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RIP Eric Altshule, Soccer Blogger, 1966-2010

With great sadness, I need to announce that Eric Altshule, a blogger for EPL Talk and MLS Talk, died this past Wednesday in Los Angeles from a massive heart attack. Eric is survived by his wife and two beautiful young daughters.

Eric’s brother said that “Eric was a passion­ate soccer fan, and loved more than any­thing contributing to [MLS Talk and EPL Talk]. Please pass this sad news on to your read­ers, and we sincerely thank you for the opportunity to let Eric participate in your web blog. His pas sion for soccer is some­thing we will keep in our family forever.”

Eric was a regular blogger on this site and will be sadly missed. By reading his posts, you could tell that he was a patriotic American who valued the growth of the game in this country. And he was also passionate about Arsenal, as well as an avid viewer of the Premier League on US television. Whenever he wrote for the site, you knew exactly where he stood on the issues. He wasn’t a fan of the current England national team. And predicted that they would fail in South Africa while many were predicting they would go far in the tournament. Bottom line, Eric’s posts were always a pleasure to read, whether you agreed with him or not.

For one of his EPL Talk assignments, Eric volunteered to attend the press day for The Damned United which gave him the opportunity to interview Michael Sheen and watch the film in Hollywood at a closed-door screening. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to it, please do. It’s a perfect example of Eric’s attention to detail and how he gave us an inside look at a movie press day.

Here’s some of Eric’s work for EPL Talk, which is an excellent representation of his skillset. Plus here is his articles he wrote for MLS Talk.

I asked his brother how we, EPL Talk and its readers, could contribute to his family. “If your readers would like to do some thing for the fam ily, a small donation to any local AYSO or soc cer club made on behalf of Eric Altshule would be a very nice ges­ture. If more kids participate in soccer, that would make Eric very happy.” To find your local AYSO chapter, visit the AYSO web site.

Eric was a graduate of Harvard High School for Boys in Los Angeles and Georgetown University. Eric spent a decade working on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, focusing on education policy and another decade working in international trade.

Eric, god bless. I will miss you and your passion for the game. I’ll never forget you and on behalf of EPL Talk, may you rest in peace.

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  1. seamus

    September 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    couldnt agree with you more vlad,but ur post will be taken down because taffy apple cant handle his writers being put away

  2. brn442

    September 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Shame, my sincere condolences.

  3. eplmatches

    September 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    hey can you give me the links to his posts please? if you dont mind please email it to me.. plz


    • The Gaffer

      September 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      They’re included in the story – in the bulletpoints.

      The Gaffer

  4. Sir Guy

    September 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    One did not have to agree with Eric to appreciate his writing. A sad day for EPLTalk readers.

  5. Rob

    September 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    RIP Eric.

  6. Chris

    September 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    44’s no age at all. Sweet dreams Eric

  7. Beto

    September 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    R.I.P Eric- blessings and peace be to the family.

  8. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    September 5, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Eric was one of the rare breed of American soccer writer/pundit that was actually involved in the game at a localized level and who had a remarkable sense of history and perspective. His passing is a devastating loss for all of us in the American soccer community. His views often times were controversial, but Eric was never afraid to say what needed to be said be it about soccer/football in North America or the British Isles.

    Several of Eric’s columns stick out as “keepers” as do his interviews that he regularly contributed for me when I hosted the Major League Soccer Talk podcast prior to accepting my current job with the North American Soccer League. But my favorite interviews of Eric’s was his excellent interview with Michael Sheen of Damned United and his review of the movie which gave many of the newer Premier League fans a preview of what they’d discover about life in English First Division circa 1974 in the film.

    Eric, you will be missed and rest in peace. I’ll be making a donation to my local AYSO, whom I already work with closely in the name of Eric Altshule and I encourage everyone here to do the same.

  9. Rob McCluskey

    September 5, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Sad news to hear a fellow writer has died. I hope his family are doing OK.

  10. Clampdown

    September 5, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I’m very sorry to hear this. I always appreciated Eric’s posts. My condolences to his family and EPL Talk/MLS Talk.

  11. Lee

    September 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Thank you Eric for presenting us with your love for the game. All of us who have a passion for the world game are family, and we send our love.

  12. Kishore

    September 5, 2010 at 4:15 am

    R.I.P Eric….God bless your soul…your death truly is a loss for EPLTalk

    • Chris McQuade

      September 5, 2010 at 5:52 am

      Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

  13. Andy

    September 5, 2010 at 3:01 am

    R.I.P Eric, I’m new to this site, but looking at some of your articles your passion seems infectous. Enjoy soccer in heaven.

  14. Jamie Altshule

    September 5, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Eric, my brother, was passionate about a few specially chosen bits of life: his wife, children, good food, and soccer high among them. Contributing to this blog fed his “addiction” and brought him joy. Eric didn’t say what was popular or expected, just what he believed to be true. (not only when speaking about soccer) For all who commented on this article, or any of his past articles, thank you. All comments were good comments in Eric’s book.

  15. JoeVegas71

    September 5, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Scroll up Mr Met…And some advice…lay off the Meth!

    • Mr. Met

      September 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

      Your RIP above looks insincere when you post a self-serving message right below it. Get your own column and publish your England-as-the-center-of-the-football-universe nonsense there. Leave this for people who want to pay their respects.

  16. JoeVegas71

    September 5, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Why Russia Could Beat England to Host 2018 World Cup…..Crap article Obviously filled with antiangloism….England is,and everybody knows it the obvious destination for the 2018 WC.
    I’m 39 and in my lifetime i’m yet to see the beautiful game come home..(Forget 96euros) Germany 74(West),Spain 82,Italy 90,France 98 and Germany again in 2006.

    The time is now for England to host the greatest show on earth…it will be amazing…Absolutely no vuvezelas allowed!!

    • Mr. Met

      September 5, 2010 at 12:46 am

      Hey, douchebag, you’re missing the point of this column. It wasn’t to spout your imperialist pap about England and the 2018 World Cup, where the colonial upstarts of the football world will once again demonstrate how superior they are to the country that invented the game (hmm, reminds me of cricket and rugby). The point is to pay our respects to a good guy who died too soon, so if you don’t have something respectful to say, piss off.

      • lee

        September 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

        stupid yank england have made it to the last two rugby world cup finals an won 1 of them an were cheated out of the other so shut it middle class mummys boy

    • MNUfan1991

      September 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

      Just STFU already

  17. the devil himself

    September 5, 2010 at 12:03 am

    R.I.P. Buddy . . Thanx for your interesting views on was a joy to read

  18. Cricketlover

    September 5, 2010 at 12:02 am

    It’s always a sad day when someone from the EPL Talk family dies. RIP Eric. He will be missed.

  19. JoeVegas71

    September 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    R.I.P Eric…Only the good die young.

  20. sam

    September 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    From a fellow Arsenal supporter, RIP Eric.

  21. charlieq

    September 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    rip thnks for the articles

  22. man99utd

    September 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Eric was a wonderful writer. I looked forward to his articles. My prayers will be with his family.

  23. John Boschini

    September 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    RIP Eric. He will be missed. My thoughts and condolences are with his family.

  24. Bobby

    September 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    RIP Eric. 🙁

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