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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…

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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…

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2018 MLS Cup Story draws nearer a conclusion with Conference Finals set
15:00 Wednesday 14th November 2018

While Real Madrid promoted their third B-team coach in as many years and Bayern Munich backed its struggling boss, while Manchester City proved it had more class on the pitch than Manchester United and a manager who would immediately correct…

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What's that Sounders I hear?
12:00 Saturday 8th September 2018

On the eve of Toronto FC's MLS Cup triumph, I wrote why all MLS fans should want them to win, then repeat. The Reds lag nine points away from the playoffs with seven games to play, so we won’t talk about that. In the same article…

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Jesse Marsch hopes Red Bull Leipzig gives him wings
15:00 Sunday 22nd July 2018

Choosing to devote my full attention to the World Cup or keep abreast of events in Major League Soccer is like asking whether I would prefer chocolate ice cream or lima beans. Only an insane person or a vegan would opt for the latter. Okay,…

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Mike Petke: Managers can express themselves, too
17:00 Friday 20th July 2018

Mike Petke is a Bohemian. Not in the sense of having a quirky lifestyle or being from a certain region in the Czech Republic. His Twitter account describes him as “Head coach RSL. Family man. Sweater connoisseur.” Petke’s…

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How World Cup impacts MLS' competitive balance
17:00 Tuesday 5th June 2018

Competitive balance is at the heart of European football leagues. All the top divisions conduct regular seasons in which each team plays every other, home and away. No club has an easier road to their league title than another. Major League…

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MLS Weekend Review: Toronto FC prioritise CONCACAF Champions League
21:30 Monday 16th April 2018

Another full slate of Major League Soccer action took place over the weekend. Seven Saturday matches squeezed between two apiece on Friday and Sunday. Let me catch you up. Three Stars 3. Bradley Wright-Phillips -- The New York Red Bulls couldn’t…

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What do you mean there is more than one Champions League?
20:30 Wednesday 11th April 2018

Tuesday was a vintage evening for UEFA Champions League football. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool brought tragedy in so many different threes to Manchester City. Third loss in a row for the Sky Blues. First time a rival has beaten Mourinho three…

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MLS Grab Bag, Week 6: On Brazilian holidays and more Zlatan
13:00 Friday 6th April 2018

Welcome to the 2018 season’s sixth edition of MLS Grab Bag. Each Friday we’ll review midweek news, preview key weekend matches, and explore other interesting developments. On Tap Major League Soccer has eight matches on the docket…

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MLS Grab Bag, Week 3: League tears down Trump's wall
14:00 Friday 16th March 2018

Welcome to the 2018 season’s third edition of MLS Grab Bag. Each Friday we’ll review midweek news, preview key weekend matches, and explore other interesting developments. Tear down the wall The USSF has been slow to act on the…

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MLS Weekend Review: More World Cup woes, Chubby Schweini, and Bob Bradley, Genius
14:00 Monday 12th March 2018

Welcome to the second instalment of MLS Weekend Review. Let me catch you up on what’s been happening in North American soccer. Just ignore the problem and it will go away In 2016, then USSF president Sunil Gulati wasn’t concerned…

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New York Red Bulls becoming small club
14:00 Sunday 7th January 2018

For the second consecutive Major League Soccer off-season New York Red Bulls have traded their captain. For one of the league’s most marketable teams it’s a confounding trend. In January 2017 Red Bulls parted ways with Dax McCarty.…

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MLS wildcards once again prove playoffs wholly different than regular season
12:00 Sunday 29th October 2017

Four midweek MLS matches produced opponents for the top two sides in each conference's semifinals while re-emphasising the gap between season and playoffs. While the North American sports media likes to promote any competition's regular season…

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Dax McCarty, Chicago Fire represent validation/condemnation for NY Red Bulls
15:30 Wednesday 25th October 2017

In 2015, NY Red Bulls changed tack. Outsiders took key roles. Beloved faces were shown the door. Now, NYRB must face one, Dax McCarty, with its season at stake. Just once, wouldn't you like to see a sporting figure who is under the cosh for…