It didn't get any better for Minnesota United in week 4 of the 2017 MLS season. With most of the league taking the international weekend off, Minnesota United didn't get a break. Instead, it was another lopsided loss, this time on the road at New England. The Revolution opened their home schedule with a 5-2 win. Juan Agudelo started the scoring in the 4th minute at Gillette Stadium. Collen Warner . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Real Salt Lake decided it was time for a coaching change three weeks into the 2017 MLS season. The international break had barely started when RSL announced the club had dismissed Jeff Cassar. Credit the management with using "dismisses" rather than "parted ways", since the scenario is almost always the club telling the coach it's time for him to . . .
It was a busy Saturday for MLS in the weekend before the international break. 20 of the league's 22 teams were in action. It was also a busy day for referees across the league, with several red cards. Atlanta United continued their scoring streak in MLS, shutting out Chicago 4-0 in front of almost 46,000 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. An own-goal opened the scoring in the 4th minute. Chicago went a man . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced their Week 2 decisions on Wednesday afternoon. The release, as is too often the case, was highly anticipated. This particular week it was the expectation that the DisCo would address a pair of high profile fouls in the match between the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers. Galaxy defender Jelle . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - It’s not often that soccer serves up a historic, life-altering, history-making and possibly changing matchup. While soccer still has not served that one up quite yet in CONCACAF Champions League play, there may be just such a matchup waiting around the corner. FC Dallas and Tigres UANL are one step away from playing in what would be . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Andrea Pirlo is many things. Fashion icon. Wine connoisseur. New Yorker. Soccer legend. What he is not is an expert on the business of Major League Soccer, or how the way MLS operates affects its ability to compete in the larger soccer world. It’s important to keep that in mind when parsing Pirlo’s recent comments to Gazzetta dello . . .
Atlanta United's Josef Martinez is the MLS Player of the Week for week 2 of the 2017 season. Martinez scored a hat-trick in Atlanta's 6-1 win over fellow expansion club Minnesota United. Martinez started the scoring early, getting a goal in the 3rd minute at TCF Bank Stadium. Martinez made it 3-0 in the 27th, scoring Atlanta's fifth goal in the 75th minute. It was Atlanta's first win in their . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – MLS is growing each year. The league’s 22nd season opened this month with 22 teams, more than the top flights of England, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Next year, Major League Soccer will add another franchise in Los Angeles when LAFC takes to the field. It doesn’t stop there. There are 12 other markets looking to get in on this . . .
By J Hutcherson (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's tough in professional club soccer, especially in North America. Nobody is turning off Major League Baseball because the Japanese, Korean, Mexican, or Dominican league is so much better. Nobody is choosing the Kontinental Hockey League over the National Hockey League. It's not even a slight concern, much less a worry. Meanwhile, it's different . . .
The weather didn't help Minnesota United in week 2 of the 2017 MLS season. Minnesota lost its second MLS game and first home game 6-1 to Atlanta United. Josef Martinez had Atlanta up at TCF Bank Stadium in the 3rd minute. Miguel Almiron doubled the lead in the 13th with Martinez making it 3-0 in the 27th. Kevin Molino converted a penalty in the 30th to pull a goal back for Minnesota. Almiron . . .