The 2016 MLS regular season comes to an end on Sunday's soccer TV schedule. Once again, the games are by conference with all of them starting at the same time. Also on the schedule, it's another big name match-up in the Premier League with Chelsea hosting Manchester United on Sunday. Is that the game getting network TV coverage? Nope, that would be Liverpool playing West Brom the day before. The . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - NYCFC have taken aim at several long-held MLS truisms over the past year or so. With playoff soccer looming, they might just hack away at a few more of our domestic game's insular assumptions along the way. This is a good thing. That new, rich, ambitious club so many love to hate fueled by United Arab Emirates oil wealth seems . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - Twenty teams, 10 simultaneous games, and all the drama any self-respecting American soccer fan could want. At least, that’s the idea. Major League Soccer’s “Decision Day” extravaganza kicks off Sunday at 4pm ET with all the games in the same time slot. MLS wants tow things from the regular season finale. Play up the last push for . . .
There's an injury report in the soccer news. FC Dallas MVP candidate Mauro Diaz has undergone surgery for the ACL tear he suffered on Sunday. Diaz is out for the rest of 2016. “If it wasn't for him, I don't think this club or this team is in the place we are right now. He was part of the playing for the three tournaments that we play and he's a big part of the team, the captain of the team,” . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 19, 2016) US Soccer Players - Heading into the final game of the regular season, the LA Galaxy knows its path to MLS Cup. They're home for one match. Get past that, and another match-up against Sunday’s rivals, FC Dallas, is all but a given. What the club can’t know, and won’t know until it’s too late, is how the season will come to a crashing halt or how to . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 19, 2016) US Soccer Players - One week of Major League Soccer regular season play remains. For the handful of teams already out of the playoffs, the drama of the final day isn’t about 2016. Instead, it's the last bit of business before the process of getting better begins. Making the playoffs is the standard for mediocrity in MLS. This is a parity-rich league . . .
By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Oct 17, 2016) US Soccer Players –We go through this every autumn. The New York Red Bulls have a great regular season. They field a team loaded with stars and overachieving players. They spin out of control and crash out during the playoffs. That pretty much sums out the Red Bulls over the past decade. Talk of curses aside, the MLS postseason is a beast the Red . . .
Monday's soccer news update starts with another edition of what counts for success in MLS. The New England Revolution lost 2-1 to the Chicago Fire on Sunday, meaning for all practical purposes they join the Fire in missing the 2016 postseason. The Fire were already out, adding to the Revs' dismay. Hey, maybe New England can somehow manage to makeup that 12-goal differential and squeeze into the . . .
MLS switched to a Sunday conference schedule for week 33. The Eastern Conference teams played each other in the early time slot with the West doing the same in the late slot. Chicago beat New England 2-1 at Toyota Stadium. Michael de Leeuw scored for the Fire in the 9th minute with Diego Fagundez equalizing in the 43rd. Luis Solignac saw red in the 54th with New England going a man down in the . . .
The big club match-up in the Premier League waits for Monday, with Liverpool hosting Manchester United. Prior to that, there's plenty to choose from across Europe and in Mexico and MLS. The Premier League is on NBC on Saturday with Crystal Palace playing West Ham as the unlikely over-air game. ESPN has an MLS doubleheader on Sunday. Liverpool vs Manchester United at 3pm on Monday on NBCSN. It's a . . .