Jvlaha’s Monday Musings, Episode IV, “May the Fourth be With You”

May the “Fourth” be with you on this fine May day.

A new contributor to OTF Soccer (George George Gorecki) will be providing a game summary of the Fire’s 1-0 loss on Sunday to Sporting KC.  You can read it here:  http://otfsoccer.com/2015/05/05/tactical-notes-sporting-kansas-city-have-the-edge-over-the-fire/

In light of George’s considerable soccer acumen, I will simply offer my usual “fluff” and highlight some clever Tweets from Sunday’s frustrating loss.

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CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 6 Round-Up

Ariel Rodriguez: heading into the CCL quarterfinals as joint top scorer in the tournament (sportingkc.com)

Ariel Rodriguez: heading into the CCL quarterfinals as joint top scorer in the tournament (sportingkc.com)

The group stage is over, taking CCL with it until the spring. Austin Fido chokes back his grief and looks back at the final round of the opening phase of CONCACAF’s Champions League…

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CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 4 Round-Up

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CCL 2014-15 top scorer after four rounds of the group stage: Club America’s Martin Zuniga (pasionaguila.com)

Favorites reasserted themselves in the fourth round of CCL 2014-15’s group stage. Austin Fido brings the round-up and refreshed predictions…

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CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 2 Round-Up

Be cool, Marco: you're the joint top scorer in CCL 2014-15 after the 2nd round of the group stage. (mlssoccer.com)

Be cool, Marco: you’re the joint top scorer in CCL 2014-15 after the 2nd round of the group stage. (mlssoccer.com)

The second round of the CCL 2014-15 group stage brought the tournament’s first major upset. Austin Fido looks back at the week that was in CONCACAF…

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How not to screw up CONCACAF Champions League: a guide for MLS

You want this trophy, MLS? Try a little harder to get it this time. (wvhooligan.com)

You want this trophy, MLS? Try a little harder to get it this time. (wvhooligan.com)

CCL 2014-15 is nigh. Austin Fido is here to ease you back in to the CONCACAF Champions League chat with some friendly advice for MLS’s representatives… Continue reading

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City

Mike Magee will try and lead the team to consecutive wins on Sunday. (chicago-fire.com)

Mike Magee will try to lead the Fire to consecutive wins this Sunday. (Photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham thinks it will be a bumpy (but successful) ride on Sunday at Toyota Park, while Down the Byline’s Mike Kuhn tells us of a crippled Sporting Club…

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Know Your Enemies: MLS Eastern Conference 2014

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After a long vacation, OTF’s resident MLS expert Stephen Mangat is back to bring you his signature look at the clubs from the East… Let the .gif parade commence!

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The Curious Optimism of the MLS Playoffs

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“The credit belongs not to the man in the arena, but to those who make excuses for why they aren’t in the arena because, if they were, they would have been better.” –Teddy Roosevelt (we’re pretty sure)

Whether your team was in or out, OTF’s Nick Fox ponders the importance of the MLS Playoffs…

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CCL: Group Stage, Round 3 Roundup

Paolo Suarez: CCL's joint top scorer after three rounds (photo: metapan.com.sv)

Paolo Suarez: CCL’s joint top scorer after three rounds (photo: metapan.com.sv)

The third round of CCL brought man-of-the-match performances from Luis Suarez’s older brother, Carlos de los Cobos’s least-favorite goalkeeper, and a stretcher. OTF’s Austin Fido recaps…

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