By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 3, 2021) US Soccer Players - No matter what happens this weekend, there will be a first-time finalist playing for the MLS Cup this season. The Western Conference final pits two former champions and two-time MLS Cup finalists against one another in a match rich with narratives at Providence Park on Saturday. The Timbers will be playing for the right to host the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 2, 2021) US Soccer Players - On one level, Bruce Arena's words made sense. On another, they were bewildering. "We don't have the best roster in the league. It's got to get a little bit better, for sure," said the veteran coach after his New England Revolution fell to New York City FC on penalties in Tuesday night's MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal match at . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 1, 2021) US Soccer Players - The human mind is programmed to look for patterns. We see them everywhere, in nature, in numbers, in our daily lives. Sometimes the patterns are real and meaningful and can tell us something about the future. Other times, they're merely a product of chance and provide no insight at all. Then there's the matter of sample size. If . . .
The New England Revolution exited the playoffs 5-3 on penalties to NYCFC after drawing 2-2, joining Colorado as the top seeds that didn't advance from the conference semifinals. 4th-seed NYCFC becomes the only lower seed to win a game so far in the Eastern Conference bracket. "What we said internally was that no matter what happens, we stick together, we keep going," NYCFC goalkeeper Sean . . .
By J Hutcherson (Nov 30, 2021) US Soccer Players - The 2nd and 4th-place teams will play for the Eastern Conference's spot in the 2021 MLS Cup final, completing a bracket that saw one upset. Sure, it was the biggest possible with the 4th-seed NYCFC knocking out the Supporters' Shield winning New England Revolution on penalties, but otherwise, the seeding told the story in the East. Philadelphia . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with the New England Revolution finally getting to open its playoff schedule later tonight, hosting NYCFC (7:30pm ET - FS1). While we've already seen the top three seeds in the Western Conference exit, it's a different situation in the East. All of the higher seeds have advanced so far, with the expectation that New England will continue the trend and join 2nd-seed . . .
The soccer news starts with Real Salt Lake pulling off another upset in the Western Conference. RSL beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 at Children's Mercy Stadium, advancing to the conference final. Sporting took the lead in the 24th minute from a Johnny Russell penalty. Anderson Julio equalized for RSL in the 72nd and Bobby Wood scored their winner a minute into stoppage time. "We felt like the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 26, 2021) US Soccer Players - Playing at home means something in Major League Soccer. Whether it's the partisan crowd filling the stands, the comfortable environment for the home team or the unfamiliar one for the visitors, or things unique to the field or the weather, playing in your building always counts. The travel deserves a mention as well. When the . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with the 4th-seed Portland Timbers knocking out the top seed Colorado Rapids 1-0 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Larrys Mabiala scored the game's only goal in the 90th with Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark making three saves to keep the clean sheet. Portland's Dairon Asprilla saw red four minutes into stoppage time. "Last year we were inexperienced and it showed in the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 24, 2021) US Soccer Players - One more game. For six Major League Soccer teams, that's all the playoffs represented in 2021: One more game. A loss in the first round meant that a marathon 34 game regular season grew by exactly one more run out before the long, dark winter of the offseason arrived. To say that's a letdown would be a severe . . .