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The English Premier League was a disastrous idea

In 1992 English league football came to an end.  The twenty-two members of what was then the First Division voted to leave the Football League as a body when presented with the prospect of deliciously huge television revenue numbers.  For seven of those teams, it was an incredibly smart, if …

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Product 19

I feel bad about not doing an MLS preview, but…I have no idea how to handicap this league anymore. It isn’t just that anyone can win MLS Cup. Anyone can win the Supporters Shield, too. And as we saw last year, anyone, literally anyone, can win the Open Cup. It’s …

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Alta o Baja?

Last year at this time, I was appalled and disgusted that the Galaxy failed to sell out its opener.  The more it stays the same, the less it changes. Or, maybe I’m wrong, and having the league’s flagship fail to sell out isn’t that a big a deal.  The league is …

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Pele vs. Maradona vs. the World

Apologies in advance – this one really is about nothing but nothing.  This is really the sort of topic that people with nothing better to do waste their time with. It’s not news that Maradona thinks he was better than Pele, except I actually heard this story on the news …

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West Bromwich Babylon; or, This Must Be The Place

Welcome back to the Mall of American Soccer!  Naturally, we have a couple of Hot Topics. It’s not totally unheard of for a player to come out of nowhere, become the shining star of the January camp, and make the World Cup roster.  Except the only guy I can think of …

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MLS Cup 2013

Huh. Looks cold. Gonna do this oldish school.  I write as it happens, don’t go back to change the embarrassing stuff, then post it unvarnished. Three forwards for the City that Sleeps.  And, three midfielders, including the underrated Nagamura and the irritating Feilhaber.  This is why I think Salt Lake …

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MLS Playoffs – Long-Suffering Galaxy Fans Edition

I hate it when I step on Bill Archer.  I dawdle a little longer with my post, and yet mine ends up on top.  Totally unfair.  Go read Bill’s post, then come back. I love the idea that MLS matches are fixed.  But even more than that, I love the …

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MLS Playoffs, First Round, Second Leg – The Cattle Raid of Cooley Edition

Like many of you, I was disgusted and embarrassed with how the MLS playoffs were presented to the viewing public.  This is supposed to be “Major League” soccer – the public demands better, and deserves better.  And I’m tired of owners making these lazy, short-sighted decisions based only on the …

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Wa is Hell; or, In Our Country There is Problem, and that Problem is Transport

It’s not the biggest news in the women’s soccer portion of the Olympics, thanks to…oh, what’s her name…tip of my tongue…goalkeeper for the US.  Tall woman. Ah, I’ll remember it later.  The big scandal this week is that Norio Sasaki ordered his team not to try to score against South …

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What makes this league different from all others?

Many cannot understand why the ghost of the North American Soccer League haunts the halls of the MLS front office.  The obvious answer is the correct one – a big-time American soccer league that seemed to have gotten over the hump disappeared in a puff of Studio 54 cocaine.  The …