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Hot Dogs, Apple Pie & MLS: Crew and FC Dallas Both In The Hunt

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, and you should admit it. Pass the crow, please. Continue reading »

The USA v Mexico: No Pressure, Mr. Klinsmann, No Pressure At All

Sean O’Brien is convinced that the doubters will find out what everyone else has known for a long time: Jürgen Klinsmann is already an American success story. Continue reading »

On Man United v Barcelona, Jellystone Park & The Need For Klinsmann

Barcelona gets dissed outside the White House, United get revenge and Juergen Klinsmann has his job cut out for him. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Xolos Chasing The Pack Early

The first half of Tijuana’s first two Primera Division matches have been a party. Unfortunately the second halves have been miserable morning afters. To establish themselves in the league, the Xolos are going to have to learn to play the full ninety minutes. Continue reading »

USMNT: Klinsmann’s Hiring Proves The Third Time Is Charmed

Leave it to a friend to point out that the only reason that Juergen Klinsmann is such a good fit for the US, is that they haven’t managed to develop coaches of their own. Continue reading »

On Manchester United’s US Tour, Fergie Faces Both Illusion & Truth

Sir Alex Ferguson announces, in the middle of United’s rampage through MLS, that he’s happy with the midfield he already has, thank you very much. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Previewing Mexico’s 2011 Apertura Tournament

One of the first to kick off and among the last to leave the pitch, all in the hot Aztec sun… Lazy Mexicans are one very misconceived stereotype. If you don’t see a few Primera Division matches throughout the season, you’re missing some good football. Continue reading »

Are FC Dallas The MLS Version Of Arsenal?

They’re young, fast and always looking for goal but they aren’t quite able to get past the top sides in the league. FC Dallas do sound like a poor man’s Arsenal but there are some differences. Continue reading »

Dwayne De Rosario: The Un-Canadian

Once every generation, a Canadian comes along who just can’t help being an embarrassment to himself and others. In the Noughties, that Canuck is Dwayne de Rosario. Continue reading »

US Men Must Forget Gold Cup & Look Forward To Brazil 2014

Sean O’Brien looks at what the US can take away from a Gold Cup that saw them knocked off their perch as the region’s best side. Continue reading »

Hot Dogs & Apple Pie: USMNT & Mexico Continue Gold Cup Trends

In the 2011 Gold Cup, the US are off to an all too typically rocky start, while Mexico are running away with the tournament. Time is running out for the Americans to find the form which can reel in the defending champions. Continue reading »

South of the Border: Chicharito’s Gold Cup Triple Sombrero & Tijuana’s Hank In The Tank!

El Tri followed the daytime example of Costa Rica, lighting up the Texas night in their Gold Cup debut. The founder of Xolos Tijuana, newly promoted to the Mexican top flight wasn’t able to enjoy the fireworks, however. He was in custody, after Mexican police raided his compound, subdued his security forces and confiscated a cache of weapons. Continue reading »

Hot Dogs & Apple Pie: US Against The World Is Getting Old

Only in America would no one care that their country was playing the World Cup champions. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas Wrap Up Clausura Title, 2010-11 Mexican Season

UNAM Pumas ruled the second half of the Mexican football calendar, claiming the Clausura championship on the strength of a scintillating goal from Javier Cortes. Next season, though, the cats will be tested by the newly promoted Aztec Dogs of Tijuana, whose 24-year-old CEO may have some fresh ideas on how to run a football club. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas, Monarcas Each Ninety Minutes From Liguilla Glory

Pumas and Monarcas, knotted at a goal apiece are set for a one-off showdown to determine the Clausura championship. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas Herd Goats While Cruz Azul & Monarcas Stampede

UNAM Pumas took care of business, dispatching Chivas de Guadelajara to gain a place in the Liguilla Clausura final. Cruz Azul and Monarcas, however, gave new meaning to the term Mexican standoff. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Cruz Azul Stake Their Claim

Sunday will see the second legs of the Clausura Liguilla semi-finals played out and Cruz Azul have one fit in the final while UNAM Pumas hold the advantage of an away goal over Chivas de Guadalajara. Monarcas Morelia, meanwhile, have much mucho trabajo left to do. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas Claw Their Way Back, Tigres Hooked On Goats’ Horns

The Liguilla is now in the semi-final stage with one big upset in the books and one big club upset at their own inconsistency. Continue reading »

NY Red Bull’s Backe Left Red Faced By DeRosario Gaffe

Red Bull coach Hans Backe found out this week that he’ll be even more short-handed than he had expected during the Gold Cup, thanks to an inattentive member of his backroom staff. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: The Mexican Primera Division Enters The Octagon

