Tag Archives: MLS Cup

The Post Where We Limit Ourselves to 3 Questions About the NY Offseason

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Poor New York Red Bulls. In a season when it was all supposed to come together (young stars! established DPs! weak conference! newish stadium!) it all fell apart.  New York struggled all season and barely made the playoffs, defeating a … Continue reading

Is Dallas an MLS Cup Contender? Three Questions for 2012

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FC Dallas was an up-and-down team last season, getting off to a slow start (remember Brek Shea as a fullback) before surging in the summer then falling off a cliff in the fall.  The team ended the season on a … Continue reading

Twelve U.S. Soccer Predictions for 2012

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This past season in U.S. soccer was certainly an interesting one.  In MLS, two new teams were promoted and the soccer world fell in love with them and their passionate fans.  Coaches were hired and fired, players finally fulfilled their … Continue reading

Offseason on the Brink: 3 Questions for San Jose

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This time last year, the San Jose Earthquakes were riding high.  They had upset the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference playoffs and had seen the emergence of Chris Wondolowski as a bona fide goal scorer.  Although the … Continue reading

Goats No More, Or A Bit Longer? Three Questions for Chivas USA

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Chivas USA had a new head coach and a new system last season, but after a slow start the team looked to be set in neutral in the competitive Western Conference.  However, the acquisition of Juan Pablo Angel and a … Continue reading

New Look Reds Marching In? 3 Questions for Toronto FC

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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

A Review of the MLS Talk Preseason Predictions

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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

Are the 2011 Galaxy the best MLS team ever?

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With their 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo yesterday, the Galaxy reached their season-long goal of winning an MLS Cup and certain high-profile players notched their first North American championship.  Anytime a team wins a championship, writers and bloggers take … Continue reading

MLS Cup 2011 Live Chat

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Los Angeles v. Houston.  Galaxy v. Dynamo.  Western Conference v. Eastern Conference. Game on. Join Earl Reed and I here beginning at 9 PM for our live chat of the MLS Cup 2011.  We’re looking forward to it!

The MLS Talk 2011 MLS Cup Live Chat

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Join MLS Talk this Sunday night beginning at 9 PM ET as we provide live analysis and insight into the match between the Houston Dynamo and the LA Galaxy.  Join us for a discussion on the teams and tactics, as … Continue reading

State of the Union: Garber Talks Cosmos, Baltimore, and World Domination

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The annual MLS State of the League audio conference, held prior to the MLS Cup, is usually good for some news and gossip from the MLS league office.  This year’s conference was no different, as The Commish touched on the … Continue reading

MLS Finals Set as LA, Houston Cruise to Victory

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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

Who Will Win Tonight: New York or Dallas?

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Tonight MLS shifts from the regular season to the postseason as two teams that could have entries in the DSM-IV face off on Fox Soccer Channel at 9 PM ET.  The New York Red Bulls will try to advance to face … Continue reading

Fire Burn DC With Two Stoppage Time Goals

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In the long history between these two teams (winners of the first five MLS Cups), there has never been an ending quite like this.  The Chicago Fired dealt DC United’s playoff chances a major blow while keeping themselves alive for … 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

Were We Wrong to Doubt the New Playoff Structure?

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During the 2010 MLS Cup game, Commissioner Don Garber went on the ESPN halftime show to answer some questions about the state of the league.  The major issue circulating in the media was the playoff structure – a team from Colorado … Continue reading

Report: AS Roma Wants Donovan. Badly

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Often I view the end of the European soccer season as a silly time, because every player with any talent (and some without) are rumored to be acquired by one club or another.  This speculation extends to MLS because the … Continue reading

Will Jason Kreis be the First American Coach to Make the European Jump?

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In his short but impressive coaching career, Jason Kreis may be approaching heights unseen by an MLS coach.  This weekend he essentially fielded a backup squad that handled an undefeated Revolution squad.  RSL is in the CONCACAF Champions League final … Continue reading