Certain players' contribution goes beyond stat sheets and what appears in the extended highlights. The hardcore fans from each team know them. They are the Most Irreplaceable Players (MIP). Not every club has one, and they may not be all-stars, but they are essential to success. An obvious examplethis yearis.
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 23 of the 2014 MLS season. Akindele scored a hat trick, the first of his career, in this week's 5-0 versus the San Jose Earthquakes.
Akindele opened his score sheet in the 43rd minutes, making it a 2-0 lead for FCD, with left footed shot off the far post.
Following a disappointing midweek loss in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals, it would have been easy for FC Dallas to enter Saturday's clash with the San Jose Earthquakes with splintered confidence. However, Fabian Castillo wasn't going to let that happen.
There are few players, let alone rookies, that are as hot as Tesho Akindele. Having scored three goals in his previous five games, the FC Dallas rookie put forth his best effortyet in the team's 5-0 destruction of the San Jose EarthquakesSaturday.
The 22-year-old forward scored a hat-trick, the first of his career, with two of his three finishes coming of the poacher variety in displays of positional awareness beyond his years.
Weaving his way through the New England Revolution defense, Portland Timbers central defender Liam Ridgewell looked more like a mesmerizing forward than a tall, lanky defender as he scored his first goal for his new club Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
There is apparently no such thing as one too many as far as theNew England Revolution are concerned.
The Revolution announced Monday that they have signed former youth U.S. Men's National Team forward Tony Taylor. New England acquired the 25-year-old Taylor via a lottery that the Portland Timbers also participated in, but the Revolution had the upperhand with a 71.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Caleb Porter was not going to dance around the issue when asked about his thoughts on the Portland Timbers' 1-1 draw at the New England Revolution Saturday night: He thought his team was robbed of all three points.
Charlie Davies scored his second goal in as many games as the New England Revolution were held at home by the Portand Timbers while elsewhere in MLS, Sporting Kansas City opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Toronto FC.
Both teams came into the match at Gillette on the wrong side of the playoff standings, and it looked like it was going to be the Revolutions's night when in the 27th minute Davies ran onto a Diego Fagundez through ball to make it 1-0.
WASHINGTON -D.C. United headed into Sunday night's match against the Colorado Rapids riding a two-game losing slide, while alsofacing theadded difficultyof playing without suspended forward Eddie Johnson.
Landon Donovan played his final game at Crew Stadium last Saturday evening, 15 years, two months, and 25 days after his first appearance in the United States' first soccer-specific stadium.
Prior to the game, which finished 4-1 in favor of the Columbus Crew, the Crew honored Donovan with a video tribute anda giftthat included a piece of the net from his prior match in central Ohio, where he scored the second goal in another U.
Saturday was supposed to be Landon Donovan's day. With retirement looming, the LA Galaxy star was meant to be the man-of-the-hour, with ceremonies, gifts and praise aplenty to make sure that Donovan's achievements were more than recognized.
D.C. United faces a Colorado Rapids side that has played several formations, rotated a lot of players through their lineup, and has given those players many different roles. However, the same flaws keep popping up, and United may well be poised to take advantage.
Every season in MLS, there's going to be one team that is very difficult to write these scouting reports about.
The remaining 2014 schedule for the U.S. Men's National Team is round into shape, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a look at the scheduled friendlies, and more.
Episode 158 of The SBI Show discusses the recently-announced USMNT friendlies against Ecuador and Ireland, as well as the need for another high-profile friendly to replace the proposed Colombia friendly that fell through.
In October 2012, World Soccer Talk published an analysis of the health of the top 100 soccer blogsaccording to a 2011 list that was created byThe Guardian newspaperof the best soccer blogs worth following.At the time of the review of the list in 2012, 37% of the blogs were defunct with more on the edge of extinction.
3 to See: CSKA, Seattle and King Louis's Manchester United is a post from: Just Football
The Premier League has returned and so hasThree to See– the preview column by Just Football looking at the most intriguing fixtures. This week, the pick of the Premier League, a big clash in the MLS and one of the biggest derbies in Russian football:
Manchester United vs Swansea City (Premier League)
Saturday 16th August – Kickoff 12:45 BST, BT Sport 1
As ever the return of the Premier League is hugely anticipated, the weeks of waiting and preparation are over, this is it.
Toronto FC forwardBright Dike failed to trouble the score-sheet as his side went down 4-1 to Sporting KC in the MLS last night though, technically speaking, the Nigerian international (cousin of Fenerbache striker Emmanuel Emenike, no less) still managed to find the back of the net in a literal sense.
Sporting Kansas City will put out their 24th different starting lineup in 24 MLS games tomorrow when KC welcomes Toronto FC to Sporting Park. The injury issues for KC has continued throughout much of the season and has now hit the goalkeeping position hard. After losing Eric Kronberg for two months with a broken bone in his hand, KC lost back up Andy Gruenebaum for at least tomorrow's game and Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League game with a shoulder injury.
Recent acquisitionIgnacio Piatti made his debut for the Montreal Impact Saturday, but it was one of the Impact's more familiar faces that truly made the difference in their clash with the Chicago Fire at Stade Saputo.
After departing the league in 2013, former Toronto FC forward Robert Earnshawdecided he wanted to return to MLS midway through this season.
The Chicago Fire announced Monday that the clubhas acquired the former TFC striker on a free transfer, with the Welsh international set to join the team upon receipt of his visa and international transfer certificate.
New York City FC's search for a soccer-specific stadium appears to have stalled.
Aftera putting together a hastily-prepared proposal to build a stadium on a 10-acre plot of land near Yankee Stadium last December, there has been hardly a peep from NYC FC management or New York City about any continuation of the stadium talks.
I've been a tad absent on this space for the last however many days. Sorry about that. I wanted to return with a look at both conferences in Major League Soccer. Now that we're nearly two-thirds of the way through this season, I feel it is as good of a time to do a little eye ball test at each of the 19 clubs.
We can't remember him scoring too many of these for West Brom or Birmingham City over the years, but Liam Ridgewell was the unlikely man to set out on a 50-yard rampage from the half-way line to score a superb drivingsolo goal for Portland Timbers against New England Revolution in the MLS yesterday.
Three months after seeing Manchester City crowned champions, the English Premier League is back in action for the 2014-15 campaign.
The season kicks off Saturday morning with the Premier League debut of new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with new captain Wayne Rooney leading the Red Devils into the season opener against Swansea City.