup Qualifier was being played while the New … Continue reading

MLS Talk Podcast : This Week in US Soccer, September 1, 2011

Posted on by Chris Riordan

On the latest edition of the Major League Soccer Talk Podcast : This Week in US Soccer, your hosts (the Chris and Chris of American soccer) bring you a view of the beautiful game from an American and regional perspective.  … Continue reading

Seattle Sounders and Colorado Rapids Help MLS Stay Undefeated in Champions League

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

Has hell frozen over all of a sudden? What magic and mystery has happened down in Mexico. Last week we saw FC Dallas achieve history with the first ever MLS victory on Mexican soil against UNAM Pumas. The big question … Continue reading

New England 2-2 New York Red Bulls: Yet Another Draw

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

Hans Backe said that last week’s home draw was a step in the right direction. Well after a good week of training at Montclair State University, you would think that this would be the case. A trip to a house … Continue reading

New York Red Bulls 2-2 Chicago Fire: Lindpere Saves Another Draw

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

“It is what it is” says Thierry Henry every time I attend New York Red Bulls training at Montclair State University. And it is what it is with this club with another draw after ninety minutes — for the thirteenth … Continue reading