Last night the New York Red Bulls hosted Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs. It was a chilly evening. Fans clustered in the parking lots before the game laughing and keeping warm, and you had the impression of a much larger crowd than the 15,518 who trickled into the seats.
The MLS Playoffs beginWednesday, and whether you like the playoff system or not,it's an opportunity to make the most of it.
The ten-team knockout tournament that will be played for the next month across the United States– and possiblyCanada too – will be filled with drama, an unusual amount of farewells, pageantry, and pressure.
What's on tap: Goose Island Pepe Nero, Ben's bourbon concoction, apple cider and rye
The Filibuster crew are back and rounding into playoff form, getting ready for D.C. United's run towards MLS Cup. We start by talking about the 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact, including talking about Marco di Vaio's last goal in Major League Soccer, Eddie Johnson's great hold up play, and Nick DeLeon's play from the wing.
Continuing our series on D.C. United's potential MLS season award-winners, we take a look at Ben Olsen's case for Coach of the Year.
When it comes to the MLS Coach of the Year award, winners tend to fall into three categories. There's the "His team won the Shield, so that's that" winner, the "So many injuries, still made the playoffs" winner, and the "Wow, they sucked last year" winner.
Part 2 of the special edition of Homegrown: Jay breaks down the MLS EasternConference playoff picture. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this podcast please subscribe, rate, review, share, and comment. Let us know what you think!
While you may have seen the occasional Vine coming up in your news feeds, the site itself is an endless treasure-trove of bite-size entertainment. While videos of almost any nature can be found, there is no better way to use social media than spreading soccer fever and after scouring through countless six-second clips, World Soccer Talk brings you the definitive top-ten list of the best Vines to follow for highlights from the beautiful game.
Out with the old and in with the new. At least that is how it feels with Chivas USA leaving and Major League Soccer announcing the new owners of the LA2 franchise that will begin in 2017. It may or may not be called Los Angeles Football Club, or LAFC.
The list of owners announced today was rather impressive.
In a flurry of news activity, Major League Soccer announced that Chivas USA was folding, that there would be a dispersal draft, and that Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City were moving to the Western Conference.
In a flurry of news activity, Major League Soccer announced that Chivas USA was folding, that there would be a dispersal draft, and the conference alignment for next season all in one press release.
It was dubbed a new strategy for the Los Angeles market but no matter how you spin it, Chivas USA is now joining the ranks of the Miami Fusion and the Tampa Bay Mutiny as a former MLS team. MLS announced on Monday that the league is ceasing operations on the LA-based club and will announced a new owner on October 30.
Spanish and former Real Madrid striker has been confirmed as the newest signing at the New York Cosmos, but how does his playing career and stats compare to fellow New York soccer signings Frank Lampard and David Villa?
Although signing prominent (yet past their prime) players is not necessarily a new concept for soccer stateside, as Major League Soccer clubs have managed to secure the signatures of players such as David Beckham, Thierry Henry, and Robbie Keane, the three newest stars set to arrive in America are equally as important to growing the sport here.
We take a detailed look at how the Philadelphia Union has managed - and mis-managed - the previous two expansion drafts.
On December 10th, MLS will hold the 2014 Expansion Draft. Orlando City SC and New York City FC will be selecting ten players each from the pool of players not protected by the other eighteen established MLS teams.
Blackouts, don't you hate them? Look at the above image of the MLS Live playoff schedule. Blackouts pepper the screen. I've been trying to figure out the MLS algorithm for them. As a longtime NFL fan, most local games were (and are) blacked out on TV if the stadium failed to sell out for home games.
On this special edition of Homegrown, Jay breaks down the MLS Western Conference playoff picture. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this podcast please subscribe, rate, review, share, and comment. Let us know what you think!
I have been informed that, as of right now, Clint Dempsey has not been in loan talks with any of the three Prem clubs linked in this nonsense. And I would not expect any to bloom, either. Full report coming at MLSS shortly.- Greg Seltzer
Major League Soccerset a new record for average attendance in the league's 18-yearhistory last night. With the 2014 regular season now completed, the average attendance was 19,099 — which is a 2.63% increase compared to MLS's 2013 regular season.
The top 3 teams with the highest average attendance in the 2014 season were: