Archive for November 2015

Are the Chicago Fire actually a big club?

Out of all the coverage of Veljko Paunovic’s hiring, something lying just underneath the obvious storylines stood out. Paunovic chose the Fire job despite interest elsewhere, including an offer from Greek club Panathinaikos, with one site even reporting it was a near done deal earlier this month. Also, the Fire had a prestigious list (by... Read more »

New Fire coach Paunovic is unknown, but has believers

Yesterday the Chicago Fire ended their coaching search by announcing the hiring of new coach Veljko Paunovic. Paunovic, 38, is part of a growing trend of young coaches joining MLS. This is probably a good thing given the last three MLS Coach of the Year winners were young. Caleb Porter in 2013 and Ben Olsen... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »