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Seattle's Reign From The Outside

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Seattle Doesn't Need to Rebuild. The Need A General in Defense.

The Seattle Reign sat on their thrones in first place in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 and 2017, Seattle reclined in 5th place. Seattle has been reigning just below the top four while looking regal.

Seattle is not a team in despair on the field (A Columbus Crew like crisis may happen off the field). Portland and North Carolina managed stability in defense and attack. The Reign’s defense broke last season. Seattle gained three points in their last six games.

The offense keeps in line with the more attacking philosophy most of the teams had this season. Jess Fishlock, Megan Rapinoe, and Katie Johnson tallied the goals for Seattle. Rapinoe’s move from midfield to forward makes the attack free flowing.

Chicago played the Reign on June 28th and commenced to pressuring Seattle in their defensive third. Seattle was about to create an offense on the right flank. The crosses near the mouth of the goal were chances missed and proof of Seattle’s talent.

Chicago’s inability to stop Seattle from attacking the right side gave the Reign liberty to attack the left. The Red Stars’ Long...


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Atlanta At Third, Not Second

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Atlanta and New York Still Positioning For Better Spots In the Postseason.

Atlanta United would prefer second place. They wouldn’t have to play a mid-week playoff match. ATL can show off their new stadium on a weekend.

Atlanta has trouble getting points on the East Coast. ATL has lost three games and drawn twice traveling up the Atlantic. East coast teams apply physicality to their matches against the Georgia team.

The Philadelphia Union was aggressive at their home match to Atlanta on August 28th, 17 tackles and eight dispossessions to the Southern side. The Union’s aggressiveness cost them a red card and three points turned into one.

Early in the match, Atlanta was free-flowing passing from the flanks into the attacking third. ATL’s concentrated their possession near the left attacking half line. All midfielders for Atlanta occupied the area to create an attack on the left.

The Union was able to make a right cross to Roland Alberg goal for a Philly 1-0 lead. Two Union goals came from the outside. C.J. Sapong became defensive trying to become relevant to the attack.
The Red Bulls don’t have the problem of getting Bradley Wright...


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The Thorns vs. Courage: April 22nd

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These Championships Titans Played Before, And It May Be How the Title Game Plays Out.

The Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage played twice this season. On July 13th Portland had key players missing on international duty. The April 22nd match is a good barometer of how these squads will face each other.

April 22nd is a long time ago. The Thorns and Courage were favorites then. They’re the Championship now.

North Carolina played a 3-5-2 formation, hoping five midfielders can break through Portland’s defense. Stopping the Courage in the midfield has been a tactic keeping them at bay for NWSL teams all season.

The Courage broke through the Portland midfield to counterattack. North Carolina blew by the Thorns connecting passing forward making the Thorns look average. No other team does that except the Courage.

Both teams got to play their matches. Portland set up an organized attack, patiently waiting to make the right pass. The Courage attacked the flanks, passing crosses inside the box.

The match became intense. Two world class squads who didn’t fear each other. The game remained open. The intensity didn’t hold up the match.

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Dallas Can't Dilly Dally In Seattle

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The Toro's Are Tailspinning Once Again. Can They Pull Up In Seattle?

Dallas does this. The Toro’s have looked attractive since Schellas Hyndman last year as manager. Usually, halfway in the season, FC Dallas self-destructs.

We saw this recently last year in the Western Conference Semifinal against the Sounders. It took two games for Dallas to crash and burn. They can gather themselves up at Centruylink where Dallas was MLS Cup favorites when they last went to Seattle.

The North Texas club couldn’t win out west, three draws, and three losses. They lost close to the Pacific at Portland and in Los Angeles. The games were limited two to three goals scored by both teams.

Dallas failed to score versus Seattle in Frisco. The absence of Jordan Morris gave the Toro’s an ability to create an offense from the right side where 46 percent of the attack was taken place. The liberty of attacking from the right side made Seattle focus on that space. FC Dallas simply attacked from the left with ease.

The Sounders attacked from the left side, 42 percent of the offense came from that area. Seattle did attempt to create an offense on the right. ...


The Courage to Conquer

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North Carolina Are No Underdogs. They Left That in Western New York

The North Carolina Courage is more discipline than the 2016 Western New York Flash. The Courage wasn’t as dominate scoring like their outstanding 2.25 goals per game last season. This season’s 1.58 goals per game are still rather impressive.

North Carolina's defense is the reason why they are poised to become repeat champions. In 2016, the Courage allowed 1.50 goals a game. North Carolina lowered that average to 0.92 goals a game.

The Courage offensive philosophy is still to make attacking runs and use set pieces to stay in their attacking third. A new dimension being adding is using possession starting in the back to maneuver up front.

North Carolina’s steady possession worked against the Chicago Red Stars on September 3rd. The Red Stars won but the Courage got the first goal. The goal was a breakaway with Jessica McDonald and Lynn Williams showing their speed and power.

The Courage played a 4-2-3-1 but morphed into a 4-3-3 to penetrate Chicago’s midfield. Lynn Williams played in a right midfield role to have more space to create for herself.

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Whitecaps, Big City

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First Place Vancouver Can Show The East Coast Why They're The Best

Vancouver is the best in the Western Conference and no one cares. Their prime time match in New York will show the East Coast viewers an entertaining, attacking team. Let’s hope the scoring won’t be low. The last time the Whitecaps travel close to the Atlantic they lost to New England 1-0.

In the August 12th match, Vancouver gave away too many free kicks to the Revolution. The New York Red Bulls thrive on set pieces. The Red Bull’s game plan would be to slow down the Whitecaps’ attack.

New England had speed on the flanks to make Vancouver defend more. New York can’t match the Whitecaps speed for speed. The Red Bulls will defend the sideline. They will feed the ball in the middle to Kljestan and Wright Phillips to create goal scoring opportunities.

Against the Revs, the Whitecaps had four players in their attacking half at all times. They mostly defended New England’s attackers. The only a constituent attacking option New York has is Wright-Phillips.

A Red Bulls match is a show for the neutrals either by their comebacks or collapses. This always cost them...


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The Pride Must Rise or Fall

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The Orlando Pride, Despite the Position, are Built to Will It All.

Orlando Pride can score their way into a championship. The 2016 Western New York Flash did. The Flash was built through a great draft and trades. Orlando has money.

They are not underdogs. A pride is a group of lions. They were built to rule.

Orlando’s accomplishment of just getting to the postseason shouldn’t be celebrated. Most of the starters are household names in women’s soccer homes. The franchise is staying in Orlando.

The similarities between the 2016 Flash and the Pride are in their reliance of scoring multiple goals. A one-nil win won’t do. Both defenses were shaky.

Western New York’s defense was just a mediocre group. Orlando premiere defenders in Ali Krieger and Camila are capable of attacking. Their sweeper abilities lead to quick attacks.

The Pride’s September 8th match against Seattle is an example of Orlando’s talent put to playoff environment. Orlando did play the Thorns on September 23rd. The intensity of survival wasn’t in that game.

Orlando and Seattle was a duel for the last playoff spot. The 1-1 draw was an exciting, end-to-end...


Portland's Posturing

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The Portland Thorn's One Title in Their Dominant Era is Disappointing.

The Portland Thorns were the first champions. The first elite team in the NWSL. A minor hiccup in 2015 ruined the Thorns’ playoff streak.

Portland mastered the front office deals when the league came into existence. Their city loves everyone who plays soccer. Only one championship is disappointing.

Competitors don’t want to be considered an underachiever. The NWSL prized club has a lot of passion coming from the stands. The fear and reverence of being in Providence Park don't exist.

Three postseasons in four years and no trophies for Portland make the required viewing on Lifetime seem to be a charity. Watching the Thorns is not a two-hour telethon, we witnessed a squad who are world class in the regular season. Playing one game for your soccer life levels the talent on the field.

Portland’s coronation was halted by a fast and physical Western New York Flash in 2016. The Thorns can play gracefully like dancers or brash like bulls. The Flash, however sloppy, had that style. Orlando does not.

The Thorns September 23th match against Orlando was a blend of...


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New York RB vs Whitecaps Pick

The New York Red Bulls just let goals in but can score when they have to. It's a draw, a wild, entertaining draw.




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A Red Scare in BMO

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Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls are Slumping at the Wrong Time.

Toronto has lost two straight. This continuing swoon will have the pundits a top team to pick on. One high-quality team in MLS usually falls in the final month. The New York Red Bulls are experiencing the collapse Toronto fears now. The New York media will analyze the Red Bulls late-season meltdown.

The Reds will face the New York Red Bulls, the other big money club. New York is in worse shape being winless in seven games.

With NYCFC securing a playoff berth, the Red Bulls might not join their Big Apple rivals. The NYCFC supports will harass the players they spot on their early vacations.

The Red Bulls’ glimmer of playoff worthiness came with a draw against Chicago. Their strength was in set pieces. The Red Bulls played wide possessing forty-one percent from the right side and thirty-eight from the left.

New York held possession in the attacking third and prefer long shots to the goal. Forty percent of their shots came from within the box. The Fire had fifty-seven percent.

Bradley Wright Phillips played up top with Sacha Kljestan right behind him. Tyler...


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The Chicago Fire has never beaten an opponent who's in the playoffs. Vancouver is on a four-game unbeaten run, Atlanta has the nickname "Hotlanta" for a reason and the Revs have a new manager. The Galaxy is bad at home and constantly made mistakes.




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Toronto vs New York RB Pick

This looks like the most entertaining match this weekend. Toronto may be more discipline at the end.




Calming the Crisis in the Champions League

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Playing in a Crisis Mode, Paris St. Germain and Bayern Munich Need a Win to Calm Their Storms.

Both Paris St. Germain and Bayern Munich are in a crisis. The PSG stars Edinson Cavani and Neymar are clashing over control of the team. Bayern is in third place in the Bundesliga which is unacceptable.

A win for both clubs will halt the discussion of a crisis until the weekend. This could be an easier task for Bayern with their veterans knowing how to play in big-time matches. PSG's ego clashes could be their downfall against the German squad.

