Schmid Warns Villa of Danger

Sigi Schmid’s Columbus side is not only the hottest team in MLS, thanks largely to Argentine import Guilermo Barros Schelotto, but has a very good track record against teams from the EPL. Columbus since 1996 has won three lost once and drawn twice EPL opposition, including drawing Everton last season and beating Fulham two years ago. “In our history we’ve done well against teams from the Premier League,” Schmid said to the assembled press, who included some English reporters no doubt eager to bash the quality of MLS. Schmid’s team is two points from the top of the table in the Eastern Conference and has this showcase game to prove how solid both the team and their league is to the world. SChmid indicated his team wasn’t going to treat this match as a typical friendly and that his squad was eager for the opportunity of playing a top EPL side.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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