USSF Errs on Release, and Other TOA/NASL/USL Thoughts

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The USSF released a short statement regarding the USL-1 Team Owners Association Breakaway League: High-ranking members of U.S. Soccer met with representatives from the United Soccer League and North American Soccer League to… Continue reading

SPA Daily Podcast: ESPN, Serie A Weekend, Discussion of Italy and Germany in the World Cup

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On Monday’s edition of the Set Piece Analysts podcast, Brian, Johnathan and Kartik talk about Kartik’s experience in Bristol that turns into more broader discussion about our expectations of ESPN’s coverage of the… Continue reading

SPA Podcast Special: World Cup Draw

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Set Piece Analysts brought you immediate reaction after Friday’s draw. Now, with a few days to review what transpired on Friday, Johnathan Starling welcomes fellow Set Piece Analysts Kartik Krishnaiyer and Richard Farley… Continue reading

Algeria and Slovenia Pose Danger

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The jubilation many US fans felt with the World Cup draw was justified. The US drew the lowest seeded team (England), the weakest team in Pot three (Algeria) and Slovenia who is one of… Continue reading

Turkcell Super League – week 15 – Friday and Saturday action

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The top of the Turkcell Super League board got tighter last week.  Fenerbahçe, Beşiktaş, Bursaspor, Galatasaray, and Kayserispor, in that order, were separated by only a three point margin.  This weekend looked crucial… Continue reading

Match Fixing in Europe

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With the recent arrests of several suspects in Germany, the specter of Match Fixing has come front and center yet again. Outside then Lines on ESPN today at 3pm ET/Noon PT will be doing a… Continue reading

Turkcell Super League – Senol Gunes appointed as Trabzonspor head coach

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After Hugo Broos’ resignation, Trabzonspor delved into its past to get their new head coach.  Senol Gunes, a former Trabzonspor goalkeeper, was appointed to the post of Trabzonspor head coach, signing a contract… Continue reading

NASL Retrospective: 1979 Attendances

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The NASL is either romantcised or trashed in contemporary American soccer circles, with little ground in between. It seems everyone has an opinion on the old NASL, whether it is grounded in facts,… Continue reading

Turkcell Super League – week 14 – Sunday action

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With the shock losses of Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, the high end of the Turkcell Super League table looked to be shaken up somewhat.  With Bursaspor’s victory on Friday against Galatasaray, Bursaspor guaranteed themselves… Continue reading

Drogba for World Player of the Year

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I’m not looking to win any popularity contests, and were I looking to do so, I would be officially eliminated with this headline. So disliked is Didier Drogba and by extension Chelsea FC in many… Continue reading