Clint Dempsey, USMNT

USMNT cannot move Clint Dempsey to the bench

At first I thought it was just an outrageous claim from some random person on some random social media. But it wasn’t. Alexi Lalas, among others on Fox Sports, actually discussed the possibility of putting Clint Dempsey on the bench for the next match. The 33 year old came the closes of anyone on the […]

CJ Sapong, Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union: C.J. Sapong slump no concern

Just when everything seemed to be going perfectly for C.J. Sapong and the Philadelphia Union, the hulking American striker has found himself in a bit of a slump. He hasn’t scored or assisted in his past four games and has scored only one goal in his past seven. It’s not exactly what you’d want from […]


MLS video replay initiative promising but there’s one big flaw

MLS is in a very unique position. With just two decades of tradition, as compared to the various European leagues and their traditions spanning over a century, MLS has the ability to build their own traditions and their own personality. It got a little crazy in the early going, but now that the waves have […]

Michael Bradley, USMNT

USMNT: Klinmann must have alternative to Michael Bradley

It felt like deja vu. Like something I had seen two years earlier that made next to zero sense. How was it that a much different USMNT was still doing the same things. Better yet, how was it that one man, that shiny bald head in the middle of the field that is supposed to […]

Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids suffering through growing pains

Just when the world though that Jermaine Jones was about to go off and have himself a superb season, he has put in three very average performances. The Rapids have continued their Supporter’s Shield winning pace, but they have been doing it largely without Jermaine Jones. The United State’s international enforcer got off to a […]

New York Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls putting shoe on other foot

The New York Red Bulls have dominated the news waves this year. Their enigmatic antics have established them as somewhere between the worst team in MLS and the beast team in the East. Somewhere in between. As I write, they sit first in the East, with potential to move down when the weekend is all […]


Copa America Part 3: An American’s perspective

This is a series delving into the passion and flair that makes the Copa América a worthy tournament of the sport we love. We hope through the succession of these articles you find joy in the tillage of the tournament and discover what makes soccer, fútbol. Please consider reading the series in order, it’ll make […]

Owen Coyle, Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo will blossom without Owen Coyle

Our first MLS manager has bitten the dust and, unsurprisingly, it is a foreign manager. Britain’s own Owen Coyle has parted ways with the Houston Dynamo so as to move back home to be with his family. It was by mutual consent. So where do the Dynamo go from here? Well, there is only one […]

Montreal Impact, Ignacio Piatti

Montreal Impact losing faith in Ignacio Piatti?

If you blinked, you may have missed that the Montreal Impact have fallen from their high horse of first place and dropped all the way to fifth. It all happened rather suddenly. After starting out the season so strongly, winning four of their first six, the Impact have since managed to win zero games in […]

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake the apprentice to Colorado’s master

Real Salt Lake came out firing to start this MLS season. Against the odds, they rose to the top of the West, hand in hand with the Colorado Rapids, also defying the odds. But they were two different kinds of success. The Colorado Rapids were compact. They knew their strengths and they played to them. […]

Antonio Conte, MLS

MLS: Antonio Conte has established himself as an ignoramus

There is nothing more frustrating than seeing European’s continue to turn up their nose at MLS. Despite all the hard evidence and statements from numerous players, so many purists over the Atlantic still see MLS as a joke. As nothing more than a recreational league. Tim Howard, Steven Gerard, Andrea Pirlo and more have all […]

DeMarcus Beasley, Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo: DeMarcus Beasley way too hard on himself

The Houston Dynamo have put up quite the sporadic array of results lately. After beating Sporting Kansas City, a defensively-stout side, 2-0, they lost to San Jose 3-1. They they shut out Joao Plata’s Real Salt Lake 1-0 before suffering a loss to the same score against the struggling Chicago Fire. Just when we were […]

Bruce Arena, LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy: Bruce Arena’s flexibility must be commended

Bruce Arena found himself a bit spoiled against the LA Galaxy’s hated-rivals, the San Jose Earthquakes. The amount of attackers he had did not fit into the scheme that had brought the Galaxy so much success. The Galaxy had been utilizing the 4-2-3-1 with better success than any other MLS side this season. They were […]

Kelyn Rowe, New England Revolution

Kelyn Rowe: New England’s leader on and off the field

The New England Revolution have that rare distinction of having fewer losses per match than any of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference. Yet they sit third from the bottom. It’s simply a matter of draws, as they have more than anyone else in MLS: Seven. But by that standard, it cannot be […]

Landon Donovan, USMNT

USMNT: Landon Donovan exile could be long-term success

So, it’s been awhile since Landon Donovan has been a mainstay in the United States’ soccer world. He used to be it. The bees knees, the hub, the captain, the everything. Landon Donovan embodied United States soccer. And then Jurgen Klinsmann came down hard on Donovan’s lack of fitness and left him out of the […]