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Premier League
Who understands Arsenal's need better than Patrick Vieira?
12:00 Sunday 17th November 2019

If, sorry, when Arsenal sack Unai Emery, Patrick Vieira’s appointment offers a promise no other candidate can make. When the former Gunners captain and midfield destroyer departed for Juventus, the last remaining vestige of defensive…

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…

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.…

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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…

Usa
Old is new again in MLS management
17:00 Tuesday 25th September 2018

Youth has been the buzzword in football recently, perhaps in all team sports. Energy, athleticism, work rate and input formed up behind it to compose a new ethos for professional competitions. Knowledge, experience and efficiency suddenly counted…

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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,…

France
Will Patrick Vieira prove his mettle at Nice?
09:00 Thursday 5th July 2018

Patrick Vieira sealed his legend at Arsenal. A marauding box-to-box midfielder, Vieira played a starring role in a Gunners team that dominated England for some years including the unbeaten 2003/04 season. He rose to club captain as a result…

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MLS Weekend Review: Revenge of the Set Piece
22:03 Monday 30th April 2018

Another Major League Soccer match day is in the books. Let me catch you up. Three Stars 3. Kevin Kratz -- Atlanta United are the Liverpool/Borussia Dortmund of MLS. They will hit you on the counter all day long. If anyone tries to tell you…

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MLS Grab Bag, Week 9: #TorontoStrong but not quite strong enough
16:00 Friday 27th April 2018

Welcome to the 2018 season’s ninth edition of MLS Grab Bag. Each Friday we’ll review midweek news, preview key weekend matches, and explore other interesting developments. Horseshoes and hand grenades Wednesday was not a good night…

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MLS Weekend Review: A Scot with a temper? No, couldn't be.
21:00 Monday 23rd April 2018

Another full slate of 11 Major League Soccer matches took place over the weekend, one Friday, eight on Saturday, and the remaining pair on Sunday around tea time. Let me catch you up. Three Stars 3. Chris Mueller -- Orlando City went shopping…

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MLS Grab Bag, Week 7: Hold your applause, construction delays, and Liverpool/Manchester City American style
18:30 Friday 13th April 2018

Welcome to the 2018 season’s seventh edition of MLS Grab Bag. Each Friday we’ll review midweek news, preview key weekend matches, and explore other interesting developments. MLS slows Dempsey’s roll Major League Soccer has…

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MLS Weekend Review: Has NYCFC gone colour blind?
13:00 Monday 26th March 2018

Major League Soccer put on an abbreviated fixture list during the international break with just six matches taking place, all on Saturday. Let me catch you up. Three Stars 3. Sebastian Blanco -- The Portland Timbers no.10 rescued a point for…

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MLS Grab Bag Week 4: Crew don't fear Ragnarok and Ibra goes to Hollywood
11:00 Friday 23rd March 2018

Welcome to the 2018 season’s fourth edition of MLS Grab Bag. Each Friday we’ll review midweek news, preview key weekend matches, and explore other interesting developments. Fair warning, I’ll be very much hands-on this week.…

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MLS Grab Bag: Opening Day
17:00 Friday 2nd March 2018

Welcome to the MLS Grab Bag. Every Friday, I’ll be previewing the weekend’s action and commenting on any notable developments from the preceding week. There will be some regular features as well, such as a power ranking for the…

America
MLS Conference semifinal hokey pokey: Put your first leg in
16:00 Wednesday 1st November 2017

Sunday through Tuesday, the first legs in the four MLS conference semifinals took place. Here's a quick review for each seeded fixture. SundayWestern Conference#3 Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 #2 Seattle SoundersTo be fair, only two franchises averaged…