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The Prisoner of MAPFRE: Justin Meram

US born of Iraqi parents, MLS star Justin Meram has temporarily withdrawn from consideration for Iraqi's national team due to Donald Trump's travel bans.

FIFA famously does not tolerate any government interfering with its national football federation. Most recently, Mali was suspended indefinitely from international play, including World Cup qualifiers, when the country’s sports minister sacked the Malian FA’s entire executive board. FIFA has always been quick to punish any such direct interference. Indirect meddling, however, is another matter, as Columbus Crew winger/Iraqi international Justin ... Read More »

The Unknown DP: Shkelzen Gashi

Major League Soccer has openly stated its ambition to one day rival Europe’s elite competitions. It has learned from its betters by importing their aging stars. Yet, that is changing. Many clubs are realising it’s time to move beyond name recognition, to seek younger, more agile foreign players to better match the league’s burgeoning homegrown talent. Sebastian Giovinco and Bradley Wright-Phillips were ... Read More »

Curt Onalfo Learning It’s Not Easy To Replace A Legend

Curt Onalfo isnt filling Bruce Arenas shoes as well as he used to shine them.

What happens when, as a football manager, you take over a championship dynasty that has just lost its iconic boss, desperately needs a roster overhaul, made no major signings in the transfer window, and is now spiraling down the table? New LA Galaxy boss Curt Onalfo might want to reach out to David Moyes if he’s uncertain, then update his ... Read More »

Jermaine Jones Channels His Inner Mario Balotelli

Jermaine Jones isn't feeling the love with the USMNT

Back when he was throwing darts at Manchester City youth players and touring women’s prisons in the Italian countryside–ah, good times–Mario Balotelli actually had printed, then wore, a t-shirt asking “Why Always Me?” of critics panning his antics. Jermaine Jones has always dressed the part of societal rebel with his extensive tattoos and wild, flying dreadlocks. Nor has he ever been afraid ... Read More »

Atlanta United Making The Most Of Its MLS Honeymoon

At fifty-four and having managed Paraguay, Newell’s Old Boys, Barcelona, and Argentina in the decade before coming to the US, it’s safe to say Tata Martino has been around the block a few times. His latest club, Atlanta United, did not exist before owner Arthur Blank ponied up $150 million in 2016 to be granted a Major League Soccer franchise. ... Read More »

It’s Been A Tough Start For New MLS Club Minnesota United FC

With the MLS in the USA ever expanding throughout America and across the globe there is plenty of potential for a successful competition. The MLS is expanding ever more year by year and the 2017 season is no exception. Read More »

Major League Soccer opening day: What if you threw a party and nobody came?

Joseph Haydn isn’t a player from Rapid Wien or RB Salzburg whom your favorite MLS club signed this winter while you were distracted by Paris Saint-Germain knocking the stuffing out of Barcelona. He was an eighteenth century Austrian composer whose ninety-first symphony was known as “The Surprise” because a booming chord would unexpectedly intrude on quiet passages, rudely waking sleepy audience ... Read More »

Has MLS Unwittingly Installed An Impenetrable Glass Ceiling?

From a political perspective, Americans try to set the program rather than get with it. Quite often you’ll hear some politician claim America doesn’t want to be the world’s policeman. This, of course, is a lie. We so want to not only enforce the law but write it. Plus, we love uniforms. Read More »

UK based and fancy playing professional football for LA Galaxy? Here’s how!

Yes, you did read that correctly, American side LA Galaxy, who have fielded some of the biggest legends of the game including David Beckham, have just announced that their Club for the first time ever, are going to be holding open trials in the UK. Sounds too good to be true right? Well, I’ve investigated it, and it’s not! Read More »

Freddy Adu – From football’s hottest prospect to sadly unemployed.

If you were a keen fan of Football Manager in the noughties you would have inevitably googled ‘Best Football Manager Wonderkids’ – and top of that list around 2005, more often than not, would have been a young American teenager called Freddy Adu, once tipped for success now he is desperate to sign a club after being rejected by several, ... Read More »

MLS Conference Finals First Leg Preview

Major League Soccer’s dramatic conclusion nears ever closer, with just four games left to play. Before the grand final where East meets West: the two conferences must determine their representative for the game. Who’s going to be the champion of their respective conference – and play for the ultimate prize in North American football? Read More »

What’s behind the juxtaposition of Canadian football?

Look at the MLS conference finals, there’s never been a better time for Canadian football, right? Two of three Canadian teams are involved, and the structure of the post-season ensures at least one of the teams will be in the grand final. Yet the Canadian national football team are already eliminated from contention of playing in the next World Cup… ... Read More »

Major League Soccer – Playoff Preview

The MLS regular season is over, but in typical American sports fashion – there’s a dramatic post-season to conclude the league and overall winner. The best teams at this point have already qualified for the latter rounds, but these eight teams have one final chance to make a success of their seasons. The first wave of matches is a one ... Read More »

Is a fresh face about to solve the US Mens’ National Team identity crisis?

So, Bill Goldberg is apparently coming out of retirement to stage a rematch with Brock Lesnar. If you follow the WWE, you’ll know they’ve been bringing back retired stars quite a bit over the last few years. If they’re too old to wrestle, like Rick Flair or Roddy Piper, they get beaten up by some young star (or stars) during an interview. ... Read More »

Didier Drogba refused to play for Montreal Impact

Didier Drogba could face repercussions after refusing to play for Montreal Impact in their latest game. Drogba was chosen to start on the bench, but sensationally, the striker made himself unavailable for selection: Is Drogba’s career now at an end? Read More »

Five MLS players that could make it in European football

The MLS is known for its star power; as it has a tendency to sign former world class players prior to their retirement. Although below the stardom sits an undercurrent of players which given their chance could feasibly make a name for themselves within European football. Read More »

Arsenal rise up to comfortably see off Chivas.

Arsenal arrived at the StubHub center in Los Angeles packed with 24,000 fans, looking to continue their unbeaten pre-season form. The welcomed inclusion of Santi Cazorla placed a smile on Arsenal faces, the little Spaniard was given the honour of captaining the side. Wenger made several changes from the side that beat the MLS All-Stars team on Friday, in came ... Read More »

MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal Match Analysis.

Arsenal clinched a much-needed pre-season win against a star-studded MLS All-Stars team. Drogba inevitably came back to haunt Arsenal again but a Joel Campbell penalty and an 87th-minute winner from Chuba Akpom left the honours in the favour of Arsenal. The young Nigerian forward came on late as a substitute and spoilt the party for the MLS All-Stars, stabbing in ... Read More »

Arsenal vs. MLS All-Stars Preview

Come the early hours of Friday morning, die-hard Gooners will be staying up late to catch a glimpse of their team in pre-season. Their second official friendly this year takes place in San Jose, California as they face the 2016 MLS All-Stars. Every year Major League Soccer organises its All-Star game where it pits its best domestic based talent against ... Read More »

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