Category: MLS

What to watch when the World Cup is over

There’s no denying it – this World Cup has been a bit of a belter. It’s definitely one for unsung heroes with Italy and the Netherlands not even making it to the finals and Germany, Argentina, Spain and Portugal all exiting before the quarter final stage. Cracking game has followed cracking game – it’s been a veritable feast of football the likes of which has not been seen since perhaps the 1990 finals tournament in Italy. However, come July 16 and it will be all over. There are literally … days … before the football season starts the world over, ... Read more

Andrea Pirlo officially signs with NYCFC to help playoff push

After weeks of speculation, Andrea Pirlo has officially signed with New York City F.C., one of MLS’s most recent expansion teams. Pirlo will head to New York and become the third designated player on the roster, alongside David Villa and Frank Lampard — making NYCFC’s roster one of the most successful trio to ever play in the United States. In his first official interview with NYCFC, Pirlo stated, “I had several opportunities to play outside of Italy, but I never had a doubt in picking New York for the enthusiasm of the people that come watch the team.” While the transfer ... Read more

Jermaine Jones’ MLS Introduction Could Land New England Trophy Success

When you think of the high-profile American internationals that have come home to Major League Soccer in the last two years, Jermaine Jones doesn’t quite fit the model. Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Ricardo Clark, and Damarcus Beasley all had their beginnings in MLS before plying their trade overseas. But this is Jones’ first foray in MLS, and the process for his dispersal within the league already made for big drama. Jones actually fits into the model for many MLS (and old NASL) transfers – older players who are looking for another good contract or two, cashing in on ... Read more

A Review Of The Book “Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet”

The recent World Cup has spawned a number of books that not only look at the recent past of American soccer but what the men’s national team needs to do going forward. Many of these stories are being written by journalists, but it is rare we hear from people who have experienced the U.S. soccer development system that are not on ESPN and NBC. That’s why Why American Soccer Isn’t There Yet (ISBN 9781782550280, published by Meyer & Meyer Sport, 2014, by Shane Stay is a different take on the question of how U.S. men’s soccer can improve. Stay is ... Read more

Thierry Henry’s Impact On The Field Can’t Perform Miracles Off It

If Thierry Henry’s about to say goodbye to Major League Soccer, he’s doing so on a high note. His stint is one that caps one of the most productive four-and-a-half year stretches in league history. True, extending his deal at Red Bull Arena could still happen, but there’s a growing and now very public feeling the 37-year-old, out of contract at the end of the year, will use this fall has his sunset. With 48 goals, 39 assists in 113 MLS games thus far, one of the league’s biggest stars may ride off into that impending night. On Saturday in ... Read more

Prozone Planning On Releasing Version of its Software to Soccer Fans

There is a new way of looking over soccer tactics, conducting team practices, and giving management a better understanding of their soccer club and players: Performance Analysis. We are starting to see more companies provide information in regards to performance analysis — companies such as StatDNA and Opta provide club teams or fans information on how a certain player is performing and/or look at the team overall. One company that is working with clubs around the world is Prozone. I recently interviewed Prozone’s U.S. Operations Manager Stewart Mairs, and discussed the company and the services they provide. So who is ... Read more

Beckham Needs to Focus On South Florida Not Miami For MLS Expansion

Former England captain David Beckham is in Miami today for exploratory meetings regarding the possibility of a MLS team coming to the city. While a lot of noise has been made recently about the potential MLS expansion to Miami, what has been often lost in this discussion is that southeast Florida already has a professional team with over 35 years of history and a strong supporter base that values supporting a local club with history over a random manufactured one. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers currently play in the second tier North American Soccer League and average over 4,500 fans a ... Read more

Don Garber Complains There’s Too Much Soccer On TV; Wants NFL Model

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has lost his marbles. In an interview yesterday with AP Sports Editors, Garber said: ”There’s more soccer on [US] television than any other sport by far. You’ve got European soccer. You’ve got Mexican soccer. You’ve got Major League Soccer. There’s way too much soccer on television. I think all of us got to figure out a way to narrow that window so you can get a situation like the NFL has, a couple of days a week, short schedule, something that’s very compelling and very targeted.” This is the first time I’ve ever heard anyone complaining about the ... Read more