Soccer Splinters | July 12, 2010

I know it’s already been said, but Spain’s Xavi is the best soccer player we’ve (the soccer-apathetic North Americans) never paid attention to. He flies under the American fans’ radar because he’s more known for setting up goals than scoring them. I can’t recall the exact stat at this time, but the World Cup telecast for the final said that Xavi had set up 25 shots on goal, eight more than any other player.

Soccer Splinters | July 22, 2009

by Patrick ‘Rey’ Reynell >Carlo Ancelotti newest Chelsea manager, already seeing transfer strain of EPL financial woes Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti left AC Milan to become the most recent manager at Stamford Bridge. This is Chelsea’s fifth manager since hiring Jose Mourinho away from FC Porto in 2004. While Mourinho brought the club two Premier […]

Soccer Splinters | July 16, 2009

Six months away playing for one of Europe’s elite teams, David Beckham made his return to the Los Angeles Galaxy for practices earlier this week. His return did not come without media attention thanks to teammate Landon Donvan. Apparently Donovan bashed the beloved international star in an upcoming book questioning Beckham’s commitment among other things.

On the Pitch with an American Novice: Focus on MLS

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. In last week’s “On the Pitch,” I gave the MLS a chance. I watched my very first regular season game and kept a diary of my impressions. I admit that I came into it with a fair amount of pessimism. I decided to dig a little deeper and […]

On the Pitch with an American Novice: Diary of My First MLS Game

As the title states, I’m relatively new to the beautiful game and have spent the past couple of years delving into the heart of the soccer world: both Premier Leagues in England and Scotland and any and all international play. I’ve been hesitant towards the MLS. I’ve watched snippets of games here and there, but […]