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Top 5 Highlights of American Soccer in 2009

As promised last week, here are my highlights from 2009 in American Soccer, in no particular order: U.S. National Team Beats Spain in Confederations Cup Semi-Finals: On June 24, 2009, in the Semi-Finals of the Confederations Cup, the U.S. National Team, which barely advanced out of the group stage, managed […]

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Random Thoughts on the MLS Cup

After that cesspool of a result in Paris on Wednesday, it is nice to turn our attention to a league where the sportsmen are pure, the referees are beyond reproach and the game is always played with a spirit of manly honor – the MLS.  Or something like that. Sunday’s […]

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MLS Cup Final Preview Part Two: Coaching and Intangibles

In the first part of our 2009 MLS Cup Final preview, the Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy players were assessed and compared, with a slight advantage being measured for the Galaxy. In this continuation of our analysis, attention is paid to the coaches and intangibles for both clubs. […]

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Galaxy Win in a Long, Dark Night in Carson

The Western Conference Finals was a long, hard slog between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo.  With an 8:30 starting time to accommodate ESPN2’s college football schedule, two blackouts that interrupted play in each half, and a half hour of overtime, the Galaxy did not trudge off the […]

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Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 2

The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   12,147  NA  Chicago  NY  Colorado  Los Angeles  2006   9,533   -21.52%   Chicago  NY  Colorado  Chivas USA  2007   14,245   49.42%   Chicago  NY  Dallas  Kansas City  2008   10,476   -26.46%   New England  NY  Salt […]

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Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 1

The playoff numbers look like this… 5 year comparison Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg   Avg +/- Home Teams  2005   12,147  NA  Chicago  NY  Colorado  Los Angeles  2006   9,533   -21.52%   Chicago  NY  Colorado  Chivas USA  2007   14,245   49.42%   Chicago  NY  Dallas  Kansas City  2008   10,476   -26.46%   New England  NY  Salt […]

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MLS Table As It Now Stands 10/18 Update

One week to go, and this is where we stand: As the table stands now, this would be the playoff matchup – WEST  Los Angeles vs Seattle Houston vs Chivas EAST Columbus vs  Colorado Chicago vs Toronto Remember, the first tie-breaker is head to head competition, not goal difference.  The […]

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Dominic Kinnear: A Model MLS Coach

The English Premier League is one of the most popular football leagues in the world for many reasons, especially its coaching soap opera. No other league has managed to turn coaching vendettas and spats into a complex, highly entertaining mix of both low and high art in the manner that […]

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Play It Again Dwayne

Major League Soccer is now entering its adolescence after a somewhat turbulent infancy. As the league develops some history one thing has become perfectly clear: Dwayne DeRossario is the best big game player in the history of MLS. Believe it or not, DeRossario is not among the all time league […]

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