Mike Burke

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A former division 1 college soccer player with a degree in journalism, I have an intense passion for both soccer and writing.

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Chelsea v Liverpool: Key Battles To Watch As Reds and Blues Collide At Anfield

Chelsea v Liverpool: Key Battles To Watch As Reds and Blues Collide At Anfield

Chelsea will travel to Anfield on Sunday to take on a struggling Liverpool side that has earned just five points in its last four matches against four teams in the bottom half of the table. After a beautiful 3-0 victory over Fulham, Chelsea recently regained their third place spot in the table ahead of Arsenal [...]

By April 19, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Arsenal vs. Everton Players To Watch In A Showdown At The Emirates

Arsenal vs. Everton Players To Watch In A Showdown At The Emirates

Arsenal will host Everton Tuesday at The Emirates in a crucial showdown between two teams fighting tooth and nail for a top four finish and a spot in next season’s Champions League. The Gunners moved into third place after a 3-1 victory over a tough Norwich City team on Saturday in a brilliant offensive performance. [...]

By April 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
EPL Injury Report: City Shines Without Star While Spurs Crash Without Bale

EPL Injury Report: City Shines Without Star While Spurs Crash Without Bale

The biggest match of the week saw Chelsea travel north to face Manchester City in a FA Cup semifinal clash between two teams also in the middle of a fight for Champions League qualification in the Premiership standings. Coming into Sunday’s match with home pitch advantage, Manchester City clearly had the upper hand. Coming off [...]

By April 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy: Key Battles To Watch As Western Conference Foes Collide

FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy: Key Battles To Watch As Western Conference Foes Collide

Two of the top three teams in the Western Conference face off Saturday as third place LA Galaxy visits first place FC Dallas in the weekend’s most intriguing match. LA Galaxy is coming off a 2-2 draw away at Toronto FC in their last MLS match and currently sits with a 2-0-2 record and a [...]

By April 13, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Bayern Munich vs. Juventus: Players To Watch Wednesday In Turin

Bayern Munich vs. Juventus: Players To Watch Wednesday In Turin

Bayern Munich will travel to Turin, Italy on Wednesday to take on Juventus in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a two-goal advantage in hand. The first leg in Munich saw Bayern score one of the fastest goals in Champions League history (26 seconds), and would later add another thanks to [...]

By April 10, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
EPL Injury Report: Bale In Question For Tottenham

EPL Injury Report: Bale In Question For Tottenham

With just a few weeks left in the English Premier League season, the most exciting storyline left is the race for the top four and a place in next season’s Champions League. Manchester United has all but wrapped up the title and Manchester City is pretty much guaranteed a Champions League spot in second place; [...]

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo: Key Battles To Watch At Jeld-Wen Field

Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo: Key Battles To Watch At Jeld-Wen Field

Although just four matches into the Major League Soccer season, the Houston Dynamo have once again shown to be one of the league’s best and look poised to make a run for a third consecutive MLS Cup appearance. Houston will continue their quest for another Cup appearance this Saturday as they visit Jeld-Wen Field to [...]

EPL Injury Report Week 31: Vincent Kompany Scores In Return For City

EPL Injury Report Week 31: Vincent Kompany Scores In Return For City

After missing just over two months of play with a calf injury, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany finally returned to the pitch on this weekend and certainly made his mark. City hosted Newcastle United on Saturday looking to stand strong in second place in the table. Having certainly conceded the title to cross town rival [...]

Bayern Munich vs Juventus: Players To Watch in Champions League Quarter Final Clash

Bayern Munich vs Juventus: Players To Watch in Champions League Quarter Final Clash

Bayern Munich vs Juventus The quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League kicks off Tuesday with two fantastic matches right off the bat. First, Barcelona will visit Parc des Princes Stadium to face Paris Saint-Germain in a match many expect Barca to win coming off a dominant performance in the second leg of the round [...]

Southampton vs. Chelsea: Players To Watch In An Important Clash At St. Mary’s

Southampton vs. Chelsea: Players To Watch In An Important Clash At St. Mary’s

Third place Chelsea will visit St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday to take on sixteenth place Southampton in a Premiership matchup that has different, but equal importance to both clubs. For The Blues, who sit just one point ahead of Tottenham and five points ahead of Arsenal in the standings, Saturday’s matchup is very important considering [...]

By March 29, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
World Cup Qualifying Injury Report: Jermaine Jones Ruled Out Of USA’s Tuesday Match Against Mexico

World Cup Qualifying Injury Report: Jermaine Jones Ruled Out Of USA’s Tuesday Match Against Mexico

With the English Premier League on international break this week, many players have a much needed break heading into the final weeks of the season; but for others, there was no rest to be found as national teams took to the pitch for some crucial World Cup Qualifying matches. Unfortunately, injuries, as always, played a [...]

By March 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
WCQ: France vs. Spain Preview and Key Players To Watch

WCQ: France vs. Spain Preview and Key Players To Watch

Two of the best teams in the world face off Tuesday in a crucial World Cup Qualifying match as Spain visits Paris to take on a strong French squad that currently sits two points ahead of the defending champions for first place in the group. Tuesday’s match is particularly important because only the first place [...]

By March 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Brazilian Superstar Neymar Names Chelsea as Possible Dream Destination

Brazilian Superstar Neymar Names Chelsea as Possible Dream Destination

Brazilian superstar Neymar mentioned Chelsea as a possible destination once he finally decides to leave his current club Santos FC for Europe. During an interview with Esporte Espectacular on Monday, the 21-year-old said, “I dream of playing in Europe for a big club like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Chelsea.” Neymar has repeatedly said that he will not [...]

By March 22, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Howard, Kompany, Nani, and Lennon Headline This Week’s EPL Injury Report

Howard, Kompany, Nani, and Lennon Headline This Week’s EPL Injury Report

As the Premier League season heads into its final stretch, teams and players are really feeling the weight of what has already been a treacherous season. With so many matches, practices, and travel, injuries become more and more common. Even for the most well conditioned athletes, injuries are sometimes unavoidable with the amount of stress [...]

By March 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
QPR vs. Aston Villa: Key Battles To Watch As Teams Fight For Premiership Survival

QPR vs. Aston Villa: Key Battles To Watch As Teams Fight For Premiership Survival

Aston Villa will host Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park Saturday in a matchup between two of this season’s worst teams. While this may not seem an intriguing match on paper, it may just be one of the most competitive and exciting matches of the weekend. With 27 points, Aston Villa currently sits 17th in [...]

By March 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Barcelona vs. AC Milan: Key Players To Watch In Tuesday’s Champions League Round of 16 Showdown At Camp Nou

Barcelona vs. AC Milan: Key Players To Watch In Tuesday’s Champions League Round of 16 Showdown At Camp Nou

In one of the biggest upsets in this season’s Champions League, AC Milan took down Barcelona, one of the tournament favorites, 2-0 at the San Siro in the first leg of the round of 16. On Tuesday, Barcelona will have a chance at redemption as they host the Rossoneri to Camp Nou needing a 3-0 [...]

By March 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →