By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 18, 2017) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia is having the best season of his career. He's in the conversation for the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year award. Melia ranks among the league’s best in a series of major categories, including goals-against-average, shutouts, penalty saves, and overall save percentage. He’s one of the reasons why . . .
Atlanta United drew an announced crowd of 70,425 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to set a new MLS attendance record. They also picked up a point with a 3-3 draw with Orlando City. Dom Dwyer opened the scoring for Orlando City in the 10th minute. Josef Martinez equalized in the 36th. Dwyer and Martinez traded goals again, with Orlando regaining the lead in the 39th and Atlanta equalizing in the 55th. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Before there can be any confusion on the matter, let’s first establish that it’s not all that difficult for a game with a 7-0 score line to stand out. Blowouts of that magnitude are rare in the sport, as a rule. Seven goals conceded represents such a complete capitulation in the modern professional game that it always draws . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - In their last two games, the LA Galaxy has compiled four points on the strength of a home win and road draw. While that is not exactly a torrid pace, it does account for the longest unbeaten run the Galaxy has had since mid-June. Part of the Galaxy’s success has been Gyasi Zardes. The beleaguered striker has scored a goal in each of . . .
The soccer news starts with last night's MLS results and one of them requires a double take. Atlanta United shutout New England 7-0 at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Were red cards involved? Of course red cards were involved. Atlanta took the lead in the 2nd minute when Josef Martinez scored. The Revs went a man down in the 16th with a red card to Xavier Kouassi for a serious foul. Martinez finished off . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - Poorly timed injuries can derail MLS seasons nearly overnight. With rosters thin and teams already stretched heading into the Fall, losing even one key contributor can unbalance a squad and throw a campaign into disarray. Just ask FC Dallas. Despite strolling through the 2016 regular season and collecting two trophies along the . . .
Jozy Altidore had no issues in adding to the Toronto offense in week 27 of the 2017 MLS season. Toronto shutout San Jose 4-0 at home. Victor Vasquez opened the scoring in the 26th minute, assisting on Altidore's goal in the 48th. Altidore scored again in the 64th. Jonathan Osorio finished off the goals two minutes later with Alex Bono making three saves for the clean sheet. With the win, Toronto . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - Not all games are equal, especially in the stretch run to the MLS Cup playoffs. While most of the attention should rightly be on matches that will determine who does or does not make the postseason, the month of September is also a time to focus on playoff seeding. No one wants to play in the knockout round if they can avoid it. An . . .
Some MLS teams took advantage of the international break and others didn't. That meant a shorter MLS weekend than usual with only four games on Saturday. The scores start with New England shutting out Orlando 4-0 at Gillette Stadium. Kei Kamara had a hat trick with goals in the 26th, 75th and 89th minutes. Teal Bunbury scored two minutes into stoppage time with Lee Nguyen assisting on all four . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's an endless quest to prove to anyone and everyone with an interest in soccer that, yes, what happens in the United States and Canada is worthwhile and legitimate. With that in mind, Major League Soccer did veritable backflips over the news that NYCFC striker David Villa is once again part of Spain's National Team ahead of their . . .