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Archives: MLS Season 2011

A Review of the MLS Talk Preseason Predictions

Posted on by Robert Hay

As our long-time readers know, MLS Talk likes to provide serious, well-thought out news analysis mixed with offbeat and laughable soccer-related thoughts.  This is the latter type of post. Prior to First Kick 2011, the MLS Talk writers got together … Continue reading

MLS Finals Set as LA, Houston Cruise to Victory

Posted on by Robert Hay

The 2011 MLS Cup will truly be a David v. Goliath affair.  In this corner, you have the regular season’s best team with the most star power and biggest names who, by the way, will be playing at home.  In … Continue reading

Seattle Looks Sound: Week 29 Review

Posted on by Robert Hay

Houston Dynamo 1 – Chicago Fire 1 (Clark 33′, Oduro 43′) With the way the results in the Eastern Conference shook out this weekend, not getting the full three points was a major blow for Chicago, who see their playoff … Continue reading

Vote Now: Who is the 2011 MVP?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Last night I laid out the pros and cons of Dwayne De Rosario winning the MLS MVP award.  Everyone on each side of the argument can agree that a De Ro MVP would be unprecedented, as he would be the … Continue reading

The East Comes Down to the Final Four Points

Posted on by Robert Hay

Imagine Major League Soccer as a city nightlife.  In this scenario, the Western Conference is a high-priced club: VIP room for the high rollers, a separate section for those wishing they were the high-rollers (or convince the media/opposite sex they … Continue reading

How Your Team Can Win or Lose This Weekend: Part 2

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  As promised, here is the second half of this weekend’s preview, where we review the late games Saturday night and the one Sunday game. Colorado Rapids v. San Jose Earthquakes (Saturday, 9 PM ET) This game may be the … Continue reading

How Your Team Can Win Or Lose This Weekend, Part 1

Posted on by Robert Hay

The question I wrestled with in my head last night was this: if there were no playoffs or a playoffs with just four teams instead of 10, would this weekend be as exciting?  Regardless of how you feel about the … Continue reading

Why Tonight’s MLS Games are Critical to the Playoff Race

Posted on by Robert Hay

It’s catch-up time.  In both games in hand and playoff positioning. In the shadow of the CONCACAF Champions League matches six MLS clubs will take the pitch tonight in critical games for playoff positioning.  One of the matches is a … Continue reading

While West Dominates, East Entertains

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The talking point since First Kick has been the same: the Western Conference is vastly superior to the Eastern Conference.  For the past six months or so, we’ve heard about the top teams in the West and their chances of … Continue reading

Hurricane Irene Causing Shifts in MLS Schedule

Posted on by Robert Hay

UPDATE: The DC United-Portland Timbers match has been postponed; a make-up date will be announced next week. The expected landfall of Hurricane Irene has caused MLS and other major professional sports teams to shift their schedules in anticipation of dramatic … Continue reading

Injuries Cast a Shadow Over a Great MLS Weekend

Posted on by Robert Hay

A great weekend for MLS soccer was overshadowed by some high-profile injuries that may close the door on some struggling teams.  Meanwhile, the top of the pack looked stronger: Donovan’s return coupled with New York’s victory Thursday has two of the big name … Continue reading

MLS Week Four As Analyzed by Radiohead

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What, you may ask, is Robert thinking.  Instead of a straight-forward and honest discussion and analysis of this weekend’s MLS action, he resorts to a cheap blogging trick and uses a popular band to help make his article different.  What … Continue reading

Goals Fly in this Weekend’s MLS Action

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Goals were not at a premium this weekend as a total of 24 goals were scored in the eight matches, including some high scoring affairs.  Only two teams (Dallas and Philly) failed to notch a goal and Sporting KC and … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Round Two Open Thread

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After Seattle and Houston kicked off the week’s action last night, we have a full slate of matches today that will mostly be regionally broadcast.  Even this early in the season, there are some interesting story lines. In Canada, Toronto … Continue reading

The MLS Talk 2011 Season Predictions

Posted on by Robert Hay

After weeks of previews, discussions, and debates, we are roughly 36 hours away from the beginning of the fifteenth MLS season.  The league has seen an offseason full of drafts, some national team names fleeing to Europe, some old friends … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Should RSL be the Favorites?

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Team: Real Salt Lake Coach: Jason Kreis Last Year’s Finish: 15-11-4, 56 points.  Western Conference: 2nd In a sense, RSL’s season has already begun with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Columbus in the CONCACAF Champions League.  In the second of … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview – Stadiums Helping League Finances Stay Healthy

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Fifteen years ago, MLS launched with teams in downright psychedelic uniforms playing on football fields; some of MLS’s earliest highlights look like the two teams are playing on a lacrosse field.  In 2011, the situation has vastly changed, as most … Continue reading