Author: Drew Farmer

Follow Drew Farmer on Twitter @DrewMFarmer. Drew Farmer is a Manchester, England-based journalist/blogger that writes for World Soccer Talk. Drew also writes his on blog at Soccer Travels. Drew has contributed to Radio Yorkshire MLS Monday, Forza Italian Football, MLSGB and Soccerly. Originally from southwest Missouri, Drew covers Italy’s Serie A, English Premier League, German Bundesliga and the USA’s Major League Soccer.

Joao Plata has been Real Salt Lake’s most important player of 2016 so far

Photo credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports Joao Plata is in form and extremely dangerous. Four goals and three assists in five games, Plata has been Real Salt Lake’s most important player through the opening stage of the Major League Soccer season. As a matter of fact, Plata has had a hand in at least on goal in every Real Salt Lake match. He has scored the highest rating of any Claret and Cobalt player at 7.73, according to WhoScored.com. Despite being a mere 5ft 2in, Plata has shown his superb nose for goal and ability to pick out teammates ... Read more

2016 NASL preview: Excitement building for new season of American soccer

Despite two clubs ceasing operations after the 2015 North American Soccer League season ended, the league is about to kick-off its sixth year since returning in 2011. With a fresh TV deal announced with beIN SPORTS this week, the NASL can legitimately offer Major League Soccer some much needed competition. Labeled as the US and Canada’s second division, the relationship between the NASL and MLS has been a strange one from the start. At times they have both looked to work together to better the game. Yet, it seems as if the two leagues are now in an arms race ... Read more

Major League Soccer’s over-expansion is hurting the USMNT player pool

Despite having a better win percentage than his two predecessors, Jurgen Klinsmann continues to find himself in the firing line for a misfiring, often pitiful looking team. Criticized by both American players and fans, Klinsmann is currently suffering through his most difficult stint as USA manager. Although it is hard to remember a time when he was universally accepted. Sporting KC’s Benny Feilhaber, a player continually overlooked by Klinsmann despite last season’s form, has been uncharacteristically outspoken, saying earlier this year: “I don’t think that Jurgen calls in the best players available to him. I think that’s an issue.” It ... Read more

Orlando City sign Brazilian striker Julio Baptista

Orlando City has dipped into the Brazilian player market once more as attacking midfielder Julio Baptista has joined the club. Baptista had been training with the Lions in early March as he sought out a new team. The 34-year-old has been out of contract since December after his deal with Brazilian side Cruzeiro Esporte Club expired. Baptista had played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe before returning to Brazil in the summer of 2013. Sevilla, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Roma and Malaga were all stops for Baptista during his European sojourn. While in Europe, Baptista tallied 95 goals in 295 ... Read more

Sporting KC remain perfect in young Major League Soccer season

Sporting KC’s 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Sunday leaves the Midwest outfit as the only Major League Soccer team to have a 100% win record. Brad Davis’ 70th minute goal kept Sporting perfect as the team continue a strong start to 2016. While the club were limited in turnover during the offseason, few would have expected the team to come together so quickly. “We have only played three games so far and one thing we are, is well organized,” manager Peter Vermes stated following the match. “I think the team is disciplined.  I think we have been taking our ... Read more

5 thoughts from MLS gameweek 3

Major League Soccer’s week 3 was another that showed anything can happen in the league. Here are 5 things we learned from Major League Soccer’s week 3. Penalty! After three weeks of MLS fixtures, the league has seen 12 penalties given by referees. Of the 12 penalties awarded this season, all but two have been converted. Four penalties have been given each week, which either shows an eagerness by referees to whistle for a spot kick; or poor, overly eager defenders. In Seattle Sounders’ 2-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night, Mark Geiger awarded two penalties to the Canadians. ... Read more

5 things we learned in Major League Soccer week 2

Week 2 of the Major League Soccer season is in the books. Teams have made a case for being considered favorites and others left fans scratching their heads. Here are five things learned from week 2. Are Sporting KC and Montreal Impact the league’s best teams? While Sporting and Montreal lead their respective conferences and both have collecting six points from six, it must be argued that neither have played the best teams in MLS, yet. Sporting have now beaten Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps, both pointless in 2016. Meanwhile, the Impact have picked up maximum points against New York ... Read more

Determining Brek Shea’s best position

What is Brek Shea’s best position? Shea has always been a player with a lot of potential, yet he hasn’t truly fulfilled that potential. There was a three season span in which Shea looked like he would become the premier player in Major League Soccer, as he tallied 19 goals in 77 league games (11 of those came in 2011). However, Shea’s move to English Premier League side Stoke City was a setback in his career. His return stateside has helped to bring out the best in the tall Texan, despite an injury cutting his 2015 season short. Yet, since ... Read more