Barcelona is ridiculous

Nothing insightful or in-depth here, just one thing to say: Barcelona is ridiculous. They are so good, so talented and so fun to watch. The style of Barcelona is my favorite to watch, but it’s not easily replicated. Few teams can pull off their tiki-taka passing style with short, precise passes, but when Barcelona does... Read more »

St. Louis is a soccer city, now get it an MLS team

I made the trip to St. Louis for the Americans’ opening World Cup qualifier against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The trip served a dual purpose of allowing me to see my second national team game as well as visiting some college friends from my Mizzou days. I have read about the history of soccer... Read more »

A new U.S. Soccer era for a new cycle?

The 2018 World Cup cycle officially begins tonight in St. Louis. The U.S. men’s national team takes on St. Vincent and the Grenadines at Busch Stadium (I will be there). It is the first qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup. While the announced roster isn’t drastically different from what we’ve seen the past couple... Read more »
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What Bob Bradley's new job could mean for American coaches

Note: this post originally appeared on GianlucadiMarzio.com. Bob Bradley just took over as manager for Le Havre, a club in the French second tier. Since leaving his gig as U.S. head man in 2011, Bradley has become a pioneer of sorts for American coaches. He managed Egypt through a tumultuous time for both the country... Read more »

The most talented team in MLS history is already out of the playoffs

If you were like me, gorging on the quadruple header of MLS quarterfinals on Sunday, you might have noticed something. Or rather, you might have noticed something that wasn’t there. The Los Angeles Galaxy lost in one of the play-in games at Seattle and weren’t playing on Sunday. The Galaxy went from having an outside... Read more »

MLS playoff predictions

The MLS playoffs start today. The local Chicago Fire are nowhere near the 12 teams that made the league’s second season, but there’s still plenty of entertainment ahead. This is the first year of the expanded 12-team playoff field, meaning there are four play-in wild card games (or whatever you want to call them) instead... Read more »
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MLS players most likely to jump to Europe

A few days ago a piece I wrote was posted on Italian site gianlucadimarzio.com. It was a list of MLS players likely to make the move to play for a European club. Here’s the link. The players included are Fabian Castillo, Omar Gonzalez, Sebastian Lletget, Gyasi Zardes, Juan Agudelo, Diego Fagundez, Matt Miazga, Luis Gil,... Read more »

The Chicago Fire just locked up the top pick in the MLS draft

As bad seasons go, this has been an especially dreadful one for the Chicago Fire. Sunday’s 4-0 loss at D.C., in which it appeared the Fire players were about as interested in being there as I was in watching it, clinched three things for the Fire. First, it assured that the Fire will finish the... Read more »

Venting about U.S. Soccer

There is and will continue to be plenty of reaction from national media to the historically awful Saturday that U.S. Soccer had. I don’t think what I’m going to say is anything particularly original, but this will be cathartic for me (especially after my two college football teams combined for 0 touchdowns to make the... Read more »
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The Fire are nothing if not competitive

It’s no secret that the Chicago Fire have had a poor season. Even after Saturday’s 3-1 win against New England, the Fire sit in last in Major League Soccer and are still four points behind the nearest team above them in the standings. However, that two-goal win got me thinking. How many times have the... Read more »