MLS: a Soccer League without a Soccer Voice
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 20, 12:48 a.m.
A few names to consider: Dick Walsh, Ken Macker, Bob Cousy, David Prouty, Howard Samuels, Doug Logan. All of them, within the past 50 years, have been Commissioners of American pro-soccer leagues. And not one of them had more than the flimsiest knowledge of the sport. Fittingly, none of them lasted very long in their soccer jobs.
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College Cup serves up more bland brew
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 15, 12:55 a.m.
After several years of boringly vapid finals it can be safely said that the College Cup is now firmly established as the sport's most over-rated annual event.
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Yet again English refs land themselves in trouble with silly simulation calls
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 14, 2:11 a.m.
This past Saturday gave us a sharply well-defined view of just how big a mess the English EPL referees have got themselves into. Simulation is the problem -- or rather, their problem. That is to say, the English referees have created this problem.
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Donovan departs in triumph. Pity about the soccer.
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 8, 10:24 p.m.
The winner of MLS Cup 2014, the only winner, really, was Landon Donovan. He ended his wonderful career in triumph. He dominated the post-game activities, as he deserved to.
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Klinsmann and Walton cast shadow over MLS Cup
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 5, 7:07 p.m.
As MLS bows gracefully (well, that's my hope) off the soccer scene for a short while, and the English Premier League prepares to dominate the TV screens over the holidays, it's the moment to sort out some loose ends, or at least raise them as talking points.
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MLS Cup: Contrasting midfields and the importance of strict refereeing
Posted by Paul Gardner on Dec. 1, 6:04 p.m.
I'm thinking that a Galaxy-Revs MLS final is the best matchup we could have expected from the four semifinalists. In truth, there was little to choose between three of them -- Red Bulls, Seattle and Revs. All three are hectic teams, somewhat short of brain-power, but with plenty of over-charged midfielders. A combination that can make for exciting games -- ...
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TV ignores vital referee influence in playoff soccer
Posted by Paul Gardner on Nov. 25, 10:24 p.m.
There ought to be an acceptable explanation of this ... though I cannot, at the moment, think of one. Why on earth should there be a failure to see that, when soccer comes down to the really big games -- I mean the knockout games, the stage which MLS has reached -- the referee takes on a new and considerably ...
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Why is it OK for coaches to advocate cheating?
Posted by Paul Gardner on Nov. 18, 12:28 p.m.
When this sort of thing happens -- and it keeps happening in soccer -- you're left to ponder whether there is ever anything really new for the sport to explore.
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A sad, sad end for Steve Zakuani
Posted by Paul Gardner on Nov. 11, 6:09 p.m.
There is one pretty obvious risk involved in playing soccer: That of a serious, career-ending injury. Pro players know that, they accept it. Fortunately, those serious injuries don't happen too often.
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Latino Inclusion: U.S. Soccer Takes a Step Backward
Posted by Paul Gardner on Nov. 8, 6:03 p.m.
Hugo Perez is known as someone with strong connections in the California Latino communities. He also has an exceptionally keen eye when it comes to recognizing young players of promise. Those two attributes ought, one might reasonably suppose, to be of considerable use to U.S. Soccer and its national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
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New era in L.A. kicks off with same old FC B.S.
Posted by Paul Gardner on Nov. 7, 8:51 p.m.
Try as I might, I cannot see the demise of Chivas USA and its replacement by a celebrity-conglomerate currently calling itself Los Angeles Football Club as a positive event for MLS.
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Rip Van Wenger wakes up to the obvious
Posted by Paul Gardner on Nov. 3, 1:15 a.m.
What ever is it with Arsene Wenger and the Latin Americans? Because, here we go again -- but this time it really does look as though Wenger is having us on.
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FIFA's Scandalous Snub of Costa Rica
Posted by Paul Gardner on Oct. 28, 11:50 p.m.
Should there be any lingering doubts about the total domination that Europe now has over the global game they have surely been put to flight by the announcement of the short list of candidates for the most prestigious individual awards in men's soccer in 2014: the Ballon d'Or (best player), and the FIFA World Coach of the Year.
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A Tale of Two Clasicos: From Madrid to Seattle
Posted by Paul Gardner on Oct. 26, 12:03 a.m.
It seemed like a good idea -- to compare and contrast Sunday's big games. Two clasicos really: From Spain, Real Madrid-Barcelona, and right here the Seattle Sounders-Los Angeles Galaxy. Maybe it's stretching things a bit to dub the MLS game a clasico, if only because clasicos surely need a history. The American rivalry dates back only to 2009, a feeble ...
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How I referee Garber vs. Klinsmann
Posted by Paul Gardner on Oct. 16, 3:19 a.m.
That MLS Commissioner Don Garber should be upset by Jurgen Klinsmann's thoughtless and really rather peevish comments on Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey is understandable. By coming back to the USA to play in MLS, Dempsey and Bradley are -- according to Klinsmann -- lowering their standards. Because MLS is an inferior league.
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