Tag Archives: World Cup

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

How the U.S. Can Really Win Their First Qualifier

Posted on by Robert Hay

To be blunt, the U.S. national team will probably face a stiffer challenge from the weather than from their opponents in their opening match of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.  Antigua & Barbuda has a population small enough to fit … Continue reading

The Dempsey Conundrum: Promotion or Status Quo?

Posted on by Robert Hay

On the eve of the much-anticipated American Civil War between Everton and Fulham, American soccer fans are relishing the chance to see three of their best players take the pitch at the same time at the highest level of competition. … Continue reading

Whitecaps Looking Up for 2012

Posted on by Robert Hay

The Vancouver Whitecaps’ first season in MLS ended as so many other “expansion” teams’ season have ended in U.S. leagues throughout the years: basement and struggling to build for the future.*  After the near immediate success of recent MLS additions … Continue reading

Stuart Holden Gone for Six Months

Posted on by Robert Hay

Bad news struck an all-around good guy today in a way that, in another situation, would have seemed almost comical.  Bolton and U.S. national team midfielder Stuart Holden is out for six months, according to his club.  The initial reports … Continue reading

Should FIFA Revote on the 2022 World Cup?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Ok, it’s time to revive the dead horse and ride it some more.  Trust me, I don’t want to but I have to. Since the December 2 vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup, I have made peace with … Continue reading

Enzo Bearzot Dies At 83

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Enzo Bearzot, a legend of Italian coaching, died today. While I can’t say much about what I remember of him, I can say that he is certainly one of the greatest influences on Italian football. Although many coaches focus on … 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

Are England And The USA FIFA’s Contingency Plan?

Posted on by James Beckett

The dust is just beginning to settle on a week that could forever change the footballing world. The decisions to send the 2018 and 2022 World Cup’s to Russia and Qatar has left a sour taste amongst all the unsuccessful … Continue reading

Where Will You Watch the World Cup Announcement?

Posted on by Robert Hay

EPL Talk Network Live Blogging can be seen by clicking here. The time for waiting is over.  The final arguments are being made during the night in Zurich (and I’ll leave it to your imagination what “persuasion” means in Zurich) … Continue reading

Who is USA Bid’s Most Effective Spokesperson?

Posted on by Robert Hay

Less than 48 hours from now, we will know whether the U.S. bid for the 2022 World Cup was a success or a failure.  In Zurich the U.S. delegation is counting votes, firming up yeses and feeling out no votes.  … Continue reading

What if the U.S. Loses 2022 World Cup bid?

Posted on by Robert Hay

The United States has been the favorite to win the 2022 World Cup bid since it dropped its 2018 bid to clear the way for a European nation.  Going up against a Middle Eastern country, two Asian nations that previously … Continue reading

Make Or Break Time For Capello

Posted on by James Beckett

After a hectic start to the Premier League season attentions now turn to England who face two crucial games in five days that will set a trend for Fabio Capello’s next two years in charge of England. Before the World … Continue reading

Bob Bradley Signs to Coach USMNT Through 2014 World Cup

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Reports have come out this evening confirming that Bob Bradley will stay as coach of the US Mens National Team for another four years.  Just as speculation was growing that Bradley would be out, Jurgen Klinsmann would be in, and … Continue reading

Why the US is a Lock to Host the 2022 World Cup (or Maybe 2018)

Posted on by Eric Altshule

There is some real drama about which European country will host the next World Cup.  Both England and Russia have submitted solid bids, and FIFA is going to have to think very deeply about which country will get to host … Continue reading