Category Archives: The Beautiful Game

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2014 MLS Eastern Conference Standings Prediction

Taking a look at the other side of the table, here are my predictions for the standings in the Eastern Conference. Despite not housing as many of the perennial powers in the league, the East is difficult to predict due … Continue reading

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2014 MLS Western Conference Standings Prediction

Predicting the Western Conference is always a tough battle, for differing reasons than predicting the East. For one, it’s been a perennial powerhouse of clubs for a good 10 years. Secondly, where the top clubs finish is always a crapshoot … Continue reading

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Handling the Emotions of Defeat

Sport is a bitch sometimes. It’s a cruel mistress. It’s abusive and demoralizing and disenfranchising. And yet fans continue coming back to it, to their team, to their players, to their city. Regardless of how many times they’ve been frustrated … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Unintended Unorthodoxy?

Chicago Fire head coach Frank Klopas is bucking more than just his usual dressy garb for a polo shirt and casual pants on the sideline recently. He seems to be bucking many traditional tactics usually seen on MLS pitches as … Continue reading

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Formatting MLS, Part 4: Global Tradition, American Appeal

The debate between the so-dubiously-called “Euro-snobs” and the more “nationalistic” American soccer fans has created a clash of philosophies about the sport. Should we become more like Europe and adopt the Old World system of the game completely, or should … Continue reading

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2012 US Open Cup Final Prediction

The 2012 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final is tonight at 9PM ET. I think it’s high time I get my prediction in since we’re less than three hours before kick off. Let’s go!

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Formatting MLS, Part 3: Market Saturation

The diversity our league faces when it comes to logistics (vast geographical distances; an array of mentalities and cultures; varying weather and climes) are enough to doom it from the very beginning. But, provided you have managed to overcome these … Continue reading

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