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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. […]

Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Week 3

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 […]

After A Bumpy Season The Houston Dynamo Finish Second in the MLS West

The Houston Dynamo’s 2009 regular season came to an end on Sunday as they beat Chivas USA 3-2 at the Home Depot Center. Coming into Sunday’s match, both teams had secured playoff berths, but the outcome would decide the seeding of the teams. By beating the San Jose Earthquakes on […]

Final MLS Table

The season is over and, after a wild weekend, we have our playoff teams.  The first round of playoffs looks like this: West LA Galaxy vs Chivas USA Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders East Columbus Crew vs Real Salt Lake New England Revolution vs Chicago Fire Before we start previewing […]

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 […]

Houston Dynamo Secure Playoff Berth With 1-1 Draw Against Kansas City Wizards

Going into Sunday’s home match against the Kansas City Wizards, the Houston Dynamo knew the needed a result to secure their fourth straight playoff berth since moving to the Bayou City, but when forward Cam Weaver received a red card in the 17th minute hopes of an easy victory were […]

Defensive Posture Hurting MLS

Must see TV has turned into a bore fest courtesy of Major League Soccer. The last several weeks of the regular season were high flying as many of the teams were going for broke thanks to MLS’ playoff system which unlike European Football gives teams the opportunity to save their […]

Revs, Wizards Advance

In two uninspiring displays of soccer the New England Revolution and Kansas City Wizards both advanced to the conference finals. New England will host the Chicago Fire Thursday Night on ESPN2, while Houston will host Kansas City Saturday on FSC. Both games will be winner take all with a 120 […]

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Liverpool Agree £10million Deal With Bayer Leverkusen For Midfielder Emre Can

Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle with Bayer Leverkusen to sign highly-rated midfielder Emre Can. Emre Can began his youth career at Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Bayern Munich where he stayed with the top German job for four years. He later transferred to Bayer Leverkusen, where he has been […]

Fulham 3-2 Blackburn Rovers: Bonus Match Review

Allow me start with some nuts and bolts. When I first embarked on writing tactics-flavored match reports, I planned to focus on mid-to-lower table clubs, like my initial report on Wigan v. WBA. This was because Michael Cox of Zonal Marking (a participant in a tactics interview accessed with a subscription […]

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 8: TV times and open thread

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