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MLS ’13 – The End of the Western Conference’s Dominance

Posted on by Robert Hay

For the past three years, the gulf between the two MLS conferences has seemingly been as deep as the Grand Canyon.  In 2011 and 2012, the East’s representative in MLS Cup was Houston, a convert from the West.  The last … Continue reading

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 27: Open Thread

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Six Premier League matches are on deck today beginning with Fulham against Stoke City (7:45am ET on ESPN2 for viewers in the United States). There’s no late kick-off today, so we have five matches at 10am ET/3pm UK time. Take … Continue reading

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and… Gareth Bale?

Posted on by Paul Nixon

Since being jettisoned into the spotlight of European football in October 2010 following his remarkable hat-trick against Inter Milan, Gareth Bale has gone from strength to strength. The year 2013 has seen Bale continue to churn out a string of … Continue reading

MLS ’13 – A Pivotal Year For Landon Donovan

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

When we’re starting to take down those 2013 calendars in order to prepare for 2014, one would imagine that the landscape for the US Men’s National Team and Major League Soccer could be quite different than it is right now. … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 24: 300 Up For Messi

Posted on by Michael Barnes

Lionel Messi hit his 300th goal in a Barcelona shirt as the runaway leaders of La Liga came from a goal behind to defeat Granada on Saturday. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid both won on Sunday to maintain second and … Continue reading

MLS ’13 – Accepting MLS as a Feeder League

Posted on by Robert Hay

In the United States, we are used to the best.  The best cars, the best electronics, the best TV shows, everything we have is the best.  Even if we did not make it or create it, we still want it … Continue reading

Who’s Better, Andres Iniesta or Zinedine Zidane?

Posted on by Connor Parry

Who’s better, Andres Iniesta or Zinedine Zidane? Both players have graced La Liga but which one is better, I’m talking overall here not just in la Liga, here’s my view on Iniesta and Zidane. After growing up watching Zidane I … Continue reading

MLS ’13: Which Teams Improved Most This Offseason?

Posted on by Drew Farmer

The New York Red Bulls and Sporting KC seemed to be the only teams to get their signings done early, and much was in the works or finished before the 19 clubs in MLS began preseason training. Sporting began back … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 23: Barca’s Six of the Best

Posted on by Michael Barnes

Six different players got on the score sheet for Barcelona on Sunday as the runaway leaders thumped Getafe 6-1, while Real Madrid had a convincing win over Sevilla but remain 16 points behind the Catalans. With coach Tito Vilanova convalescing … Continue reading

FA Cup Fifth Round Saturday: Open Thread

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The FA Cup tournament is back. This time it’s the fifth round, which should be filled with plenty of drama today for very different reasons. Kicking off the proceedings is the early match between Luton Town and Millwall. After the … Continue reading

2013 MLS Season Preview – A Tactical Switch

Posted on by Earl Reed

Eighteen football stadiums have lain dormant for long enough. We begin the march towards Season Eighteen of the United States’ and Canada’s top division, Major League Soccer! We here at cannot wait for the commencement of the next chapter … Continue reading

Why MLS is Not Immune From Match Fixing

Posted on by Robert Hay

Joe Thomas is a (fictional) 23 year old defender who is in his second year playing in MLS.  He was drafted out of a local university in the second round.  He is from a blue collar family and his father … Continue reading

United States Have Little Room for Error in World Cup Qualifying

Posted on by Michael Cage

Looking at the Concacaf World Cup qualifying group table is a strange sight for United States fans currently. Not many would have bet that Honduras would have beaten Jurgen Klinsmann’s men in the opening fixture, however due to the 2-1 … Continue reading

Is ‘Victory Grows Out of Harmony’ Relevant to Arsenal Anymore?

Posted on by Jamie Hubner

To some Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger is a genius; the only man for the job. To others, he has become the straggler left at your house party that doesn’t seem to want to leave. Or perhaps in a more Wenger-like-style … Continue reading

How River Plate Missed Out On Signing Lionel Messi

Posted on by Connor Parry

Lionel Messi — best ever? Let’s leave that argument for another day. Let me tell you the unusual story of how some childish schoolboy behaviour stopped him from signing for Argentine giants River Plate. As a kid he was diagnosed … Continue reading

Are Manchester United worth a bet to win the Champions League?

Posted on by Michael Cage

If you are a Man United fan and a sport bettor, then you should have had a great season and you should have made a tidy profit, but unfortunately the reds are not currently very highly favoured to do so … Continue reading

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

Posted on by Christopher Harris

It’s been a while since we’ve had an opportunity to wake up to a classic Premier League encounter on a Saturday morning (for you North American readers), but today we have it — high-flying Tottenham Hotspur against the revitalized Newcastle … Continue reading

Odds on Barcelona to beat AC Milan and go on to win the Champions’ League again

Posted on by Michael Cage

Barcelona next play AC Milan in the Champion’s League on 20th February, and Barcelona, the home side, is the clear favourite at 4/7. AC Milan are priced at 6/1 with a draw at 3/1. However Massimiliano Allegri might have a … Continue reading