By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - Soccer fans and analysts often engage in a dour sort of ageist arithmetic about players. The ones in their mid-to-late 20s are deemed “in their prime.” Those on the north side of 30 tend to not get the same respect. Anyone under age 20 or so is inherently more valuable because of their upside in the years ahead. These . . .
The Seattle Sounders advanced to the 2017 MLS Cup with a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, taking the Western Conference final 5-0 on aggregate. Leading 2-0 from the first-leg, Victor Rodriguez opened the scoring at CenturyLink Field in the 22nd minute. Clint Dempsey added a goal in the 57th. Houston's Tomas Martinez saw red for violent conduct in the 66th minute. Will Bruin finished off the . . .
The other half of the MLS playoff bracket is an open question for most of Thursday, with the Western Conference final second-leg scheduled for 10:30pm ET on ESPN. The Seattle Sounders are the obvious favorite with a two-goal lead and home field advantage. For the Houston Dynamo, it's another scenario where getting anything out of this game will be a surprise. Figuring out a comeback and . . .
Toronto FC won the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday night at BMO Stadium, knocking out the Columbus Crew 1-0 on aggregate. With the first-leg in Columbus ending scoreless, Toronto welcomed back Seb Giovinco and Jozy Altidore for the home leg. Giovinco missed the opening leg for yellow card accumulation while Altidore served a red card ban. Those two players made the difference for Toronto, . . .
The MLS playoffs continue on Thursday's soccer TV schedule with Seattle hosting Houston on ESPN. There are also games from the Copa del Rey and the Copa Sudamericana. The Liga MX playoffs move to the semifinal stage on Univision Deportes. Seattle Sounders vs Houston Dynamo at 10:30pm on ESPN in the second-leg of their Western Conference final series. Seattle took the lead and the momentum in . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Toronto FC’s 2016 quest for the MLS Cup failed at the last hurdle. The Reds lost to the Seattle Sounders in a penalty shootout in their own stadium. If 2016 had looked like nothing more than a one-off season for the club, a lightning-in-a-bottle campaign of the kind that sometimes happens in MLS, fans in Toronto might have . . .
There are four teams left in the MLS playoffs and we now know that there are four teams left for the next round of MLS expansion. Unlike the MLS playoffs, expansion will name two winners. At a Soccer Business Journal symposium on Wednesday morning, MLS commissioner Don Garber named Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, and Sacramento. The league made that announcement officially a few minutes later with . . .
It's the MLS playoffs on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule with the Eastern Conference final second-leg. Toronto regroups at home with their first choice lineup against a streaking Columbus Crew. Also on Wednesday's soccer TV, there's afternoon games from the Premier League and the Liga MX playoffs. Toronto FC vs Columbus Crew at 7:20pm on FS1 in the Eastern Conference final second-leg. This series . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Nov 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - In world soccer, few scheduling quirks draw more ire than a double-game week. It's standard practice in Europe for teams in the Champions League and Europa League. Add in domestic cup responsibilities, and it stretches even the clubs with massive budgets. Move that to MLS, and it's a tough ask for any team. MLS operates with a . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - The challenge for the Columbus Crew at home in the first-leg of the Eastern Conference final against top-seeded Toronto FC was obvious. The suspensions of Toronto's Jozy Altidore (red card) and Seb Giovinco (yellow card accumulation) sent a clear message to Columbus. Take advantage now. Without Giovinco and Altidore, TFC had all . . .