By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 1, 2021) US Soccer Players - We are finally entering the home stretch. There are roughly two months left in the season, and the playoff picture is tightening up. With only a handful of games remaining, teams are running out of wiggle room to compensate for poor results earlier in the season. Of course, that doesn't matter as much to the top team in the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 4, 2021) US Soccer Players - The Power Rankings had their biggest shakeup of the season as the front running Sounders fell into a three-game losing streak. Three losses will impact a team's standing, but the overall season counts as well as current form. Whether Gold Cup absences were the reason for the slide is an open question. Certainly, the Gold Cup did . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with FC Dallas beating New England 2-1 at home with both goals from Ricardo Pepi. With the win, Dallas moves up into a group of clubs tied on 10 points, 11th in the table but with a game in hand over 10th-place San Jose. In other words, the win makes Dallas slightly better than bad in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, New England remains top of the East with a . . .
The 2021 MLS season started with Houston beating San Jose 2-1 at home on Friday. Memo Rodriguez scored the first goal of the new season, putting the Dynamo up in the 39th. Maxi Urruti doubled the lead in the 55th. Paul Marie pulled a goal back for the Earthquakes in the 74th minute. "We are happy we could start with the three points, most importantly I liked the way we played," Houston coach . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 14, 2021) US Soccer Players - Columbus Crew supporters notwithstanding, 2020 is a year that many Major League Soccer onlookers would rather just crumple up and toss into a garbage can. The year was nothing like the league had ever seen before. No fans, months without a game, and a strange but rather entertaining and gripping midseason tournament. This season, . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 11, 2020) US Soccer Players - The strangest regular season in league history has come to a close. Nobody could have ever imagined a season that saw a complete shutdown after two games, a midseason tournament, and games with no fans in the stands. Yet, the league persevered with some not-so-minor setbacks, and now the playoffs are looming. In a season like . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 14, 2020) US Soccer Players - MLS is heading full steam toward the finish line, but the realities of life still affect the league. Several matches have been postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks, with Colorado the hardest hit. Empty stadiums are the norm, with a scant few games featuring fans. Through it all, the teams are starting to separate themselves. The . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 4, 2020) US Soccer Players - Two new teams came into MLS this year, but neither figures to be as successful as recent expansion sides LAFC and Atlanta United. Both sides will try not to flop like FC Cincinnati did in its first season a year ago. The Power Rankings expand to 26 teams with the additions of Inter Miami FC and Nashville SC. In this first edition, . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 5, 2019) US Soccer Players - The 2019 Major League Soccer season has been over for a bit now, with Seattle beating Toronto FC to lift the MLS Cup early last month. With the offseason already in full swing and two new clubs on the horizon, the focus has begun to shift to the start of a new decade and a continuation of the league's unofficial expansion era. Before . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 7, 2019) US Soccer Players - The two clubs left standing in the 2019 season are not the top two teams in these rankings. LAFC slipped from the top spot, but the club's season was so stellar. That's still better than Toronto FC's even though the Reds are playing for the MLS Cup title and not the second-year Los Angeles club. For the rest of the teams involved, . . .