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Tag Archives: CONCACAF

New York Red Bulls CONCACAF Champions League Attendance Highlights Problems

Posted on by Todd Simmons
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For all the international games played in New York this summer, it was nice to have one that actually counted toward something larger. All those World Cup preparation games, those friendlies that were meant to prepare teams for Brazil, or … Continue reading

CONCACAF Gold Cup Preview

Posted on by Jad
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The 2013 Gold Cup competition begins on Sunday, July 7 and runs through July 23. The continental showpiece for North and Central America has gone through various reformations, but the current format has been in place since 1991 and the … Continue reading

Columbus Could Kick Off MLS Stadium Project 2.0

Posted on by Robert Hay

(New England and DC fans, avert your eyes.  This could hurt). The Columbus Crew hold the distinction of opening MLS’s first soccer specific stadium when Crew Stadium was opened in 1999.  Since then, the stadium has hosted one MLS championship … 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

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

The Warning Signs in a Big Win for U.S. National Team

Posted on by Robert Hay

This morning, U.S. soccer fans are again wearing their rose-colored glasses and celebrating the home team’s necessary 1-0 win over Jamaica last night at Crew Stadium.  With the win, the Yanks sit atop Group A and control their destiny in … Continue reading

MLS Talk and the U.S. Men’s U-23 Qualifiers

Posted on by Robert Hay

We here at MLS Talk are guilty of one thing: we like to try new things.  We’ve had some successes and failures over the years, but we are trying new ways to not only provide important information about the matches … Continue reading

MLS Preview ’12 – Seattle Sounders

Posted on by Robert Hay

Name: Seattle Sounders Coach: Sigi Schmid Last Year: 18-7-9, 2nd Western Conference, 2nd Overall Hashtag: #Sounders Are Sounders fans too demanding?  In its current iteration, the club is entering its fourth MLS season and has made three consecutive conference semifinals. They own … Continue reading

New Look Reds Marching In? 3 Questions for Toronto FC

Posted on by Robert Hay

In my 2011 season preview, I predicted that Toronto would struggle for the first few months under its newest leadership structure (new general manager and head coach) but toward the end of the year start to look like a promising … Continue reading

Chuck Blazer Steps Down from CONCACAF

Posted on by Robert Hay

CONCACAF general secretary, nemesis of Mohammed Bin Hammam, and tabloid story-filler Chuck Blazer announced today he would step down from his role in the soccer federation at the end of the year.  Blazer had been involved in CONCACAF’s leadership for … Continue reading

Accusations Ramp Up Against FIFA’s Chuck Blazer

Posted on by Robert Hay

The investigations into FIFA’s corrupt practices continue, and the attention has again been focused on American Chuck Blazer. Andrew Jennings, one of soccer’s most outspoken reformers, released a new detailed report yesterday with a laundry list of accusations against Blazer … Continue reading

Should U.S. Join the English and Scottish FA in FIFA Protest?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Soccer fans this weekend saw the best of the beautiful game pushed aside by the worst.  As Barcelona were dismantling Manchester United with passing and play that was textbook in perfection, the drip-drip-drip of allegations coming out of FIFA’s headquarters … Continue reading

What Would You Like to See from MLS Talk in 2011?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Happy New Year to all our readers and best wishes in 2011! The past year was a big one for American soccer.  A good but not great World Cup run, a highlight goal from Landon Donovan, and the controversial rehiring … Continue reading

New Venues Highlight 2011 Gold Cup Sites

Posted on by Robert Hay

The list of the 2011 Gold Cup sites was unveiled yesterday and there were two story lines coming out of the announcement: the number of venues that would be hosting their first Gold Cup matches and the number of cities … Continue reading

Sunil Gulati’s (Fictional) Address to U.S. Soccer

Posted on by Robert Hay

A week after the US loss of the 2022 World Cup, much ink and internet type has been spilled on whether the U.S. deserved the bid or was robbed, whether we American soccer fans have a false sense of entitlement … Continue reading

Why A 2026 U.S. World Cup is Not A Slam Dunk

Posted on by Robert Hay

In the wake of Thursday’s loss to Qatar in maybe the only place U.S. soccer can lose to them (the FIFA boardroom), many American soccer fans tried to rally their spirits by immediately turning their focus to the 2026 World … Continue reading

The World Cup Draw: A Quick Perspective from the Eyes of the Spanish National Team

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Most of the headlines focus around Group G, the consensus “Group of Death” with Brazil, Portugal, Côte d’Ivoire, and North Korea, and the pairing of England and the United States in Group C.  For Spain and manager Vicente del Bosque, … Continue reading

MLS, CONCACAF botch doubleheader option

Posted on by Mitch Howard

Once again, MLS executives prove they are not in tune with their product.  The Gold Cup provided the perfect opportunity for MLS to expand their fan base.  Collaboration with CONCACAF representatives could have brought doubleheaders featuring one MLS game and one … Continue reading