Highlights from Week 8 of the 2012 MLS season. . . .
Archives for April 2012
There was one moment among many during Saturday's Montreal - Portland game where the Impact decided to fight through a crowded box and take their chances. This was soccer without space. Enough ankles and feet made sure the ball got nowhere near goal. There was no threat from the wings, and, once committed, no real direction in that cavalcade of players. Fans cheered because the ball was in the . . .
As we predicted in our review of Major League Soccer's Week 8, San Jose forward Steven Lenhart was named Player of the Week. Lenhart's super sub performance started with a 76th minute goal and ended with the stoppage time winner against Philadelphia. Lenhart received eight of the 21 first-place votes, with DC's Maicon Santos getting six. New York's Dax McCarty, Thierry Henry, and . . .
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 30, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Does Barcelona continue to pass? It's one of the very basic questions to come out of Pep Guardiola's decision to part ways with Barcelona: the future of his version of the passing game. Guardiola insisted on moving the ball against all levels of opponents. Turn on any Barca game from the last four seasons, and you were . . .
If anybody expected San Jose to settle for the draw on the road in Philadelphia, guess again. The Earthquakes needed a stoppage time goal to disappoint the 18,581 fans at PPL Park and add to the pressure the Union are facing. It took until the 76th minute to get a goal, with Steven Lenhart opening the scoring for San Jose. Gabriel Gomez equalized in the 83rd, with Lenhart . . .
The Clausura regular season ended over the weekend in Mexico, with DaMarcus Beasley taking a starring role in Puebla's 2-1 win over Tigres at the Estadio Universitario. Tigres were up 32 minutes in when Lucas Lobos scored. Puebla needed until the 83rd minute to come up with an equalizer. Beasley setup Luis Garcia, and it was Beasley scoring the winner four minutes . . .
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Following up on yesterday's announcement that Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber had suspended and fined Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak and fined Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser, the League's Disciplinary Committee announced sanctions against Philadelphia defender Gabriel Farfan. Last week's 85th minute tackle on James Riley resulted in a red card for Farfan, who has had his . . .
By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Apr 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- If there was an iconic image during the Chicago vs Toronto game over the weekend, it was Aron Winter and his coaching staff’s reaction just 25 seconds into the match. A set of grown men looking in abject horror and shock as Dominic Oduro slotted the ball past a sliding Milos Kocic. Winter sat, stone cold, blood . . .
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 27, 2012) US Soccer Players -- So now we know. Pep Guardiola has exited Barcelona, stressing his belief that what once worked with a group of players shouldn't be expected to be effective after a few years. Relative to Barcelona's scale, 'effective' takes on a substantially different meaning then a struggling club looking to make its way toward respectability . . .