It's the conference semifinal first-legs from the MLS playoffs on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. In the East, Columbus hosts Toronto and Houston plays Seattle in the West. Also on the soccer TV schedule, the Champions League returns. Columbus Crew vs Toronto FC at 8pm on ESPN in the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals. Columbus knocked out NYCFC 4-3 on aggregate, losing the second-game of that . . .
MLS award season continued on Monday with Miguel Almiron winning the 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year. Almiron, a member of Paraguay's national team, joined the expansion Atlanta United squad in 2017 as a designated player. He has nine goals and 14 assists over 30 games in a season where Atlanta qualified for the MLS playoffs. "For me it's a big honor, Almiron said. "It's wonderful that they voted . . .
It's Liguilla time in Liga MX. The 2017 Apertura season came to a close over the weekend with Monterrey clinching the title with 37 points from 17 games. Tigres finished in 2nd-place with 32, losing to local rivals Monterrey on the final day of the season. Club America took 3rd-place with 30 points. Morelia finished in front of Toluca with both teams at 29 points. Cruz Azul took 6th with 27 . . .
The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico returned to action over the weekend following the November international break. We start in the Premier League where DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United lost 4-1 at Manchester United. Yeldon assisted on Dwight Gayle's opener in the 14th minute. Manchester United equalized in the 37th and went ahead for good in first-half stoppage time. Danny Williams . . .
The club schedule returns following the November international break on the weekend soccer TV schedule . The Madrid derby is on beIN Sport on Saturday. beIN Sport also has the Rome derby. Saturday's Premier League schedule has the North London derby on NBCSN and Manchester United plays Newcastle on NBC. Manchester United vs Newcastle at 12:20pm on NBC. DeAndre Yedlin returns from USMNT duty . . .
The Portland Timbers announced on Friday that Caleb Porter is no longer the club's head coach. Porter leaves after winning the Western Conference in 2017 and the 2015 MLS Cup. He was also the 2013 MLS Coach of the Year. “I would like to begin by giving special thanks to my owner and friend Merritt Paulson for providing me with the opportunity to lead the Portland Timbers these past five seasons,” . . .
The Portland Timbers unexpectedly landed on the list of MLS teams in search of a coach. The news broke on Thursday night that Caleb Porter is leaving the club. Porter's next stop is an open question, alongside whom the Timbers might hire to replace him. FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio broke the news of Porter's exit. Porter took the Portland job in 2013, leaving the University of Akron where his squad . . .
CONCACAF officially announced the new League of Nations competition, set to begin in September, 2018. The press release confirmed an earlier report that the confederation was set to follow UEFA's example and form a league structure for their national teams. Though the specifics won't be released until early 2018, CONCACAF confirmed that all 41 nations in the region will play across three leagues . . .
Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia is the winner of the 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award. Melia started 31 games making 91 saves and recording ten shutouts. Those numbers had him well ahead across all voting categories, taking 50.29% of the total vote. Philadelphia's Andre Blake finished in 2nd-place with 10.13% of the vote. "Winning an award like this is one of the best compliments you can . . .
By J Hutcherson (Nov 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - Peru finally gave the World Cup playoffs what it needed, a game worth watching. With all due respect to Australia's win over Honduras much earlier in the day on Wednesday, that game quickly became an obvious conclusion. Though Peru was the stronger team by any metric, New Zealand gave them a game. Peru's goals and both teams' near misses were . . .