1. FIFA World Cup 2010: When Running the Numbers, Where Are All the Goals?

    Here’s an interesting statistic: in South Africa’s first set of group matches, there have been twenty-five goals scored total. Let me repeat that: 25 goals, 16 games...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 4 years ago 120 reads 0 comments

  2. MLS Week 23 Preview: Rapid Fire Week, Pun Intended

    Eight games this week. Eight. There are only 15 teams in MLS. And three of these teams (TFC, Columbus, and Chivas), have the weekend off...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 71 reads 1 comments

  3. MLS Week 22 Preview: Gut Check Time

    After last week’s dismal 1-5 showing, part of me wonders how much longer the MLS is still going to have wild four-nil results and crazy upsets. As much as I want these crazy games to continue, my professional reputation needs it to end...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 123 reads 0 comments

  4. MLS Week 21 Preview: Dynamo Double-Feature

    After a week with six-nil and four-nil upsets (destroying my pick record, might I add), the MLS Week 21 lineup has a hard act to follow. But when you have a Texas derby and a clash of the titans, you can’t really complain...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 95 reads 2 comments

  5. MLS Week 20 Preview: Big Fish Return to Small Pond

    After an inspiring run to an embarrassing final, Team USA’s Gold Cup boys at least have one thing to look forward to: being the big fish in the small pond again...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 81 reads 3 comments

  6. MLS Week 19 Preview: A Consequential Trillium Cup?

    What is a “trillium,” anyway? Perhaps MLS just made up the flower so they could figure out a way to sell their newest manufactured derby. But I won’t be too hard on Columbus since Joe G...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 180 reads 14 comments

  7. MLS Week 18 Preview: Becks Overshadows West-East Confrontation

    With a perfect 6-0 prediction record last week, I have invited this column’s first guest prognosticator, Joe G, to entreat some friendly MLS punditry and competition. More on this at the bottom of the article...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 117 reads 1 comments

  8. Defining Irony: David Beckham Unprofessionally Calls Donovan "Unprofessional"

    Politicians take note: the world would be a better place if we all could bend the truth like Beckham. At a press conference in the Galaxy’s El Segundo training camp, David Beckham decided ...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 660 reads 39 comments

  9. MLS Game of the Week Player Ratings – Sounders 2-1 Dynamo

    The top of the table clash was a stunner. Not only did we see good attacking play on both sides, but we also saw a lobby for the fifth official with Montero’s first “goal...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 221 reads 1 comments

  10. MLS Week 17 Preview: Sounders-Dynamo, Rivalries Headline Showcase Week

    With two top-of-the-table clashes—one of which is a regional rivalry—and the always-entertaining Super Classico, this Saturday will be a MLS showpiece...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 165 reads 8 comments

  11. America to Oguchi Onyewu: Good Job, Now Live Up To Expectations

    Congratulations, Oguchi Onyewu, for being the first American outfield player to be signed to an elite European club. Now, just don’t do what that other guy did in your position...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 536 reads 14 comments

  12. Stage Set for an Exciting Gold Cup: Official 2009 Predictions

    After two long analyses of Team USA’s long-term and short-term goals, it is time for this reporter to put his money where his mouth is and put forward some good old-fashioned prognostication...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 523 reads 14 comments

  13. Great Expectations for Team USA's Reserve Squad: Gold Cup Preview Part 2

    Team USA fans, say it with me now: We will not judge our team by this Gold Cup. We don’t need to win this cup...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 554 reads 2 comments

  14. MLS Auditions for Bradley's 2010 Bench: Gold Cup Preview Part 1

    Last week, Team USA Coach Bob Bradley named his roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. To reward his first team’s massive performance this Confederations’ Cup, he is giving his stars a break and putting in...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 603 reads 21 comments

  15. Confederations Cup: In Defense of Team USA's Questionable Red Cards

    Despite night-and-day performances this Confederations Cup, Team USA has remained dependable in one department: Unjustified, soft red cards to the midfield...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 592 reads 9 comments

  16. Manchester United: No Big Signings? No Problem!

    Manchester United is not Real Madrid. The Bleacher Report has gone mad these past few weeks over who Manchester United needs to replace Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 2,029 reads 18 comments

  17. Real Madrid: Wheeling, Dealing, and Ducking Their Defensive Duties

    As a Manchester United fan, you have to love this. You just got 96 million euros for a player who did not want to stay with you...

    Matt Barger Written by Matt Barger about 5 years ago 861 reads 43 comments