Our readers have already read a few stories about the Klinsmann/Garber mud-slinging affair. Don Garber finally took the bait, as Klinsmann had spent the better part of 6 months goading him into a war of words.
For instance, Klinsmann begrudgingly took a whole host of MLS players to the World Cup, only to watch them put in some of the ugliest performances the side has ever seen.
DC United's current season is a case study for the Chicago Fire. After completing one of the worst seasons in MLS history in 2013 with only three wins, DC has bounced back to finish atop the Eastern Conference. By completely revamping their back line and most of the remaining eleven, save Perry Kitchen and Nick DeLeon, DC was able to rebuild in the course of one off season.
Eddie Johnson makes his return to the MLS starting ranks as D.C. United look to lock up first place in the Eastern Conference.
D.C. United comes into this game with one thing in mind: locking up first place in the Eastern Conference. A draw or a win will do that for D.C. United, and they are playing against the draw kings of MLS, the Chicago Fire, but a win keeps them above other playoff teams in the race to host MLS Cup.
Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here.
While there were some vital games going on in MLS this weekend (especially that game in LA), the Philadelphia Union had nothing to play for other than pride.
Yeah, so I have had time to think about the Don Garber response to what I would consider Klinsi's fairly obvious remarks about the potential form issues that occur when a top USMNT player goes back to MLS (and other such matters). Calling a press conference to essentially launch a fit finished with a threat toward the national team coach looks extremely childish and actually may be damaging to
When Jurgen Klinsmann talked about Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey prior to the US Men's National Team match against Honduras, it was easy to read between the lines to decode the coach speak. Klinsmann has not been shy in his criticism of the US top players returning to Major League..
So if you weren't privy to the conference call with MLS Commissioner Don Garber or haven't read any of the transcripts floating out there, let me fill you in on what just happened. Don Garber is pissed that the USMNT head coach belittled MLS as the retirement community of big name soccer players and guys that could beat me one on one but couldn't cut it against solid competition day in and
Pele. Franz Beckenbauer. Giorgio Chinaglia. Carlos Alberto. Shep Messing. Legendary players who helped the New York Cosmos version one fill up New Jersey's Giants Stadium in the 1970s. By the early 80s, Mick Jaggerand Henry Kissinger stopped popping in for post-match champagne and the most famous soccer club in American history folded.
MLS is wired. The ingratiation of data collection and management tools have the ability to change the game in ways we haven't even dreamed up yet. Could the dataization of MLS lead world soccer into a Brave New World?
It's not very often that we post something not Union related, but I personally found this immensely interesting on several different levels.
Major League Soccer MVP candidate Lee Nguyen scored both of the New England Revolution's goals to lead the Revs to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory on the road over the Houston Dynamo. Nguyen scored his 16th and 17th goals of the year in the 65th and 87th minutes, respectively, to help New England overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.
To be honest we are not intentionally targeting Red Bull kids it's just that they produce a lot of really good players. With the status of both designated players unclear and the looming expansion draft, the New York Red Bulls will not have the luxury to maintain roster consistency into..
The international break yielded a much more tolerable set of fixtures than we're used to, but there's nothing quite like domestic competition to get the soccer senses stimulated. And this weekend we've got a host of different clashes to savor from across the globe, each with their own unique connotations and surrounding circumstances.