Major League Soccer released its 2015 Best XI on Sunday as part of the conference final second-leg coverage. Robbie Keane is the only multiple time honoree in this season's Best XI, his fourth in consecutive seasons. The Best XI includes goalkeeper of the Year Luis Robles and Defender of the Year Laurent Ciman. MLS has yet to name its season MVP, but all three nominees made the Best XI. MLS will . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 27, 2015) US Soccer Players - In isolation, the way things have played out so far in the 2015 MLS Cup conference finals probably doesn’t say anything about the way the teams earn their seeds or if the playoff format itself is unfair to the clubs that do better in the regular season. These are, after all, four very evenly matched teams, regardless of the . . .
In Friday's soccer news update, it's Didier Drogba making the latest case that travel in North American pro sports makes it a tougher game to play. In an interview with Reuters' Tony Jimenez, Montreal's standout player pointed to the travel as the biggest equalizer in MLS. Also in the soccer news, Leicester City is in 1st-place but trying hard not to pay much attention to the Premier League . . .
It's another MLS award in Tuesday's soccer news update, with Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco winning Newcomer of the Year. Giovinco finished well ahead of Montreal forward Didier Drogba. Also in the soccer news, coaching opportunities in the NASL and MLS. SI.com's Grant Wahl has USMNT alum and National Soccer Hall of Famer Tony Meola taking the coaching job with the NASL's Jacksonville . . .
By J Hutcherson (Nov 23, 2015) US Soccer Players - In the search for what passes for transparency in professional sports, Major League Soccer is playing an interesting game. As part of the Men in Blazers convention, MLS commissioner Don Garber and a few of the league's investor/operators seemed to talk openly, telling the paying audience the kind of things that would be shocking to hear only a few . . .
The home teams take the advantage in the opening legs of the 2015 MLS conference finals. In the Eastern Conference, the Columbus Crew shutout the New York Red Bulls 2-0 at MAPFRE Stadium. The Crew took the lead in the opening minute when Justin Meram scored. They added a second goal through Kei Kamara in the 85th. The series concludes on Sunday at Red Bull Arena (7:30pm ET - Fox Sports 1). "I . . .
The 2015 MLS playoffs resume after the international break with the opening legs of the conference semifinals. Prior to the interruption in the schedule, most of the talk concerned the payrolls and designated players still involved in the 2015 MLS postseason. Both numbers are smaller than anyone expected, with MLS once again caught up in differing visions for how to build squads. Among the . . .
In Friday's soccer news update, New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles is the 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. Robles finished ahead of Vancouver's David Ousted and DC United's Bill Hamid. It's Conference finals on Sunday with both games available on national cable. Also in the soccer news, there are big games on the schedule in Europe with El Clasico in Spain and Juventus playing Milan in . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 19, 2015) US Soccer Players – The 4-2-3-1 could very well be the tactical formation that wins a team MLS Cup this season. Three teams - New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew, and FC Dallas - use it. New York and Dallas have used it most successfully. The Red Bulls captured the Supporters' Shield, while FC Dallas won the Western Conference after getting off to a . . .
Thursday's soccer news update starts with another MLS award with Sporting Kansas City's goalkeeper Tim Melia winning Comeback Player of the Year. This was by far the closest vote we've seen this MLS awards season, with Melia edging Portland's Diego Valeri by just over 5% of the vote. In soccer politics, the US investigation into FIFA corruption took another turn with the head of Chile's FA . . .