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Butler: From humbling beginnings, MLS set to kick off busy 2014

With the 2014 MLS season kicking off this weekend to massive crowds continent-wide, TSN's Noel Butler looks back at the humble beginnings from the where the league came and where the now thriving league, one of the best attended in world football, is headed. ...more

Butler: Not so good ship MUFC back from winter vacation

In this most unpredictable of BPL seasons, the top four clubs battled it out in a pair of enthralling FA Cup ties last weekend. Meanwhile, the current champions were sunning themselves by the pool in Dubai. TSN Radio 690 soccer analyst Noel Butler breaks down Manchester United's season at this point, as well as their signing of Wayne Rooney to a contract extension. ...more

Butler: Impact happy flying under the radar this off-season

As their principal league rival came to terms with their seven-year MLS itch by splashing their loadsamoney cash and monopolizing the headlines, that likely even NYC FC owner Sheik Mansour has been paying attention to, the Montreal Impact have gone about their off season with a minimum of fuss. ...more

Butler: Stand up for Manchester United's annus horribilis

Shockingly, David Moyes's first year in charge of Manchester United has been, at this point, better than either of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson's debut seasons at Old Trafford. With the title out of reach, United can still qualify for Champions League, but would missing out be better in the long run? TSN soccer analyst Noel Butler has more. ...more

Butler: Hit the players where it hurts most: the wallet

A weekend off from BPL allowed us a chance to catch our breaths and look back at the season to date. And while there have been many captivating moments, most regrettably the dark art of diving has been rampant and is distorting and destroying the beautiful game. TSN soccer analyst Noel Butler calls it a league-wide epidemic. ...more

Butler: Boxing Day abiding memories; upholding tradition

Not that he counts, but TSN's Noel Butler is rigidly opposed to any form of a winter break. What's the point? So England's richest clubs can fare better against their footballing superior European counterparts? English clubs seemed to be holding their own. ...more

Butler: Oh come all ye Impact faithful

It was the Impact's inaugural Members Assembly and Joey Saputo had just been formally introduced to 500 plus newly minted IMFC members. As Saputo walked to the podium to welcome all, to a man and woman they got to their feet and gave their club President a rousing standing ovation. Noel Butler of TSN Radio 690 has more. ...more

Butler: Fergie's ghost past looms large for Man United

In his latest blog, TSN Radio 690 soccer analyst Noel Butler looks at the on-field disaster this season for Manchester United and wonders if Sir Alex Ferguson's shadow has loomed too large over manager David Moyes. ...more

Butler: Brazil 1950 revisited... and all that

Will Brazil be able to exorcise the ghosts of their last turn hosting football's premier event? Will the Americans be able to turn in another "shock the world" performance, or will they be too jet-lagged? TSN Radio Montreal's Noel Butler looks ahead to 2014 by looking back to 1950. ...more

Butler: Montreal to host the soccer world once more

Montreal is preparing to host the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 and they will not disappoint. As Noel Butler of TSN Radio 690 in Montreal writes, the city of Montreal has enjoyed past success when hosting international soccer events. ...more

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Noel Butler

Noel Butler


Noel Butler is an analyst for TSN's soccer coverage and his blog can be read on TSN.ca. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSoccerNoel and listen to his radio program oranges@halftime on TSN Radio 690 Montreal.

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