By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - In the beginning, there were playoffs. From the very launch of Major League Soccer back in 1996, a postseason playoff tournament decides the league’s champion. At no point in the history of America’s top division was there any real thought given to doing things differently. Sure, European leagues prefer to crown a winner on the . . .
The 2018 MLS Cup is set. Atlanta won the Eastern Conference final 3-1 on aggregate, losing 1-0 on the night to the New York Red Bulls. In the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers came back to take the series 3-2 on the night and by the same score on aggregate. Atlanta will host the 2018 MLS Cup on December 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (8pm ET - Fox). In the East, the Red Bulls trailed 3-0 going . . .
The soccer news starts with the clear favorite in the 2018 MLS playoffs, and that's Atlanta United. With all due respect to the other half of the bracket, this is now Atlanta's MLS Cup to lose. It would take a meltdown of epic proportions in the second-leg on Thursday (7:30pm ET - FS1) for the New York Red Bulls to stage an unlikely comeback. FiveThirtyEight puts that Red Bulls scenario at 6%. . . .
It's halftime of the 2018 MLS conference finals and that's bad news for the New York Red Bulls. The Eastern Conference final opened in Atlanta with United taking the first-leg 3-0. In the Western Conference, Portland and Sporting finished their opening leg 0-0. Mercedes-Benz Stadium once again showed why it's a tough venue for the away team. Atlanta shutout the Red Bulls 3-0. Josef Martinez . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - There’s still more than a week to go before the FIFA international break is over and MLS resumes its playoff season with the conference final stage. The anticipation for one matchup, in particular, is already high. The Eastern Conference final, pitting the record-breaking New York Red Bulls team against the club the' beat to the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 12, 2018) US Soccer Players – The 2018 MLS playoffs have produced some very competitive matches over the past two weeks. As always, the postseason doesn’t fail to disappoint, as Sunday’s triple-header revealed. With the Conference Finals on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to take stock of what’s happened and what it says going forward. One of the . . .
The soccer news starts with the conclusion of the semifinal round of the 2018 MLS playoffs. Sporting KC beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 at home to advance and face the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference finals on November 25 (7:30pm ET - FS1) and 29 (9:30pm ET - ESPN). On the other half of the bracket, Atlanta will play the New York Red Bulls on Nov 25 (5pm ET - ESPN) and 29 (7pm ET - . . .
We start the soccer news with Portland knocking Seattle out of the 2018 MLS playoffs on penalties. With the second-leg finishing 2-1 Seattle in regulation, 3-3 on aggregate, the series headed to extra time. Raul Ruidaz put Seattle up in regulation in the 68th minute, shifting the series with the Sounders advancing had that score held. Portland responded with a goal from Sebastian Blanco in the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 7, 2018) US Soccer Players - Normally, a season in which a team loses its regular-season finale and a knockout-round match within a span of five days would be a failure. In most instances, that would certainly classify as one. Especially since the regular season finale was for the conference title and a playoff top seed. 2018 is far from a failure for LAFC even . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 7, 2018) US Soccer Players - Halftime of the conference semifinals in Major League Soccer’s 2018 playoff season means taking stock of a number of areas on the way to the deciding second-legs. Since no first-leg delivered a multi-goal win for any team, there’s plenty of drama packed into every matchup on the board. That doesn’t mean that a few of the final eight . . .