By Andrew Winner - SEATTLE, WA (Apr 20, 2010) US Soccer Players -- There are two factions amassing in Major League Soccer, each with a different approach to playing the game. On one side, there are the teams who can play attractive soccer at times but more often grind out results with rugged play. Teams like Houston and Chivas USA can make things tough on the opponent, both on the scoreboard and . . .
Archives for April 2010
With J Hutcherson -- In the land of parity, what would it mean if a Major League Soccer club actually dominated the regular season? You can play with the definition of 'dominate,' but that hasn't really happened since the Los Angeles Galaxy finished ten points better than anyone else in 1998. Tampa Bay finished nine points up on the rest of the League in '96, but both of those . . .
With J Hutcherson -- Sorry, but I'm not gawking in wide-eyed wonder as Barcelona sweeps away all competition with a style of play that can only be described as the best soccer currently on display anywhere in the World©. I'm also not buying into the English media's glee in using Barcelona to beat up on the Premier League's elite clubs. There is such a thing as a transition, and . . .
Jonathan Spector started for West Ham United and played 80 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield. West Ham had very little offense, while their own goal was bombarded by Liverpool. Though they only managed to put six of their 22 shots on frame, West Ham had only five total, with two on goal. Liverpool opened the scoring in the 19th, and added a second in the 29th minute. West Ham put the . . .
The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced on Monday that Kyle Rote, Jr has been elected on the Veteran's Ballot for the 2010 class. Rote was the North American Soccer League's leading scorer in 1973, and the first American soccer player to crossover into the mainstream with his successful appearances on ABC's Superstars. He had five caps with the US National Team. . . .
Juventus will be the second foreign club to play the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls announced the friendly on Monday, scheduled for Sunday, May 23rd, at 1pm. “Since opening Red Bull Arena, we have been committed to bringing in elite clubs from around the world to play in what we consider to be the best soccer-specific stadium in North America,” Red Bulls managing director . . .
By Clemente Lisi - HARRISON, NJ (Apr 18th, 2010) US Soccer Players -- On an unseasonably cold spring evening, the New York Red Bulls took to their home field Saturday looking at times more like the losing side from last season rather than the winning one of the past few weeks. In the first half against FC Dallas, the Red Bulls were unable to find open spaces, struggling to string together . . .
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Edson Buddle was voted Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week for Week 4. Buddle scored both goals in LA’s 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake. He has seven goals in four games this season. . . .
With J Hutcherson -- I'm not a fan of the whole 'fire the coach, blow up the squad' mentality that runs alongside any team failing to reach expectations. Then again, remind me of any Major League Soccer club that was playing down their chances before the start of the 2010 season. That carries with it the open invitation for criticism when things are already going wrong a month into the . . .
First Star: Herculez Gomez scored twice for Puebla in their 4-1 win over Cruz Azul. Gomez scored in the third and 37th minutes. A red card in the 65th minute will lead to an automatic suspension for disciplinary points. That means this is his final game of the Clausura season. Gomez finishes with ten goals in 13 games played, with several of those games substitute appearances. There is a chance . . .