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MLS ’11 Preview: Portland Timbers

Team Name: Portland Timbers Stadium and Location: PGE Park, Portland Oregon Coach (with record as MLS coach): John Spencer (First season as Head Coach) 2010 LEAGUE RESULTS: 3rd in the USL Conference table . (4th Overall) 2010 REVIEW: A 3rd place finish in the USL Conference and 4th overall saw the Timbers round off their […]

The Americanization of Statistics By Premier League Clubs

Was Thierry Henry lazy? Is Florent Malouda the most valuable player in the English Premier League? Are NBA analytical models being used in the EPL? All were questions and discussion points during the “Soccer Analytics” panel held Saturday at the 5th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. The conference, […]

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 […]

Kuyt, Kuyt, Kuyt (Weekend Review): EPL Talk Podcast

Liverpool has snapped a three derby losing streak to Manchester United, with strong performances from Dirk Kuyt, Luis Suárez and Raúl Meireles leading the Reds to a 3-1 victory over their rivals. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna talk about the Red […]

Mysterious Happenings Down At The Villa

The moment Obafemi Martins tapped home Birmingham’s League Cup winner last Sunday, something strange and mysterious happened. Down at City rivals Aston Villa, it triggered the start of a horrific week. First Villa revealed losses of up to £37 million. Then Gerard Houllier took the first team to Eastlands (well half of […]

EPL Talk Podcast Live Show, Open Thread: North West Derby Day

Manchester United has their first losing streak of the year, failing to show against Liverpool after their mid-week loss to Chelsea. But don’t disparage the Reds’ performances, particularly those of Luis Suárez, Raul Meireles, and hat-trick hero Dirk Kuyt. Liverpool snaps a three-match losing streak to United, beating the Red […]

Luis Suarez Wonder Dribble Against Man United: Video

PL Player Bite: Kuyt’s Hat-Trick Luis Suarez twisted and turned past four Manchester United defenders Sunday and then nutmegged Edwin van der Sar, which led to Dirk Kuyt tapping the ball into the net for an incredible opening goal for Liverpool. The goal will be long remembered by Liverpool supporters […]

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 29: Open Thread

Don’t listen to the others, but today there are actually two massive Premier League matches that will be played before our eyes. The first one, of course, is the battle between Liverpool and Manchester United from Anfield (8:30am ET, Fox Soccer Channel). This is a crucial match for so many […]

Birmingham City 1-3 West Bromwich: Match Review

ESPN’s feature match in America looked wearisome and sloppy after 45 minutes. West Bromwich responded though, by wresting the match away from a Birmingham City side that looked wistful at times. There were several changes for the Blues from the Carling Cup winning eleven. McLeish did lead off with the […]

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 29: Open Thread

Seven is such a lovely number. We have 7 Premier League matches on deck today beginning with the Birmingham against West Brom derby at 7:30am ET (ESPN2 for our U.S. readers). Whatever you do, don’t underestimate this match. Both teams have survival to play for. Carlos Vela has been an […]

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