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  1. Michael Bradley Returns to MLS and Everyone Screams

    Noah Davis

    So, Michael Bradley is coming to Major League Soccer. And not just to Major League Soccer, but to Toronto FC, a club that is at best a chaotic mess and at worst terrible. Or maybe reverse those. Regardless, Bradley's transfer from Roma, a team that ...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  2. Juventus Midfielder Arturo Vidal Is So Good, It's Unfair

    Ryan O'Hanlon

    At least with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the things they do can't be replicated. Messi's less a soccer player, and more an extraterrestrial sprite, gliding in and out of different dimensions, scoring goals just to show humans how inadequate ...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  3. The Designated Player: The Not Top 10 of MLS 2013

    Graham Parker

    If you're not sick of top 10s of the year by this time, you should be. Fun as they are, most sane people find them as appetizing as turkey right now. I'm going to try not to add to the glut and instead, by way of marking the new year, share just a fe...

    Blog | January 02, 2014
  4. The End of the Andre Villas-Boas Experiment at Tottenham

    Mike L. Goodman

    And just like that, Tottenham Hotspur's Andre Villas-Boas experiment is over. Less than a year and a half after being hired, and only 16 games after being gifted with seven new first-team players to integrate into his squad, Villas-Boas was shown the...

    Blog | December 17, 2013
  5. The Designated Player: New York City FC's Smart Choice in Jason K...

    Graham Parker

    New York City FC has a lot to get right in a short amount of time, but appointing Jason Kreis as their first head coach is a very good start. Since the team was announced back in May, the MLS expansion side has been under intense scrutiny — ...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  6. The Designated Player: Lessons and Memories From the MLS Cup Fina...

    Graham Parker

    Saturday's MLS Cup final wasn't a game for the ages, though it ended up being a pretty engrossing one and did have its own mythical qualities for future generations. It was the coldest MLS Cup final ever, featured a penalty shootout that went to the ...

    Blog | December 10, 2013
  7. Premier League Pass & Move: Human Sacrifice! Dogs and Cats, Livin...

    Grantland Staff

    What Is Even Happening? Chris Ryan: December is not April, as Everton manager Roberto Martinez and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew made sure to mention over the weekend. Big results against Arsenal and Manchester United saw the Everton and Newcastle mana...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  8. The USMNT World Cup Draw: It's Not a Group of Death, It's a Group...

    Chris Ryan

    Are you feeling down about the United States men's national team World Cup group draw? Do you feel like some global conspiracy plopped Jurgen Klinsmann's boys into the Group of Death? Are you already having dark, twisted fantasies about the U.S. squa...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  9. Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, and the Fall of Europe's Hipster Sweet...

    Chris Ryan

    Today in the UEFA Champions League, in Group F, the group of death, some club is gonna die. With Arsenal in control on nine points — close to the 10 points Alex Ferguson always said would get a club to the knockout stages — there remains ...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  10. Premier League Pass & Move: Blood Sport

    Chris Ryan and Brett Koremenos and Ryan O'Hanlon

    A look back at the action in the Barclays Premier League. What Happened? Chris Ryan: Arsenal benefited from a truly based Artur Boruc goalkeeping error and beat your annoying soccer fan friend's favorite team, Southampton, 2-0. The Gunners had th...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  11. The Designated Player: A Fake Interview With Ray Hudson About the...

    Graham Parker

    The Designated Player has all the sweet hook-ups. So this week, when Twitter began rumbling that Orlando City were about to be confirmed as the 21st MLS club, entering the league in 2015, there was only one man he wanted to speak to. The DP swift...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  12. We Went There: Argentina, Minus Messi, Takes on Ecuador

    Noah Davis

    At kickoff, the little man was not in the building. As his Argentina teammates lined up to battle Ecuador at MetLife Stadium on Friday night, Lionel Messi and his otherworldly talent were in Barcelona recovering from a hamstring tear that will sideli...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  13. Bad Cop and Bad, Bad Cop: Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane Take Over ...

    Graham Parker

    For those of you who have given Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign a miss, you didn't miss much. Ireland, under Giovanni Trappatoni, may have gotten within a Thierry Henry handball of the 2010 finals and qualified for last year's European Champi...

    Blog | November 08, 2013
  14. Watch: Portland Timbers Soccer Fans Paint With Passion in Tifo

    Roger Bennett

    The first time I watched the Barnicle brothers' documentary Tifo, I found it hard to believe it had been shot in America. The scenes of choreographed fandom and collective passion border on delirium. After savoring them, most soccer fans will immedia...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  15. Champions League Pass & Move: Dortmund's Pressure, Zlatan's Goal,...

    Spike Friedman and Mike L. Goodman

    A look at this week's Champions League action. Arsenal Under Pressure Spike Friedman: Borussia Dortmund's aggressive pressing effectively neutralized what had been a prolific Arsenal attack, before a late goal against the run of play gave the Ger...

    Blog | October 24, 2013
  16. How Bayern Munich Dismantled Manchester City

    Spike Friedman

    Let's marvel at the first 75 minutes of football that Bayern Munich put together on Wednesday en route to a dominant 3-1 win over Manchester City by breaking down their three goals. (Apologies for those of you outside of the U.S., for whom I would re...

    Blog | October 03, 2013