My interview with Last Minute Second Leg


In the fourth and final installment of our Part Deux Intervieux series, in which we have been following up with the experts we were able to call upon ahead of last month’s FIFA Confederations Cup, we’re joined once again by Kartik Krishnaiyer, host of the Major League Soccer Talk blog and podcast, as well as the blog The Kartik Report.

In a telephone interview, Krishnaiyer gave us his thoughts on the United States’s improbable success in the Confederations Cup, as well as what happens next for Bob Bradley’s side in both this month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and in the team’s remaining World Cup qualifying matches. He also discusses the, to say the least, problematic relationship between Landon Donovan and David Beckham, as highlighted in Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl’s upcoming book about Beckham’s failure to conquer America. Finally, Krishaiyer also gives his very spirited views on ESPN’s resurgent interest in buying television rights for football, and discusses whether or not the U.S. success at the Confederations Cup had anything to do with it.

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