Major League Soccer

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Manhattans In the Soccer Bubble (or a Few Thoughts on MLS Cup & College Football TV Ratings)

We were four of the 1,019,000 viewers who watched last weekend’s championship game. Sitting in our own little pocket of the sporting universe that afternoon (nestled in a homey little Queens apartment), it felt like the entire world was drinking it in along with us. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be in 2013. 505,000 average … Continue reading

Styles Make Fights (or Why The Neutral Should Be JAZZED for MLS Cup 2013)

The highlight reel from their contest this past July shows it all. A contrast in fighting styles between opponents often generates momentous bouts. It happens again this weekend. They step into the ring in Sporting Park this Saturday at 4:00pm on ESPN. In one corner, you have Real Salt Lake’s lovely, passing style and elegance. … Continue reading

Why Olympic Soccer Matters (or March Madness for Futbol Geeks)

In the long shadow of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship this summer, that nuisance of an association football tournament – the Olympics – will buzz around soccer clubs’ ears begging for them to release their players for the competition. Just another age-specific tournament that FIFA can’t stand because it threatens their monopoly by daring … Continue reading

The Way Queens Is the Home To the Bodega (or How MLS and Red Bull are failing New York)

They stare at me most every morning. Sitting on the Manhattan-bound express F-Train, coffee in hand as I try to drag myself into the land of the conscious, I read the MSG Network print ads posted across the car from me. An action photo of a hockey player is superimposed with copy such as the … Continue reading

#PrayForMuamba (or Futbol in the 21st Century)

The moment the Twitter-verse began reporting that Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was breathing again in a hospital-bound ambulance after his horrific collapse at White Hart Lane was the same moment Davy Arnaud scored the Montreal Impact’s first MLS goal – an entire continent away. I had to fight back tears. If there was ever a … Continue reading

Beautiful Lunacy (or Embracing MLS First Kick)

It’s beautiful lunacy. A huge collective of adult men (and a spattering of adult women) throw on scarves, jerseys and t-shirts; or they throw on worn ball caps and jackets. They dress for battle. They head down to their neighborhood bars, donning their tribal colors, and they begin to drink with their fellow tribesmen. And … Continue reading

Elder Statesman? (or Thierry Henry’s Loan to Arsenal Helps No One)

The Daily Mail is alleging that English futbol club Arsenal have finally offered former star Thierry Henry a two-month loan with the hopes that the French legend can inject some much needed firepower into their 2011/2012 Premier League campaign. The question is this: Does a loan of this sort really help anybody? Thierry Henry is … Continue reading


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