By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 9, 2016) US Soccer Players - The lead up to MLS Cup 2016 includes more written pieces tracking the paths of the respective finalists to the game than most of us can count. There’s a purpose in them, of course. The season stories of Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders are part of the build-up to the game. They provide the backdrop for the clash at BMO Field on . . .
It's easy enough to refer to Saturday's 2016 MLS Cup final (8pm ET - FOX) as "unlikely", but that requires overlooking the game's history. It's rare for the MLS playoffs to advance the #1 seed from both conferences. The last time the Supporters' Shield winner also won the MLS Cup was LA in 2011. Complain about the playoffs devaluing the regular season if you want, but the postseason is its own . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 8, 2016) US Soccer Players - MLS is set to further pump up its latest salary-spending shell game as its coffers – and ranks of aspiring expansion members – swell. NASL's sad, slow, behind-the-scenes death continues. USL's climb towards the second tier of the professional pyramid seems likely. None of this is particularly good news for the guys who actually do . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 5, 2016) US Soccer Players – With MLS preparing to crown a new champion in less than a week, now is a great time to look back on the season gone by. Several high-profile stars who made a dramatic difference to this league decided to go (Robbie Keane), while another made a brief return (Landon Donovan) after coming out of retirement. A new crop of rookies . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 2, 2016) US Soccer Players - Before Wednesday night, before Benoit Cheyrou of all people struck for the Eastern Conference championship winning header in extra time at BMO Field against the rival Montreal Impact, the most important goal ever scored in the history of Toronto FC was the first goal ever scored in the history of Toronto FC. Yeah, TFC made the . . .
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 . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 30, 2016) US Soccer Players - When hiring someone to build a club, there are two directions to go in. One method is to bring in an experienced soccer brain, a visionary who studies the game and wants to build the brand. The other is to build from within, with someone who understands and bleeds club colors and will try and carry the team’s tradition forward at all . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 30, 2016) US Soccer Players - Minnesota United Football Club isn’t starting from scratch. This is not a team created out of nothing, an organization recently wished into existence. This is not a new entity that needs to build from the ground up. A foundation is already in place. Despite the legal distinctions, a continuity exists between Minnesota United the . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .