The soccer news starts without the regular caveat. Two months into the 2019 MLS season, and it's reasonable to go ahead and consider the table. There's no longer the too few games caveat, small sample size, or any other hedge that turns a rough start into a salvageable situation. Things might change, but right now the fair assessment is that the Eastern Conference isn't what most of us . . .
Week 8 of the 2019 MLS season started with Toronto's big comeback, winning 4-3 at home against Minnesota United. Toronto fell behind to a Darwin Quintero goal in the 17th minute. Alejandro Pozuelo equalized in the 28th and out Toronto ahead two minutes later. Minnesota answered back with an Angelo Rodriguez goal in the 57th. Quintero scored a 70th minute penalty to put United up 3-2. Jordan . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 19, 2019) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer dropped two hefty pieces of news after its Board of Governors meeting in Los Angeles this week. The first was no great surprise, official confirmation that the league will expand further, to 30 teams, in the coming years. The second was a bit more dramatic. MLS said it will now collect as well as pay training . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 19, 2019) US Soccer Players - Wednesday night in Vancouver was a big one. The Whitecaps, a team that hired a new head coach and turned over two-thirds of their roster this winter, won their first game of the season. The 1-0 victory over LAFC happened because of a smart defensive gameplan, the skillful work of Inbeom Hwang, and individual effort across the . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with MLS announcing that they plan to expand the league to 30 teams. As these things go, expecting any league to cap their total number of teams when investor/operators are willing to pay their $200m expansion fee might be misguided. The pursuit of expansion fees may have been the cause of death for the original North American Soccer League, but from the MLS perspective . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Apr 17, 2019) US Soccer Players - For two-plus seasons, the LA Galaxy has failed on all fronts. No playoffs. No runs at championships. No presence in the Southern California sports landscape. After its third makeover in as many offseasons, there seemed to be more questions than answers, the main question being, how long will it take the Galaxy to get back to its . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 17, 2019) US Soccer Players - Ezequiel Barco arrived in Atlanta in early 2018 with massive expectations in tow. A drawn-out chase for the Argentine teenager by Atlanta United only intensified the pressure for him to perform. Fans in Atlanta used the #BarcoWatch hashtag to chart the progress of the transfer, feeding into the idea that he would light MLS on fire . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 15, 2019) US Soccer Players – For the major East Coast cities linked by Interstate-95 in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the country, every game between them is a rivalry game. That's regardless of the sport. all of them have a rich sports tradition and distinct rivalries. Over the past two decades, rivalries built by those other sports have . . .
The week 7 roundup starts in Saint Paul on Saturday where Minnesota United opened Allianz Field by drawing 3-3 with NYCFC. Osvaldo Alonso scored the first goal at the newest stadium in MLS, putting United up in the 13th minute. NYCFC answered back when Valentin Castellanos scored in the 16th. Ismael Tajouri put New York up two minutes later. Angelo Rodriguez equalized in the 20th with Minnesota . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2019) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy moved to strengthen its defense on Wednesday with the signing of Costa Rican center back Giancarlo Gonzalez from Serie A side Bologna. Gonzalez returns to MLS after nearly five years in Italy where he also played with Palermo. The defender played with the Columbus Crew for half a season back in 2014 before the club . . .