Mike Petke has seen his fair share of great soccer players. Having spent time playing with or coaching names such as Juan Pablo Angel, Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, the New York Red Bulls head coach has experiencedsome of the game's elite first hand.
Petke is never the type of coach to throw around unnecessary praise, preferring to let his player's actions on the field speak louder than his words.
The minute Ronaldinho severed ties with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro on Monday morning, you just knew the links to Major League Soccer would resurface.
This time around, it is the New York Red Bulls looking like a perfect fit for the skilled playmaker, and after seeing Barcelona star Xavi return to Europe after a flirtation with MLS, all eyes are waiting to see if Ronaldinho will be the latest star to sign in MLS, or pass on it.
This past weekend, Arsenal fans came in from all over North America and England to make New York City the center of Gunner fandom.
The much anticipated friendly against club legend Thierry Henry and his New York Red Bulls marked Arsenal's first appearance in the United States since 1989. As such, this really was a weekend 25 years in the making.
When Red BullHead of Global Football Gerard Houllier announced yesterday that he believed that New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry was leaning towards retirement, many were left surprised by the news.
Count Henry himself, who has stated he is undecided on retirement throughout thisseason, among those that were caught off guard by Houllier's declaration.
On Saturday evening, the New York Red Bulls faced Premier League side Arsenal at Red Bull Arena in front of a sold-out crowd. Or at least it was sold-out on paper. The empty seats that dotted the arena were from season ticket holders who had the game as part of their package, but decided to stay home rather than face the grueling traffic and crowds that resulted in the game kicking off later than scheduled.
HARRISON, N.J. For the25,219 fans in attendance, it was about the name on the back of the jersey more-so than the logo on the front.
In a clash between Arsenal and the New York Red Bulls, forward Thierry Henry was the star of the show, as his current side knocked off his former team 1-0 behind a first-half Bradley Wright-Phillips finish.
In the same week he was named to the MLS All-Star Team, Diego Valeri delivered a game-winning blast that propelled the visiting Portland Timbers to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Impact.
Valeri's strike was the difference after a four-goal first half that saw Will Johnson and Maxi Urruti score in a six-minute span for Portland while Andres Romero and Maxim Tissot had the goals for Montreal at a rain-soaked Stade Saputo.
While in Florida promoting and helping with Gatorade's Unreal Around the World contest, a program that provides select winners for a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the globe to experience trips in either Italy, England, Spain, Argentina, or Brazil with clubs like Liverpool, Barcelona and Boca Juniors, Graham Zusi took time to talk to World Soccer Talk.
D.C. United plays TFC tonight, MLS teams are making trades, and a tornado tried to destroy Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Yup, just another day of Freedom Kicks.
I spent a good portion of yesterday in a car and/or working on the scouting report that you will see in a few hours after this goes up, so this edition of Freedom Kicks is pretty much a "just the facts, ma'am" edition.
We got another 2014 MLS Allocation Order update to pass along. Today,D.C. United has announced that the team has acquired defender Kofi Opare from the Los Angeles Galaxy, and in exchange the two teams will trade allocation rankings.
After the terrible 2013 season and massive rebuild last winter, nobody expected D.C. United to be within spitting distance of first place at this point in 2014. But that's right where they are, so it's time to look at the architects of both seasons and ask what we think of the jobs head coach Ben Olsen and general manager Dave Kasper have done.
WASHINGTON D.C. United'swin vs.Chivas USA lastSunday marked the club's third consecutive victory and put D.C.within arm's reach of first place in MLS's Eastern Conference, trailing Sporting Kansas City by a single point.
As important as the victory was, its significance went well beyond the three points earned, particularly for Bill Hamid.
The MLS to Miami expansion bid is a tricky subject. We know Don Garber and the league have basically given a handshake agreement that the city and David Beckham's group will get a team in the event that they secure a soccer stadium. The thing is that stadium apparently needs to be located in the downtown area of Miami, a location that continues to be tough to overcome.
The New England Revolutions losing streak is up to eight games after Saturday nights 2-1 home defeat to the struggling Columbus Crew.
A.J. Soares' 50th-minute goal brought the Revs' level after Columbus scored the first goal just before halftime, but Ethan Finley's game-winning goal in the 84th-minute sealed the win for the visiting Crew.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. From 2005 till 2008, Michael Parkhurst was a rock in the New England Revolution's back line, earning Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, and MLS Best XI honors while leading the team to three straight MLS Cup appearances and a U.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Federico Higuain's first goal in more than two months could not have come at a better time for the Columbus Crew, who have now won consecutive games for the first time since opening the season with three wins.
Higuain scored his seventh goal of the season on a free kick just before halftime and Ethan Finlay broke a deadlock with six minutes to play, as the Crew sent the New England Revolution to their eighth-straight loss in a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.
It was 1998. I had just returned to the United States from a month-long invitational soccer camp in St. Jean de Luz, France, run by former French national team manager Jean-Michel Larqué. Two days earlier, Zinedine Zidane's France had beaten Ronaldo's Brazil to win the World Cup on their home soil.
With the MLS break for the World Cup, we took a little time to let things get back in the groove before jumping back in on these rankings. What is interesting is to see that some things have changes – some significantly so (sorry, New England) – and other not. Sorry, Montreal... CLASS OF THE LEAGUE 1 (8)Sporting Kansas City – Only a draw to Chicago blemishes their run of wins over 2 months, and that includes a win over the Galaxy.
It wasn't a glamorous week forMLS rookies, but don't tell Marlon Hairston that.
The Colorado Rapids midfielder wasn't in the starting lineup for the Colorado Rapids'weekendmatch against Chivas USA, but his talents were certainly needed when Jared Watts went down with an injury in the 42nd minute.
Eight. That's what the New England Revolution's losing streak is now at, the longest such streak for the club since the MLS shootout era ended in 1999. In fact, one more loss will tie the club's record nine game losing streak reached twice, in both 1997 and 1998 (notably the team had two regulation draws in each of those streaks that they went on to lose in the shootout).
A report out of France suggests Algeria's World Cup starting goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi is set to join the Union's already crowded stable of keepers.
The Philadelphia Union are already crowded at goalkeeper. They have an established MLS starter in MacMath, a #1 overall pick who many feel is better than MacMath, and there is Union academy product Zack Steffen whose career trajectory could take him as far as the USMNT.