Week 14 of the 2018 MLS season started with three games on Friday night. FC Dallas beat Toronto FC 1-0 at BMO Field. Maxi Urruti scored the game's only goal in the 11th minute with Jesse Gonzalez making nine saves to keep the clean sheet. "I don’t know how many times they crossed, but that was part of our game plan," Dallas defender Matt Hedges said. "They don’t have too many big guys up top and . . .
Saturday's Champions League final (2:45pm ET - FOX) marks the end of the 2017-18 European soccer season, a finale that might end up looking like last season and the season before that. Real Madrid is playing for a three-peat, something that hasn't happened since the first-half of the 1970s when the tournament was the European Cup and required winning four home-and-away series and the final. Real . . .
The soccer news starts with another quirk of the MLS schedule, too many games over a short period of time. MLS is normally defensive of its scheduling, pointing out the unique constraints and issues in programming the 23-team league. When it was a smaller league, shared stadiums were the problem. Now, it's logistics complicated by special issues. That can make the schedule seem almost personal for . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 23, 2018) US Soccer Players - The new team that arrived with great fanfare this season, taking everyone by storm and captivating viewers across the USA and Canada as it nears a championship wears black and gold. This team is not Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club but rather the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights. The expansion team had an . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS carries with it a sort of institutional hierarchy. The league’s modern explosion of supporter-driven passion, big crowds, and accelerating spending means that for most, the first things that spring to mind are new. It's the atmosphere at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the play of Atlanta United with its cadre of South Americans. The . . .
It's easy to look at DC United on the field and ask questions, but it's also easy to overlook where this club was prior to last season. Eastern Conference champions in 2014 and conference semifinalists a year later, they exited the 2016 playoffs in the knockout round. It's a solid point in MLS that losing in the knockout round isn't enough to salvage a season. It's also worth pointing out that . . .
It was good news for John Brooks and Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga relegation playoff. They keep their spot in the Bundesliga after beating Holstein Kiel 1-0 on the night and 4-1 over two legs. The result might not have the same ridiculous money attached to it as winning promotion to the Premier League, but the object is the same. Topflight status for any club is something they can't afford to . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 21, 2018) US Soccer Players – MLS attendance has always been about looking at the bright side, especially in the league’s first decade. Seeing the glass half full has served the league well over the years. Boosters point to the fact that MLS now has a league-wide average that tops both the NBA and NHL. Despite that glowing talking point, there’s more to any . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with what's left for USMNT players in Europe and Mexico. Namely, trophies for Jorge Villafana in Mexico and Timmy Chandler in Germany. Villafana subbed on in the 55th for Santos Laguna, winning the 2018 Clausura title in Liga MX. They drew 1-1 at Toluca to lift the trophy 3-2 on aggregate. Julio Furch scored for Santos in the 10th minute with Toluca equalizing on the . . .
The weekend schedule for Week 13 of the 2018 MLS season started on Friday night with Toronto FC beating Orlando City 2-1 at BMO Field. Playing without Seb Giovinco due to a red card suspension and Jozy Altidore recovering from foot surgery, Toronto took the lead from a Jay Chapman goal in the 63rd. Orlando's Cristian Higuita equalized in the 73rd. Ryan Telfer scored Toronto's winner in the 87th . . .