Without Neymar, PSG looked less threaten against Ligue Un side Montpellier. Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler were playing in their attacking third while Cavani played behind them. Paris St. Germain attacked thirty-nine percent from the left side and forty percent from the right. They dominate possession but without Neymar, however, PSG was held to a nil-nil draw.

Neymar wasn’t injured. If Bayern can contain him PSG can be beaten. Montpellier was able to hold off PSG’s thirty percent possession in their defensive half without Neymar. Montpellier played forty-seven percent of their attack from the left side.

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The Red Stars May Dim Soon

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The Chicago Stars Playoff Streak May End if Steadiness isn't Found.

The Chicago Red Stars are entertaining this year. Nine players are scoring for the squad so far. That’s from only six last season.

The Red Stars 2016 ended with success through the defense. Chicago was second in goals allowed with twenty. They conceded 1.05 goals a game and secured the third position.

And that’s where there are now, in third, playing more gracefully. Chicago’ defense is suffering the effects of more watchable soccer. They are allowing 1.17 goals a game this season. They have six shutouts compared to eight last year.

. They’re averaging 1.39 goals per game. The Red Stars averaged 1.17 goals scored last season. Chicago is showing they can’t play complete soccer.

They were more diverse in their attack on 2106. Christen Press is leading the team in goals and assists. Vanessa DiBernardo led the Chicago in assists last year. As Press goes through suspension or injury, the Red Stars may falter.

Chicago has been in the playoffs since 2015 by having a stingy defense. Portland and North Carolina have a balance of a great defense with an impressive...


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A Dandy in Dortmund

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This Match Is Always Entertaining, Whether a Draw or Not.

Borussia Dortmund needs this win against Real Madrid for reputation. They’re first in the Bundesliga. Dortmund’s collapsed against Tottenham looks bad for the entire German league.

Tottenham had four counterattacks on Dortmund. Forty-five percent of the Spurs' attack was from the right. As expected that’s where thirty-eight percent of their shots were.

Dortmund’s midfielder Nari Suhin and Jeremy Toljan were stuck in the middle of the left flank. Christian Pulisic stayed where Suhin and Toljan were unable to move. None could attack against Tottenham.

The Spurs slash into Dortmund’s defense, shooting ninety-two percent of shots inside the six-yard and eighteen-yard boxes. Goals are always scored on Borussia Dortmund when they play in the Champions League. They give up at least two a game.

In Borussia’s win against Hertha Berlin, the best opponent they played in the Bundesliga, Berlin were able to attack the right side. Fifty-three percent of Berlin's possession came from the right. One hundred percent of all shots came within the eighteen-yard box.

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Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid Pick

This will be at least a 2-2 match but Borussia Dortmund at home are hard to beat.




Manchester United and Southhampton love to take control of matches but who will take charge long enough to win?

Manchester United are the best team to watch in the Premier League so far this campaign. All their victories have been convincing. The Red Devils have at least cemented themselves into the top four conversations.

The actors at the Theatre of Dreams are performing well. From the director Jose Mourinho to the headliner Romelu Lukaku. The cast is giving us an entertaining game to watch every week.

Manchester may give us a weekly showcase but they face a well-run system at Southampton. The Saints train their stars only to sell. It's Southhampton's style of play that stiffens opponents of all calibers.

Southampton has played with the 4-2-3-1formation all season. In their win against West Ham, they controlled the possession. The Hammers had more shots on target, however. Every squad the Saints played against had more shots on target.

And that's how Southampton prefers to play. they possess the ball as often as they can in the opponent's half. United and the Saints are in the top five in the league in passes completed.

The Saints force teams to clear the ball out of their...


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A Table Topping Derby In Turin

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Juventus and Torino are on Top of the Serie A But Who will be The Top in Their Town?

The Derby della Mole is worth watching for the neutrals. Torino is in fifth place in the Serie A. They’re not playing just for city pride but for European nights.

Juventus win against Fiorentina was an assault on the flanks. Left Fullback Kwadwo Asamoah, midfielder Blaize Mataidi, and Mario Mandzakic control the left flanks. Midfielders Paulo Dybala and all three of The Old Lady’s substations maintained the right flank.

Juventus dominated the match. 32 percent of all shots came in the six and eighteen-yard boxes. Their passing average was six per possession.

Fiorentina was shut out. They didn’t even have a shot on target. Fiorentina did limit Juventus to long shots. Those long shots were free kicks that hurt them.

Lazio had Juventus number in the Old Lady’s defeat. The Roman squad attacked the flanks leaving Juventus in a defensive position as the match went on. Defensive midfielder Mirakm Piania and Sumi Khediea pushed back far enough not to be an attacking threat. 36 percent of Juventus shots came in the 18-yard box, None in the six-yard box.

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Juventus vs Torino Pick

Juventus can just stop Torino left flank and take advantage of the low line they can win, but this a derby, not just for pride but European positions.




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Game time: Saturday 9/23,10:00 AM

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Southampton vs Manchester Utd Pick

Manchester won't run wild on the Saints and maybe Southhampton will nick a goal to give United a scare during the game. Manchester will still win but they won't dominate throughout the match.