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New England Revolution exploit LA Galaxy’s lack of width

By Kevin Koczwara

There was a lot of talk of the Los Angeles Galaxy playing poorly against the New England Revolution and lost 3-1. It seemed like Arlo White and Kyle Martino, the announcers for the game on NBC Sports, believed that the Galaxy’s poor play was the only factor in the game. What the two announcers failed to acknowledge was that one team’s positive play and game plan can make its opponent look like a U-8 side all out of ideas.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps showed his tactical acumen against Los Angeles with a flawless game plan. Heaps noticed some weaknesses in the Galaxy team sheet and went after them.The major omission and weakness for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles side was the injury to Landon Donovan, the team’s attacking focal point and creator in the attacking third.

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Beckham Experiment Injected Life in Major League Soccer and American Soccer Fans

David Beckham signed with Major League Soccer team the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. His time in the MLS has been plagued by injuries, but his impact has been positive. (Courtesy Hamedog/wikicommons)

By Ryan Fleming

Much has been discussed about England’s old wonderboy, David Beckham’s time here. When the flamboyant and ever-glamorous attacking midfielder first came to the United States, his arrival was surrounded with much fanfare, anticipation and absolute hope that the former sensation could use his media following to provide a boost for Major League Soccer in its attempt to move into the light.

Beckham’s reign in the U.S., which started in 2007, has been plagued by injury and, for the most part, disappointment. In Sports Illustrated writer, Grant Wahl’s book, The Beckham Experiment, the author tries to analyze if Beckham’s time in the States can be considered a success. I’m here to tell you, it was.

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How the West Will Be Won; MLS Cup Playoffs Continue

By Kevin Koczwara

So far my predictions haven’t played out so well. I thought New York would be able to walk over San Jose on Thursday night. I was wrong. San Jose stormed into New York and got the two goal win the team needed after falling behind, 1-0, in the home leg less then a week earlier.

The Quakes, 3-1, win in New York was astonishing and entertaining as Bobby Convey put on his best Steven Gerrard performance.

Both Gerrard and Convey almost single-handily took their team from the brink of lossing, and put the game on their shoulders.

Gerrard’s second half hat-trick in Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Anfield over Napoli in a UEFA Cup match was just another miracle moment for the 30-year-old. Coming on as a substitute and leading the Reds back from the brink of a loss isn’t anything new for him – check 2005 Champions League Final and the 2006 FA Cup win over West Ham, just for a few.

Convey did similar to Gerrard on Thursday in New York, but with a twist. Convey and the Quakes were down a goal and playing at a raucous Red Bull Arena, yet Convey pulled his team level on aggregate with a 6th minute goal from just inside the box.

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Revolution Underway

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By Ryan Fleming

To put it lightly, things haven’t been going the way of the New England Revolution. Near the depths of the Eastern Conference and accused by their coach, Steve Nichol, on playing with a lack of “professionalism”, the Revs seemed to be headed nowhere – the postseason becoming a dream rather than a reality.

After getting shellacked by Real Salt Lake, 5-0, last weekend, the Revs seemed to be heading for a similar fate last night against the league’s best team, LA Galaxy.

Something odd happened, though. The Revs got breaks and unfortunately for Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan and the rest of the Galaxy, they made them count.

In perhaps one of the biggest upsets of the season, the Revs beat LA 2-0 and in turn restored faith in their playoff aspirations.

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What the Future Holds for the USMNT

By Kevin Koczwara

It has been over a week since the United States Men’s National Team was humbled by a young Ghana squad – the youngest team in the World Cup Finals – in extra time at the World Cup in South Africa. I have had enough time to soak in the pain, the misery and the confusion of seeing my country lose at the World Cup when I truly thought it could advance in the tournament and make major strides, you know, kind of like how the Italians, Argentines and Brazilians must feel right about now.

Then I got to thinking about the future of U.S. soccer and how bright it may be. The squad that went to South Africa was a good mix of veteran players and up-and-coming talent. The roster manager Bob Bradley took with him had a good mix and set a good framework for the next World Cup – 2014 in Brazil.

The Yanks will have major questions to answer during the qualifying for the 2014 World Cup: who will their core defenders be? And who will supply the much needed goals?

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MLS Update: Buddle and Donovan Return to Galaxy From World Cup

By Ryan Fleming

Not much has changed regarding the MLS. The best teams are still the best, and the poor teams are still struggling with no signs of help.

The L.A. Galaxy continued their dominant season as they defeated the mediocre and disappointing Seattle Sounders, 3-1, last weekend. The game marked the return of both Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle from international duty after the elimination of the United States from the World Cup.

Buddle welcomed the Sounders with a 19th minute strike, putting the Galaxy (11-1-3, 36 pts.) up early. Donovan assisted on the goal.

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Bradley Picks His Strikers for South Africa

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By Kevin Koczwara

Bob Bradley had to make a tough call the other day: he had to let seven players know they weren’t going to be traveling to South Africa for the World Cup. Bradley cut his 30-man preliminary roster down to the final 23 a week before the June 3 deadline set by FIFA.

Bradley had some difficult choices to make as he had to pear down his roster and let seven of his players know that they would not be living a dream at the World Cup. Bradley’s squad has some injury questions, most notably at the striker position with the absence of Charlie Davies from the squad because of injury and lack of match fitness.

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A Closer Look at The Yanks World Cup Roster

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By Ryan Fleming


Bob Bradley didn’t have much of a choice. He was forced to leave Charlie Davies, the star forward of the United States Men’s National Team and French-side, Sochaux, out of the 30-man preliminary roster, which the USMNT’s manager presented yesterday at 2 p.m.

The young, fiery striker has not played a competitive match since he was seriously injured in a fatal car accident last October. Recently, he has been fueled by a possible World Cup placement on the US squad, but now he’ll have to wait.

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USMNT Announces 30 Man World Cup Roster

By Kevin Koczwara

Today United States Men’s National Team manager, Bob Bradley, announced the 30 players he is taking to Princeton, NJ to train and try-out for the squad for that will be going to the World Cup in South Africa in 30 days.

The USMNT’s final roster can only have 23 players on it come June, but Bradley would like to evaluate what he believes are his best 30 options and see who fits where. Then he will have to make his final cut. Why not just the name 23 he wants to go to South Africa now like some countries are doing? Well, Bradley has a lot of injury concerns to address within the squad. So, he needs time to assess each and every player before he names his final roster.

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Bradley Has Some Forward Thinking To Do

By Ryan Fleming

The United States Men’s National team had a good thing going for a while. Charlie Davies and Jozy Altidore were set to be the starting forwards while Brian Ching was expected to provide some relief on the bench. If USMNT manager, Bob Bradley, didn’t know how fast things could change, he does now.

The roller coaster, which could describe Bradley’s tenure as manager of the national team, took a steep dive downhill when Davies was severely injured in a fatal car accident on Oct. 13th. The accident left Davies almost crippled, one of the passengers, Ashley J. Roberta, was killed and another passenger was taken to the hospital for treatment after their car struck guardrail.

Lately, there have been rumors about Davies losing his race for fitness with the World Cup just a little more than a month away. Recently, on his twitter, he has been acknowledging words of encouragement, which he is receiving hourly. Davies is now practicing with his club, French side, Sochaux, almost limitless.

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