Nothing says early December like the clasico, and that's what we've got on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in a meeting of most people's pick for the two most loaded teams in world soccer. That's what happens when you match-up Lionel Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo. Also on Saturday, it's another version of the London derby getting the network coverage on NBC with . . .
The only surprise in the MLS Coach of the Year award going to FC Dallas's Oscar Pareja is that he didn't win across all three voting blocks. Pareja carried the player and media votes, losing the club vote to runner-up Pablo Mastroeni of the Colorado Rapids. Pareja edged Mastroeni 34.44% to 32.97%, fair enough considering what Mastroeni accomplished turning around the Rapids. Where Mastroeni's . . .
The 2016 Eastern Conference final second-leg turned into an MLS classic on Wednesday night at BMO Field. Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact finished 3-2 in regulation, 5-5 on aggregate taking the series to extra time. Toronto scored twice to take the Eastern Conference spot in MLS Cup 7-5. They will host the Western Conference winning Seattle Sounders on December 10 (8pm ET - Fox). "I couldn’t be . . .
The soccer news starts with CONCACAF announcing the format and the draw for the 2017 U-20 Championship that starts on February 17 in Costa Rica. The USMNT is in Group B with Panama, St Kitts and Nevis, and Haiti. CONCACAF is once again switching up the format to decide the four teams that advance to the U-20 World Cup. In 2015, they went from four groups of three teams to two groups of six teams. . . .
Wednesday's soccer TV schedule has the conclusion of the Eastern Conference finals with Toronto hosting Montreal. The delay between the Western and Eastern Conference finals was due to BMO Field hosting the Grey Cup on Sunday. The field is reportedly in good shape and ready for the Eastern Conference decider. Also on the soccer TV schedule, England's League Cup and the Copa del Rey. Toronto FC vs . . .
What happened to the Colorado Rapids in the 2nd-leg of their Western Conference final series against Seattle isn't exactly new to MLS. It's not even new to the 2016 playoffs or even for teams playing Seattle. The Rapids took the field with a plan in mind. When that didn't turn into the goals they needed, they looked out of ideas. The Rapids looked like a team in need of something. A single player . . .
USMNT players Terrence Boyd and Perry Kitchen picked up assists over the weekend. In England, it was another week of limited minutes for USMNT players. On the coaching side, Bob Bradley's Swansea picked up a big win beating Crystal Palace 5-4 at home. Also in the Premier League, Lynden Gooch subbed on in the 79th minute for Sunderland's 2-0 loss at Liverpool. Sunderland fell behind in the 75th . . .
The Seattle Sounders entered the deciding leg of the 2016 Western Conference finals leading the Colorado Rapids 2-1. They already had all the goals they'd need, seeing out the series with a 1-0 win at Dick's Sporting Goods Park to advance to MLS Cup 3-1 on aggregate. The Rapids started strong, producing the bulk of the chances but having a difficult time making them count. The Sounders showed . . .
The weekend soccer TV schedule has the deciding game of the Western Conference final series on Sunday. The Eastern Conference waits due to BMO Field being unavailable. Also on the soccer schedule, network coverage for the Chelsea vs Spurs London derby on Saturday and the opening round of the Liga MX playoffs conclude. Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders on Sunday at 4pm on ESPN. Seattle leads 2-1 . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 25, 2016) US Soccer Players - It doesn’t always happen. Both of the MLS conference finals still have plenty to play for in the deciding game. There's no lopsided first-leg result, no team obviously out of its depth. That's exactly the kind of situation that often leads to dramatic finishes. Each of the four teams left in the MLS Cup playoffs have their reasons . . .