Articles written by: Earl Reed

A northern Pennsylvania native, Earl's early years shaped him as a Western New Yorker at heart. Sixteen years in the Delaware Valley have now left their inescapable mark on him. Earl has written for EPLTalk and MajorLeagueSoccerTalk, and now hosts the United States of Futbol Show. You can reach Earl via email at, or on Twitter @earl_of_reed.


An expanded playoff structure would have its ups and downs

A SI report said the league wants to expand the playoff field to 12 teams. Earl Reed looks at the pros and cons of such a move.


MLS Playoff Final Four shows the best of the league

Earl Reed explains there are plenty of compelling storylines ahead of the start of the MLS conference finals.


Playoffs a welcome respite for The Soccer Don

The last thing a Union fan wants to hear about right now is the MLS Cup Playoffs, but for Don Garber and Major League Soccer, they’re coming at just the right time.


Another stretch run to forget

This was supposed to be the year the Union proved they could contend for the MLS Cup. Instead, the team will need a miracle to reach the playoffs. Earl Reed explores.


The new MLS logo: American soccer’s latest lightning rod

Earl Reed considers the new MLS logo.

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Burgeoning MLS, social stances, and the labor situation

Earl Reed looks at how MLS can rise above the problems other major US sport leagues are facing.


Generational change needed for MLS ratings to improve

Earl Reed opines that MLS needs to organize to shift the consuming habits of the next generation of sports fan.

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Is Jim Curtin the right man for the Union job?

As the Union’s search for a permanent head coach continues, is the team’s performance under interim manager Jim Curtin making the decision for the Front Office? Earl Reed explores.


Did MLS need to draw a line in the pro/rel sand?

MLS says they will never participate in promotion and relegation. Earl Reed looks at how this admission might alienate fans who might give the league another chance.


What’s going on with the Union’s roster construction?

The Union have drafted two goalkeepers with top five picks in the last four SuperDrafts and now reportedly are poised to buy one. Earl Reed considers.