Yankee Stadium. Kids playing sandlot games, stick ball and little league step up to home plate and imagine belting one out of this park. Next year, kids playing soccer will be able to imagine scoring goals in this same place. It's no secret that NYCFC, New York City's newest MLS team, will begin playing here for the 2015 season.
Even last year's Western Conference Champions were no match for this year's Real Salt Lake
For the second straight week, RSL is topping this week's SBI MLS Power Rankings after vanquishing the Portland Timbers last Saturday, 1-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ned Grabavoy scored his side's goal late but the clean sheet was preserved by an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Nick Rimando, keeping the Timbers off the board.
Real Salt Lake remains the top team in the league, and Montreal Impact remain the worst.
There were plenty of draws this week in Major League Soccer, and so many of the positions on our power rankings stayed the same. However, the bottom has given out on one team's ranking, and two other continue to bounce along on the bottom of the barrel.
SANDY, Utah Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers developed quite a rivalry last season. They played each other a total of six times but RSL dominated the series never losing once. Their meeting Saturday was a chance for the visiting Timbers to break the trend but not without RSL having something to say about it.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Montreal Impact fans waiting for their team's first victory will have to wait at least one more week after the Impact gave up four goals to Sporting KC Saturday in front of 20,306 at Sporting Park.
A Dom Dwyer brace capped off a second half which resulted in three goals for the home team en route to the 4-0 finish.
I didn't get around to posting a weekend recap from this past weekend, apologizes for that. Monday was a day off for me and that meant time to enjoy some free time and not be on a blog all that much. Anyways, it is time for my latest Five Up, Three Down here as we move forward into the final weekend of April.
It can be tough to criticize a team that sits atop the MLS mountain after seven weeks. FC Dallas finds itself exactly in that spot despite being a squad still finding its tactics, chemistry and a consistent starting 11.
Saturday's 2-1 win over a wounded and apathetic looking Toronto FC probably was deserving for Dallas although even the most loyal FCD fan would have to agree Kellyn Acosta's self-admitted poorly played moment in the penalty area should have resulted in a PK for Ryan Neilsen's side.
Blas Perez, returned to the FC Dallas lineup after missing last week's match with a hamstring injury, scored in the waning minutes of regulation to give his team a dramatic 2-1 victory over Toronto FC at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
D.C. United rescheduled their open practice. In other news: DOGSO, beer, ill-advised moves, leagues comprised of champions who might not be champions of anything, shaved legs, NWSL, and gripping accounts of games from 15 years ago. Yup, it's just a typical Wednesday Freedom Kicks.
Today: stadium foibles in other cities, MLS expansion fever, great goals and countertrolling. All in the name of Freedom (Kicks).
Today's theme would seem to be stadium problems in other parts of the country and the world, but I don't like that. So, instead, I'm going to wish a very happy birthday to my mother, Susie Taylor, who was born on this day in 1955.
It was close to a win, oh so close, until D.C. United gave up a late goal. But, they still left Crew Stadium with a result many fans would have gladly accepted entering the weekend. And they did it using a template we may see the rest of the season.
After conceding another late-game goal on Saturday night, D.
Sigh. I can't be bothered to start a "MLS Does Not Suck" column to respond to Deadspin's coverage. The first article reeked of somebody who didn't actually watch the league, but the second column made a lot more solid points about the Atlanta expansion situation. Take a deep breath and realize that, big picture, media coverage is a good thing.
One of the key things for any employee entering the workforce is starting salary: it normally sets the baseline for future earnings and possible raises. That's why it's so sad that management has played professional sports player unions for fools, pitting veterans against rookies in negotiations (at least in North America).
The Revs and Fire tied Saturday, 1-1, in a game where it could be argued that both got what they deserved. Each side had excellent chances – point-blank opportunities, in fact – to win the game. But the finishing touch simply was not there for either, resulting in a frustrating tie for both – especially, perhaps, the Fire.
It was just another week and another assist for Chicago Fire rookie Harrison Shipp.
Shipp showed off his playmaking abilities once again in the Fire's 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution by setting up the Fire's lone goal. The Notre Dame product'sthird assist in six games helped him earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors yet again.
The Chicago Fire entered Saturday afternoon's home match against the New England Revolution with ties in each of its previous five games. Although the final result saw that run extended to six games, it wasn't for lack of late drama.
First half goals by the Fire's red-hot Quincy Amarikwa and New England's Lee Nguyen secured a 1-1 result in front of 15,743 at Toyota Park, but they saved plenty of fireworks for the end after Amarikwa's second yellow card in the 73rd minute.
The first opposition David Beckham's Miami MLS team faces may not be a fellow MLS side like the Chicago Fire or the Portland Timbers. Rather, it appears as if the expansion team's first matchup will come with opposition of a different nature: a cruise line.
John Fox, former Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises and currently of theMiami Seaport Alliance, appeared on a Miami talk showalongside JohnAlschuler, real estate advisor to David Beckham, to discuss the proposed PortMiami stadium deal.
Just one week after scoring a game-winner against the Vancouver Whitecaps, it looked like Robbie Keane could repeat the feat once again but alas, his Los Angeles Galaxy had to settle for a 2-2 draw Saturday in Vancouver.
With the score tied at one, Keane gave the Galaxy the lead in the 77th minute, giving Whitecaps supporters feelings of deja vu from last week's matchup.
At Monday's press conference,New York City FC (NYCFC), who will begin playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2015, announced they will be housed at Yankee Stadium for three years. This comes less than a year after what seemed like a rushed announcement giving Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees the franchise rights for the second New York team in MLS.
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New York City FC officially announced Monday what everyone already knew the Major League Soccer expansion club will play its inaugural 2015 season at Yankee Stadium. But they filled in the blanks about how the arrangement will work.
It will be a labor-intensive endeavor, with it taking three days to convert the Yankees baseball diamond to a soccer pitch and vice versa.
Orlando City SC will have to wait until 2016 to begin playing in their new downtown soccer-specific stadium.
The club announced on Monday morning that they will play the entire 2015 inaugural Major League Soccer season at the renovated Florida Citrus Bowl after claiming delays in the last acquisition of land by City of Orlando officials.
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