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MLS Cup 2016 Preview: Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders

It all boils down to this: the Eastern Conference champs vs. Western Conference Champs, winner take all. Toronto FC vs Seattle Sounders, both in the final for the first time in both their histories, seek the ultimate MLS prize. But the journey’s both teams endured to get here couldn’t have been more different. Toronto FC … Continue reading

Can We Talk About….Argentina Facing World Cup Elimination?

Brazil took a giant stride towards World Cup qualification last night with a comfortable 3-0 victory against fiercest rivals Argentina, ending Matchday 11 top of the South America qualifying table by 1 point. More surprisingly however is where the result leaves their opponents; Argentina currently languishing 8 points behind in 6th place with 7 to … Continue reading

Premier League Journal: Bob Bradley Needs a Hero

Swansea City are currently enduring their worst run since promotion to the top flight in 2011; 9 matches without a win is a record only beaten by Sunderland in the current Premier League season. But following the appointment of former US coach Bob Bradley, he was quick to acknowledge the root of the problems. “Let’s … Continue reading

MLS Off The Record: Why Brian Schmetzer is More Than Just The Interim

On July 26th the Sounders had only 20 points from 20 games, had only scored 20 goals and sat 2nd from bottom in the Western Conference. Coach Sigi Schmid’s 8 year run also came to an end that day, following the abysmal 0-3 defeat at the hands of Sporting Kansas City. Brian Schmetzer, Schmid’s assistant, … Continue reading

Premier League Journal: Mourinho is Managing Rooney’s Exit Perfectly

Since arriving at Manchester United, Mourinho’s record may not have been perfect thus far, but his management of England’s fading all-time top scorer has been perfect so far. The no.9/no.10/no wherever-he-wants-as-long-as-he-plays has only started 1 game in the last 4 for the 20-time champions, the 4-1 Europa League win over Fenerbache, but appears to have … Continue reading

MLS Off the Record: FIFA 17’s Take on Decision Day

This Sunday, all 10 final MLS regular season fixtures take place this Sunday at 9PM BST, and there is a lot to play for. The penultimate weekend answered some questions but also raised many others. Can the MLS cup holder Portland sneak back above the red line? Can Seattle bounce back from the late defeat … Continue reading

MLS Off the Record: Big Apple Battle for the Golden Boot, Skirmish for the Supporters Shield

The penultimate round of MLS fixtures is here, with still plenty at stake for many clubs still in the mix. Clubs with games in hand have now caught up, and the leagues have adjusted accordingly. Rapids Rise to the Top Colorado now sit aloft the Western Conference, just 2 wins away from guaranteeing this year’s … Continue reading

Can We Talk About…..Swansea City

The inevitable first managerial sacking of the Premier League season has happened just 7 games in, and no, it wasn’t Mark Hughes. The unfortunate man was Francesco Guidolin, who was only appointed in January, yet fired on his birthday after only 10 months in charge. It seems harsh, only 7 games into a season, but … Continue reading

Premier League Journal: What we learned From This Weekend

Liverpool Still a Concern at Set Pieces Klopp’s Liverpool are a brilliant attacking side, but with defensive foibles that are seemingly irreparable. Klopp himself acknowledged said flaws on his recent appearance, particularly at set pieces, on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show last week. Liverpool’s back four may look well-accustomed and drilled, but stick them in … Continue reading

MLS Off the record: It’s ‘Do or Die’ time for Playoff Spots, Time for a Change?

The final month of the MLS regular season is upon us, with eight more play-off places up for grabs. Unbelievably, not one side is yet to be mathematically out of contention, so everyone has a part to play. FC Dallas, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC have already qualified but could … Continue reading

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