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U.S. Open Cup: Top 14 teams and upset history

Through May 23, 2014, lower-division teams have beaten MLS teams 66 times. (MLS teams have won 160.) And based on a whole lot of spreadsheets, we can declare one particular lower-division team the most accomplished team in the Open Cup. … Cont...

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MLS and single entity: I don’t think it means what you think it means

This post is going to start with an academic question and veer into the approaching collective bargaining abyss. Major League Soccer is a “single entity” league. So what does that mean? For lawyers, it’s an intriguing concept, and t...

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MLS history books: The next generation

When I wrote Long-Range Goals, I said the following: “If this is the only MLS book on a bookstore shelf in 2011, that’s disappointing.” Not sure about your local bookstore, but mine doesn’t even stock Long-Range Goals. The &...

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Quick retort to the English hand-wringing over Jermain Defoe

Just a few random facts: - The USA advanced to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals with a lot of MLS players. Landon Donovan and Brian McBride scored two goals each. - The USA drew Italy 1-1 in the 2006 World … Continue reading →...

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D.C. United has lost the plot

This is the first year I’ve been a Northern Virginia resident and attended no D.C. United games. It wasn’t anything personal — there’s no reason for me to be in the pressbox any more, and the Spirit and youth soccer … C...

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The NASL and the periodic restatement of facts on promotion/relegation

How did a three-part Empire of Soccer interview with NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson start an epic Twitter beatdown? Well, it helped that in the first part, he talked about promotion/relegation, the concept that governs most soccer leagues (and other...

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20 alternatives to YSA

Dear MLS Supporters Group, You may be a little upset that your club is getting more aggressive in its efforts to keep you from chanting “YOU SUCK, ASSHOLE!” every time the opposing keeper takes a goal kick. The argument has … Conti...

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The inconclusive no-goal call and other MLS controversies

In today’s MLS on NBCSN game (Philadelphia-Dallas), a potential equalizer from Blas Perez was cleared off the line. Or was it? The consensus among the Twitterati and the great commentary duo of Arlo White/Kyle Martino was that Perez was robbed...

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