The Clausura Liguilla is under way, with eight sides vying for the final trophy of the split Mexican season. Top seeds UNAM Pumas and UANL Tigres find themselves under the gun already, while Monterrey has made an excellent beginning in their quest for a momentous treble. Continue reading »

David Beckham’s Weekend: A Beautiful Day For A Wedding Followed By Texas Sized English Weather For Footy

Royal Weddings come along once every generation, whereas Englishmen can play football in a downpour on a regualr basis. If you were David Beckham, holding an gold embossed personal invitation from William and Kate, would you honestly turn it down?

“No thanks luvs, I’ve got a kick-about planned for that weekend. Maybe if you reschedule….?” Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Pumas & Tigres Wrap Up Top Seeds In Clausura

The final round of the Clausura is upon us and only three clubs are assured of a place in the eight sided knockout round. Monarcas haven’t nailed down a specific seeding, as yet, but they will be in the playoffs. As well, Pumas and Tigres have wrapped up the first and second seeds. Nine other clubs join Monarcas in the quest to lock down one of the other six places. Continue reading »

CONCACAF Champions League Final – Monterrey Extend Mexico’s Dominance

Real Salt Lake failed to take advantage of two away goals, their home ground’s altitude and cold weather, as well as the scheduling advantages they were afforded in taking it on the chin in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Final. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: America Fights Back & Monterrey Distracted

There are just two rounds remaining in the Mexican Clausura and there are still eleven clubs alive for just eight playoff berths. Martin Palazzotto sets the table for the penultimate weekend, provides some highlights from last week, spices it up with just a bit of Primera Division history and pays tribute to a Mexican La Liga legend! Continue reading »

CONCACAF Champions League Final: Real Salt Lake Halfway Home

Monterrey are struggling through a heavily backloaded schedule in the Mexican Clausura run-in as they battle a well rested Real Salt Lake, whose early season matches are being rescheduled by the league to keep them fresh as they seek to become the first American champions of CONCACAF in eleven years. So a two-goal home draw in a tie which applies the away goal rule is concerning, especially as they must play at nearly 5,000 feet in the second leg, with less than 72 hours to acclimate themselves. On the other hand, RSL will be without the heart of their squad, Kyle Beckerman, through suspension. Here’s a look at how things stand between the two legs of the CONCACAF Champions League Final. Continue reading »

Red Bulls and Galaxy Sing The Big Money Blues

With the Red Bulls paying out $11 million annually to Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez and the Galaxy in the last year of a $250 million dollar deal with David Beckham, fans in NY & LA have failed to realise the same return on the investment as the league has as a whole. With the ‘Beckham Experiment’ almost at an end and the data condemning the on-pitch value of European superstars, one wonders whether the Galaxy and Red Bull supporters will be asked to continue sacrificing their championship dreams on the altar of good publicity? Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Goats Conquer America, Pumas Shred Tigres & Other Oddities Of Nature

The Clausura competition in the Primera Division de Mexico has entered the run-in to this year’s eight-team playoff. Some traditional powers are flexing their muscles and others, well, not so much. Continue reading »

CONCACAF Champions League Semi-Final Wrap

The CONCACAF Champions League final is set and for the first time in over a decade, an MLS side, Real Salt Lake, is there. As well, Cruz Azul’s very Arsenal-like run of futility continues, sending Monterrey to its first ever regional final. Continue reading »

Colorado Rapids: The Second Coming Of Real Salt Lake?

The Colorado Rapids were just the seventh seed in the 2010 Major League Soccer playoffs but went through the field to claim the league championship. If their hot start to the 2011 competition is any indication, they enjoyed the experience so much that they’re intent on doing it again. Continue reading »

MLS, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie & Ignoring Lionel Messi

Warning: Contains free speech that may be considered un-American. Continue reading »

USA v Argentina: A Deserved Draw Against A Mighty Foe Mask A Persistent Problem

While wresting complete dominance of a match away from a side as strong as Argentina and fighting your way back to a thrilling draw is a worthy accomplishment, the fact that abysmal starts and heart pounding reversals have become routine for the USMNT, to the exclusion of all other plot lines, is cause for concern. Continue reading »

South Of The Border: Meow! Pumas, Tigres Run Wild But Jaguares Are Looking Very Tame

As we head into the international break, a cat, or three of them to be exact, have caught our tongue in this week’s South of the Border. Continue reading »

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