BURNLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: The Lincoln City team celebrate on the ptich after The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Burnley and Lincoln City at Turf Moor on February 18, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Enough complaining! How about enjoying the truly terrific English season that’s going on

Since I am a millennial, I completely understand that people in my generation complain a lot. We all know it’s true so there’s no point in denying it. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s fair to say millennials are the only generation of complainers. In fact, the older generation of people seem to do a […]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: The Champions league trophy is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Manchester City and Barcelona at Etihad Stadium on February 24, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Barcelona and Real Madrid headline the start of the Champions League knockout stage

The UEFA Champions League returns today with four round of 16 games over the next two days and another four next week. Thanks to some unpredictable results in the group stage, we’ve been blessed with some juicy matchups in the round of 16. PSG (FRA) vs. Barcelona (ESP) (Tuesday)  The last few years, the blueprint […]

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on February 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

This is shaping up to the be the most exciting Premier League season yet

“The title race in the Premier League is always wide open!” That statement is usually one of the biggest arguments Premier League fans use to show why the Premier League is superior to Europe’s other top leagues. After all, Bayern Munich has run away with the Bundesliga the last five seasons. La Liga is always […]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 01: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United applauds supporters during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Hull City at Old Trafford on February 1, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

What if Manchester United fans don’t know the full story behind Wayne Rooney

At the end of the day, it comes down to numbers. It always does. Wayne Rooney has numbers. He now has 250 goals for Manchester United, the most in club history. He’s also scored more goals for England than anyone else. What Wayne Rooney does not have, is the adoration of all Manchester United fans. To […]

SAN DIEGO, CA – JANUARY 29: Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States goes to the turf after being fouled against Serbia in the first half of the match at Qualcomm Stadium on January 29, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)

USMNT fails to make a statement in Bruce Arena’s first game back

First of all, let me be clear about something. Of all the non-important friendlies the USMNT plays over the course of a four year cycle, none of them are less important than the two annual January friendlies. There was no outcome to the USMNT’s match against Serbia that could have proved Bruce Arena is the […]

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 17: Jermain Defoe of Sunderland looks on during the Emirates FA Cup third round replay between Burnley and Sunderland at Turf Moor on January 17, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jermain Defoe is the most valuable player in the Premier League

Think of all the stars in the Premier League. Who is coming to your mind? It’s probably the usual cast of characters. Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibarhimovic, Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez, Kevin de Bruyne and a whole slew of others. But you would probably have to list off about 50 players before […]

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 22: Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on January 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Who would play in a Premier League All-Star Game

With the Premier League, NHL, and NBA all just passing the halfway points of their season, and the latter two getting ready for their midseason All-Star games, it got me thinking: Who would play in a Premier League all star game? Obviously, this game would feature the Premier League’s best XI against some random MLS team […]

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 16: (L-R) Claudio Ranieri Manager of Leicester City and captain Wes Morgan of Leicester City show the trophy to the fans during the Leicester City Barclays Premier League winners bus parade on May 16, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

There’s a difference between squad rotation and resting players

Last season, Leicester City made fewer changes than anyone and won the Premier League. This year the same can be said about Chelsea. But you know what also can be said about both clubs? Neither of them had to make any changes! Oh Gary. For such a wise pundit how could you say something so […]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 15: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United applauds the crowd after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho is setting Manchester United up for long term failure

When Jose Mourinho was appointed manager of Manchester United last summer the fan base was split over the decision. Some loved the move as Mourinho seems to win wherever he goes, while others were skeptical since he seems to leave a trail of fire when he leaves. There was also another issue that had all […]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber talks during day four of the Soccerex – Manchester Convention at Manchester Central on September 9, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)

U.S. Soccer should distance itself from MLS

Whether you like it or not, U.S. Soccer and MLS are always linked together, often times as one entity. This of course, is not true. U.S. Soccer is a governing body, they run the national team as well as nearly every league from the youth level on up. MLS is a professional league, sanctioned by […]

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur and Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur embrace after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on January 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Manchester United and Tottenham need to take the Europa League seriously

If you know someone who is a Spurs fan – specifically an American one – then you know the only thing they disdain more than Arsenal is non-league matches. While some fans unfortunately see cup matches as an unnecessary burden, they specifically target the Europa League as for some reason they deem a Thursday-Sunday turnaround […]

LONDON – MAY 17: Portsmouth players celebrate victory following the FA Cup Final sponsored by E.ON between Portsmouth and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Midtable Premier League teams should be taking the FA Cup more seriously

Maybe it’s because I support a club that not only values the FA Cup but has won it more than anyone else. Or maybe it’s because it was the first trophy said club won after I started supporting them. Or maybe it’s because in the last 10 years, not only have Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, […]

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gestures prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley at Etihad Stadium on January 2, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Has Pep Guardiola made soccer boring?

A few weeks ago, after his Manchester City side was thoroughly beaten 4-2 by Leicester City, Pep Guardiola firmly insisted that he is not a fan of tackling. “I am not a coach for the tackles. I do not train the tackles.” Guardiola said at his post match press conference. While the statement is almost […]

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – JULY 07: Andre-Pierre Gignac (R) and Yohan Cabaye (L) of France celebrate after their team’s 2-0 win in the UEFA EURO semi final match between Germany and France at Stade Velodrome on July 7, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

10 of the best non-Premier League matches of 2016

Over the next couple weeks, the staff of 32 Flags will be counting down some of the top achievements and moments of this calendar year. 2016 has seen many things in the soccer world from the good to the bad and the ordinary to the extraordinary. Today, we are counting down the top non-Premier League […]

SWANSEA, WALES – DECEMBER 26: Bob Bradley, Manager of Swansea City looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on December 26, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Swansea City’s issues lie much deeper than their manager

On Tuesday, Swansea City fired manager Bob Bradley after the American picked up just eight points in his first 11 matches in charge of the club. It also may have been because in a press conference a few weeks ago Bradley said the term “PK” which is how Americans say what the English call a […]