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2019 MLS Cup anything but a dead rubber
12:01 Friday 1st November 2019

On Wednesday evening, the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 in the deciding Game 7, winning their first World Series. It was also the first time in 114 World Series that the travelling team won every game. The phenomenon…

Usa
MLS Cup: Why do they play the games?
19:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

All five major team sports in America are governed by some form of wage control. Owners would have fans believe this gives franchises in smaller markets with fewer, less lucrative revenue streams a fair chance to win trophies, that salary caps…

Usa
Barros Schelotto, Pavon sing Don’t Cry for me Argentina
19:01 Tuesday 22nd October 2019

What do you get when you cross Evita with La-La Land? A pair of big names from Boca Juniors with movie-star looks who are making a name for themselves in Hollywood. Or just up the road anyway. Whether or not the fan violence that caused the…

America
Why MLS will remain a retirement league
15:00 Sunday 20th October 2019

Javier Bardem is a great actor who thoroughly plumbs the depth of his characters. In addition to his lyrical voice, he’s known for the outlandish hairstyles he sports for different roles. There was the overgrown brunette pageboy cut in…

Champions League
Jesse Marsch living the [not so] American Dream
12:01 Wednesday 18th September 2019

Based solely on Red Bull Salzburg’s Austrian Bundesliga play this season, you may form one of two opinions about their new manager, Jesse Marsch. Perfect after seven games while scoring 34 and shipping six, you might conclude he wasn’t…

Usa
David Beckham and his MLS franchise head for the 'burbs
17:01 Friday 12th July 2019

It’s said that big money just means bigger problems. David Beckham can attest. Sir Alex Ferguson’s personal shoe rack amassed a sizeable fortune while still playing, moving beyond athletic endorsements into fashion and other investments.…

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Can Luis Nani fire Orlando City to MLS glory?
09:00 Thursday 25th April 2019

Luis Nani is a shining example of a player who can make you whoop with glee but also cause deep stress lines and hair loss, often within the same game. He produces moments of pure magic but is also prone to disappearing. His career is a story…

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Chicago Fire owners fail to see the value in their name
12:00 Monday 8th April 2019

Two Major League Soccer franchises that arguably rank among the few who understand the game's culture suffered recent attacks from those who emphatically do not. Both were inside jobs. Columbus Crew escaped with limited damage following…

Usa
Is De Boer tempting fate with another slow start in MLS?
15:00 Saturday 6th April 2019

After my time at Inter, I had to get back to coaching because football and doing crossfit are the best things. Here at Atlanta, 80% is organized. In Milan and at Crystal Palace, I had to do everything myself, even the cafeteria. Now I will…

America
Is MLS the shortest route to success for Angel Gomes?
17:00 Sunday 24th March 2019

Contemporary calligrapher Daniel Reeves, a Kiwi who produced the maps for the Lord of the Rings films, fashioned one of this world with his native land situated in the centre [Middle Earth] rather than tucked away in the bottom right.…

Usa
Is MLS upgrading its coaching talent in Tata Martino's wake?
15:00 Saturday 2nd March 2019

Major League Soccer professed its ambition in its infancy. When Don Garber took over as commissioner in 1999, he said he hoped to grow MLS into a division that would rival Europe's elite.  His tactics have been both aggressive and…

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Asked how they replace David Villa, NYCFC say you don't
17:00 Friday 8th February 2019

It's patently unfair to view any team that fails to dominate its league as not fully committed to their project. When you examine New York City FC, however, it's too easy to reach that conclusion. The franchise was born with a silver…

Opinion
Is Mo Salah hogging up all the class or isn't there enough to go around?
17:00 Sunday 9th December 2018

We like to romanticise sport. It's reassuring to believe football and other games bring out the best in mankind. Let's face it, though. It's been more than a decade since Mick Foley retired from professional wrestling and Mr Socko…

Usa
Will Atlanta United's MLS Cup be C-Beams glittering or tears in rain?
17:00 Saturday 8th December 2018

The MLS Cup plays tonight between Atlanta United and Portland Timbers at 8PM local time, 1AM in the UK. Don't roll your eyes at me. Fair is fair. You stayed up late [or came in early] for Tyson Fury; you can do the same for this title fight.…

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90 minutes to MLS Cup: Red Bulls need not apply
17:00 Thursday 29th November 2018

Major League Soccer's Conference Finals began on Sunday. Going into the first leg matches, the four teams hoping to reach the MLS Cup Final on Saturday, December 8th each had a script they wanted to follow. Two stories from the…