By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - MLS might be a league of parity, but three weeks into the season not all games are even. A few might have more to teach us than others. Injuries, midweek games for Concacaf Champions League participants, and unusual conditions will play a role in the results and how we parse them. Here is a look at four games have the most potential . . .
The soccer news starts with two MLS teams advancing to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals with a chance for a third. The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC knocked out Liga MX clubs to take their places on opposite sides of the semifinal bracket. It's a safe assumption that Toronto will be playing Club America, already up 4-0 over Tauro. New York waits on the winner of the Seattle vs . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 9, 2018) US Soccer Players - “ES INSOLTING & UNACCEPTABOL” the headline of Mexico’s sport daily Record screamed on Thursday morning. That's the response when Liga MX teams lose against MLS sides in the first-legs of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals. The words are a reference to a politician’s speech about the infamous border wall idea, turned for . . .
The soccer news starts with Concacaf insisting on a new spelling for the confederation's acronym and MLS teams winning two more first-legs against Liga MX teams in the Champions League. Both of those things didn't seem likely this time yesterday. Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders join the New York Red Bulls in carrying first-leg leads into next week's quarterfinal finales. The difference is that . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 5, 2018) US Soccer Players – The 2018 MLS season may have opened this past weekend but for the three teams still involved in the CONCACAF Champions League, the time is now to start playing at a higher level. The CCL quarterfinals, which start this week, will be a real test for Toronto FC, the New York Red Bulls, and the Seattle Sounders. Even with the new . . .
The soccer news starts with two candidates for the biggest shock result to open the 2018 MLS season. That started with the first game on the schedule. Defending MLS champions Toronto FC lost 2-0 at home to the Columbus Crew. With Toronto already playing games that count in the CONCACAF Champions League, the loss certainly qualifies as shocking. Then again, Toronto is focused on Tigres in the . . .
By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Mar 1, 2018) US Soccer Players - Another March, another new MLS campaign. We've all read about the new players, new coaches, bounceback candidates, and impending busts. Now the players get their chance to make us look bad. In the first week of each month, I’ll try to make sense of where the teams stand in a tiered power ranking. From contenders to pretenders, . . .
The soccer news starts with Toronto FC seeing off Colorado in the CONCACAF Champions League. The second-leg finished 0-0 at BMO Field with Toronto advancing 2-0 on aggregate. Colorado had the edge on shots on goal four to three, but it was Toronto hitting the post with the better opportunity. "At the end of the day, our job was to go through," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said about the approach to . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 21, 2018) US Soccer Players - No matter what Major League Soccer does, the primary goal for every one of its increasing number of member teams will be to lift the MLS Cup. That’s as it should be since participation in the is the very reason for any club’s existence. The world has yet to berth a club that only plays in international competition, though there’s . . .
The soccer news starts with the defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC winning the opening leg of their CONCACAF Champions League series 2-0 over the Colorado Rapids. The game time temperature at Dick's Sporting Goods Park was well below freezing. Jonathan Osorio put Toronto up in the 55th with Seb Giovinco scoring in the 73rd. The series concludes next Tuesday at BMO Field in Toronto. “Tough . . .